The Face, Season 1 Week 1 – The Fight To Make The Final 12

One Sentence Summary:  Nigel Barker returns with three supermodel coaches to steal some of Tyra’s thunder.

Gee, I wonder who the star is here.

Gee, I wonder who the star is here.

My Thoughts:  

Rachel:  Well, here’s another new show that I’m going to cover until I think it’s not worth covering anymore.  Kinda like Project Runway.  I still watch it.  Can’t cover it.  Besides, you know I loves me some Nigel Barker and love seeing him getting the host the show instead of playing second fiddle to Tyra.  Actually, might have been like fifth fiddle if you include all of Tyra’s personalities.  Plus, I think Naomi Campbell has the potential to give us some amazing TV.  Every bitchy little pain in the ass that has ever passed by a camera on the Bachelor or The Housewives or Vanderpump Rules or … well you get the point … had better stop and kneel before the altar that is Naomi Campbell.  No one out-divas this bitch.  Wait, or is it no one out-bitches this diva?  Either way, I love her!  That bitch-diva (biva?) doesn’t age.  She really must have sold her soul to the devil.

So, here is my brief blow-by-blow of the premiere episode of The Face.  We’ll see

So just think of me as a mix between Ryan Seacrest & Tyra Banks.

So just think of me as a mix between Ryan Seacrest & Tyra Banks.

if it deserves more words later.  Twenty-four models converge on New York Fashion Week in hopes of winning the title of The Face.  But first, they have to watch the pros put it down in a Zac Posen show.  The pros being Naomi, Coco Rocha & Karolina Kurkova.  Twelve girl will get to compete.  Twelve of them will go home tonight.

For the first elimination challenge, the models wil be taking a picture with no make-up.  The photographer will take one shot and one shot only of them.  And that picture is what they will be judged on.  One bad photo & buh-bye.  Some girls really know their faces and some have a lot to learn.  However, only two girls are eliminated this round.  So, two down and ten to go.

Next is the runway challenge.  The girls will be walking in bikinis but wearing huge hats that conceal their faces.  This way, it’s their walk that shines through.  Coco tells the girls that they can choose to wear black leggings & tank top, which Naomi isn’t thrilled about.  Professional models that have “do not” lists, don’t make it far.  Oh, and they’re still not wearing make-up.  Eighteen make it through which means four got the boot… Hey, I’m here to do the math for you.  I’m a giver.  Six more to get the ax before we have our finalists.

For the third round, the girls will choose an outfit from DKNY and craft their individual style including hair & make-up.  Their photos will then have to impress the judges enough to be selected for one of their teams.  The judges will see their pictures from Day 1 (no makeup) and then the picture of them made up before deciding if they want them on their team.  Only 12 get through.  If more than one of the judges wants a girl, the model chooses which team she is on.

The girls go through the elimination process and it comes down to the last spot left on Coco’s team.  Two girls are left, but only one will make the cut – Jessica or Brittany. Brittany doesn’t make the cut, but wants to know what she can do better before she goes.  Seeing as how she is the only girl that bothered to ask for advice, the judges take the time to talk to her.  Brittany tells them she’s had a hard life with a single mother.  Naomi actually gets up, hugs her and tells her that she has to believe in herself.  She even sheds some tears.  There is a heart in there!  I knew it!  Brittany’s story is so compelling that Coco changes her mind and gives her the last place on her team, which mean Jessica gets the boot.  How mad is she going to be when she watches this?  Can’t be thrilled to lose a spot to a sympathy vote.

Here’s how the teams shook out:

Team Naomi

L to R:  Aleksandra, 23; ZiLin, 25; Sandra, 21; Jocelyn, 20

L to R: Aleksandra, 23; ZiLin, 25; Sandra, 21; Jocelyn, 20

Team Coco

L to R: Stephanie, 20; Marlee, 23; Brittany, 25; Margaux, 23

L to R: Stephanie, 20; Marlee, 23; Brittany, 25; Margaux, 23

Team Karolina

L to R:  Madeleine, 23; Ebony, 21; Devyn, 21; Kristy, 24

L to R: Madeleine, 23; Ebony, 21; Devyn, 21; Kristy, 24

Bottom Line:  OK, I’m in, but we all know I’m an easy sell.  Oh and my fave girls are Devyn & Margaux, which is a bummer because Naomi is my favorite coach.  Oh, the conflicts that plague me in this life…

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