The Face Australia Episode 2 Recap

Photos from the models test shoot

Tuesday night’s episode of The Face Australia (episode two) amped everything up a notch from last week’s premiere bringing with it tears, tantrums, two photo shoots and our first elimination from the competition.

Mentor Naomi Campbell was in fine form setting the girls up for a lesson in posing with an object by showing the girls how it’s done in an oversized and somewhat blinding Phillip Treacy hat which could also double for a skateboarding ramp…

Hat or skateboard ramp?

Then to see how much the girls learnt from watching Naomi, they then found themselves posing with necklaces, apples, headphone, cupcakes and other assorted objects in a test shoot that resulted in Naomi demanding to see more energy from the girls with these photos.

Some girls did ok…Natalie and her apple, Nikolina and her headphones, Olivia and her porn pose inducing sunglasses, then comes along Anoushka who showed us how versatile bangles can be (as jewellery AND eye pieces) followed by Sarah and a telephone…minus her shoes much to Naomi’s displeasure.

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Ok Anoushka did a lot more than this…

Cue Sarah earning the wrath of Naomi as you NEVER EVER TAKE YOUR SHOES OFF for a photoshoot!

Naomi’s happy face….

There were short model mentor sessions (with added notepads and pencils) and before we knew it, we were at challenge number two for this week.  A group shot for Marie Claire magazine with each teams mentor coaching the girls through the shoot.

Not to sugar coat anything here, but this is the stuff we all come to watch because this is where the magic starts to appear and we get a very crystal clear glimpse into the mentoring styles of each of these models. Nicole Trunfio offers quiet confidence and criticism while the shoot happens, casually guiding her girls to get the right shot.  Cheyenne Tozzi is a little more vocal, but offers an air of respect towards her team.  Naomi Campbell….well…..

There’s tough love and then there’s tough love Naomi Campbell style.  To put things into perspective, she managed to put one of her girls (Brittaney) in tears even before any make-up was applied.  I think Cheyenne nailed it when describing Naomi’s team of models as “Yes Ma’am and No Ma’am” robots and Cheyenne isn’t the only one sensing fear in Naomi’s team.

Good ole’ Jackie Frank, she of Marie Claire magazine, comes along to pick the winning team resulting in a win for team Naomi (I’m so shocked) leaving Cheyenne and Nicole to pick the weakest link in their team to go into elimination.

I’m not the biggest fan of the eliminations and how it’s decided.  As both Cheyenne and Nicole had to put up a girl for elimination, it meant Naomi then gets to choose which girl is eliminated from the competition…based on who makes her believe they want it more.  Yep…to stay in this competition you need to 1 – avoid being the weakest link in a losing team and 2 – have good pleading skills.

The winner of the night: Cheyenne Tozzi’s boobs.  Seriously, LOOK AT THEM.

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The perfect dress to even make me ignore the teacup on the head pose.

The Loser of the night: Natalie from Team Cheyenne.  I think had she used a make believe child to “do this for” she might have had a chance in persuading Naomi to keep her in.  Good on Cheyenne though for that awesome confrontation with Naomi about her reasons in kicking Natalie out.

My Scorecard – 3 for 4.  Brittaney, Sarah and Anoushka still in, Tess didn’t even make it past eliminations in episode one.  Brittaney cried, Sarah got Naomi angry and Anoushka steamrolled everyone in her group photo…think my team might be on shaky ground!

Next week: Tears, tantrums and another photo shoot!


An Open Letter to The Blocks Chantelle Part Deux


So when I wrote my first letter to The Block’s Chantelle back in Jan this year, little did I know that letter would become one of the most read posts on TVNOW to date.  It is with that, I thought I would write a follow up letter to Chantelle, that it turns out, is more of a letter to Chantelle about Steve.

Dear Chantelle from The Block Fans vs Faves,

We’re nearing the end of your journey on this current season of The Block: Fans vs Faves, and I must say, I may have unfairly judged you in my original letter to you.

You see, we didn’t really know you that well and first impressions were not that great and I feel my dissatisfaction towards the results of those elimination rounds (where yourself and Steve made it through to The Block) was unfairly directed towards you.  Spotlight shopping and Winnie The Pooh cushions aside, you have proven yourself to be quite the competitor on The Block.

You know (mostly) when to step up and get the job done, when to step back (hello Keith), have provided some interesting and pleasing design choices (living/dining) and have no qualms about using a buzz saw or getting your hands dirty.

This is where I now go back to that whole ‘misdirected issues’ part I mentioned above.  See, you seemed to have done quite well on The Block and during the elimination round and early weeks, you were front and centre leaving others to really sort of forget about your partner in crime, that of course, being Steve.

If you look at my original letter, I used the words “Steve, I think, is just along for the ride” and it’s funny, now almost 10 weeks later, that statement still rings true as when I wrote it back in January. Steve may and well put his representation as  whiny, lazy and completely clueless down to bad editing but to be honest dear Chantelle, I don’t think many people like him and his childish outbursts and acts of passive-aggressive behavior (as edited as they may be) might be bringing you down with him.

Steve’s interactions with Foreman Keith, in all honesty, actually look like Steve is 10 year old being told off by a teacher.  It’s not pretty to look.  So this is where I apologize to you for my initial outburst and say to Steve, mate, nut up champ.  Grow a pair, get your hands dirty and finish the job just like Chantelle has been doing.



P.S: I still think you won’t win The Block.

Exit Stage Left: 2 More Grey’s Anatomy Stars Leaving


We already know Sandra Oh (Dr. Christina Yang) won’t be back for Season 11 and that brings with it a return from Preston Burke (Isaiah Washington) and now Deadline are reporting that two more stars of Greys Anatomy won’t be returning as well.

Tessa Ferrer and Gaius Charles who play Leah Murphy and Shane Ross will not be back for the upcoming 11th season of Greys Anatomy as their contracts as series regulars have not been renewed, although there’s no word if the two will continue to make guest appearances throughout the new season.

It’s still unclear as to how Murphy and Ross will be written out of the show but judging how the two characters story arcs have played out over the last season, failed relationships could be the reason why.

Will you be sad to see Murphy and Ross leave?