BACK TO REALITY
GOLD COAST CONTESTANTS FRONT AND CENTRE OF THE BLOCK AND MY KITCHEN RULES
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.