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
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.”