New kids on the block

Reno Rum­ble’s 2016 makeover starts with two new judges.

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - NEWS - By COLIN VICK­ERY

COLIN McAl­lis­ter and Justin Ryan’s stint on Reno Rum­ble is timely. The pair are front and cen­tre in prime time just as Aus­tralia works to­wards a pos­si­ble plebiscite on gay mar­riage.

McAl­lis­ter and Ryan are a cou­ple, both per­son­ally and pro­fes­sion­ally. They have a heap of TV cred­its in­clud­ing Trad­ing Up in the UK and Colin and Justin’s Home Heist in Canada.

On Fe­bru­ary 15, 2008, they got hitched in a pri­vate civil cer­e­mony in Lon­don. They hon­ey­mooned in the Caribbean.

“Justin and I are very diff er­ent but we have shared goals,” Ryan says. “We’re not too proud to say, ‘ You’ve got the bet­ter idea here’. We’re not jostling for po­si­tion. We both sup­port each other whole­heart­edly.

“We are very happy that we’ve had this op­por­tu­nity to be a gay cou­ple in a prom­i­nent po­si­tion ( in the me­dia). If we can in any way be a guid­ing light for a younger gay per­son who might be strug­gling to come to terms with var­i­ous things in life, that is amaz­ing.

“Nei­ther Colin nor I had a par­tic­u­larly diffi cult time grow­ing up or learn­ing to be a gay cou­ple. We didn’t ever have any of those is­sues. We have just taken ev­ery­thing in a very mat­ter- of- fact way.

“Hope­fully that in­spires peo­ple. We don’t scream and shout about it. We’re never overly political. We just live our lives as Colin and Justin. It seems to ap­peal to peo­ple.”

Reno Rum­ble has had a com­plete makeover and one of the big­gest changes is McAl­lis­ter and Ryan sign­ing on as judges.

The pair, who made a guest ap­pear­ance on The Block last year, re­place Dar­ren Palmer and Romy Al­will. The mak­ers of Reno Rum­ble have scrapped the Block ver­sus House Rules con­cept for se­ries two.

In­stead, state- based teams of con­tes­tants ren­o­vate the homes of in­spi­ra­tional own­ers in an East ver­sus West com­pe­ti­tion.

The home­own­ers are peo­ple who have en­dured hard­ship or tragedy or have ded­i­cated their lives to serv­ing the com­mu­nity.

“Reno Rum­ble is right up our street be­cause when bad homes hap­pen to good peo­ple, we like to sort it out,” McAl­lis­ter says. “It is to­tally diff er­ent to The Block where con­tes­tants are try­ing to achieve op­ti­mal sales prices.”

Rep­re­sent­ing the East are besties Sarah and Re­nee ( Qld), Ital­ian-Aus­tralians Lisa and John ( NSW), and bat­tlers Scott and Na­dia ( Vic). The West is made up of mother and son Dane and Leanne ( SA), en­gaged cou­ple Jim and Hay­ley ( SA), and mar­ried pair Steve and Holly ( WA).

The last team stand­ing will win $ 100,000.

“Last year on Reno Rum­ble the judges fil­tered their opin­ions through Scott Cam but this year we meet the con­tes­tants face to face and that re­ally dou­bles the drama,” McAl­lis­ter says. “We don’t want to up­set any­body but we have to be hon­est.

“I think we’re ex­cel­lent judges on Reno Rum­ble be­cause we have a flip­ping back­ground. Twenty- five years ago we started to buy and sell prop­er­ties. We are very much into the home be­ing a money- maker.

“We have fallen in love with Aus­tralia. We are very keen to come back and do more tele­vi­sion but we are also keen to buy a flip­per prop­erty, a fixer-up­per, in Mel­bourne or Syd­ney to cre­ate a se­cond rev­enue stream.”



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