Mel’s 5 Second First Impressions: Face Off, Season 8

Face Off (2011-present)
(Season 8 cast) McKenzie Westmore, Ve Neill, Glenn Hetrick, Neville Page, Laura Tyler, Rayce Bird, Anthony Kosar, and Michael Westmore

Contestants: Darla Edin, Emily Serpico, Gregory Hewett, Julian Bonfiglio, Stephanie Masco, Adam Milicevic, Anthony Reyes, Logan Long, Regina Jiganti, Rob Miller, Alan Carnes, Ben Peter, Daniel Prado, Jamie Leodones, and Kelly Harris

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So, as I’ve mentioned before, I like the idea of a good few of the reality shows out there. There are quite a few of them with themes that I’m interested in; makeup, fashion, tattoos, music, dancing, etc. But so many of them are all drama, no substance. Both Ink Master and America’s Next Top Model only got one season for how awful they were. My favourites, besides this one, are Dancing with the Stars and RuPaul’s Drag Race. Funny how a show about drag queens is one of the least dramatic ones out there… but I digress, as usual.

Face Off is my very favourite reality show. With the exception of the awful season 1 (which I’m glad I didn’t see first, for I wouldn’t have continued), there is no drama, save tiny personal conflicts very, very seldomly. The focus really is on the makeups and costumes, and that’s why I love it. Two episodes into season 8, I find the format much changed, and while there’s still no drama, I’m not entirely sold on the concept of returning champions. This season, three former winners form 3 groups of 5, and compete as teams. It’s not bad, but I figure the show was perfect as is, why fix something if it ain’t broke? But I guess I’ll see how it goes as the show continues, but unless they change it up a little, I certainly hope they’ll go back to their old format for season 9.

This show isn’t on Netflix, but YouTube has a lot of episodes, if you’re interested in checking it out. I definitely reccomend it if you’re interested in special makeup effects.

 

M.

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Mel’s TV Reviews: Face Off, season 1

So I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with competition shows. I love fashion and beauty stuff, so I enjoy watching things like RuPaul’s Drag Race and Ink Master, I love tattoos as well as beauty and fashion. But so many of these shows are 90% drama, with contestants yelling at each other all the time, putting each other down, sabotaging the other’s progress, etc. Even bloody cooking competitions have it, for fuck’s sake! America’s Next Top Model was so bad that I (barely) made it through just one season. I had to stop watching Ink Master about halfway through season 2, it had gotten way out of hand.

But then, something wonderful happened. They started playing reruns of Face Off on Space, which I’d only heard of in passing while zipping through the commercials (I never watch anything live, commercials make me violent, so I watch either on dvd or stuff I pvr’d). It looked really cool, though, so I decided to give it a shot. I started recording quickly, but I still missed season 1 and most of 2. But I watched all of seasons 3 and 4, and most of 7 (I think it was), and it was wonderful. Not only was there no drama (save one incident at the beginning of 3, I think it was, between contestants Tommy and Joe, and it’s still nothing compared to other shows, but I digress..), but the competitors actually helped each other! I was so happy to finally have found a competition show that was actually about competition, and not about drama. I won’t talk too much more about the later seasons, I’ll likely do a small review of each season.

No, this post (after my little intro) is about the horror that was season 1.

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So, since I loved seasons 3 and 4 so much, I decided to go and, err, ‘acquire’ seasons 1 and 2 to see all the episodes that I missed. And man, I should have left well enough alone. Season 1 is awful. It starts with a few of the contestants bitching each other out, and it just went downhill from there. It’s like they had watched all the other competition shows and jotted down notes on how to make your show look as dramatic as possible. There was one girl in particular that I’m positive was kept on every week just to make sure it stayed dramatic. She had very little in the way of skill, and was in the bottom looks for almost every single challenge. Yet she stayed. If I’d seen season 1 first, there’s very little chance that I’d have kept watching.

So if you enjoy competition shows yet hate the drama, I highly reccomend you check out this show. Just skip season 1 😉

M.

Fishiest Queens on RuPaul’s Drag Race (Seasons 1 to 4)

Have no idea what a fishy queen is? Let me explain. A drag queen described as “fishy” is a drag queen who looks like a woman so much that she could easily be mistaken for the real thing. The ladies in this list are the fishiest queens from seasons 1 to 4 of RuPaul’s Drag Race. This is not to say that these were my favourite contestants on the show, just the girliest. A good half of my favourites aren’t going to be in this list because, while totally fierce, you can still tell there’s a man under all that makeup. So here they are, my fishy queens, in alphabetical order (cause I’m too lazy to take the time to rank them in order of fishiness :-p ).

 

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We unfortunately didn’t get to see much of Alisa, she was the first to be sent home in season 4. She’s incredibly beautiful, but unfortunately the judges weren’t wowed by her “post-apocalyptic couture”, and she got the boot. Too bad, I’d have liked to see more of her.

 

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Carmen is dumber than a sack of bricks, and I felt like smacking her around a few times, but she really is gorgeous. Her first runway look of season 3 almost literally took my breath away. How a boy got blessed with a body like that is crazy (and unfair!! hehe).

 

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One of my top 5 queens, Chad is a stunner. Put her side to side (in full drag) with Cher, and it’d be mighty hard to tell the two apart!

 

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At the beginning of the season she was a little rough around the edges, but after a little grooming from Ru and the judges, she became one of the fiercest of the season. She beautiful, and it’s very easy to forget she’s really a man.

 

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Little Kenya! What she lacked in height, she certainly made up for in beauty. Absolutely stunning, and so fishy that even out of drag it’s hard to tell that she’s a boy.

 

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Definitely not one of my favourite queens, but it’s undeniable that she’s fishy. She’s got very soft, feminine features, it’s just too bad that, in fierceness, she was just so… meh.

 

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Abrasive the moment she opens her mouth, it was hard to root for her to take the crown (not that I was anyways, but that’s not the point :-p ). But she’s definitely beautiful, there’s no denying that. She’s feminine even out of drag, so once in drag it’s almost impossible to tell that she’s a he.

 

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I didn’t particularly like Mariah, despite her fishiness. She was a little stand-offish and cold, and always looked slightly bored. She’s definitely a dude out of drag, but the makeup completely transforms her, making it very easy to mistake her for the real thing.

 

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Oh Phi Phi. I spent most of season 4 just wanting her to go away, but drama gets the ratings (lord only knows why, ugh), so I had to put up with her till the very last episode of the season. She’s not always fishy, especially when she “drags too much” (puts on too much makeup, which I didn’t even know was a thing in the drag world), but when she tones it down and really tries for that real girl look, she nails it.

 

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Another queen who’s not always fishy (especially when she’s got that 5 o’clock shadow showing), but when she gets her makeup and hair just right, you can hardly tell that she’s a he.

 

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As beautiful as she is, I’d completely forgotten about her by the time I started making this post. Being that forgettable is a big no-no when you’re trying to be any kind of star, but most especially for a drag performer. But if fishiness was the only qualification needed, she’d definitely have been in the top.

 

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Stacy was all kinds of awesome. Such a kind, soft person, she almost doesn’t belong in the drag world. While she may not be many people’s definition of beauty, she is definitely one of the fishiest queens in the history of the show. Even out of drag, even naked, she still looked like a woman.

 

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I could never decide if I liked Tatianna or not. She’s undeniably beautiful, even more so than most women (bitch!), but she could be so annoying. And bitchy! Oh my god, so bitchy! I suppose that’s what happens when you’re that gorgeous… :-p

 

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I was so looking forward to a season with this quirky, fun performer, but unfortunately she failed to impress the judges, and was sent home first. I really don’t understand why. Yes, her “christmas couture” was a little busy, but I really liked it. And she looked stunning.

 

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With her eccentric look, Yara was one of my favourites. She wasn’t always fishy, but when she got it right, she got it damn right!

 

And that’s my list! I’ll eventually get around to watching the later seasons, and I’ll do an updated version of this post when I do, and I’ll also do a post of my favourite queens, the ones I was rooting for. But, till then, bye bye!! 🙂

M.