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Shear Genius is back!

So much bloggy goodness coming up!

Our favorite half hour of campy reality TV bitchiness is on its way back and we can't wait to shred some hair, bitches. Unfortunately, host Jaclyn Smith and mentor Rene Fris have both moved on, so we're ready to sit back and judge the performance of new host Camilla Alves and new mentor Orlando Pita. We'll just see about that. Plus we have the returning Miss Kim Vo and her Performing Lips, joined by new judge and veteran stud in the Bravo Stable O' Stars, Jonathan Antin, who brings something every judging panel needs: massive ego. Okay, maybe not. Still he's a top stylist with reality TV chops. If nothing else, he'll be entertaining.

God bless the hairstylists. What a colorful little muster of peacocks we have here. What with all the time we spend ripping on fashion designers and their sometimes dreary pretensions, it's a breath of fresh air to spend time with people who will do or wear anything to establish a look for themselves. "I'm going to dye my hair CANARY YELLOW!" "I'm gonna wear a skintight low cut pink t-shirt with LIPS all over it!" "I'm gonna wear a tiny little red satin stripper dress!" "The HELL with it! I'm just gonna wear a black satin pair of underpants on the bottom - JUST BECAUSE!"

What's not to love about that? And except for the bald guy, everyone has VERY STYLED hair.

We will, as always, be blogging the shit out of it once it starts airing.

From the press release:


Series Premieres Wednesday, February 3 At 11 PM ET/PT

NEW YORK – December 2, 2009 – Bravo’s creative hair-styling competition series “Shear Genius” is back for its third season with a whole new look, premiering Wednesday, February 3 at 11 p.m. ET/PT.
International model and handbag designer Camila Alves makes her hosting debut alongside new series judge Jonathan Antin, celebrity stylist and former star of Bravo’s hit series “Blow Out.” Famed stylist Kim Vo returns as a judge for his second season, and new to the series, accomplished stylist Orlando Pita adds his voice of expertise as mentor to the contestants.

Joining the expert panel each week, stars from the hair world and beyond serve as guest judges to determine who makes the cut, including Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Estelle, Tabatha Coffey, star of “Tabatha’s Salon Takeover,” renowned hair guru Ken Paves and celebrated stylist, Oribe.

“Shear Genius” has gone international for the first time ever and after combing the world in search of top stylists, Bravo has assembled 12 remarkably talented individuals who will raise the level of competition as never seen before.
The winner will receive $100,000 in prize money furnished by Nexxus Salon Hair Care, an apprenticeship with Nexxus and the chance to style hair for an Allure magazine photo shoot.

The world of styling is much bigger than just a salon – and Bravo’s “Shear Genius” offers a glimpse into that captivating and little-known arena. This season the challenges are more glamorous, the hair more knotty, and the competition more fierce, as the contestants attempt to demonstrate that their style is a cut above the rest. Throughout the course of the series, the stylists’ skills are put to the test as they find themselves working behind the scenes at an iconic hotel, styling a celebrity at a glamorous home in the Hollywood Hills, and even in a rural barn.

Following are the 12 stylists competing on the series:

· Adee – 36, Hometown: London, England

· Amy – 25, Hometown: Toronto, Canada

· April – 42, Hometown: New York, NY.

· Arzo –35, Hometown: San Francisco, Calif.

· Brian – 37, Hometown: New York, N.Y.

· Brig – 33, Hometown: Simi Valley, Calif.

· Faatemah – 36, Hometown: Minneapolis, Minn.

· Giacomo – 43, Hometown: Austin, Texas

· Janine – 28, Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif.

· Joey – 29, Hometown: Melbourne, Australia

· Jon – 38, Hometown: Nashville, Tenn.

· Matthew – 38, Hometown: Denver, Colo.

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No Jaclyn Smith? What?! She's not the angel who went to heaven, she has time for this.

In any event, I can't wait to read your posts on this again!

Yay, "Shear Genius", how I have missed it!

But... no Rene Fris? No Jaclyn Smith??? I don't know...

Still, as long as the stylists are entertaining I'll check it out.

what the HELL is wrong with blondie on the right's foot? doesn't it look weird?

either that or shoes really ARE that fucked up...

I'm not sure how I feel about. I was kind of disappointed with the 2nd season Granted the international cast of contestants may lead to better results.

Personally I'm rather sad that the fab Jacklyn Smith is not returning. She's the kind of host and judge every show needs. Someone who's not a bitch or egomaniac that can offer a center of stability and comfort (but not Paula Abdul level of coddling)

Jonathon being added as a judge is not an insentive for me to watch though


I'm gonna miss Jaclyn and Rene's adorable accent, but I'll still watch it.

Miss Kim Vo...and her lips...bwahahaha!

Why do I find Jonathan so sexy...I know he's arrogant but for some reason...mmmmm

Looking forward to a lively season...especially after seeing all the eccentrics in the cast photo!

I had almost forgotten about this show. What do you call a reality show that doesn't cycle 3 times a year? Answer: A breath of fresh air!

I shall miss Jaclyn, but as soon as I saw this post, I thought, "Oh thank God." We need a group of overconfident stylists for TLo to make fun of, since PR was a bit lacking in the funny. Bring on the wigstands.

No Rene? But who's going to tell everyone to "Gooooo shake it!"?


I will miss Jaclyn Smith, and Rene's blue eyes and delicious accent, but this show is such a true goofy, guilty pleasure for me that I'll definitely check the new season out.

Miss Kim Vo and her performing lips...ROFLMAOF!

BTW-what is it about the phrase "international model and handbag designer" that immediately sets off my snark-ometer?

I wish we'd get another season of Top Design instead. That's a lot more fun to watch than people standing around snipping hair.

The bald guy is Adee Phelan and is somewhat of a celebrity hairdresser in Britain. He's been involved in makeover programmes and won an award for cutting David Beckham's hair.

They "searched the world" and could find only two people from outside North America? Methinks they didn't search very hard.

Maybe Camila will bring Matthew McConaughey on the show!

Rene was my favorite part of the show : (

Still, I did like it and hopefully Antin will be entertainingly egotistical and Mizrahi redux.

In related news, his Dirt styling paste really is good stuff so he's not totally full of shit.

I can't believe Jacklyn is gone! WTF???

And, isn't Camila Alves very preggers right now with the second McConaghy spawn?

Doesn't Jonathan Antin look like he's been nipped, tucked and Botoxed within an inch of his life?

I'm not so sure about this one...

Adee! The guy who got David Beckham's hair in all the UK papers and star of 2 seasons of The Salon!

Oh how the somewhat mighty have fallen.

Ok, let the betting commence:

Who sheds the first tear??

I AM SO EXCITED! But I will miss Rene Fris' little tushie.

Jonathon Antin looks like he's wearing a (very bad) piece.

Oh, no Rene and Jacqueline? Bummer!!! But with Jonathan, it should get interesting. I'll definitely watch it.

Now, is it just me, or are those three (Jonathan, model gal and Lips) all airbrushed to within inches of their lives?

C'est moi, c'est moi Lola

'The Lips of Vo' - oh lord that still makes me smile!

Damn. I will miss Rene, his tushie, and his accent!

I'll always tune into your witty, bitchy commentary, even if I don't necessarily have time to watch.


This looks like all kinds of cracky goodness! I guess baby mama status pay off

sad we have to wait til Feb for this. Let's hope Launch my Line fills the void until then.

The Red Sateened girl has Loretta Lynn's hairstyle. I can't wait!

I won't miss Jaclyn since I found her boring. But no more Rene checking himself out in the mirror? Say it isn't so!

No more Rene Fris?


That man is sex on legs.

Anton is a tool. I'll skip it.

Kim Vo is increasingly creepy as the years go by and his face looks more and more like a mask. This is balanced by the fact that Orlando Pita is cute and Jonathon Antin is good to look at, just sort of in the background, posing like a prized topiary. Not such a fan when he speaks, unfortunately.

I'm willing to give it a shot.

I'll miss Rene but not Jaclyn Smith. Am I the only person here who found her hard to listen to? Something about her prissy voice grated.

Wonder if Miss Tabitha will make a guest appearance.

Oops, should've read the narrative (re: Tabitha).

*Half* hour? I thought this was an hour-long show...

I'll miss Rene too. He was so cute!

What with all the time we spend ripping on fashion designers and their sometimes dreary pretensions, it's a breath of fresh air to spend time with people who will do or wear anything to establish a look for themselves. "I'm going to dye my hair CANARY YELLOW!" "I'm gonna wear a skintight low cut pink t-shirt with LIPS all over it!" "I'm gonna wear a tiny little red satin stripper dress!" "The HELL with it! I'm just gonna wear a black satin pair of underpants on the bottom - JUST BECAUSE!"

Just like a regular day at the salon. Ah, good times.

I've never seen more than bits and pieces of this show, so I am really excited. I just hope my sense of humor can extend to Jonathan, because he's such an ass. Great fodder for "The Soup", though.

I'm glad it's coming back, but...

Bravo, PLEASE, cut it out with the 11pm shows! Why are you showing reruns at 9pm and new programming at 11? I'd like to be able to watch shows on the night they premiere, but I just can't stay up until midnight on school nights. I can't. I turned off the lights at 11:15 last night, and I was still so tired in the morning I screwed up making my coffee and put my bra on wrong. Don't do this to me, Bravo. Show us your good stuff early, and save the reruns for the insomniacs!

I had totally forgotten this show. Probably will skip it, and just read your take. But I said that about [fill in the blank].....and got into all the fun and bitchiness anyhoo. lol

I twenty-third... no Jaclyn? NO RENE? To this day, I still can't say see Cynthia Rowley or her creations without thinking "Ceenthia Wowee."

Truly, a tragic loss.

Looks like I am in the minority here, but while I generally love Jacklyn Smith, I thought she was all wrong for the show. Her monotoned, That was shear genius. Period. got old in season 1. I get the "no ego, stability" thing, but she also did not display much of her personality, and personality drives these kinds of shows (examples: Heidi Samuel definitely has personality. Tim Gunn, too.). Can't rely solely on the contestants for entertainment. Looking forward to a fresh new season.

Summer said: Bravo, PLEASE, cut it out with the 11pm shows! Why are you showing reruns at 9pm and new programming at 11?

A-men, sister!

I can't believe that Jaclyn Smith won't be involved. What a bummer. While I enjoyed the show for the most part, getting to spend time with Miss Kelly Garret herself. She was a GREAT host and it is hard to believe that this gaggle will come close to matching her style and charm. Rene Fris I will miss looking at, but that is a quality easily replaced! I will give it a try, but what a dumb move on the part of the producers. Thanks for posting this TLo.

Yay! You guys have a field day with this show, and I love you for it!

I'll miss Jaclyn, but should be fine without her.

Was never on the Fris-wagon, so I'm okay with that.

And Antin? Well, I hope his brother Steve shows up. He was my secret teenage crush from a few low budget, cheesey, 80's movies (I felt vindicated when I found out David Geffen found him date worthy, too).

And kudos, TLo, for a muster of peacocks. I've always preferred a lek, but you do the language proud.

why 11pm? Same with launch my line (or whatever it's called) I'm no old lady, (and there's nothing wrong with old ladies!) but I got to get to bed to go to work.

OOOOHHHH...I can hardly wait! One of the contestants, Giacomo, is from my hometown of Austin, TX, so I guess I'll be pulling for my homey. And Jonathan Antin has an ego as big as all outdoors, so he's perfect for the judging panel. Sorry Jaclyn Smith won't be around...she seemed so reasonable in a sea of crazy. But I say, let the games begin!

No Jaclyn Smith, but they got Rick James. :)

I could take or leave Jaclyn Smith, but I can definitely put marble-mouthed Camila Alves on the leave-it-at-the-curb pile. I know she has an accent .. and it makes her English sound like shit. Fris' did too, but somehow that was amusing. Alves is just irritating.
That Antin dude looks like Patrick Swayze. Literally. Like a waxy, formaldahyded corpse in a casket.
I hope a beautician dude or two is macho. Love studs in gay jobs!

Did Bravo have to pay a lot to borrow Jonathan's likeness from Madame Tussaud's?

Is it just me or is "Shiny Red Dress" packing?

There appears to be some package action.

Not that I was looking or anything. *eyes shifting*

Brian (pink t-shirt with lips) is a fabulous stylist. I'll be rooting for him!

rachel said...

Brian (pink t-shirt with lips) is a fabulous stylist. I'll be rooting for him!

And he's hot.

I'm going to miss Jaclyn a lot, but Camila's accent ALMOST makes up for the lack of Rene.

We'll have to wait and see if this Orlando Pita has the "go shake it" charm.

No, not Jaclyn Smith! :( I can live without shagit or workit or whatever he said all the time, but Jaclyn was one of the best hosts out of any of these shows.
Kim Vo always kind of creeped me out. And as for Jonathan Antin... no thanks.

I hope the show still works.

Barbana said...

"Is it just me or is "Shiny Red Dress" packing?

There appears to be some package action.

Not that I was looking or anything. *eyes shifting*"


*jaw drops*

I got nuthin'....

- edina -

This is not airing until the beginning of February...ugh...we gotta wait awhile for this. This is just a teaser I guess.

I was looking at RuPaul's Drag Race 2 at Logo...they have the new cast and promos up too, but that is not showing until February as well. double ugh...



12/2/09 6:44 PM Is it just me or is "Shiny Red Dress" packing?

Yeah, she's packing a gut and a butt... plenty of both but nothing else.

I'm excited, though I'm almost positive the show is a full hour and not a half hour.

Weird, 2 days ago I said to myself, Hey, what happened to that Jonathan Antin guy? And now you tell me he's on Shear Genius. Question answered, and I didn't even have to do any research. Thanks!
So, I think this would be awesome if they put all the rejects and bad stylists from Tabitha's show as contestants on this. That would be funny.

Our favorite half hour of campy reality TV bitchiness


I'm OK w/ Jaclyn leaving but why oh why did she have to take Rene Fris w/ her?
And leaving us with Kim Vo? That's just cruel!
S2 was a big letdown. Truthfully I still miss Sally Hershberger but I'm holding out hope that this season will surprise me. Fingers crossed!

Praise the Fates they got rid of Rene Fris? and Jaclyn Smith. I might actually watch it now. I was so ready to give up on this mess. :)

Maybe the last time she stepped in for a quick tuck, they tightened Ms. Smith's face just that much too tightly, Brazil-style, and it split in two when she tried to make comment. Botox and bloody collagen spurted all over poor bystanding Mr. Fris, who instantly went into shock and had to be heavily sedated and placed in a padded cell for his own safety. Witnessing this horror lead to every one of the constestants having a massive nervous breakdown and severe and debilitating PTSD which prevented them from ever approaching a post-op plastic surgery patient again. This forced Bravo to put the entire cast into psychiatric care and recast lickety-split. Miss Vo, having seen and suffered her share of plastic-surgery-related mishaps, was the only one to emerge from the incident unscathed.

I ♥ Miss Smith—she was my favorite angel when I tried watching the reruns as a kid—but she needs to stop with the plastic surgery before she heads into Joan Rivers territory.

Matthew McConehey's baby momma was a random choice,but the rest seem fitting! I really like the Johnathan Antin addtion...which means his sister Robin and the Pussycat dolls are bound to make a "guest apperance"


As someone who found your website after last season of Sear Genius, I formally request a drop down menu of your recaps the last 2 seasons, like you do for Musical Mondays, PR and The Fashion Show at the bottom of your home page. Heck, take The Fashion Show out if you need room, we don't care about that one. haha.

I'd love to read them. I really liked this show, missed the first season but was pulling for Daniel last.

Camila Alves is famous because she f*cked some random actor with a hot body. I find her hideously ugly. Where is my Jacklyn?

I find it disturbing that Jonathan Antin is a hairstylist pro, yet has a simply awful hairpiece!!!

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