“There, there. You just stink at this, honey.” “Right back atcha.”
Well, hello! It’s great to see you all back to TVgasm the crap out of Work of Art. More people are watching than you realize (true of many things), and this show has stimulated a lot of really interesting conversations about art. (Also, lots of discussion about reality show editing and perception.) Also, weird people say stupid things, and I get to poop on it for fun. Let’s go!
Last week, a team challenge brought the downfall of the obvious and one-note Mark Velasquez. His downfall came at the hands of his partner, Peregrine, who shot down his ideas, failed to come up with awesome ones of her own, then blamed him when the whole thing went to shit. As of tonight, I’m feeling conflicted about The P. Is she cool? Is she an asshole? Is she both? Last week, too, Abdi was knocked down a few more pegs, to the point where he’s really questioning everything and feeling like a total failure. Miles and Jaclyn won for their tar wall plus mastur-painting. Shrug.
This week’s show starts with a question from Miles: “Do you think Capt’n Crunch would be a good dad?” HA! I have to admit, that is pretty funny. Miles seems so earnestly quizzical about it, too. Abdi chimes in with, “It seems like he’s away from home a lot.” Even more HA!
“And I like to fuck ladies of the night when I’m in port! You may have siblings out there! Who knows?”
The artists are sitting up in the roof loft of the Beaverhausen, having breakfast and enjoying each other’s company. I say that last part because it really does seem that everyone likes each other a lot–there’s mutual respect flowing around the room now that the weaker artists are gone. (Well, almost. I’m looking at you, Boobs.)
Bill Powers strolls in, wearin’ his shades and tryin’ to be cool. “Hey guys.” Why is he there? Since when is a judge playing host or mentor? Anyway, he tells the group to get ready to head out of town. Dress warmly, he adds. The P isn’t sure if they’re taking a flight, road-tripping, or just heading to Sarah Jessica Parker’s house. What?! Since when would reality show contestants go to an executive producer’s house? Silly Peregrine.
Into the Audis they go! On the way to wherever they’re going, the artists muse about this being the last challenge. Abdi’s really stressed out and feels like he’s lost what he’s about as an artist. Nicole knows it’s a biggie, being the last challenge before the finale. Jaclyn stays mute, coldly watching the landscape go by from behind her sunglasses.
They end up in Connecticut, at Sherwood Island state park. I think they must be filming in early fall. Some of the leaves have already turned and dropped, but many of the leaves are still green. But it’s pretty cold. And I did some Googling to find that they did casting for this last summer. And the year dates on the artists’ pieces are 2009. So, that means fall. (Now you know, those who are looking for casting for the second season!)
Little Brown Riding Cape China meets the artists in the driveway. Everyone’s huddling against the cold as China explains the challenge. Well, first she reminds us that today is the last challenge before the finale, and that it’s a double-elimination this time. Only three of the five are going to the finale. And I can’t help but think that almost all of them belong in the finale (except maybe Boobs), which is some kind of comfort to me. Like, it’s almost more about statistical chance than about talent at this point. Still, they’ve got to kick ass this week or they may be going home.
I love the idea of these capes, but really, aren’t they cold? And how do you hook your purse over your shoulder? Fashionable, but impractical.
Boobs only smiles once this whole episode, and here’s her time. She’s excited about maybe winning the show and getting to have a solo show at the Brooklyn Museum. So far, she says, she hasn’t done a solo show, and she doesn’t have financial backing to do it. So she thinks she “needs” this more than the other artists do. Oh, suck it, Boobs. You’re not entitled to it any more than anyone else is.
This week’s challenge is all about nature. Be inspired by it, and then use it in your art. Specifically, they need to use parts of this park in their art, be it rocks or sand or leaves. Just nothing with a heartbeat, please! (Ew, I’m sad that they needed to spell that out.) Nicole is the most excited about this–she “yay!!!”s and jumps up and down. Nature is her thang, and she’s ready to rock.
Jaclyn’s not quite as excited. Her face is tight as she looks heavenward. Miles tells us that Jaclyn’s a city girl, that nature isn’t really her cup of tea. So she’s looking all around in fear, has no connection to this park. By contrast, Miles later tells us how he loves the woods and nature, that it’s the perfect antidote to his OCD. (Take a shot, those of you playing the drinking game!)
The artists head off to explore the park. Peregrine tells us how she grew up in San Fran, in that art commune. Her park was Golden Gate park, which is actually an urban park. So her piece will have to respond to that–she wants to stay true to herself and her own memories of parks.
“I gathered up a bunch of passive-aggression and back-handedness, in case I need it later!”
Abdi parks himself (get it?) on an outcropping of rocks overlooking the water. It’s a dreary, cold day on the beach, and he’s seeking peace and some answers for his artistic vision. My heart weeps a little for him, because he KNOWS he’s losin’ it. He says he needs to find God, needs to get out of this funk. Peregrine stops by to silently place a shell on his knee. They both giggle. See? They all just like each other.
Nicole’s in the woods, picking up every acorn she can find. She explains that acorns are the seeds of trees, which give life to so many other things. We see photos of her and her twin sister, being tomboys when they were little. Climbing trees, playing with turtles and frogs–Nicole’s really comfortable with this challenge. It’s a part of her.
She does look a little nypmh-y. Wood nymph, not sex nymph. Nymph. Nymph. Nymph. Word’s lost all meaning.
Miles also grew up a tomboy (ha!). He’s rooting around (get it??) in the woods for artwork stuff to use. He has a tuft of grass in one hand and sticks in the other. This is where I start to think about the actual challenge itself, both for the artists and for myself, if I were to be in their shoes. How do you incorporate actual pieces of forest, marsh, or beach into a piece of art without it being schlocky? Miles finds a big hunk of fungus growing off a dead log and knows that this is his inspiration. Death feeding on life. Ah, such a teenaged boy stereotype, Miles. First the wall punching, now this. What’s next, playing with deadly gases??
Jaclyn’s not very inspired at this point. She’s got a cold, and it’s cold outside, so she can’t fall back on her usual nudie shots. (She actually says this. I’m not making it up.) She’s wandering around with an umbrella, taking random shots. She throws the umbrella into the water along the shoreline and takes a bunch of photos of it. Time’s running out for their nature study, and this is all Jaclyn’s really got.
That umbrella is naked! I knew she’d go there!
Abdi’s inspired by some of the black gravel under their feet, and he scoops up a bunch to use as a drawing material for his piece. He knows he’s got to incorporate nature into his piece, but he also needs to stay true to what HE does. He doesn’t do tree-branches art, so he shouldn’t worry about collecting tree branches. Good. Abdi, keep going with this resolve! The artists pack up and head back to the studio.
“I gotta trust this gravel.”
Remember when I said, “I wish we got to see more of what the artists are actually doing when they make their art”? Well, we got our wish. Now there’s almost too much “This is what I’m doing, and this is why.” I might have to condense some of it for us, lest we get bogged down in the details. At the end of the day, it’s the final piece that matters, and its impact in the gallery, rather than the process. Though some artists rely on that process to give them cred during crit (Miles?).
Peregrine’s working on a sculpture. She’s using the boots they wore in the park as a plaster base for her papier mache statue of a human figure. It ends up being plaster/papier mache legs with tree branches where the torso, arms, and head would be.
Abdi was inspired by the waves crashing along the shore at the park. He felt almost baptismal about it. His piece starts out with him taking photos of himself lying flat on a table, as though dead, napping, waiting to be reborn, or waiting for God. From there, he mashes up the gravel and dirt from the park with some charcoal and starts drawing his piece. It’s a huge piece, which is fine by me–I love Abdi’s choices of scale most times. And man, that kid can draw.
I love Abdi. Abdi, if you’re reading, can I PLEASE get a print of this piece? Pretty please?
Everyone is hard at work, except Jaclyn. She’s huddled under a blanket on the studio couch, napping the day away. Maybe she thinks that if it can work for Miles, it can work for her! Really, she has a cold and feels like crap. Since no good art will be made when Boobs feels like crap, she’s just going to nap the day away and start fresh tomorrow. She’s obviously stalling because this challenge just doesn’t work for her skill-set, which is human figuration and boobs. I’m SURE she could come up with a good boobs piece that incorporates nature if she just thought about it a little more! C’mon, Jaclyn!
Nicole’s making big plaster forms, as usual. She tells us about her grandfather, who was of the Algonquin native Indian tribe, and how he influenced her love of nature. My first time watching this, I didn’t see that she was using all those acorns she collected on the inside of some weird dome shape she was plastering. I was sad that she’d chosen not to use them, but there they are. So where were they in the finished piece? I have to watch more closely. Anyway, Nicole’s piece is an homage to her family and to nature. And there’s a lot of form-making and plaster molds involved. As usual!
Actually, right now, Nicole’s plaster domes look like boobs. Peregrine says so, then comes by with two red dots to place upon the domes like nipples. “Yay, they’re done!” Nicole cheers. HA! Can you imagine THOSE being her final project? Sounds like something I would do. Nicole jokes about talking to the judges about her plaster tits. “Jeanne, tell me your honest thoughts on my piece.” Peregrine laughs and shakes her head. Nicole and Peregrine have a fun relationship with each other.
Miles is scanning his big hunk of fungus (heyooooo!). He’s also really excited to play with mustard gas, which he explains is the combination of ammonia and bleach. Not quite, but I appreciate the 10th grade pipe bomb attempt. Seriously, though, what would he do, artistically, with mustard gas? What’s the point? Besides killing everybody, what would it “do” to make art? The other artists are worried about his mad scientist routine, and ultimately, Miles realizes it’d be wrong to kill everyone. So instead, he’ll use plain bleach to create random patterns on a piece of kraft paper. I know this is really all a joke, but it’s not really funny and doesn’t seem to have a point, other than to show Miles as a crazy genius. And we’ve already gotten than impression by now, so let’s move on!
Oh, I am SO waiting for him to nail-gun his own hand one day.
I’m starting to see that I’m not really writing a whole lot of jokes today, that the snark machine is on idle. I think it’s because at this point, this show has become a little more serious to me. To all of you, I think. Am I right? I mean, it’s still just a reality TV show and it’s still not a perfect representation of the art world, and Jaclyn’s still relying on her boobs to see her through, but….it’s real. It’s become personal. Am I nuts?
Back to the Beaverhausen for the evening. Jaclyn knows she’s up shit’s creek and didn’t take any of the stones from that creek for her piece, so she’s gotta get something awesome working tomorrow morning, first thing. Peregrine and Nicole clink glasses full of weird drinks (OJ and red wine?).
It’s already the next morning, and the artists are hard at work. Abdi’s mashing the gravel together with his charcoal, and Jaclyn’s playing with her photographs on the computer. She seemed to find some kind of a connection with the “confined” rocks at the shoreline and the infinity of the water beyond. Boobs Lightyear also took photographs of that same umbrella from the park in the water of the tub back at the apartment, and she intends to use all of those images together for her piece.
Miles is framing out a huge table out of 2x4s and wrapping the surface in plastic sheeting. Obviously, for him, the process is the piece. He also squawks about not wanting to have extra time, so he creates these elaborate projects to make sure he’s not sitting around with extra time. Nicole jokes about jello-wrestling in Miles’ piece and he pops an immediate boner.
Everyone’s still hard at work, and we start to see the final iterations of the projects emerging. Jaclyn’s got some photos of the umbrella in the water at the shoreline, and she’s got some photos of herself crouched naked under an umbrella that’s in the tub back at the Beaverhausen. She asks the group if they object to her using this photo from back at the house in her piece. Peregrine says nothing but gets a big bitch-face and starts to hyperventilate. Seems that the rules state that they’re not allowed to work outside of the studio time alloted to everyone, so Jaclyn’s bathtub photo is actually a breach of the rules. Peregrine is still hyperventilating and looking around with wild anger. Jaclyn’s like, “Dude, if you don’t want me to, I won’t. Just say it. Jeez.” Finally, Nicole pipes up with, “It’s just that we’re all given the same amount of time, and…” and Jaclyn just backs down. “Fine.” Jaclyn’s pissed, and I think it’s more because of Peregrine’s overall reaction to the whole thing rather than just simply being told no. And I can’t say I blame her. What was that about? (And yes, I’ve done some preliminary reading this week–I couldn’t help myself–and I know that many of the artists broke the rules during the show. And they all asked first. So, this is actually no biggie to most of the contestants. Which is why Peregrine’s reaction is doubly strange.) (Feel free to elaborate more in the comments, my mortar friends!)
So Jaclyn stalks off in a huff and tears down the stuff she’s already printed out. The other four are all talking together, I think about Peregrine’s piece. Simon arrives for the studio visit and mentorship. I think the artists like Simon as a person, but they kinda don’t care for his visits. What we’re seeing, at least, isn’t very helpful and it often trips up the artist’s current line of thinking. Abdi’s been especially prone to this kind of detour. But some might argue that’s because his vision isn’t as strong. I wouldn’t disagree.
Simon starts his visit with Abdi. Simon asks Abdi if he thinks it’ll be enough that he incorporated the gravel into his piece as a working medium. This is a classic example of a set-up where Abdi COULD go off in a totally new direction, thinking that Simon’s question means he’s on a road to failure. This time, though, Abdi is unwavering and knows that, yes, this is what he’s doing and he’s okay with it. I immediately cheer. Whether or not Abdi goes home or wins today, he stood true to what he wanted. Yay!
Look at what happens when you Google “Abdi baptism”. Someone running a 5K? Baby shoes? Dictators? MJ? Huh?
Simon comes to Jaclyn next. She’s sitting on a stool, staring into space. She barely looks at Simon as he addresses her, and he’s confused about why she’s not working. I think he’s just being kindly, but he’s perhaps maaaaybe being a little passive-aggressive as he asks, “You are a little tired?” No, Jaclyn whines, she has a cold. Simon expresses his grave condolences to Jaclyn on her cold. He shall send out a foot soldier immediately to procure medicines and tinctures to cure the young miss of her ailment. Or, he’s like, “Jesus Christ, buck up.” One of those is closer to the truth.
Anyway, she keeps whining about how she “messed up” her other pictures and isn’t sure what she’s doing, wah wah. Simon keeps trying to get something from her, but she’s cold and pretty impolite. He hopes she won’t address the judges this way tomorrow! Again, love the Simon PA! He asks if she cares about making it to the finale. She keeps looking away and saying, ”We’ll see…maybe something will come to me. I just don’t know.” And other really defeatist things. I could say that Jaclyn knows her number is up because she can’t figure out a way to do something nekkid for this piece, but that seems too obvious. I just really think she’s tired, she’s not feeling well, and she doesn’t connect with nature at all. So now she’s just…uninspired and ready to go. I really don’t think she tried at all with this challenge.
Miles gets the Simon treatment next. It’s pretty amusing to watch Simon listening to Miles as he runs through his elaborate Mousetrap of a piece. “I wanted to do this mustard gas bloom, but I changed my mind, so I did it with bleach, but I have to do it on a larger scale, so I made this 20-ft frame and then put my 7×7 panel under it and I fashioned this disc with screws set into it and I pull down on this and the disc with screws goes down and the plastic pops and I pour the bleach and it hits the panel below.” Simon says, “Okay.” HA! Miles starts to worry that he’s gone overboard with this one, but…well, too late now. And besides, stay true to yourself and all that jazz.
Nicole’s Simon visit is next. We’re spared a lot of the same explanation of all the elements of her piece, which is great. Again, Nicole is clever, but her stuff is pretty boring. Simon seems worried about the scale of the piece, which is to say he thinks it’s too small. Nicole isn’t worried because there are some pretty awesome small things in nature. That’s right, hippie-chick. Also, please please please do something different with your hair! I really hate that top-bun.
“They really DO look like breasts. Just like this!”
Simon heads over to Peregrine next. She explains her tree-torso’d sculpture as being a pain in the ass teenager in nature. Whatever that is. Simon’s not really into it, though. He says it needs some kind of a counterpoint, and Peregrine says she’s working on that part, that it hasn’t come to her yet. She asks if Simon likes it, and he says, “It grows on you…” Peregrine provides the air-quotes and they both giggle. (We’re seeing a lot of The P this week, and I have to mention again the weird speech pattern her mouth makes. Like, she keeps her teeth all clenched and her mouth barely moves. Doesn’t her face hurt? (It’s killing me!))
“Haha, yeah, it sucks, huh?”
For what it’s worth, Miles is talking about his need for control in a way that doesn’t make me want to slap him. Abdi’s helping him as he pokes the holes in the plastic tarp with his medieval contraption. Miles knows he’s got control issues and wants to stop, but he keeps gravitating towards them. Then he gets upset because after all that controlled mechanical work, the resulting bleach spot isn’t what he wanted. But, in a moment of growth, he just lets it be and hopes the judges like it.
Abdi’s fondling Nicole’s life force. Not THAT! Her ball. No, not that either!! Get your mind out of the gutter! Her little ball of resin or whatever that’ll sit in the center of her piece, I mean! Apparently, all that mold-making was to make THAT ball. Huh? I don’t understand Nicole’s art or methods very well, I think.
Miles stops by to consult with Peregrine. When she mentions “nature” and “teenagers,” he says, “Well, duh, ya dope. Teenagers having sex in the woods.” A-ha! Peregrine knows this is the way she wants to go. Some may call Miles Manipulation on this, but I don’t. I think Peregrine would have gone there somehow, Miles just gave the idea a jump-start. The P heads off to start drawing people doin’ it. She ends up putting these little drawings in the tree like ornaments. It’s a little strange, but fun in a whimsical way.
Jaclyn’s got an idea! Holy shit! So, she prints out a bunch of shots of the water, then strings up a pipe in front of it, then affixes a bracelet to a rock, then hangs that rock from the pipe in front of the photos. It looks as boring and stupid as it sounds. She says the pipe will give the viewer a horizon line that changes as they move their position. Thing is, the photos already HAVE a horizon. So, the water will have two horizons? Are we in an endless pool?
Man, these days are flying by quickly. It’s already time to go home for the night, and then it’s already the next morning! Nicole’s hair is wet and hanging down her back. She looks lovely. Abdi’s taking a quiet moment near his bed to meditate and pray.
Back at the studio, everyone has an hour til the show. Nicole’s piece has some hair on it that Peregrine says looks like Chewbacca pubes. Also, where did those acorns go? They’re definitely gone now. Jaclyn’s scrambling to finish her pipe rock piece, and Abdi is really close to not getting his piece framed in time. Miles gives him a hand and they wrap it up just in time.
In the “We’re back! No, we’re not!” segment this week, we watch the artists as they wax wonderful about Simon. Some even try to do a Simon impression. Nicole does a horrible job, and Miles’ sounds like a dirty truck driver named Marge. Still, they love the guy and it shows.
Okay, onto the show. First, we meet the judges. Jeanne’s back from Europe, thank God. Jerry and Bill are here as always, and our guest judge is Michele Oka Doner. Apparently, her art incorporates nature quite a lot. Nicole and Abdi seem most excited to see Michele.
Lots of people this time. I wonder what people think when they only have five pieces to look at? I guess that’s why there’s booze at these things. Booze and bullshit.
Why does China only state the obvious? I know she’s here as eye candy, and because her dad was famous in the art world, but don’t you think she would have picked up something smart to say along the way? Maybe it’s just her declarative delivery or something, I don’t know.
Here’s where my inner sap comes pouring out. When I saw Abdi’s finished piece in the gallery, I immediately welled up with tears and got tight in my throat. Something about that piece just totally moves me. I don’t know what it is, but the play of light on this very stark charcoal drawing is just amazing. The drift of the charcoal beneath Abdi’s body is haunting, too. It just all works so well together. I have one complaint, but I’ll let Jerry speak it later.
Actually, he’ll speak it now! Abdi’s crit is first. Michele Oka Doner loves Abdi’s piece, calling it his heart and soul. Jerry gives a back-handed compliment first, saying that he’s glad the cartoon element is gone. He thinks this is more Abdi’s work than anything they’ve seen for a while. BUT, and you knew something negative was coming, he doesn’t love the frame. He calls it Palm Beachy. He’s right—the frame doesn’t work for me, especially because it boxes in this ethereal piece in trashy cherry wood. I think Abdi’s piece would have worked best for its message by remaining unframed. That naked edge would have been so soothing.
(I’ve only come to realize in the last few years how important a frame is to a piece of artwork in a show. My stepmother does many shows and often tells me how she decided on the mats and framing for a certain piece. We also talk about it when we’re at shows together, looking at others’ work—if something’s really off, it can ruin a piece. It may seem obvious to talk about it now, but think about it when you’re at your next art show. As Camila Alves says, “[Frames] are important.”)
Peregrine is next. She explains her own relationship to parks, in that she grew up in San Francisco, where the homeless lived in the parks. She ended up feeling creeped out by nature as a result. Jerry blinks at her as she speaks. I can’t tell if he’s hatin’ or not. Bill and Jeanne love the piece, but they feel like she didn’t take it far enough for them to really get behind the piece. Jerry compliments Peregrine on the path she’s been taking lately, and makes sure she knows it, even if he really doesn’t like this piece.
Next is Jaclyn’s cold stupid rock on a pipe. She keeps saying that she’s freeing this rock by suspending it on a pipe, but that’s a bunch of horseshit. Bill says the rock feels confined—it’s locked to this stupid pipe. Jeanne liked the concept. That’s all. Jerry was “left a little flat” by the piece. Probably because it didn’t involve knockers. But he’s right—it didn’t explore anything, didn’t ask you to really think very hard, and wasn’t going anywhere. Jaclyn’s attempts to explain the piece fall flat. She just doesn’t believe in the work, and you can tell. But she IS wearing a tight black dress. I’m sure she hoped the guest judge was going to be a dude.
Nicole’s is next. Her gigantic pubic coconut with glowing ball inside is sitting on gravel on a podium. Jerry loves the story Nicole tells to explain the piece. But he follows that with telling her he was confused by the piece. Michele Oka Doner says it’s awesome, and she thought Nicole took a great risk in making something so small. China states the obvious in saying it looks prehistoric and futuristic, and that it’s organic. Thank you. Jeanne thinks it’s not prehistoric or futuristic enough, and she thinks Nicole really needs to work on concept. She’s got ideas, she’s got skills with materials and texture, but her concepts are boring or muddied. The judges ask if she’s been learning a lot from her time on the show, and Nicole agrees. She tears up and says the show has inspired her to get out of her rut and to explore more with her art. Good for you, let’s move on.
Miles is next. He ended up putting the fungus itself on a shelf, with a scan of the fungus below it. There’s somehow a doormat sitting on the floor there, too. I guess that invites you to go look at the fungus? Then his bleach-splotched kraft paper is hung, and the torture device is sitting to the left. Jeanne really likes it, no real complaints. Jerry loves it, of course, and tells Miles to let go of the control issues a bit so more stuff like this can leak out. Bill follows up to say that Miles’ work strikes him as being too clever when it’s so controlled as it’s been. He seconds Jerry in asking Miles to let go of that control, so he can be more successful. China asks Bill if he liked the piece, though, and he begrudgingly admits that he did. Everyone laughs.
So, time for discussion. I won’t really bother to recap it because they don’t say a whole lot more than they said here at crit, and they won’t give anything away about who they choose. It’s just five maroons sitting on chairs talking about people and their art. Granted, they have a tough decision to make. Jaclyn’s clearly going home, but another one needs to leave too. Who’s it going to be? The editors are trying to throw us off.
The winner this week? Abdi!!! I admit it, I outright cried. I’m not even riding the cotton pony! I love this piece so much, AND I’m so glad he finally found his way. Abdi’s a polarizing figure, but you have to admit that the boy has got SKILLS. I can’t wait to see what he brings to the finale. (And no, I don’t think he’ll win. But I bet I cry if he does!)
They play with us for a second to announce who’s the second person going to the finale, but duh, it’s Miles. Y’all knew it, right?
So, that means two people are going home. All that’s left is Peregrine, Nicole, and Jaclyn. Well, let’s not dilly-dally—Jaclyn is indeed going home. (And awkwardly asks Nicole and Peregrine for hugs before she leaves the room.) So, we’re down to this: one stays, one goes.
And it’s Peregrine who stays! She makes a totally genuine “holy shit!” face when her name is called. She even says, “What??!” Nicole’s got poise, though, man. She just smiles, thanks them for the opportunity, and goes in for a bear-hug on ol’ P. Everyone heads back to the studio for more hugs, and… we’re out.
“Yeah, I’m sorry that you sucked, too. P.S. It’s called DayQuil.”
Next week! It’s the finale! Apparently, it’ll be like Project Runway, where the artists get to go home for a bit and work on pieces to bring back for the big show. Peregrine shows Simon her drawings of women barfing—apparently, she feels a little sick about the whole thing and this is her release. She made hundreds of them. Ha! There’s apparently a final surprise for the artists, too. I can’t tell if it’s a happy surprise or an “I’m fucked” surprise. The guest judge for the finale is David LaChapelle, which is a bit of a holy shit. Past judges and contestants come back for the show. Cotton candy is given to the guests. The preview ends with a dramatic noise behind China saying, “Winning this competition could change an artist’s life.” BOOM.
Come back next week!!! It’s our last dance, our last chance…