TEAMS IN SHOW OF PA­TIENCE

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - TV -

The Block Glasshouse fore­man Keith Sch­leiger be­lieves some of the show’s pre­vi­ous con­tes­tants would have lost the plot if they had to deal with the de­lays of this se­ries.

He has praised the cur­rent con­tes­tants on the Nine Net­work’s re­al­ity ren­o­va­tion show for keep­ing cool heads in very try­ing cir­cum­stances.

His builders had to re­move as­bestos and shore up the struc­ture of the build­ing, which slowed teams’ progress.

“The con­tes­tants were quite good about it … we have held them up,” says Sch­leiger.

“In the past I think some of the con­tes­tants would have ba­si­cally just sim­ply lost it at me but that hasn’t oc­curred. This year’s bunch treated me very well.

“They un­der­stood that we had to do the right thing and fix the struc­ture.”

While Sch­leiger didn’t name names, the show’s most fiery for­mer con­tes­tants are ar­guably twins Alisa and Lysan­dra Fraser, who launched an F-bomb tirade after judge Shaynna Blaze scored their bath­room on The Block: Fans v Faves a five out of 10. The for­mer po­lice of­fi­cers also ac­cused Sch­leiger of favouritism in last year’s se­ries.

Sch­leiger says the time frame on this se­ries of The Block is vir­tu­ally im­pos­si­ble.

“It was just one hell of a build­ing project – it was a mon­ster,” he says.

The Block site was for­merly used to man­u­fac­ture Vic­to­ria’s pub­lic trans­port smart­cards, and decades ago it was the site of an old Am­pol ser­vice sta­tion.

Sch­leiger says the street was re­zoned and renum­bered in the 1970s and there­fore there wasn’t any way of know­ing about the diesel tank be­fore the site was se­lected for the show.

The Block con­tes­tants will be hop­ing for record prices when their Mel­bourne lux­ury apart­ments go un­der the ham­mer this week­end.

The Nine Net­work has an­nounced The Block Glasshouse grand fi­nale will be screened on Sun­day.

Keith Sch­leiger, site man­ager of The Block.

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