It has been a season of highs, high drama, lows and low bank accounts for The Block 2017 and it’s contestants as the past 12 weeks have seen the five couples completely transform old, dilapidated houses into modern and spacious luxury family homes in the Melbourne suburb of Elsternwick.
With the homes transformed and the annual “open for inspection” done and dusted, there’s only two things left – auction order and the Block Auction which takes place this Saturday before airing Sunday night on channel 9 in what is expected to bring in major viewers for the network.
While the season has seen teams consisting of Josh and Elyse and Ronnie and Georgia virtually clean sweep the weekly room wins, who will win the Block auction isn’t going to be as crystal clear with viewers backing almost every team.
Jason and Sarah, who came scarily close to being booted off the show for poor fund management and failing to deliver their master suite on time have suddenly found themselves being touted as the ‘dark horse’ of the series with their end product featuring a massive wide open entry hallway, low maintenance and family friendly yard and winning stellar kitchen.
But that’s not to say the other teams consisting of first time renovators Clint and Hannah or best mates Sticks and Wombat don’t have the chance to take the win either with both teams also claiming some wins and fans along the way.
How important will the auction order be in determining who could take the win and will the decision be made drama free? Most are expecting Ronnie and Georgia to put up a strong fight for their auction placement preference with the experienced team being very vocal about their understanding of The Block being a ‘competition to win and not make friends’ and as seen in last years series which (as per the norm) saw the teams unable to compromise and determine their own auction order, host Scott Cam had to step in with a suggestion for fiery couple Julia and Sasha to take up the first auction only for them to blatantly refuse because their agent recommended going second.
The team that eventually went first – Will and Karlie were also the team to take out the win for that series.
The Block goes to auction in the series finale this Sunday from 7pm on Channel 9
The Block’s most beloved couple, Deanne and Darren Jolly, are set to return to the show that made them household names and fan favorites. Ok, well, only some of that is true. Pretty easy to work out which parts were made up right?
The couple who garnered a love/hate relationship with the Australian public (minus the love) during last seasons The Block: Glasshouse and who only walked away with $10,000 for their efforts have been confirmed to return to the show along with actual favorites Bec and George Douros and Matt Di Costa and Kim Owen from The Block: Sky High.
The next series titled The Block: Triple Threat will also see six new teams battle it out in a series of challenges all aiming to be the top three teams to join the familiar faces in renovating an apartment block in Melbourne’s South Yarra.
The Block: Triple Threat will air in 2015 along with a second outing later on in the year.
Spoiler Free! While the auctions have officially taken place, no word on final standings here until after the official airing tonight!
It’s auction time! Nine’s reality hit The Block: Glasshouse comes to a close tonight with the couples all heading to auction, hoping to take out the $100,000 top prize.
Tonight’s finale will see each couples original reserve price plus the current reserve price with prizes won over the last two weeks for work on apartment 6 subtracted off the reserve.
Max and Karstan have won $30,000 off their reserve along with Dee and Darren. Michael and Carlene earned $20,000 off their reserve with Simon and Shannon nabbing $10,000 off while Chris and Jenna remain the underdogs going into auction with their original reserve.
So how have the couples and apartments fared up to now? Word has it that all apartments are expected to reach around the $1.3m to $1.5m dollar mark with Ray White agent Matt White tipping Max and Karstan’s apartment to win (Matt is Michael and Carlene’s agent)
I’m hopeful of and not expecting another surprise win like last season when Steve and Chantal walked away winners from The Block: Fans Vs Faves – meaning, sorry Chris and Jenna, you guys were entertaining but I don’t see you for the win. I’d like to see Michael and Carlene take out top prize but then again, I’m completely in love with the bookcase enclosed lounge they delivered – and therefore slightly biased.
My final tip – It’ll be a battle between couples Dee and Darren and Max and Karstan. Both have produced the most consistent apartments with high quality finishes. I’m not officially picking a winner – as you know, it never pans out for me!
The Block: Glasshouse auction finale airs tonight, Channel 9 from 6:30pm.
Well well well. Is it just me or did The Block make a terrible error in pairing up it’s competing couples for the elimination rounds? Clearly this was seen to be true after last night’s second round eliminations after QLD’s Pascale and Chris and VIC’s Chantelle and Steve finished their New York Loft styled rooms.
When compared to round one where QLD’s Jesse and Kenny lost to NSW’s Kyal and Kara, last night’s two reveal rooms were….well, the were meh. Empty, boring and no imagination – to put it nicely. And what blows my mind even more is that Pascale admitted to only using half of her $10,000 budget to finish the room! While Chantelle and Steve easily beat out the QLD couple, had Jesse and Kenny been pitted against any of the two couples from last night, they would have made it through to the show – rightfully so.
I guess nothing can be done about it now, but yeah…a very bad decision there on whomever picked out the competing couples.
If show one’s word of the night was ‘Labne’ then last nights second outing of MKR showed that the word of the night was clearly ‘Awesome’ but not awesome is a positive way…well not for Andrew and Emelia. They completely bombed in the kitchen last night, only able to just score above half of what Annie and Jason totaled on night one.
Is it possible that Andrew has some form of ADHD but has never been told he has it? The guy gets completely trodden on by the judges for his main meal of ‘gourmet gumbo’ (two words never to be used together again!) then pops back into the kitchen only to break out a bad rendition of Devo’s ‘Whip It’ while completely curdling three batches of kirsch cream.
The only positive thing to note from the couples effort last night was their ability to take spotlight away from those nasty traveler girls Kelly and Chloe. See, today, it was all about how much of a disaster Andrew was in the kitchen and not how bitchy Kelly and Chloe were.
No one can deny the power of Channel 9’s The Block series. After the All Stars series brought strong ratings earlier this year for the network, 9 were quick to follow up with the latest series The Block Sky High which premiered last night to strong ratings.
1.31 million viewers nationally tuned in to the new series which has upped the challenge on your bog-standard home/apartment renovating show and has now moved into an old apartment block Melbourne, where each couple have an entire floor to complete over an 11 week period.
How will Channel 7’s version titled House Rules stack up? The two shows have very similar formats. House Rules, hosted by Johanna Griggs and from the makers of My Kitchen Rules, gets six state-based teams to renovate each other’s homes.The Block Sky High, hosted by Scott Cam and Shelley Craft, features five state-based teams that turn a five-storey South Melbourne hotel into luxury apartments.
Apparently Channel 7 are so confident in their own show, Rules has been scheduled up against Sky High three nights a week and are hoping to nab upwards of 500,000 viewers from 9. That said, The Block, an established series, has it’s dedicated fans and is bringing in new viewers on a series basis. Sevens Rules is a new show that isn’t starting until Tuesday night.
My call: Viewers are going to stick with The Block. Seven will try and keep beating the dead donkey but before series end, Rules will be relegated to either 7Mate or will run back-to-back episodes on a weekend.
The Block Sky High airs Sundays through Thursdays at 7pm on 9
House Rules premiere’s Tuesday May 14th at 7.30pm on 7