Tensions boil over between Tanya and Georgia on The Block, when the question of how much a challenge piece can be altered is raised. The debate is hashed out in a heated meeting that leaves Tanya angry.
Then judges Darren Palmer, Neale Whitaker and Shaynna Blaze review the guest bedrooms and re-do rooms. Four of the teams blow them away with beautiful spaces and clever changes, but the other pair has them wishing the room could be done again.
First though, we should unpack the challenge rules argument. Earlier in the week the teams did a Shipwrecked challenge, which required them to make a piece of art or furniture for the guest bedroom they are renovating this week.
While Kirsty and Jesse and Ronnie and Georgia made beautiful pieces that look great in their rooms, the others didn’t fare as well. Tanya and Vito in particular ended up with a large quirky fidget planter, which is too bulky for their kids’ room.
The rule is you can tweak a challenge piece, but you can’t transform it. However, Tanya is planning to do just that by removing the old boat navigation panel and just use the pallet as a bookcase.
“Nah that’s not tweaking, that’s more like a twerk,” Ronnie says.
Kirsty agrees, adding, “I think you can see that yours is an eyesore so you want to change it. That defeats the whole purpose of the challenge.”
Mitch and Mark feel the brief was clear so won’t change their piece, but Josh doesn’t care what anyone does and thinks the meeting is a waste of time.
- Related: The Block 2021: Here are the spaces each team is fixing for their re-do rooms after the judges’ feedback
- Related: The Block 2021: The experts step in to give Tanya and Vito some styling tips
- Related: The Block 2021 bathroom reveal recap: The twins are left fuming after Ronnie and Georgia steal a win
“So what’s the point of doing challenges where there’s rules?” Georgia asks as it becomes clear nothing has been resolved.
Tanya then walks off, followed by Josh.
“I’m changing mine,” Tanya says as she leaves.
Ronnie yells out, “Sorry Tanya, that was your decision to make that and the judges will penalise you for that.”
“You’re not the friggin’ boss dude,” she hits back.
Georgia and Kirsty both remark that they think Tanya and Vito “play this game however they want, there’s no rules”.
With that issue not resolved at all, let’s head to Block Headquarters to hear host Scott Cam read out the judges’ comments on this week’s rooms.
Ronnie and Georgia
There are plenty of “wows” from all three judges when they enter Ronnie and Georgia’s guest bedroom. The huge size of the space is the first thing they notice, followed by the striped wallpaper behind the bed.
The mix of patterns with the wallpaper, cushions and bedhead is a hit. “This palette and the pattern is my favourite room on The Block so far,” Shaynna says.
Neale is pleased to see how well the shelves Ronnie and Georgia made in the Shipwrecked challenge suit in the room.
The one thing Neale doesn’t like is the lamps they’ve chosen, but Shaynna disagrees.
That brings us to Ronnie and Georgia’s re-do room, their walk-in-robe. The main issue with it was the small size, especially compared to the massive master bedroom.
Making it 50 per cent bigger has paid off for House 1.
“Yes, yes! This is the wardrobe that fits the bedroom, that fits the bathroom, that makes this a wing,” Shaynna says.
Mitch and Mark
When Darren, Neale and Shaynna step into House 2’s kids’ bedroom they react exactly how you’d want someone to react in a space designed for imagination and delight.
They use words like “cute”, “whimsical, playful” and “fun”.
“Whenever I walk into a kids’ room like this, I think, ‘I wish kids’ rooms looked like this when I was a kid.’ I mean this is like its own little world, isn’t it? It’s like a little universe for kids,” Neale says.
The play station piece Mitch and Mark made at the Shipwrecked challenge fits right in according to Neale, despite the couple going against Shelley Craft’s advice to change it.
Mitch and Mark’s redo room was their guest bedroom from Week 1. It was described as “bland” and “claustrophobic” at the time.
Changing the size of the bed and adding more quirky and glamorous styling has greatly improved the space.
“It’s quite simple and joyful, much more in line with the rest of the house,” Shaynna says.
Tanya and Vito
The judges discover another kids’ bedroom in House 3. Out of the three judges, Neale is its biggest fan and even feels like he’s been transported back to his childhood in England.
Neale loves the terrazzo wallpaper, a motif which was applied to Tanya and Vito’s challenge piece. After the earlier argument, the couple ended up making only a minimal change. They kept the ship navigation panel in tact and cut off the planter side, and it suits the room well.
“What I love about this room — and I’m surprised that I like it as much as I do, actually — they’ve created this self-contained little world for a kid,” Neale says.
As for the redo room, the judges are pleased to see the controversial brown tiles in the master en suite have been removed and replaced with white tiles.
“It has absolutely lightened it, it definitely feels more contemporary,” Darren says.
Josh and Luke
So far the twins have a trend of impressing the judges one week then disappointing them the next. True to tradition, after their master en suite was a hit last week, their guest bedroom is an instant miss.
“It’s an odd room, everything feels slightly mis-matched,” Neale says.
“I think it’s incredible in the week of do a room and a re-do room, they’ve created their re-do room,” Shaynna admits.
Speaking of re-do rooms, Neale isn’t sure what has changed in the bathroom apart from the addition of a screen next to the toilet. And this feature had all three judges asking “why?”.
“It actually makes it look worse,” Shaynna says.
Neale thinks the minimal change was Josh and Luke’s way of saying they liked the room as it was. “They are basically sticking a finger up at the judges and saying, ‘We got it right the first time’.”
Kirsty and Jesse
Walking into another kids’ bedroom, the judges are smiling again. They think the Hamptons style with a childlike twist works well and ties into the rest of the house.
“It’s got such a fresh, happy feel to it,” Neale says.
The floral wallpaper is a hit, as is the lighting. It’s another thumbs up for the styling, which has sweet additions like a tutu in the wardrobe and, staying true to Kirsty’s country music roots, Dolly Parton’s kids’ book Coat of Many Colours.
Now to the redo room, which is Kirsty and Jesse’s guest bedroom from Week 1. This space was well received by the judges apart from the shade of blue paint used, and concerns their styling needed to be more sophisticated.
Shaynna loves the change of paint to a more muted blue. She also likes the bedding, which is now a navy and white palette. It’s so good, it could’ve even won the first week if it looked like this then.
Time for the judges’ scores.
- Ronnie and Georgia: 29
- Mitch and Mark: 28
- Tanya and Vito: 27
- Josh and Luke: 20
- Kirsty and Jesse: 28.5
Ronnie and Georgia score the win by half a point. They also received a 10 from Shaynna, giving them an extra $5,000 for the budget on top of the $10,000 they earnt for the room win.
The extra cash will come in handy as we move to one of the most important spaces in a house, the kitchen. But the divide between teams on the cul-de-sac seems like it’s only getting wider.
This article was originally published by Nine.com.au. Reproduced with permission.