Bravo crowns their first Shear Genius
It was an interesting season. I think the show falls just short of its big sister, Project Runway, but it's still a solid premise, and well worth giving another go. Jacklyn Smith, as host of the show, holds her own when compared to Heidi Klum. And both of them are a step above Padma Lakshmi on Top Chef. Unfortunately, Shear Genius really loses some ground when you compare Rene Fris to Tim Gunn. Enough about that though, the winner is after the jump.
It all came down to a big three way finale featuring Daisy, Anthony, and Ben. Each of the contestants was charged with the task of telling a story with three hair-cuts. And they would only have three hours to complete the task. I don't know what the obsession with time limits is in reality shows. It's almost setting the contestants up for failure. That was kind of the case here, as I think the time limit was the ultimate deciding factor in who won.
While Daisy has been the leader of the pack for most of the season, she dropped the ball on this challenge. She ran out of time, and one of her styles suffered for it. Given more time, I think it would have been a very close call. Ben was something of a surprise just by getting to the final. He probably improved more than anyone else in the competition, coming into his own at just the right time. He had a very nice group of styles, but also struggled with the clock, leaving the back of one style questionably finished.
That left Anthony, the 40 year old stylist from Hertfordshire, England. He was steady through the whole competition and used his time wisely, delivering three very good entries and taking home the big prize. I had picked Daisy to win it all, and probably would have given her the nod despite the one unfinished style, based on the complete body of work. That said, Anthony is a deserving winner, and this was a nice end to a good first season. If you missed it, don't worry, this is Bravo. I'm sure the whole season will play again 78 times by the end of the summer.