Even a successful renovation show like House Rules could do with a makeover, so Channel 7 has confirmed its judging lineup has been spruced up for season five.
Joining Wendy Moore and mentor Carolyn BurnsMcCrave is Australian architecture expert, Drew Heath and Changing Rooms UK designer Laurence LlewelynBowen, who will do anything but fade into his surrounds.
Tell me about the new role you will play with House Rules. The idea is to really have a judging panel with quite an enormous amount of insightful authority. To a degree, it’s no more Mr Nice Guy … “Come on everybody, let’s work out how do you make the perfect Australian interior.” I feel enormously honoured to be included in that, although I was teasing Wendy and saying she’s now surrounded by Drew, who’s a bit of a Peter Pan and I’m Captain Hook. She is literally Wendy Darling, caught between two naughty lost boys.
Some critics would say the show’s judging line-up needed an injection of personality (replacing Joe Snell) and then you come along … It’s gone from the sublime to the ridiculous. Obviously, I come from this very UK school of Simon Cowell, Gordon Ramsay, middle-aged fellows who should know better and have been unleashed on the planet to basically tell people off in a rather worrying way.
What has impressed you about your Australian experience? Everybody has as such a fabulous sense of humourour ... Australian society is so relaxed elaxed and happy with itself, you u can have a lot more fun with h it. If the new Renaissance iss going to start anywhere, e, I’m beginning to thinkhink it should be Australia.tralia. My passion is to really be an aestheticsthetic midwife now for or the Australian domestic interior rior and say, “Come e on guys, let’s really let rip. Let’s go further r than you’ve ever gone beforere … turn your interiors into a background for sex, for rock ’n’ roll, for chocolate, ate, for all of the thingsngs that really rock k your world.
Have you found d time to watch and rate ate any Australian TV? ? I’m finding it veryery distressing finding ing quite so much British television, on, I have to say. It’ss one of those things where you think, “Really, lly, can’t I get away from you people?” What are you all like, but to be honest the [ Houseuse Rules filming] schedule has been en pretty punishing so TV is something I tend to turn on when I can’t sleep at two o’clock in the morning. Although I do like watching those [exercise equipment ads]. I like watching other people exer exercise, it makes me feel like I’ve do done something good.”
“You should always lick your walls, you should always worship where you live”
LAURENCE LLEWELYN- BOWEN
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Suits you, sir: Laurence LlewelynBowen.