"Face Off" returns with an Action-Packed Eighth Season Themed “Return of the Champions”

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05 January 2015
Face Off
Photo: Jordin Althaus/Syfy
 "Face Off"
Season 8 Premieres Tuesday, January 13 at 9:00 PM ET/PT on Syfy
          Syfy’s critically-acclaimed reality competition series Face Off – the network’s most watched unscripted series – will return on Tuesday, January 13 at 9PM for an action-packed eighth season themed “Return of the Champions.” In a twist on the show’s traditional format, three former champions, Rayce Bird (Season 2), Anthony Kosar (Season 4) and Laura Tyler (Season 5), will return in the premiere and select teams of five new artists who they will coach throughout the season.  
         Additionally, the Season 8 premiere will be super-sized over two episodes.  At the end of premiere, host McKenzie Westmore delivers a challenge twist in lieu of an elimination, forcing the action of the premiere to carry over into the next week’s episode.  Makeup super-legend and seven-time Academy Award-winner Rick Baker (makeup artist for American Werewolf in London, The Men in Black trilogy, Michael Jackson’s Thriller, Planet of the Apes) will appear in both episodes, first mentoring the artists and then appearing as a guest judge. 
          In a first for the series, Season 8 will feature an instant “watch and win” sweepstakes.  During each episode, fans will be prompted to discuss who their favorite contestant is by using Twitter - making them automatically eligible to win a weekly prize.   At the end of each episode, one lucky fan will be announced in an on air spot, on Twitter and featured on the Face Off show site on Syfy.com. 
          Season 8 will also feature the full-time return of fan-favorite and Academy Award-winning judge, Ve Neill, who recently wrapped work on The Hunger Games franchise. 
          Face Off is a competition/elimination series exploring the world of special-effects make-up artists and the unlimited imagination that allows them to create amazing works of living art. As a member of the multi-generational family dynasty whose name is synonymous with the make-up effects field, actress McKenzie Westmore brings expertise to her role as host of the series.  Some of SFX world’s most celebrated figures judge the competition – multiple Academy Award-winner Ve Neill (The Hunger Games, Pirates of the Caribbean), industry veteran Glenn Hetrick (CSI: New York, Heroes, Legion), and creature designer Neville Page (Avatar, Prometheus). World-renowned Hollywood makeup artist Michael Westmore (Star Trek) serves as the contestant mentor.
        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 2015 Fiat and a VIP package courtesy of Kryolan Professional Make-Up to one of their 85 international locations.  Kryolan Professional Make-Up continues as the official make-up sponsor of Face Off.
Below are the Season 8 Face Off participants: 
Adam Milicevic
Age: 30
Hometown: Merrillville, IN
Residence: Orlando, FL / Osaka, Japan
Twitter: @acivicdilemma
Anthony Kosar
Age: 29
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Residence: Chicago, IL
Twitter: @kosarteffects
Alan Carnes
Age: 32
Hometown: Weaverville, CA
Residence: Redding, CA
Twitter: @gothicnytfx
Laura Tyler
Age: 30
Hometown: Orlando, FL
Residence: Orlando, FL
Twitter: @laurartist84
Anthony Reyes
Age: 20
Hometown: Shohola, PA
Residence: New York, NY
Twitter: @makeupbyaer
Rayce Bird
Age: 32
Hometown: Shelley, ID
Residence: Moscow, ID
Twitter: @RayceBird
Benjamin Peter
Age: 32
Hometown: Centerville, OH
Residence: West Carrolton, OH
Twitter: @BenjaminJPeter
Daniel Pardo
Age: 38
Hometown: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Residence: Atlanta, GA
Twitter: @DanielPrado_
Darla Edin
Age: 28
Hometown: St. Louis Park, MN
Residence: Minneapolis, MN
Twitter: @Darla_Edin
Emily Serpico
Age: 18
Hometown: West Palm Beach, FL
Residence: Wellington, FL
Twitter: @emilyserpico
Gregory Hewitt
Age: 36
Hometown: Supply, NC
Residence: Charlotte, NC
Twitter: @gregoryahewett
Jamie Leodones
Age: 30
Hometown: Alberta, Canada
Residence: Burbank, CA
Twitter: @jaeraele
Julian Bonfiglio
Age: 25
Hometown: Fremont, CA
Residence: San Francisco, CA
Occupation: Freelance FX Artist
Twitter: @JulianBonfigli0
Kelly Harris
Age: 24
Hometown: Columbus, OH
Residence: Columbus, OH
Twitter: @KellyKillsYou
Logan Long
Age: 29
Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT
Residence: Salt Lake City, UT
Twitter: @loganladdie
Regina Jiganti
Age: 24
Hometown: Hinsdale, IL
Residence: Burbank, CA 
Twitter: @rjiganti
Rob Miller
Age: 41
Hometown: Monroe, MI
Residence: Monroe, MI
Twitter: @robmillerart
Stephanie Masco
Age: 21
Hometown: Plainfield, IL
Residence: Plainfield, IL
Twitter: @jeanmasco

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