The newbies came prepared to conquer, but it was the vets who ultimately battled it out in Tuesday night’s season finale of Face Off. Tate Steinsiek (season one), Laura Tyler (season three), and Roy Wooley (season three) were the last three standing… each one seeking redemption.
Host McKenzie Westmore introduced the finalists to dancers from the Los Angeles Ballet who proceeded to perform a routine from Swan Lake. Naturally, their performance was the inspiration for this season’s final challenge. The trio learned they were to create a swan princess and evil sorcerer… and that their make-up better be sweat proof. From there, each artist was paired with a different era–from the Industrial Revolution, Ming Dynasty, or Italian Renaissance–and with a team of familiar assistants.
Because the project was a huge undertaking, the final three were reunited with this season’s previous contestants. The group broke apart and got straight to work.
Wooley acknowledged he felt outside of his comfort zone, but Frank Ippolito and Scott Ramp helped him along. Tyler had a few concepts–and with Eddie Holecko and Miranda Jory on her team–the trio moved quickly forward. Meanwhile, Steinsiek worked with Alana Schiro and Lyma Millot on his avian sculpture, but it didn’t initially turn out quite as he’d hoped and the trio lost some time backtracking. Each team was forced to troubleshoot one minor crisis after another until judgement day finally arrived.
Only one last live ballet performance stood between the artists and the series outcome. The Los Angeles Ballet routine went swimmingly, but, of course, it was the judges who would have the final word. After carefully reviewing each contestant’s work, the judges made their–admittedly very difficult–decision.
Ultimately, Tyler was declared winner for her Italian renaissance-inspired swan-sorcerer while Steinsiek and Wooley–ever the good sports–hugged and congratulated her.
EW spoke with Tyler, Steinsiek, and Wooley about the show’s big finish and what they’ve been working on since filming wrapped. Read more after the jump.