Ogres, cosplay, and Catherine Hardwicke! The season 5 premiere of Syfy’s Face Off was chock full of theatrics, including the moment when the eight new contestants learned they’d be going head to head with eight veteran contestants from previous seasons. Jaws dropped.
The first Foundation Challenge called for the competitors to create elaborate makeups for a costume ball, setting the stage for a little reality TV crossover moment. Cast members from the new Syfy series Heroes of Cosplay – which debuted immediately following Face Off – dropped in to provide the makeup artists with a little inspiration. Also making an appearance was Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke, who stepped in to serve as a guest judge. Bryan “Tate” Steinsiek, from season one, won the challenge and was granted immunity.
Then it was on to the Spotlight Challenge, where the sixteen contestants were split into two teams: veterans versus rookies. Each group was tasked with creating five innovative fantasy characters. Academy Award-winning makeup artist Bill Corso (Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Amazing Spiderman) was on hand to provide some mentoring. The veterans won the, uh, face off — with Miranda Jory (season 2) and her pretty pixie singled out as exceptional — which meant that the newbies were on the chopping block. The first contestant to go home was 33 year-old Steve Tolin.
EW spoke with Tolin about his reaction to this season’s big twist, what went wrong in his first and final Face Off challenges, and what he’s been working on since filming wrapped. READ FULL STORY