The stage is set for best sea­son so far as Nine does its Block

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THE way I re­mem­ber it, elim­i­na­tion week last year on The Block took place in ship­ping con­tain­ers. As did Jamie Durie’s ren­o­va­tion show, which, as it hap­pened, also elim­i­nated Jamie. From tele­vi­sion.

No­body’s mak­ing that mis­take again. The Block pro­duc­ers have de­cided to get the cou­ples to work on an ac­tual house this year— a room each — and weed them out from there. It’s self-weed­ing re­ally, the judges don’t have to do any­thing. There’s not a tremen­dous amount of tal­ent here. For in­stance, one girl has to saw some wood, and she ex­plains how her arm doesn’t get that much of a work­out nor­mally ‘‘ un­less straight­en­ing my hair’’.

An­other guy Googles how to paint. See what I mean? But they’re not en­tirely with­out a clue ei­ther.

You just wouldn’t nec­es­sar­ily be want­ing to buy one of their houses at the end of the se­ries. This is the hit of the year. If you thought My Kitchen Rules was fun and drama, it wasn’t.

Not when you see this. My Kitchen Rules will seem up­tight and se­date by com­par­i­son. I can’t re­mem­ber from one year to the next what any

I’m of the oth­ers were like but I feel as if this se­ries of The Block is the best so far.

I’ve al­ready picked my win­ning cou­ple and I think they can do it. I’ll tell you next week when the four have been de­cided and you can get on to Tomwa­ter­house and we’ll get a thing go­ing.

And by then you might have come up with an ex­pla­na­tion for how, with all the shops in Melbourne, the cou­ples wind up at the same floor­ing place.

The same fur­ni­ture store. The same paint store. (With the same paint colour even.) Australia’s best shop­ping city, as Scott Cam puts it, and this hap­pens. It’s an amaz­ing co­in­ci­dence.

Still, it’s good to know that even if Mitre 10 is closed, any of us can just walk out the back to the roller door and get them to remix some paint for us and they will.

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