Brother and sis­ter team Luke and Ebony are re­turn­ing cast mem­bers for the new The Block af­ter a brief ap­pear­ance on Triple Threat

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - PLAY| TV - DAR­REN CARTWRIGHT

As an elec­tri­cian and an in­te­rior de­signer, re­turn­ing con­tes­tants WA sib­lings Luke and Ebony have a dis­tinct head­start on the new sea­son of The Block.

The duo are the only re­turn­ing cast mem­bers on the 11th sea­son of the Nine Net­work se­ries, which starts on Sun­day, Septem­ber 6.

Yet Ebony has played down their ex­pe­ri­ence and pro­fes­sions, say­ing they only have a small edge on their op­po­si­tion be­cause their time on The Block Triple Threat was brief.

“We had a week of The Block ex­pe­ri­ence ... so we had met the crew and did have some idea of the run­ning of the sched­ule and the process,” Ebony says.

“We didn’t do The Block on this scale and that was still very scary com­ing into it so we knew a lit­tle bit more than other con­tes­tants.”

Another small but sig­nif­i­cant ad­van­tage for the WA team, is that be­ing sib­lings there is no chance of a lover’s quar­rel or hav­ing to worry about a mar­riage break­down.

But they do have their mo­ments, says Ebony who ad­mits to break­ing down while ren­o­vat­ing their as­signed apart­ment in the South Yarra mo­tel.

“You will see tears on my part and words of frus­tra­tion ... there won’t be much beep­ing (out words),” Ebony says. “We don’t have the added pres­sure of be­ing in a re­la­tion­ship or that we are newly dat­ing or newly mar­ried and have never ren­o­vated.

“We were shar­ing a bed­room for three months so we did have that pres­sure.”

This sea­son’s apart­ment block is oc­tag­o­nal and each level must be trans­formed into a 225sq m apart­ment with 360-de­gree views.

Luke and Ebony are the only sib­lings among the five teams which in­clude a pair of sin­gle mums and a cou­ple who met on Tin­der.

Bus­sel­ton sib­lings Ebony and Luke will rep­re­sent WA in The Block’s new sea­son.

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