Syfy’s acclaimed unscripted series, Face Off, returns for a seventh season themed “Life and Death” on Tuesday, July 22 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Sixteen talented special effects make-up artists arrive to Los Angeles, only to discover they are not on the show just yet, and will compete in a Sudden Death challenge where they must create a character that represents either life or death. After facing the judges, two artists are eliminated before ever moving into the Face Off house or stepping into the lab.
Freddy Krueger himself, actor Robert Englund, makes an appearance and offers advice on creating a convincing makeup. “Pay attention to your model,” he tells the artists. “Look at his face and build on that. I think one of the successes of the Freddy makeup is that they kept some of my own facial structures which I was able to animate easier.”
In a Face Off first, Syfy rolls out an interactive social integration for season 7, calling on viewers to each week tweet about their favorite contestant using #FaceOff. Viewer tweets will determine who the weekly fan favorite is, and at the season’s end, the contestant who ranked the overall most favorite will be rewarded with $10,000.
Returning to the lab for the new season is actress and host McKenzie Westmore, along with judges Glenn Hetrick (CSI: New York, The Hunger Games, Heroes) and Neville Page (Avatar, Prometheus). World-renowned makeup artist — and McKenzie’s dad – Michael Westmore resumes his role as the official contestant mentor.
Ve Neill is in the midst of working on her latest films in The Hunger Games franchise, but will sit on the judging panel for three episodes of Face Off during season 7. Stepping in to complete the panel is Lois Burwell, a renowned Academy-Award winning makeup artist known for her work on Lincoln, Braveheart, Saving Private Ryan, War Horse and War of the Worlds.
In this high-stakes Life and Death themed season, the contestants will face creative challenges designed to inspire them to explore life, death, rebirth and mortality. Some of the creatures the talented artists create include an angry, twisted tree character; a new animal species; and a reptilian super solider that would fit into the world of G.I. Joe.
The Face Off contestants will be whittled down week by week, until only three remain for a finale showdown. The winning artist will receive $100,000, a 2014 Fiat 500 and a VIP package courtesy of Kryolan Professional Make-Up. Kryolan Professional Make-Up continues as the official make-up sponsor of Face Off.
To find out more about the cast of season 7, see bios, photo galleries and video, visit www.syfy.com/faceoff. Photography and bios are also available at www.nbcumv.com.
Below are the season 7 Face Off contestants:
Name: Barry Mahoney
Hometown & Residence: Southborough, MA
Name: Cig Neutron
Hometown: New Castle, IN
Residence: Los Angeles, CA
Name: Damien Zimmerman
Hometown & Residence: Junction City, KS
Name: David O’Connell
Hometown: Coconut Creek, FL
Residence: Orlando, FL
Name: Dina Cimarusti
Hometown: Lake Zurich, IL
Residence: Chicago, IL
Name: Drew Talbot
Hometown: Wood River, IL
Residence: Pittsburgh, PA
Name: Gabby Leithsceal
Hometown: Perrysburg, OH
Residence: Loveland, OH
Name: George Troester III
Hometown: Buffalo, NY
Residence: Panorama City, CA
Name: Gwen Crew
Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
Residence: Swissvale, PA
Name: Jason Hodges
Hometown: Evans, GA
Residence: Atlanta, GA
Name: Keaghlan Ashley
Hometown & Residence: Oxnard, CA
Name: Rachael Wagner
Hometown: Chapel Hill, NC
Residence: Los Angeles, CA
Name: Sasha Glasser
Hometown: Irvine, CA
Residence: Los Angeles, CA
Name: Scott Mitchell
Hometown & Residence: Chicago, IL
Name: Stella Sensel
Hometown: Milwaukee, WI
Residence: Brooklyn, NY
Name: Vince Niebla
Hometown & Residence: San Diego, CA
Premiering Tuesday, July 22 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, season 7 of Syfy’s special effects makeup competition series Face Off begins with two of the aspiring artists being eliminated before the competition even begins, a twist that shocks the 16 aspiring hopefuls the moment they arrive to Los Angeles. This begins Face Off’s “Life and Death” season, in which the contestants face creative challenges that will inspire them to explore themes of rebirth and mortality.
In the premiere, the contestants must incorporate a prosthetic into their audition makeups in a stressful four-hour challenge. As the artists are working, host McKenzie Westmore introduces a special guest advisor for the challenge, horror icon Robert Englund (Nightmare on Elm Street’s Freddy Krueger). In the end, two artists are eliminated before ever moving into the Face Off house or stepping into the lab.
Syfy also rolls out an interactive social element for season 7, Tweet Off: The Fan Favorite Sweepstakes. Every week, viewers can tweet which of the contestants is their favorite using #FaceOff. At the end of every episode, there will be a reveal of which contestant garnered the most positive sentiment for the week. And at the end of the season, the contestant who has the most cumulative weekly wins is named Fan Favorite and will be awarded $10,000.
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