FORMER COWBOY NOW A BLOCK STAR
Former Cowboys hooker Clint Amos and wife Hannah are thrust into a whole new ball game as the new kids on The Block.
HOW many of us are guilty of watching a reality TV show and saying “I could do that!”?
Well, former North Queensland Cowboy Clint Amos and his wife Hannah decided to put their money where their mouth is, landing themselves in the latest series of The Block.
“I got sick of listening to Clint say, ‘ We could do this,’ and I’m assuming he probably got sick of listening to me say the same thing,” Hannah laughed.
“We’re huge fans of the show and I always believed that we would make great contestants. The timing is finally right for us with our children being that little bit older.”
And they’ve certainly got a challenge ahead of them. This year’s series of the long- running reality program is being touted as more of a rescue mission than a renovation.
Teams this year will be taking on the show’s biggest challenge to date: relocating five crumbling heritage homes from across Melbourne to new foundations in Elsternwick, where they will be gutted and made over into modern family homes.
The concept came about the day after last year’s finale, when Queensland’s Will and Karlie were crowned the winners.
“We were at the auction of the Port Melbourne series last year and one of the agents said to me, ‘ Are you looking for new sites? I’ve got a 3000sq m block of land in Elsternwick’,” The Block’s executive producer Julian Cress tells Play.
“The day after the auction I got in my car and drove over here. I walked around the site and I had the idea of putting old houses on it.”
That turned out to be easier said than done. “What sounded like a really great idea in my head turned into something that was far more challenging than anything we’ve ever done before,” he says.
“Usually we buy a building and renovate it but we started with nothing and then we had to go out and find the houses.
“We’re saving these houses from demolition and giving them a new lease on life, and by the time we finish this project these houses are going to stand here for another 100 years. I think the audience will really embrace that.”
Host Scott Cam transported one half of one of the homes to the job site.
“I’ve done it twice actually, both times in the bush,” he says.
“We brought the house in, put it together and put it on stumps. It’s a rural thing to do and that’s why this is so unique. We’re doing five of them in a row in the suburbs and creating the set of The Sullivans, really. If someone else bought this block of land they would have put 60 town houses here. We’re putting five beautiful old homes that are going to be renovated within an inch of their lives.”
Don’t be surprised to see multimillion- dollar price tags come auction day. “This challenge we’ve created here is certainly bigger than anything we’ve given anyone before,” Julian says.
“Not only do they have to completely renovate a four- bedroom home, they also have to build two extensions on that and they’ve got to do a front and back garden.
“It’s a ridiculous thing to ask anyone to do in three months ... If they can pull this off, then they can potentially do better than anyone’s ever done on The Block.”
Clint Amos in action for the Cowboys in 2011; ( right) with wife Hannah.