The Block

Airing on the Nine Network, The Block is an Australian reality series focusing on up to five couples competing against each other to renovate and restyle houses.

Debuting in 2003, the original show was hosted by Jamie Durie, followed by John McGrath in 2004. The show was then reviewed by Nine following its second season, and was axed for six years before returning with Scott Cam as the new host in 2010. Since then, The Block has gone on to run for eight consecutive years.

Popular not only with DIY enthusiasts, the program is also popular with punters. The weekly elimination style format is a similar concept to other reality shows, while punters can also bet on the outright winner right throughout the season.

Premise

The location of the show is usually located in a former apartment block, hotel or motel in New South Wales of Victoria.

Typically, The Block features four or five couples with renovation experience. They are challenged with the task of refurbishing one of the apartments in the complex over a 12 week period with a budget of up to $100,000.

After the renovation period, the apartments are then auctioned off, with each couple receiving a profit if they achieve a sale above the reserve price.

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Current Hosts/Judges

  • Scott Cam (Host)
  • Neale Whitaker (Judge)
  • Shelley Craft (Host/Challenge Master)
  • Keith Schleiger (Foreman)
  • Shaynna Blaze (Judge
  • Darren Palmer (Judge
  • Dan Reilly (Foredan)
  • Alice Stolz (Domain Judge)

Seasons & Winners

Season Type of building Location Episodes Winning team Total winnings
1 Rundown Apartment Complex Bondi, NSW 13 Adam Thorn/Fiona Mills $256,000
2 Rundown Apartment Complex Manly, NSW 26 Andrew Rochford/Jamie Nicholson $178,000
3 Rundown Apartment Complez Vaucluse, NSW 9 John and Neisha Pitt $305,000
4 Rundown Workers Cottages Richmond, VIC 51 Polly Porter/Warwick “Waz” Jones $115,000
5 Rundown Terrace Houses South Melbourne, VIC 69 Brad Cranfield/Lara Welham $606,000
6 Rundown Heritage-Listed Houses Bondi, NSW 39 Phil Rankine/Amity Dry $395,000
7 Former Motel South Melbourne, VIC 66 Alisa and Lysandra Fraser $395,000
8 Former Warehouse Albert Park, VIC 61 Steve O’Donnell/Chantelle Ford $736,000
9 Former Office Building Prahran, VIC 65 Shannon and Simon Voss $435,000
10 Former Apartment Block South Yarra, VIC 58 Darren and Deanne Jolly $935,000
11 Former Hotel South Yarra, VIC 47 Dean and Shay Paine $755,000
12 Heritage Art Deco Building Port Melbourne, VIC 46 William Bethune/Karlie Cicero $815,000
13 Rundown Weatherboard Houses Elsternwick, Victoria 52 Elyse Knowles/Josh Barker $547,000
14 Former Hotel St Kilda, Victoria TBA TBA TBA

Awards

Year Award Category Nominee Result
2004 Logie Awards Most Popular Reality Program The Block Nominated
2005 Logie Awards Most Popular Reality Program The Block 2 Nominated
2012 Logie Awards Most Popular Reality Program The Block 2011 Won
2013 Logie Awards Most Popular Reality Program The Block 2012 Won
2014 Logie Awards Most Popular Reality Program The Block: All Stars Nominated
2014 Logie Awards Most Popular Reality Program The Block: Sky High Won
2014 Logie Awards Gold – Most Popular Personality Scott Cam Won
2014 Logie Awards Most Popular Presenter Scott Cam Won
2015 Logie Awards Gold – Most Popular Personality on Australian TV Scott Cam Nominated
2015 Logie Awards Most Popular Reality Program The Block: Glasshouse Won
2016 Logie Awards Gold – Best Personality on Australian TV Scott Cam Nominated
2016 Logie Awards Best Reality Program The Block: Blocktagon Won
2016 Logie Awards Best New Talent Dan Reilly Nominated
2017 Logie Awards Best Reality Program The Block 2016 Won
2018 Logie Awards Best Reality Program The Block 2017 Won