Bat­tling an ad­dic­tion to The Block

The TV Guide - - MR TELLY - T. Car­roll (Ohawe)

The Block NZ (Three, Sun­day to Wed­nes­day) is a big im­prove­ment on last year – congratulations. But are the con­tes­tants as bad as they look or is it heav­ily edited? The boys may have qual­i­fi­ca­tions but I have yet to see them get past sec­ond gear and look as though they know how to do prac­ti­cal work. The girls, well, I’ve never seen so much hug­ging ... Do they get their match­ing out­fits from the wardrobe depart­ment or are they ad­ver­tis­ing a new line? Agni and Claire are the only ones who show any sign of imag­i­na­tion but ‘lazy’ takes on a whole new mean­ing. And Claire has put equal­ity for women back 10 spa­ces. Fi­nally, Amy and Stu. I liked them to start with, but they got too ar­ro­gant. Now it is hard to find any­thing to like about any­one. But I still have to watch it. I’m ad­dicted. I need to fin­ish this. The Block is on in half an hour.

Jan­ice (Oa­maru)

I love The Block NZ on Three. It is en­ter­tain­ing, hu­mor­ous and in­spir­ing. Night af­ter night, Mark Richardson is witty with his puns and ‘bad dad’ jokes, and the chal­lenges are a bit of a laugh. The show also pro­vides tips and hints of cur­rent trends for home own­ers and proud ten­ants alike and of­fer­ing some rea­son­ably priced ideas to trans­form our homes is bril­liant. Although I don’t of­ten agree with the judges, their feed­back and cri­tique also gives value and an added di­men­sion to the pro­gramme. The teams are all unique and pro­vide great en­ter­tain­ment. How­ever, this year I feel as though, with the ex­cep­tion of Stu and Amy, that the teams don’t seem to ap­pre­ci­ate how lucky they are to have been cho­sen to be on the show. Chlo and Em seem to be lap­ping it up be­ing on cam­era, and do­ing lit­tle in the way of work. The boys also ap­pear to be work-shy, do­ing their ut­most to cut cor­ners and avoid the advice of The Wolf and the judges. These teams need to get se­ri­ous and put in some ef­fort. Agni and Claire are tak­ing it more se­ri­ously, but Agni seems to need a bit of an en­ergy boost, whereas The Oldies are run­ning rings around all the young ones. Go Stu and Amy. You are the only team that de­serve to win.

Claire and Agni from The Block NZ

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