America's top body painters are
competing for $100,000 and a chance at skin immortality.
Recaps by Chico Alexander GSNN
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Body and Soul
You know those feelings you
get when you miss an entire season of a show that you
had every intention of watching? Of course you don't.
What, with your Netflix and your Hulu and your On Demand
app. You people make me sick. I'm leaving...
(after 30 seconds of "convincing" by Gordon)
... Fine, I'll come back. Anyway, I just had a moment. I
had every intention of covering last season of Skin
Wars. Unfortunately, life got in the way. Well, thanks
to the advent of modern technology, the same that I
railed upon in the first paragraph, that's not a
problem. And it's a good thing too. My recordy-box could
only take so much.
... so let's keep a good thing going with Skin Wars
season 2. First, every good show needs good contestants.
- Sammie Bartko (38; Herber City, UT)
- Rudy Campos (30; Houston)
- Lana Chromium (29; San Diego originally from Russia)
- Rachel DeBoer (40; Maui, HI)
- Aryn Fox (27; Newport, KY)
- Marcio Karam (43; Miami originally from Brazil)
- Cheryl Ann Lipstreu (37; Winston-Salem, NC)
- Dawn Marie (44; Madison, WI)
- Fernello Nelson (30; Queens, NY)
- Avi Ram (28; Ft. Lauderdale, FL originally from
- Rio Sirah (33; Atlanta)
- Kyle Vest (25; Orlando)
At stake: $100,000, a trip to compete in the World Body
Painting Festival in Austria, custom art supplies from
Royal & Langnickel, and the title of America's ultimate
body painter. And as season 1 set the bar, season 2 is
expected to raise it.
FIRST CHALLENGE #1:
Paintings Inspired by Life Moments
Because it's GSN, we have to have wink, wink, nod, nod
to the game show community, so we have this wheel. On
it, six wedges: Greatest Achievement, Love of Your Life,
Favorite Song, Most Memorable Adventure, Biggest
Passion, Favorite Childhood Moment. Where it lands will
be the first subject of your challenge.
You will be judged on creativity & concept, technique,
and execution. A win will put you one step closer to the
finale. Lose... and you could be going home. You have
three hours to complete. The good news: you will only
have to paint your model from the waist up, front to
One thing becomes crystal clear among the contestants...
Fornello... Is... Annoying. And Lana works WELL under
pressure. She went from barely halfway done to DONE in
- FERNELLO: PASSION - art. What is "subtle" for Fernello
is rather loud for the rest of us.
- LANA: SONG - "Let It Go". The model definitely screams
"Frozen". She sells it well.
- RACHEL: SONG - "Superfreak". It's superfreaky.
- RUDY: SONG - "Masquerade" from "Phantom of the Opera".
Very dark. Very brooding. A few accents that make her
- CHERYL ANN: PASSION - horses. It's rather basic for
someone who was "classically trained"
- AVI: CHILDHOOD - his father, RIP. He created a
guardian angel piece.
- KYLE: ACHIEVEMENT - designing a haunted house. It
works on a lot of levels, from the "mask" to the
"painted-on eyes". But things weren't tying together.
- MARCIO: ACHIEVEMENT - moving to America. It's a
living, breathing American dream. But the painting is a
TOP 6: Rudy, Rachel, Lana, Fernello, Cheryl Ann, Avi
CONCEPT CHALLENGE #1:
You will have 5 hours tomorrow to create a
chess-inspired head-to-toe painting. The top 6 get to
choose their chess piece AND opponent. This is a
head-to-head challenge. One will be safe. One will be in
danger. Fernello, as the winner of the First Challenge,
will select first.
- FERNELLO vs. Kyle: King
- Rachel vs. Rio: Rook
- Rudy vs. Sammie: Bishop
- Cheryl Ann vs. Aryn: Knight
- Avi vs. Dawn Marie: Queen
- Lana vs. Marcio: Pawn
(C-Note: half an hour in, and I'm thinking to myself...
1) this show is so easy to write, I wonder why I didn't
do it sooner. 2) ... DAMN Fernello is annoying.)
Marcio is using earth tones, while Lana is being mum
about her plans. Rudy is working on a cross... which is
a work-in-progress. Fernello's king story is a pair of
kingdoms: crime bosses vs. the police. HUH?! Kyle wants
to make the king the main character. With a twist.
Cheryl Ann's knight... is a horse. She loves horses. ...
Ponies. Avi's worried about his concept... taking the
queen and changing the game. He's got a thing about
Oh, and Cheryl Ann is a classically trained painter. In
case she hasn't made that painstakingly obvious.
KNIGHT: Cheryl Ann
The above named ... are ALL SAFE! And your top 3: Cheryl
Ann, Lana, and Kyle.
BOTTOM 3: FORNELLO, RACHEL, MARCIO.
The winner of this challenge... LANA! Great use of color
Fornello had a great concept, but the execution fell
flat. Rachel's piece was "filled with chaos". Marcio's
aesthetic didn't shine though.
ELIMINATED: MARCIO. Checkmate, dude. Rachel and Fernello
live to paint another day. But for now, Marcio... it's
time to clean off your canvas.
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