Bravo reveals 'Shear Genius' third-season cast, to premiere Feb. 3
By Christopher Rocchio, 12/02/2009
Bravo has revealed the identities of the 12 stylists who will compete on Shear Genius' third season, which will premiere Wednesday, February 3 at 11PM ET/PT.
Shear Genius' third-season cast will be overseen by a revamped staff that will include a new host, a new judge and a new mentor.
International model and handbag designer Camila Alves will take over hosting duties from former Charlie's Angels television star Jaclyn Smith -- who hosted the show's Spring 2007 first season and its Summer 2008 second installment.
Former Blow Out star and celebrity hairstylist Jonathan Antin will be a new member of the show's judging panel, joining fellow celebrity hairstylist Kim Vo -- who previously served as a judge on the show's second season along with Allure beauty editor Kelly Atterton, who will not be returning.
The third seat on the judging panel will continue to be filled by a weekly guest judge, including singer/songwriter Estelle, first-season Shear Genius contestant and Tabatha's Salon Takeover star Tabatha Coffey, hair guru Ken Paves, and celebrity stylist Oribe, among others.
Stylist Orlando Pita will replace stylist Rene Fris -- who had been with the show since it's first season -- as a mentor for the cast.
Despite the new faces,Shear Genius' upcoming season will follow a similar format to its first two installments.
In each one-hour episode, the stylists will face two challenges: the short cut challenge, which will test their technical hairstyling skills; and the elimination challenge, which will test their creativity and advanced skills. Challenges are also designed to test the stylists' ability to service clients, manage a staff and work as part of a team.
The 12 contestants will be competing for the grand prize of $100,000 in seed money from Nexxus, an apprenticeship with the salon care company, and the opportunity to style hair for an Allure magazine feature.
Bravo renewed Shear Genius in March, and the series is being produced by Reveille Entertainment with Mark Koops, Julie Laughlin and Howard T. Owens serving as executive producers.
The 12 contestants competing on Shear Genius' third season are: