Ren­o­va­tion rook­ies hit The Block.

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - FRONT PAGE - Ary­lene West­lake-Jen­nings

THE pro­mo­tional trail­ers have made one thing clear about this year's sea­son of Chan­nel Nine’s The Block – the Perth cou­ple will need all the sup­port they can get from WA au­di­ences.

Newly en­gaged and loved-up high-fly­ers Hans and Court­ney – he’s a pi­lot for Vir­gin and she’s a flight at­ten­dant with Qan­tas – are true ren­o­va­tion rook­ies.

With a su­per­fi­cial re­fresh of a Dianella prop­erty the only thing they have ever at­tempted, they are a stark con­trast to last year’s self-con­fessed ren­o­va­tion ad­dicts Ron­nie and Ge­or­gia.

“I bought a house in Dianella and we just painted the walls white, Hans put in the click-in lam­i­nate floor­boards, I went and chose some tiles and we thought ‘oh my God, this is great, we love ren­o­vat­ing!’,” Court­ney said.

The cou­ple ad­mit their naivety was at an all-time high when they ap­plied to be on The Block.

“We thought that in terms of dif­fi­culty, it would be about a 20 out of 10 but it was ac­tu­ally more like 180 out of 10,” Court­ney said.

“I would have said 184,” Hans said.

“In the 48-hour chal­lenge (the first chal­lenge of the show), we were run­ning around do­ing stuff but not ac­com­plish­ing any­thing.

“And then in the other rooms they had these huge teams, stuff’s com­ing down and then we look up and the guys were like ‘that ceil­ing has got to come down’ and I said, ‘do I do that?’ and, of course, no one an­swers you be­cause they’re not al­lowed to help or give hints.”

But The Block host Scotty Cam was quick to dis­miss any sug­ges­tions Hans and Court­ney would let WA Block­a­holics down in the 14th sea­son of the show.

“They were cer­tainly novices when they went in and you’ll be pleas­antly sur­prised as a WA viewer about how it pans out to­ward the end,” he said.

“There are some ups and downs, there’s no doubt, but 100 per cent WA’s got to get be­hind them.”

This year’s com­pe­ti­tion also sees what Scotty once de­scribed as “a bit of a meth house” com­pletely trans­form un­der the hands of the con­tes­tants.

The Gatwick Pri­vate Ho­tel was de­signed by Harry Ray­mond John­son and built in St Kilda.

The Fitzroy Street icon was ex­e­cuted in a re­strained Span­ish Mis­sion style and opened its doors in 1937.

It fell into a state of dis­re­pair over the years and was sold to Chan­nel Nine in 2017.

“It was the big­gest construction that we’ve ever done,” Scotty said.

The Block starts this Sun­day, Au­gust 5, at 7pm on Chan­nel Nine.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d484907

Scotty Cam with The Block 2018 WA con­tes­tants Hans and Court­ney.

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