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Broad­beach pri­mary school teacher Chris Street ex­pects he’ll have some ex­plain­ing to do to stu­dents when school re­turns next week.

Mr Street – that’s Streety to his mates – and his chil­dren’s so­cial worker wife, Pas, are con­tes­tants on a new se­ries of the re­al­ity TV hit The Block which de­buts on Mon­day. It is one of three big rat­ing re­al­ity TV se­ries which will com­pete in the Mon­day 7.30pm times­lot. The oth­ers are My Kitchen

Rules (Seven, Prime) and the con­tin­u­ing The Big­gest Loser:

Chal­lenge Aus­tralia (Ten, Ten SC). The cou­ple, who wed 18 months ago, filmed a promo for the se­ries which pits novice ren­o­va­tors against past se­ries favourites. It has been air­ing on TV screens since Christ­mas.

“Film­ing’s done so it’s back to school … which may be a bit weird at first,” says Mr Street, a phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion and mu­sic teacher who plays in a cov­ers band and surfs on week­ends.

“Be­ing a spe­cialty teacher, I sus­pect as I start a new class ev­ery 40 min­utes there will be some­one say­ing: ‘Hey Mr Street, I saw you on TV’. How will I deal with that? I sup­pose I could get them to do laps,” he laughs. Streety and Pas were watch­ing

The Block Sky High about the same time they were prac­tis­ing their ren­o­va­tion skills on a twobed­room unit at Burleigh.

“We gut­ted the whole thing and started from scratch,” says Mr Street. “We’re proud of what we’ve done. It look nice and we’ve had some good com­ments about it from friends.

“It went about two months over time and 15 grand over bud­get. Ren­o­vat­ing for the first time was a sharp learn­ing curve. Or so we thought un­til we landed on The Block.’’

The new se­ries pits novices against the ex­perts in a spe­cial se­ries called Fans v Faves, which brings back the reign­ing cham­pion twins Alisa and Lysan­dra from The Block Sky

High and for­mer shows Brad and Dale, who re­turn mi­nus their part­ners from the 2012 se­ries to com­pete.

The Gold Coast cou­ple are one of four who see if they have what it takes to go from watch­ing The Block on the couch to ac­tu­ally build­ing it.

Ren­o­va­tors con­vert the old Dux The­atre, in Mel­bourne’s Al­bert Park, into four three­bed­room, three-bath­room, loft­style apart­ments, ar­riv­ing to find the build­ing is a va­cant shell.

“It didn’t even have a roof for a cou­ple of days. It was a bit like go­ing to a war zone,’’ says Mr Street.

“There was rub­ble ev­ery­where. It made for the worst kind of camp­ing but I sup­pose it makes good TV.’’

Host Scot Cam, chal­lenge master Shel­ley Craft, judges Neale Whi­taker, Shaynna Blaze and Dar­ren Palmer and fore­man Keith Sch­leiger all re­turn. The Block: Mon­day, 7.30pm, Nine, NBN; con­tin­ues Tues­day and Thurs­day, 7.30pm.

The Block con­tes­tants Pas and Chris Street.

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