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Shear Genius

Bravo brings back Shear Genius for its third season.  Amazingly, I have never heard of this show and only saw the promos for the show this past week.  And to think that it’s into its third season kind of baffles me.  The hosts are different than the past seasons as the international model/handbag designer Camila Alves and Jonathan Antin team up.  Antin is recognized from another Bravo series Blow Out (which of course I have also never heard of).  Familiar judges Kim Vo and Orlando Pita make their return from he second season.  Most might know Alves from the tabloids, being that she is engaged to Matthew McConaughey.

The show will combine top stylists from around the world this season, amassing twelve amazing and talented individuals.  Before you continue laughing at the show premise, the winner receives $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.  In the styling world, that’s definitely a big deal, especially since each person has an equal 12:1 shot at winning.  Those who watch Bravo often will know that the rules of the show combine that of Project Runway and Top Chef.

Most of us don’t really know the major shows on Bravo.  Bravo does push the envelope in the food and styling world.  Shear Genius is much more than a show about getting a good haircut.  It’s about using one’s talent amassed over the years, evaluating the head of hair, and combining those two to fit the person.  The haircut is more than snippity-snip, it’s about the process and giving the person an identity.  I guess it’s just like clothes.  I have no idea what is good fashion versus bad fashion, but it takes someone to do something unique.

Throughout the course of the series, some of the challenges and opportunities will be working at an iconic hotel, styling a celebrity at their Hollywood Hills home, and even cutting hair in a barn.  With only twelve people, it will be a very short season.  But then again, how many challenges can producers come up with?  The issue that I have with this show, and any other reality show with judges, is that the talent is so subjective.  If two of the three judges think that a haircut is better than the other, the other person is out of luck.  I will say that the judging is much better than that of American Idol–that’s just a popularity contest.  Creative shows like these allow people to showcase their skills.  The show thrives on things that are different and reward the stylists justly for that.

The series just goes to show how limitless the human imagination and creativity is.  I might give it one or two episodes just to see what it’s about.  But I’m not that into the whole fashion/style world thing.  Then again, I wasn’t a huge Travel Channel person but I’m hooked on that.  The third season of Shear Genius starts on Wednesday, February 3rd at 10/9 pm.  We’ll see who still has the $100,000 shears at the end of the season.

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[…] Shear Genius – Satellite TV GuruBravo brings back Shear Genius for its third season. Amazingly, I have never heard of this show and only saw the promos for the show this past week. And to think that it’s into its third season kind of baffles me. … Read more […]

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