‘Face Off’ Season 5 Premiere Date Announced

Syfy’s fifth season of their hit special effects make-up artist competition series Face Off is set to debut Tuesday, August 13th at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT, and this season features a twist. For the first time, eight former contestants will return to go head-to-head with eight newcomers. The first foundation challenge features a nifty bit of network synergy as the 16 contestants must create elaborate looks for a costume ball using the colorfully dressed cast members from Syfy’s new docu-series Heroes of Cosplay who will be in attendance for inspiration (Heroes of Cosplay will premiere directly following Face Off).

Actress McKenzie Westmore will return as the series’ host (her renowned make-up artist father, Michael Westmore, will also return to the series as the contestant’s official mentor), while judges Ve Neill (The Hunger Games, The Amazing Spider-Man, Pirates of the Caribbean), Glenn Hetrick (CSI: New York, The Hunger Games, Heroes) and Neville Page (Avatar, Prometheus) all reclaim their seats at the judges’ table.

Face-Off also has an impressive list of guest judges lined up for season five including Bryan Fuller (Hannibal, Pushing Daisies), Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight), Academy Award winning makeup artist Bill Corso (Lemony Snicket, The Amazing Spider-Man), Kevin Grevioux (Underworld), Lin Shayne (Insidious, There’s Something About Mary), renowned sculptor and concept artist Jordu Schell (Edward Scissorhands, Babylon 5), Cassandra Peterson (Elvira), former Face Off series judge Patrick Tatopolous (Total Recall, 300: Rise of an Empire) and Academy Award winning makeup artist Valli O’Reilly (Lemony Snicket, Alice in Wonderland).

Among the challenges the contestants will face this season include being tasked with creating a futuristic Frankenstein and his bride; a whimsical character inspired by Mother Goose nursery rhymes; a Morlock-inspired subterranean humanoid beast; an alluring Mother Earth goddess inspired by the contestants’ own moms; a reimagined and modern version of a classic Halloween character complete with an articulating ‘treat’; an original living art character inspired by Cubism, Surrealism, Pop Art, Expressionism and Constructivism; a stylized alien for an out-of-this-world performance on the Reveal Stage with world-renown circus troupe, Cirque Berzerk; a grim character inspired by one of the seven deadly sins; a scary ghost with a comedic edge; a dark elf warrior for a fantastical elven army; and an exotic flying creature/human-hybrid.

In the finale, the final three contestants will create two lead characters from Swan Lake and then have their work put to the test during a performance by the Los Angeles Ballet. The winning artist will receive $100,000, a 2013 Fiat and a VIP trip from Kryolan Professional Make-Up to one of their 85 international locations.

See below for a list of the returning contestants and the newbies. Did any of your past favorites make the list?

VETERANS

Name: Alana Schiro (season three)
Age: 20
Hometown: New York, NY
Residence: Northridge, CA

Name: Bryan “Tate” Steinsiek (season one)
Age: 31
Hometown: Henryetta, OK
Residence: Henryetta, OK

Name: Eric Zapata (season four)
Age: 23
Hometown: Victoria, TX
Residence: Victoria, TX

Name: Frank Ippolito (season one)
Age: 32
Hometown: Cleveland, OH
Residence: Burbank, CA

Name: Laura Tyler (season three)
Age: 27
Hometown: Orlando, FL
Residence: Orlando, FL

Name: Miranda Jory (season two)
Age: 21
Hometown: Louisville, KY and Seattle, WA
Residence: Los Angeles, CA

Name: Robert “RJ” Haddy (season two)
Age: 36
Hometown: Charleston, WV
Residence: Charleston, WV

Name: Roy Wooley (season three)
Age: 46
Hometown: Tucker, GA
Residence: Tucker, GA

NEWCOMERS

Name: Adolfo Barreto Rivera
Age: 32
Hometown: Puerto Rico
Residence: Las Vegas, NV

Name: Alaina “Laney” Parkhurst
Age: 23
Hometown: Manitou Beach, MI
Residence: West Hollywood, CA

Name: Edward “Eddie” Holecko
Age: 20
Hometown: Berea, Ohio
Residence: Savannah, GA

Name: Lymari “Lyma” Millot
Age: 33
Hometown: El Paso, TX
Residence: El Paso, TX

Name: Sam “Rick” Prince
Age: 38
Hometown: Nashville, TN
Residence: Nashville, TN

Name: Samantha Allen
Age: 27
Hometown: Tinton Falls, NJ
Residence: Bayville, NJ

Name: Scott Ramp
Age: 52
Hometown: Salem, OR
Residence: Pasadena, CA

Name: Steve Tolin
Age: 33
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Residence: Pittsburgh, PA