NEW BLOCK SHOULD SCRUB UP NICELY
WHEN she first walked through the derelict former soap factory where The Block is set this year, co-host Shelley Craft had just one thought.
“It was, ‘I’m so glad I’m not a contestant’,” she laughs. “Thank God!”
The enormity of the task facing the five teams in Nine’s long-running renovation series this time around is perhaps the biggest ever seen.
Not only is the property “an absolute monster” in terms of size, but it’s heritage listed and any works done must comply with strict codes – otherwise not a single apartment can be sold.
“I think it’s the best building ever though,” Craft says. “She’s a grand old thing. To have so much history is a really lovely element.”
And having spent so much time with the hopefuls, she has a strong feeling about this season’s potential dark horses.
“Andy and Ben are the ones to watch, I think,” she says.
The two best mates – both primary school teachers – are already viewer favourites, thanks to their energetic and mischievous personalities.
“You’ll see a serious side every now and then,” Craft says. “They knuckle down when they have to.”
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