Last night’s finale features the last three contestants: they very talented Dina, the offbeat Cig, and the likely-to-remain-in-third-place Drew. The contestants didn’t get a breath, moving right from the spotlight challenge into the final spotlight challenge. The theme? Knights.
The final spotlight challenge is to create two fantasy knights representing life and death. As usual, the contestants get to pick their former team members to help. Drew picks George, Cig picks Sasha, and Dina is stuck with Stella. The former contestants are curiously small in number, but the reason is soon revealed in the three former winners, randomly assigned: Dina gets Nicole (season three), Drew gets Rayce (season two), Cig gets Rashad (season six). They pull a sword out of a stone before a coat of arms. Dina picks the purple squid, Drew picks the stag, and Cig pulls a sword before a blue gargoyle knight. All these makeups must withstand actual knight combat between the life and death knights.
Cig’s death knight has an evil gargoyle face with an entire suit of armor that looks very skeletal. The life knight is a race of gargoyles who when they die become evil. After sleeping on it, Cig changes his mind and makes the life knight more humanoid.
Dina decides that her death night is a king crab crustacean who was dead and brought to life through electric eels. The good guy will be humanoid fish man. Mr. Westmore’s feedback changes Dina’s mind and she replaces the electric eels with an octopus’ tentacles.
Drew decides two dueling factions of woodland creatures — the light character is a satyr with features of deer anatomy, while the death character will have deer-like forms that have become overgrown. Drew’s biggest concern is his death knight’s paint job
The final contestants get surprise in-person visits from their relatives and loved ones. In a strange editing flub, someone yells “15 minutes!” and then McKenzie gives the one hour warning. That aside, this is a surprisingly enjoyable finale because it doesn’t feature the usual models. These are big, beefy guys wielding swords who engage in a full-on melee that concludes in a battle royal after the various good/bad knights square off. The most entertaining finale yet.
The judges are surprisingly complimentary in-person and only slightly more critical in private. This still doesn’t change the fact that Dina is head and shoulders above everybody else. Her astounding work on the aquatic-themed knights is in a class of its own. A well-deserved win!