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Premiering Tuesday, July 22, the new season of the Syfy competition series features 16 talented SFX make-up artists arriving in Los Angeles, only to discover they are not on the show just yet, and will compete in a Sudden Death challenge where they must create a character that represents either life or death.



Face Off Season 7 contestants
June 12, 2014

NEW YORK, NY — Syfy's acclaimed unscripted series, "Face Off," returns for a seventh season themed "Life and Death" on Tuesday, July 22 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Sixteen talented special effects make-up artists arrive to Los Angeles, only to discover they are not on the show just yet, and will compete in a Sudden Death challenge where they must create a character that represents either life or death. After facing the judges, two artists are eliminated before ever moving into the "Face Off" house or stepping into the lab.

Freddy Krueger himself, actor Robert Englund, makes an appearance and offers advice on creating a convincing makeup. "Pay attention to your model," he tells the artists. "Look at his face and build on that. I think one of the successes of the Freddy makeup is that they kept some of my own facial structures which I was able to animate easier."

In a "Face Off" first, Syfy rolls out an interactive social integration for season 7, calling on viewers to each week tweet about their favorite contestant using #FaceOff. Viewer tweets will determine who the weekly fan favorite is, and at the season's end, the contestant who ranked the overall most favorite will be rewarded with $10,000.

Returning to the lab for the new season is actress and host McKenzie Westmore, along with judges Glenn Hetrick ("CSI: New York," "The Hunger Games," "Heroes") and Neville Page ("Avatar," "Prometheus"). World-renowned makeup artist — and McKenzie's dad — Michael Westmore resumes his role as the official contestant mentor.

Ve Neill is in the midst of working on her latest films in "The Hunger Games" franchise, but will sit on the judging panel for three episodes of "Face Off" during season 7. Stepping in to complete the panel is Lois Burwell, a renowned Academy-Award winning makeup artist known for her work on "Lincoln," "Braveheart," "Saving Private Ryan," "War Horse" and "War of the Worlds."

In this high-stakes Life and Death themed season, the contestants will face creative challenges designed to inspire them to explore life, death, rebirth and mortality. Some of the creatures the talented artists create include an angry, twisted tree character; a new animal species; and a reptilian super solider that would fit into the world of G.I. Joe.

The "Face Off" contestants will be whittled down week by week, until only three remain for a finale showdown. The winning artist will receive $100,000, a 2014 Fiat 500 and a VIP package courtesy of Kryolan Professional Make-Up. Kryolan Professional Make-Up continues as the official make-up sponsor of "Face Off."

Below are the "Face Off" Season 7 contestants:

Barry Mahoney
Age: 33
Hometown & Residence: Southborough, MA
Twitter: @Shut_Up_Barry

Cig Neutron
Age: 25
Hometown: New Castle, IN
Residence: Los Angeles, CA
Twitter: @cigneutron

Damien Zimmerman
Age: 25
Hometown & Residence: Junction City, KS
Twitter: @ol_dirtyzombie

David "DOC" O'Connell
Age: 26
Hometown: Coconut Creek, FL
Residence: Orlando, FL

Dina Cimarusti
Age: 28
Hometown: Lake Zurich, IL
Residence: Chicago, IL
Twitter: @dinarosecima

Drew Talbot
Age: 29
Hometown: Wood River, IL
Residence: Pittsburgh, PA
Twitter: @handsandhead

Gabby Leithsceal
Age: 42
Hometown: Perrysburg, OH
Residence: Loveland, OH
Twitter: @GabLei

George Troester III
Age: 27
Hometown: Buffalo, NY
Residence: Panorama City, CA
Twitter: @GeorgeTroester

Gwen Crew
Age: 25
Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
Residence: Swissvale, PA
Twitter: @Gw3n7

Jason Hodges
Age: 27
Hometown: Evans, GA
Residence: Atlanta, GA
Twitter: @undeadforest

Keaghlan Ashley
Age: 24
Hometown & Residence: Oxnard, CA
Twitter: @KeaghlanAshley

Rachael Wagner
Age: 24
Hometown: Chapel Hill, NC
Residence: Los Angeles, CA

Sasha Glasser
Age: 22
Hometown: Irvine, CA
Residence: Los Angeles, CA
Twitter: @sashyluv

Scott Mitchell
Age: 48
Hometown & Residence: Chicago, IL
Twitter: @SMCreativDesign

Stella Sensel
Age: 34
Hometown: Milwaukee, WI
Residence: Brooklyn, NY
Twitter: @stellasensel

Vince Niebla
Age: 42
Hometown & Residence: San Diego, CA
Twitter: @vniebla3D

"Face Off" is an authentic depiction of the high creative standards necessary for a special effects make-up artist to succeed in their craft. The series debuted in January 2011 as a new reality competition program to critical and ratings success. Including Live +7 Days, Season 6 of Face Off averaged 1.29 million 18-49 viewers and 2.12 million total viewers, making it Syfy's top series this year among 18-49 and the #1 unscripted series among total viewers.

"Face Off" is a production of Mission Control Media with Dwight D. Smith, Michael Agbabian and Derek Atherton serving as executive producers.
 



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