Skin Wars Season 2 episode 9 opens with a reminder that Rio went off on Cheryl Ann as he was eliminated last week. Perhaps we’re being clued-in that her ride is about to come to an end?
After a random beach shot for no apparent reason, the artists have 4 models that have their backs to them. The reveal is 4 women with pregnant bellies. They’ve got to do a mother nature inspired design on those bellies. They are told to be unique, avoid cliches and NO AIRBRUSHES.
I think it would’ve been awesome to use the pregnant ladies for the robot challenge. Take that assumptions!
After being told to be unique & be aware of what other people are painting, 3 out of 4 artists create a tree of life design. Whoops. Lana’s the second person they talk to & she gets read for not looking around & changing her design when she saw Avi’s tree. And then Cheryl Ann is the 3rd tree of life. Perhaps a little unfairly, Avi never gets read for also doing a tree of life. He was also fully capable of turning around & seeing what other people were doing.
And duh, Aryn wins the challenge BECAUSE SHE WAS THE ONLY ONE TO DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT! Why show Robin saying “I think we’ve made up our minds.” Really? Kill the unnecessary suspense, Skin Wars. The only shock would’ve been someone else winning. The artists get no heads-up on what the next challenge is, which is different & mildly suspenseful.
The next morning, the artists are outside on the coast. They have just 3 hours to create a body painting that makes the model disappear into a nature-based background. Oooh, hard. Mama like.
Natalie, the season 1 winner, returns as this week’s guest judge.
Aryn gets first choice of background as mini-challenge winner & selects the Zen garden. The others have to race to their background. Lana gets vineyard, Avi gets farm and Cheryl Ann gets the ocean view.
Cheryl Ann struggles with her model’s head & the bald cap – it ripped around her model’s ear. You can still see that in the final photo below, which is bad.
It’s bugging me that Lana’s ‘vineyard’ is totally fake.
Probably because the models are outside, none of them really completely disappear as they did with the food table challenge earlier in the season. Of course, they also had 2 more hours to do that challenge. That’s a big factor too.
Aryn and Avi are the top 2, so both of them will be in the finale. The winner of this week’s challenge is Avi, not that it matters so much because they’re both in the finale.
So we’ve got 2 blondes left & one is going home. Just like last year, since Natalie is here, the two are being given the opportunity to do a paint-off to earn the final spot in the finale. This season, neither of them is going to protest & say “I’m not going to paint against my friend.” These two are ready to go.
So for the paint-off it’s another blend challenge – they’ve got an hour & a half to blend their model into an LA cityscape image. Instead of watching them paint, we get a recap of the season-long battle of the blondes.
Lana is hung up on her model’s pose. Cheryl Ann is confident as she started painting before Lana. However, Lana’s a fast painter.
The judges toss between Cheryl Ann’s model disappearing more and Lana selecting a more challenging pose & using more parts of the background photo. In the end, Lana is in & Cheryl Ann is going home. It’s the end of the arc for Skin Wars. Ru tells Cheryl Ann that she’s made a name for herself. Um, perhaps not entirely the name she wanted to make for herself Ru.
We’ve got 1 episode left in season 2 of Skin Wars. Old painters will be brought back to assist the final 3 in their multi-body final paint. Do you care who wins? Do you wish Cheryl Ann had gone home sooner, or would’ve at least gotten a better edit so you weren’t rooting for her to go home? Talk about it below!