The teams involved in The Block‘s cheating scandal received their penalty at the basement reveals, but a Fave team will get their own chance for a bit of justice after this week’s bathrooms are revealed.
It’s a tight race between teams as Josh and Luke‘s “game-changing” master en suite is unveiled and Ronnie and Georgia fight for a win. The judges’ feedback is tough though, with plenty of defects, “planning disasters” and unusual colour choices.
Surprisingly there is little left to do to finish the bathrooms before reveal, after contestants worked quickly knowing there were two public holidays that week.
Foremen Keith and Dan do find plenty of defects, and not just the usual minor issues like bad painting jobs and slightly askew tiles. There are compliance issues with House 4 and 5’s en suites, however only the twins’ problem is fixable in time for judging.
With tools down called for the week, it’s off to Block headquarters to hear host Scott Cam read out Darren Palmer, Neale Whitaker and Shaynna Blaze‘s feedback.
Ronnie and Georgia
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It’s mostly positive from Shaynna, Neale and Darren. Shaynna loves how the couple has nailed “neutral calm” once again.
“We’ve got the bold green that’s on the feature wall [in the bedroom] but they’ve just carried a little bit of it in here, and just a very soft green on that tile,” she says.
Darren thinks the size is perfect for a master en suite, while Neale is a fan of the Zuster cabinetry with marble inlay.
But there are a few missteps, including the exhaust fan being placed far from the shower, which will leave steam to hover in the high ceiling.
Mitch and Mark
They made a Block record by waterproofing on a Monday, but when the judges walk into Mitch and Mark’s master en suite they discover a “planning disaster”.
Darren pulls out a tape measure to compare the width of the shower with the width of the vanity area. The judges discover the shower is huge and feel “hemmed in” on the basin side.
That size issue is exacerbated by a long glass shower screen, which the judges don’t like either, and actually think is a safety hazard.
“It’s not like they can just take this out and move it across, they’ve got the grate all the way to the end there, so they would have to rip up the floor, put a new grate in,” Shaynna says.
While the planning is a fail in the judges eyes, they do love the styling and colour choices, as well as the tiles.
“Well unfortunately in here the planning issues totally outweigh the beauty of the styling,” Neale admits.
Tanya and Vito
Neale, Darren and Shaynna are wowed by a black toilet when they walk in, from then on the feedback on Tanya and Vito‘s en suite is quite mixed.
Darren is a fan of the brown colour palette but Neale isn’t keen, particularly when it comes to the brown shower tiles.
“I said ’70s motel just now but I think I was being kind. It reminds me more of an old-fashioned public toilet. People are gonna want to rip it out. I think, guys, stop the brown!” he said.
The overall concern from the judges was that the house is becoming polarising for buyers.
“And all of a sudden their market is shrinking and shrinking each week,” Shaynna says.
Josh and Luke
While their first bathroom was savaged by the judges, Josh and Luke are hoping their master en suite is so stunning it wins the week.
And it does impress, getting comments like “wow” and “extraordinary” the moment Darren, Shaynna and Neale enter the room.
“This is the level of sophistication we’ve been asking them for,” Shaynna says.
Neale loves the outdoor bath and the idea of starting or ending the day with a soak in the tranquil space.
The styling has improved from the block of cheese in the first bathroom, and is their best so far.
Apart from some painting and sanding issues, and the shower door being a little snug, the judges are blown away.
Kirsty and Jesse
The couple have been on a styling journey since they arrived on The Block and want their master en suite to show how much they’ve improved.
That it does, with the indigo and gold colour palette creating a fresh and sophisticated vibe in the space.
“We have talked about Kirsty and Jesse finding their style as they’ve gone through the competition, and I feel like this is sort of the pinnacle, so far. This, to me, has got that grown-up, slight touch of Hamptons about it, slight touch of colonial, but just luxurious,” Neale says.
Shaynna loves the two-toned sinks and pretty much all the choices, from the curved bath to the smart toilet and floor tap.
But she feels the shower screen is too small and is frustrated that the tap handles in the shower are placed far from the shower head. Darren also picks up on the wobbly bath tap, which was in the defect report.
It comes time for Scotty to reveal the judges scores.
As always he writes Darren’s scores on the board first, followed by Shaynna’s. At this stage Josh and Luke are half a point ahead of Ronnie and Georgia, so when asked if they’re going to play the bonus point Gnome the couple goes for it. Once Neale’s scores are added the winner is revealed.
En suite scores
- Ronnie and Georgia: 29 (includes bonus point from the sandy Gnome)
- Mitch and Mark: 22
- Tanya and Vito: 22.5
- Josh and Luke: 28.5
- Kirsty and Jesse: 26
Ronnie and Georgia take the win by half a point, leaving Josh and Luke fuming.
It’s not all bad for the twins who, along with Ronnie and Georgia, scored a 10 from Neale, giving them $5,000 to add to the budget.
But that consolation prize did little to boost their mood by the looks on their faces.
“I’ll be honest, it felt absolutely amazing looking over, I thought Josh and Luke would have been clapping for us — nothing, peanuts, zilcho. It’s gotta hurt,” Ronnie says.
“They reckon we robbed them of the challenge win, and now they reckon we robbed them of the room win and I mean, that’s the game,” Georgia admits.
The unresolved tension will flow into next week as teams do their remaining bedrooms and a redo room each.
This article was originally published by Nine.com.au. Reproduced with permission.