Block goes

un­der the ham­mer

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Television - DEB­BIE SCHIPP The Block, WIN, tonight, 6.30pm

THE Block’s big­gest chal­lenge tonight is blow­ing the 2 mil­lion viewer mark wide open – that’s its mis­sion with the two-hour fi­nale charged with ush­er­ing a bumper au­di­ence into check­ing out WIN’s new drama of­fer­ing Un­der­belly: Ra­zor.

The renewed in­ter­est in this ren­o­va­tion re­al­ity show proves it’s well up to the task.

Ex­pect ret­ro­spec­tives of the sea­son re­count­ing the dreaded ‘‘ jour­neys’’ of the cou­ples be­fore we get down to the real task at hand, declar­ing the win­ner.

This year’s se­ries fea­tures four cou­ples in­clud­ing the youngest cou­ple to ap­pear on the show, Vic­to­ri­ans Josh and Jenna, who’ve also turned out to be hot favourites. Then there’s the like­able pair Polly and Waz, ex­pe­ri­enced ren­o­va­tors Ta­nia and Rod­ney and sis­ters Amie and Ka­t­rina.

Amie and Ka­t­rina came to at­ten­tion when they bick­ered with tradies, but amaz­ingly they’ve man­aged not to squab­ble with each other, de­spite the in­tense pres­sure of be­ing on a re­al­ity show and the end­less reno chal­lenges.

Ka­t­rina said: ‘‘ You have to have Christ­mas to­gether and Mum wouldn’t like us fight­ing.’’

Amie also agreed that Josh and Jenna were the ones to watch. ‘‘ They have a big­ger house. It is that sim­ple,’’ she said.

The cou­ples will have been un­der lock and key since a top-se­cret auc­tion last night of the fin­ished homes. The winning cou­ple will be the one whose home makes the most over the re­serve price, which view­ers will not know un­til tonight.

That winning cou­ple will go home with the profit, and an ex­tra $ 100,000 for be­ing supreme ren­o­va­tion wizards.

The other three cou­ples don’t leave losers. They’ll also re­ceive any money made over the re­serve.

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