BLAZ­ING BLOCK­IES

Ren­o­va­tor con­tes­tants don’t hold back when they think in­te­rior de­signer Shaynna Blaze is judg­ing them un­fairly on The Block se­ries, but Blaze says she knows what peo­ple want

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You can’t han­dle the truth. Jack Nicholson’s fa­mous line from A Few Good Men could just as eas­ily have been said by The Block’s Shaynna Blaze.

The famed in­te­rior de­signer, who also stars on Sell­ing Houses Aus­tralia, copped it from all sides last year.

In The Block: Fans v Faves, twins Alisa and Lysan­dra Fraser un­leashed an f-bomb spray after Blaze scored their main bath­room a pal­try 5 out of 10.

The pair ac­cused Blaze of un­fair scor­ing and threat­ened to walk off the Chan­nel 9 ren­o­va­tion show.

On The Block: Glasshouse it was Deanne Jolly, part­nered with hus­band Dar­ren, who lashed Blaze for per­ceived scor­ing in­con­sis­ten­cies – and it got per­sonal.

“She’s a bo­gan from (Mel­bourne sub­urb) Wan­tirna who’s got no f---ing idea and I will out style you any day,” Jolly said.

Blaze knows there is ev­ery chance she’ll cop another serve from one of the con­tes­tants on The Block Triple Threat.

“A lot of peo­ple don’t want to hear hon­esty when they’re ex­hausted,” Blaze says. “I’m do­ing it (cri­tiquing the rooms) from a pro­fes­sional per­spec­tive. They’re do­ing it from a tired per­sonal at­tack.

“I’ve been in the in­dus­try for a long time. I know when you’ve made a mis­take. A lot of peo­ple don’t want to hear hon­esty when they’re ex­hausted, have worked so hard, and they think it (their room) is ab­so­lutely amaz­ing. When it goes on and on it be­comes quite tir­ing.”

Blaze also cops flak on Sell­ing Houses Aus­tralia.

It is the job of Blaze, along with host An­drew Win­ter and land­scaper Charlie Albone, to con­vince own­ers to make rad­i­cal changes if they want to sell their homes – and that isn’t al­ways easy.

“They want help but they get emo­tional go­ing ‘oh, I don’t know about this – you’re in­vad­ing my space’,” Blaze says.

“We’ve got to make sure we come at it from a heart­felt way but be firm at the same time.”

The Block Triple Threat sees nine teams whit­tled down to four and the chal­lenge is to ren­o­vate a 1970s apart­ment block in Mel­bourne’s ritzy Dar­ling Street, South Yarra.

Six teams of new­bies will fight for three spots. Three sets of for­mer Block con­tes­tants will bat­tle for one spot.

The Triple Threat con­tes­tants face an ex­tra level of anx­i­ety. They wit­nessed the hor­ren­dous auc­tion re­sults on The Block Glasshouse.

Brothers Shan­non & Si­mon made $335,000 profit and snagged the $100,000 win­ners’ prize ... Michael & Car­lene and Dar­ren & Deanne took home a measly $10,000 apiece.

Nine has de­cided to add three buy­ers’ agents to Triple Threat, to stop the prob­lem hap­pen­ing again.

The agents will also give their opin­ions on each room re­veal – and that could dif­fer markedly from the judges.

“You never want to see peo­ple make $10,000 or $40,000 when they’ve put three months of their lives on the line to do the show,” Blaze says.

Blaze re­futes crit­i­cism that there is a dis­con­nect be­tween what she and fel­low judges Dar­ren Palmer and Neale Whit­taker like and what buy­ers want.

The trio lam­basted Steve & Chantelle’s ren­o­va­tion and de­sign skills through­out Fans v Faves but the young cou­ple went on to get the most at auc­tion – and win the se­ries.

“I do know what the mar­ket wants,” Blaze says.

“For Triple Threat and South Yarra, styling will have to be so­phis­ti­cated with sub­tlety. I think that is one of the big­gest chal­lenges – nail­ing that brief.”

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