NEW BLOCK SHOULD SCRUB UP NICELY

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - NEWS - By Shan­non Mol­loy

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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