Simon de Pury

Simon takes every elimination to heart, so the double elimination this week was especially tough.

on Oct 26, 2011

Now for Michelle. After having been at the near top of the pack in the first two episodes, I was surprised to see that she chose to ignore both my mentoring thoughts and her colleagues' suggestions that her work was too evocative of Warhol and of '60s pop. On the other hand each artist has to follow his or her own guts, so I admire her for it. While it was a banal idea, it was well executed.

Watching the Sucklord play the great seducer on the set made me smile and clearly added to the fun of watching this episode.

It is the essence of this competition to have at least one elimination every week, and I surprise myself at how personally I take every single one. In the same way I am proud of the artists who best tackle the respective challenges and manage to do it while impressing the outstanding roster of host and judges.