Hey Gasmii! I have to confess that this is one of my favorite seasons so far because I think we really have high quality artists this time around. I couldn’t even finish last season because I was irritated with some of the contestants but even the most annoying ones this season aren’t so bad. Last week we had a pirate theme and this week we’re taking on dragons and Chinese astrology.
Laura and Sarah are sad because CC was their roommate and they can’t believe she is now gone. Really? Did we see the same makeup that CC did or did I miss something? The contestants are called to meet Mackenzie in front of the Thien Hau temple where they learn what the next Spotlight Challenge will be but not before being treated to a traditional Chinese dragon dance. Jason doesn’t understand why they have to watch this puppet do a dance because while he is quite gorgeous he is a little stupid. Mack explains that they will be working in teams of two to create their interpretation of a Chinese New Year dragon and that their creations will perform a dance. The twist is that each team member has to incorporate their Chinese astrological sign into the creation.
All the contestants take a few moments to stick around and gather inspiration and initial sketches from around the temple. Derek tattoos for a living and one of the more overused tattoos just so happen to be dragons so he has a lot of reference. Nicole focuses in on a mural featuring a warrior with a headpiece and decides they should make a headpiece with flags to showcase the movement. Wait..Wait Why is Rod carrying around a heavy ass notebook on his broken hand? Sorry that distracted me. The pairs are as follows:
Nicole and Rod – Snake and Rat
Eric and Sarah – Monkey and Boar
Tommy and Derek – Monkey and Ox
Jason and Roy – Rabbit and Snake
Laura and Alana – Goat and Rat
Day 1 starts and everyone seems to be getting along but I am too distracted by the fact that Jason is talking…a lot. Damn does this mean he is finally going home because I needs me a little eye candy. Alana and Laura decide to go for a more realistic approach so that they stick out from the other contestants. Alana claims that she loves Chinese culture but doesn’t reflect it much in her aesthetics. Tommy and Derek are on the same wavelength throwing ideas back and forth and Tommy explains they both really want to win to redeem themselves from being on the bottom previously. Eric and Sarah start sculpting but the things Sarah invisioned aren’t laying out correctly on the clay so she works on something else because sometimes working on something else helps with your problem or something. I don’t get it because you still have a problem when you come back to it later and she worked on it for like 5 minutes without even trying.