Face Off returns with season 5 this month on SyFy. We recently had the chance to chat with Glenn Hetrick and Mackenzie Westmore of Syfy’s Face Off about what viewers can expect in the new season. In this season eight specialeffects makeup artists are going to be competing against eight returning contestants from past seasons of Face Off. Even better, the duo reveals what guests we can expect to pop in on the new season.
Also included is a promo video of the contestants speaking about the upcoming challenges they’re hoping to face.
The new season premieres next Tuesday, August 13, at 9/8c.
Q) Are there going to be more challenges that are newbies versus vets or are they going to be more broken up after the first episode?
Mackenzie Westmore: They will be more broken up but it initially is, you know, that first foundation challenge of the masquerade ball is everybody—each man for himself—and then it does get broken-up here and there into newbies versus vets.
Q) Can you both discuss the process as to who was selected and why?
Glenn Hetrick: Actually, we’re not involved in this. We found out when we got there and it’s purposefully done that way. You know, we don’t want to have any preconceived notions. It’s really about the work each week, so it was a surprise to us as well.
Everyone that comes on the show, regardless of how much they succeed or fail in a given, they’re very impressive artists and they’re trained to do anything from concept to application in two days and it’s insanely difficult so if you’re anyone that’s been on the show that, you know, that got there, belongs there, so it was sort of just a mixed bag of people. I know they wanted to have different seasons record ended.
Q) Can you talk about some of the guest artists? We’ve had some great ones last year and looking forward to seeing who we have coming up.
Mackenzie: We have some amazing guests coming in this year; episode one starts off with Catherine Hardwicke, director of Twilight. She comes in for the very first foundation challenge which is a masquerade ball.
We also have joining us in that first episode the Heroes of Cosplay which is a new docuseries on Syfy. We also have Bill Corso, an Academy Award-winning makeup artist. He gives contestants some advice on their first spotlight challenge and then as far as throughout the season, we’ve got Kevin Grevioux Lin Shayne…
We have Jordu Schell, we have Elvira. We have Valli O’Reilly, some really good industry people—some amazing industry people actually—and some other fun ones along the way as well. We’ll have Dave Salmoni of Animal Planet. He comes in for a special challenge that is an animal and human hybrid. That one was a lot of fun.