A familiar face popped up on Face Off this week. Former judge Patrick Tatopoulos–a production designer for Pitch Black, Underworld, and Independence Day–stopped by for a motorcycle themed Foundation Challenge. The group was tasked with creating an original motorcycle racer based on the colorful vehicles that filled the room. The group excitedly got to work… and eventually the verdict was in. Tatopoulos ultimately chose Tanner White and Daran Holt as his top two favorites. However, there could only be one winner. Holt’s expertly executed creation wound up taking home top prize–immunity for this week’s the Spotlight Challenge.
From there, it was onto the main event where host McKenzie Westmore and judge Glenn Hetrick announced that the artists would work in pairs of their own choosing in order to create their own original rockstar. Using various electric guitars that filled the room, the group was prompted to create a musician that echoed the vibe of the guitar they selected.
The pairings included: Corinne Foster and Graham Schofield, George Schminky and Daran Holt, Tanner White and Chloe Sens, Cat Paschen and Niko Gonzalez, Rashaad Santiago and Tyler Green, and Tess Laeh and Matt Silva. Minor drama ensued, but nothing that couldn’t be overcome. That’s excluding Laeh and Silva who had their work cut out for them. The duo had decided upon a rockabilly themed goat, but mentor Michael Westmore pointed out that their creation’s face didn’t really echo its concept. Upon hearing this, Laeh had a minor meltdown and could hardly be consoled. Silva initially gave her space, but–with limited time–the two eventually got back to work.
Judgement day came all too soon. Schminky and Holt and Santiago and Green’s creations wound up in the top, with Holt–no immunity win necessary–being named winner for his creation’s “fascinating head.” Meanwhile, White and Sens and Silva and Laeh found themselves in the bottom. Ultimately only Laeh was sent home for her part in a make-up which the judges said “lacked complexity.”
EW caught up with Laeh about what it was like being a part of the show, what she would have done differently in her challenge, and what she’s been working on since filming wrapped.