AUC­TION DAY BOMB­SHELL! THEY DON’T DE­SERVE TO WIN

It’ll be mutiny if ‘lazy’ Ja­son and Sarah win The Block

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Just days out from The Block’s all-im­por­tant auc­tion – and the chance to win hun­dreds of thou­sands of dol­lars – rum­blings of dis­con­tent are mount­ing among the show’s para­noid and sleep-de­prived con­tes­tants and be­lea­guered crew.

Be­hind closed doors, sources say Block­heads Ron­nie and Ge­or­gia, Josh and El­yse, Sarah and Ja­son, Clint and Han­nah and Sticks and Wombat are scram­bling to ne­go­ti­ate se­cret deals, in case they end up with noth­ing af­ter 12 weeks of soulde­stroy­ing work come auc­tion night. Or worse still, one of their en­e­mies takes away the prize.

“Clint’s a very en­gag­ing per­son­al­ity, we’d con­sider any­thing that is of­fered,” says Han­nah. “We’ve had spon­sors reach out to us since star­ring on the show, say­ing they’d love to part­ner with us.”

Ron­nie, mean­while, has de­signs on a TV ca­reer. “Straight off the bat he was per­form­ing for the cam­eras,” a source tells. “How do you think he earned the nick­name Mr Hollywood?! He’s do­ing ev­ery­thing in his power to make sure he scores a TV gig.”

RI­VALS RE­VOLT

But worse than walk­ing away empty-handed would be if one of their ri­vals took out the prize

– and no one would rock the boat more than Ja­son and Sarah, who have been branded lazy and pig-headed, and even called upon by fans of the show to di­vorce.

“If Ja­son and Sarah were to win the show, the con­tes­tants and crew would ab­so­lutely lose it,” con­fides the source. “Ja­son has been the lazi­est of all the com­peti­tors and got ahead by tak­ing ad­van­tage of peo­ple when they were in a weak spot. For him to win would be like a stab in the back, and there’s no doubt the fron­trun­ners would kick off if they weren’t com­pen­sated.”

SHOW WALK­OUT

Even long-serv­ing host Scotty Cam is wor­ried that the show’s stars could re­volt if the cou­ple were to win.

“If Ja­son and Sarah took it, everybody would be upset,” he says. “In the Dux House se­ries, Steve and Chantelle – whose house was cer­tainly not the best on The Block, if not the worst – ended up win­ning it. They were strug­gling all the way through, the de­sign of their apart­ment was pretty or­di­nary com­pared to the oth­ers, and they won $736,000. So Ja­son and Sarah could eas­ily win.”

Ac­cord­ing to a set in­sider, “This has been the most dif­fi­cult sea­son any­one has been a part of. It’s been ex­haust­ing to deal with all the dif­fer­ent egos and de­mands be­hind the scenes.” The in­sider adds the crew would al­most cer­tainly walk out if Ja­son and Sarah’s house got the high­est bid, say­ing Scotty was near break­ing point when they failed to fin­ish their room. “When Ja­son and Sarah gave up and stopped work­ing, I got very of­fended by that,” the host con­firms. “Ev­ery­one was upset – the crew, the pro­duc­ers, the cam­era­men. I had to step in.”

EYE ON THE PRIZE

It’s not just Ja­son and Sarah who could ruf­fle feathers, though. With the feud be­tween long-run­ning ri­vals Ge­or­gia and Ron­nie and El­yse and Josh reach­ing boil­ing point, things are turn­ing nasty all over.

“There have been points dur­ing the show when I wouldn’t have been sur­prised if Josh and Ron­nie had got into a punch-up, and there’s no doubt things will get heated on auc­tion night,” reveals our in­sider.

“There’s some pretty heavy ri­valry there,” a con­cerned Scotty, 54, adds. “I’m sure no one wants Ron­nie and Ge­or­gia to win – that would kill them.

“There’s no doubt about it, they’re not liked by all the oth­ers. But Ron­nie has al­ways said, ‘I’m not here to make friends, I’m here to make some money and put my kids through pri­vate school.’

“It’s a com­pe­ti­tion to win $100,000,” says Scotty. “I don’t know what the oth­ers thought… maybe that they’re here to make friends? But at the end of the show you’ve got to go back to your real lives and, hope­fully, you go back with some coin.”

Scotty was “very of­fended” by the cou­ple’s be­hav­iour.

Josh (left) and El­yse and Wombat and Sticks formed an al­liance against Ron­nie and Ge­or­gia and Han­nah and Clint (be­low). JOIN­ING FORCESJO NORTH SIDE

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