OBEY­ING RULES

It’s a roller-coaster ride for House Rules this year with a se­ri­ous lack of ren­o­vat­ing ex­per­tise among the teams mak­ing for high drama

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - TV - DEB­BIE SCHIPP

It’s a sea­son short on tradies and long on po­ten­tial for dis­as­ter as the least-ex­pe­ri­enced ren­o­va­tors with the worst houses ever line up for sea­son three of re­al­ity ren­o­va­tion hit House Rules.

With just one tradie among the six teams, host Jo­hanna Griggs con­fesses if it was her, she’d be hop­ing her place was last on the list of dwellings to get the weekly trans­for­ma­tion. “Last sea­son there was al­most a tradie in ev­ery sin­gle one of the teams. This time there’s only one guy (Vic­to­rian chip­pie, Bronik),” she says.

“As you’ll see from the first re­veal … I didn’t think they were go­ing to fin­ish and the level of their ren­o­vat­ing is pretty poor. They only had one way to go which was to im­prove dramatically.”

Griggs says the lack of build­ing ex­pe­ri­ence is com­pounded for one ren­o­vat­ing duo who had never even seen an episode of the show be­fore join­ing the fray.

They may be rook­ies at ren­o­va­tion, but Griggs says most of the cou­ples are far from new­bies when it comes to the re­al­ity tele­vi­sion for­mat – a chal­lenge the House Rules pro­duc­ers rel­ish.

“Some of them are like they have been to re­al­ity TV school – they all think they know how ev­ery­thing is go­ing to pan out, so you just have to keep them on their toes,” she says.

“Ob­vi­ously we’ve had to throw in lots of twists and turns. They’ve ended up just try­ing to stop sec­ond-guess­ing us, that we were one step ahead.”

But Griggs says the show will con­tinue to strike a chord with au­di­ences be­cause of the sto­ries be­hind the contestants.

“There are some ab­so­lutely shock­ing homes to start off with – but then you hear the back­story of peo­ple like Bronik – he’s the first male in his fam­ily to own a home.”

Pic­ture: CHAN­NEL 7

Jo­hanna Griggs hosts

House Rules

for 2015 on Chan­nel 7.

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