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
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.”
Johanna Griggs hosts
for 2015 on Channel 7.