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Amanda Gullickson: It’s Getting Down to the Wire on ‘The Face’ [Season 2, Episode 5]

[Season 2, Episode 5 of The Face aired on Wednesday and today we're recapping the episode with contestant Amanda Gullickson (you can find out more about her here). The South Carolina native has been blogging for us exclusively about the show and we encourage you to tune to Oxygen next Wednesday at 8/7 C to find out whether Amanda continues on to the next round. And be sure to check back in with theFashionSpot every week for an inside look at the previous night's episode.]

As we go to our next campaign, Team Lydia is lucky to still have three girls, but we will need to work that much harder to make sure we don't lose anyone. The first thing Nigel [Barker] said when we saw him was, “We are halfway through the competition." It's a great feeling to know that I've already made it this far! Things are getting down to the wire and it's important that we start to win! We were told this week we need to create a viral video using handbags for the German brand, Liebeskind.

Team Lydia / Image: Tim Brown/Oxygen Media

Team Lydia / Image: Tim Brown/Oxygen Media

Initially, I was excited that this week’s campaign involves showing your personality, because that's one of my strengths. I was a little worried about how we would do as a team because we were performing a dance routine – and I've never seen Ray or Allison dance. We didn’t have much time to get our routine together, but we did the best with what we had.

Image: Tim Brown/Oxygen Media

Image: Tim Brown/Oxygen Media

I got nervous when I first heard the music we'd be dancing to; it was very fast-paced and it was hard to tie down our moves on the right counts. Finally, Lydia [Hearst] came to help us out — which we definitely needed. She had a dance in mind and we started working on it right away.

It was not the easiest, but I knew I just needed to be positive and focus on getting the moves right. I could tell [my teammate] Allison was struggling, but I figured with the little bit of time we had left, she would be able to get it down. Toward the end of the rehearsal, the amazing Karen Elson came around to give us her input. Unfortunately, she was not the biggest fan of what we had going on. But, like Lydia said, it was already too late to change it. We just had to make the best of it.

Image: Steve Fenn/Oxygen Media

Image: Steve Fenn/Oxygen Media

Some of the other contestants made the shoot look easy so mentally I thought, “No big deal, we've got this!" However, that mindset changed quickly when we got on set and the cameras started rolling. It was difficult to remember the choreography, but at the same time look cute, focus on my facial expressions and try to catch a flying bag.

Time was going by so fast and I knew we were doing the best we could with the time we had, but it was not going to be pretty at all. I could tell Lydia was disappointed, and I felt bad that we couldn't pull through for her. After all the videos were finished, the client chose Team Anne and I can't say I disagree with her decision.

The toughest part of losing a campaign is it means time for elimination. Lydia was very upset with us, and I can't say I blame her. She made the decision to put up Allison. I really liked having Allison as a teammate and she can be such an amazing model, but her mindset had to change. Being that she had just been in the elimination room and promised Anne she would not be back, I did not expect her to make it through. But still, it was tough losing her. Team Lydia is now a two-girl team — and so is Team Naomi. This episode was a gamechanger. Seeing Lydia so upset and disappointed did something to me; I refuse to let her down again. I shouldn't have waited so long to get started, but now it's really game on.  

Be sure to watch The Face Wednesdays at 8/7C on Oxygen. You can follow me on Twitter and Instagram at @A_Gullickson.

Read last week's recap: ‘The Face’ Contestant Amanda Gullickson Tells Us What It’s Like to Shoot a Commercial [Season 2, Episode 4]

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