Jonathan Antin

Jonathan Antin gives his opinion on why he thinks the stylist went home.

on Feb 10, 20100

Bravotv.com: For this Elimination Challenge, the stylists had to create styles based on food. Joel of Warren Tricomi Salon was the guest judge.
We did the food thing, which I thought was a little Barnum & Bailey, but I just kind of went along with it. Again, Camila and Kim were really focused on the challenge -- how does this hair speak of food? How did food inspire the hair? That's the challenge, so I'm adhering to the process. I couldn't help, by default, kind of pushing that out and looking for the most creative, the best execution, and the most work put into it and the highest level of skill involved. That's what I was looking for.

Bravotv.com: Brig made the interracial snowman and you didn't like it because it wasn't really styled.
It was just like an ice cream cone of hair. Again, kind of safe and boring and no skill involved. There was none of her model's hair actually in the piece.

Bravotv.com: Jon won with the scallop hair.
First of all, let's take making the food like hair out of it and then I'll comment on that. I really felt like her hair, if she was going to an Oscar party or doing a red carpet event or even a hair ad campaign, would have worked. It was perfect, it was clean, it was consistent all the way through with the colors, and it was very well-executed. There was a lot of her own hair worked in with hairpieces. I thought it could not have been done any better. With regards to looking like food, I really feel like he worked that food in as much as he possibly could have. Listen, I hadn't eaten that day so if it looked any more like the food I probably would have stepped over to the model and taken a bite out of her head. He did a great job and kept it very simple. It was done well, it was well-executed, the skill level was really high and everything was perfect. There was no frizz and it was perfect symmetrically. For me, it really worked.

Bravotv.com: Arzo ultimately went home.
I think, again, nerves got in the way and she got lost and had no direction. She took too long in the beginning and her time management was really off. She took too long in the beginning with the color and was just thinking color, color, color and wasn't thinking any shape. She really didn't have a game plan. Arzo's a great stylist and a very talented girl but it was completely off-kilter in this challenge. She didn't have all the wheels spinning.

Bravotv.com: Amy did the hamburger.
She tried to go with that '50s thing. Her hair just looked like a plate of mud. It wasn't pretty, it wasn't becoming and if this was a meat company that would have had 50 models looking like that serving... If I were contestant I would have thought about it as if this were a hamburger company or if this were a tuna company or scallop company and I had to do 50 models serving and promoting this food and they were all going to be photographed to represent the food, what would I go with? How would I use this hair as an extension of that brand? That's what I would have been thinking prior to the challenge to then come up with a plan of action and a creative direction. I don't think any of them even thought that. I think Jon, maybe. But it's unlikely if even he did. You have to have experience to understand that building of a brand. That's basically what every single challenge revolves around it's where everyone fell short. You think of Amy's hairstyle -- 25 models walking around serving hamburgers and their hair looking like that -- you probably would have run out of the party. It would have scared you to death instead of thinking, "Wow, look at how hot they are and I love their hair!" You build that little movie in your mind. Think here we are, with a hamburger company and they're doing this huge party to launch this hamburger and the makeup, the hair, the clothing all have to take their inspiration from the brand platform. The hamburger, the meat. What question do we want the clients who are going to buy this meat at the party to ask? They should  be walking up to the models and asking, "Excuse me, is your hair supposed to be kind of like the hamburger? It's amazing because you're making me hungry but it looks beautiful." That's what you're supposed to get from the client when you're working with a company like this. I didn't get any of that. There was no direction and the color was way off. They all tried to do too much. It really makes it once you have that clear picture of what you really need to do. Then it takes all the bullshit out of the way, the nerves out of the way, and it just nails it down. Then you just do it. Even though you get scared and you get nervous it doesn't matter because you finish it and you go all the way through with it. You stick to your guns and generally you'll stick around.

20 comments
Ruth  from TN.
Ruth from TN.

Mr.Antin: I really enjoy the shows and especially your judging,that is because you judge for all the real things that go into making a good stylist. You must have been doing hair for a long time I can tell by your comments on the styles that are being judged. I have entered may contest thru the years and I can see where you come from. Please tell me how does one get on your show? I could not find any entry papers or anywhere that I can write to find out. Thanks Ruth

Jen in NYC
Jen in NYC

I do believe Warren and Tricomi have been doing hair, doing runway shows and editorial shoots as well as many other amazing things and making buckets of money all on top of it,long before you did your first pin curl set in beauty school. What arrogance you show to bash such hair legends in our industry and on a public forum no less .. thats gotta be a career booster Jon.. cant wait to see where you are next season , hopefully not on this show .

Kathi
Kathi

I admire your talent Jonathan, just wish you had more airtime on the show. The stylists are very fortunate to learn from your expertise. One thing I love is how you never let anyone B.S. their way out of anything. Sometimes the expression on your face is priceless when you are listening to the stylists ramble on. I so miss Blowout & truly wish Bravo would bring the show back. Love your Beauty Water too. Watched your journey through it's production and have been a faithful user of the product since it hit the market. Well done!

Lauren
Lauren

YOU ARE HILARIOUS, FABULOUS, and TOTALLY RIGHT about all of it! Love it, glad you're back, loved your show Blow-out.....don't hold back, you make the show worth watching.

sweetpeaW
sweetpeaW

I don't know how the stylists expect to compete or even stand on stage next to "his lordliness" JON! It going to be all about how it AFFECTS JON and how he would have handled the situation. It's a joke to have someone with his overblown ego trying to judge talented stylists.

HairDO'snotDon'ts
HairDO'snotDon'ts

Jonathan, welcome back! I do appreciate your candid comments. I agree about Giacomo, he was a douche anyway. After seeing his video about EVERY super model, and EVERY celebrity in the WORLD, and EVERY wealthy King and Queen...I was hoping to see him actually back up all his lies. Guess the pressure for him was just too much to take.

This season is good tv. Although I can barely understand Camilla, she's beautiful and you make up for it. I hope either Janine or Matthew Wins though. And HOW ON EARTH is that crazy lunatic still on the show? Seems rigged.

VBK
VBK

I have to say, I watched you in your old show, Blowout(which I WISH were still on Bravo), and I watch this show b/c of you. :) You are AWESOME and I would so love to be able to have my hair done by a hair dresser as talented and charming as you. :)

cozette
cozette

I think it would be interesting if the judges Johnathan Antin.Kim Vo, Ken pavees,Orlando Pita had to do a challenge like the stylist and see them stand in the heat for a change

tod alan
tod alan

looking at all the stylist bios, i find it hard to believe they have the xpertise and resume they have............so far none of them are as impressive as they should be.......and that seem to be the opinion of all that i discuss this season with....but i still love the show.......cheers todalan

JLi
JLi

I love your opinionated ass, Jonathan.. Giacomo is an arrogant guy and even in the Jill Zarin competition, he sounded like a fool he was insulting and childish.. Glad his 'do' is the loser in that one.. It was pretty terrible so when he "did it a decade ago", I guess he did it badly.

Candacegood
Candacegood

Do Ya'll ever do african american hair?

Noireboss1
Noireboss1

Jonathan, welcome back to Bravo! OMG, you make this show SO worth it.

Question: When are you guys going to challenge them on curly/afro hair? Seriously, straight hair is so easy. Make em sweat, send them some locks!!

shampoo girl
shampoo girl

I wish Jonathan was on the second episode more. He is the best part about the show!!! And hair like food- yuck!

mlarik11
mlarik11

I would like to see these stylists tackle naturally curly hair. I have yet to see a stylist who has the talent to create a beautiful look with naturally curly hair. It seems like stylists only learn how to work with straight hair. Even taking naturally curly hair and straightening it without it looking wavy or artificial would be a challenge I would love to see. Of course, I am a naturally curly hair client, and I have yet to find a stylist who can rock the curly hair!

PattyMac
PattyMac

I am so very happy to see Jonathon's return to Bravo. I've missed him. His series "Blow Out" paved the way for Shear Genius. When he left TV, I worried about him. He had so very many things going on and they appeared to be pulling him in far too many directions . . . it's wonderful to see that smile again and know that he is well. He's intense, he's driven, and he always has been "all about the hair." Welcome home, Jonathon!

Noteworthy
Noteworthy

Pompous much?! If your head were any bigger, you wouldn't fit through the door. Where did the previous mentor/judges go? This crop is dullsville.

B-Girl
B-Girl

You're a bit long winded, aren't ya? Every answer you give ultimately reverts back to you, you, YOU! How egocentric can you be? Winner Jon's scallop hairdo looked like the model was still wearing rollers! It wasn't as creative as the chocolate mousse style.

sack
sack

Why are you blasting Joel Warren and his bs. partner? What happened that I didn't see?

The Mirror
The Mirror

Should we really be suprised at Jonathan's comments about Giacomo! He had only compliments for Giacomo on the first show, so Jonathan's comments about Giacocmo's skills are a bit hypocritical.

And pleeeeeeeeeeeeasssssssssssse Jonathan...no one wins every competition they enter. And finally...news flash Jonathan...speaking as a gay man...I can guarantee you that geing gay doesn't give you an edge in any aspect of life...honesty, talent and self confidence does!

K-Tora
K-Tora

As a viewer, I'm entertained by the pressure of the challenges and the personalities of the stylists. There is a very diverse cast - both in ego AND in skill set. That's just good TV.

As a stylist, I appreciate this show on an inspiration/education level. I enjoy problem-solving each challenge in my own head, asking the questions: "What would I do? "How would I have convinced my blonderexic to be excited about darker, richer hair color? "Is there a better way to balance the form of design with the function of the challenge?"

These are the questions that my skillset is inspired to tackle. I really appreciate the stylist judges and mentors for their influence. Fresh perspective and inspiration are what reinvent our work. That's why I watch the show.