The Renovators definitely lives up to being the Block on Steroids – if this 48 hour challenge was done the way Nine do the Block, it would have gone all week, filled with countless rehash scenes and interupted with pointless challenges and appearences from people who have nothing to do with the current show…
It was fast paced, the hour went so quickly, and the judges decision was also quick. Unlike Top Design – also on Nine – where it is almost painful watching the end decisions as who wins and who loses for the episode.
Unlike the Block, the brand placement does not dominate and the Renovators simply leaves the Block for dead.
One issue with the first episode and the 48 hour challenge was that day 1 finished with 40 hours to go, while day 3 started with 6 hours to go. That means day 2 covered 34 hours? Only 24 hours in a day – go figure!!!
The music was done by the same who do Masterchef – and definitely had a Masterchef feel to it.
Not sure though that having it overlap for five nights a week with the final two weeks of Masterchef will help or hinder the ultimate success of the show. I am hoping that they will save the start of the real competition – when the final teams are decided that renovate each of the six proerties – will be start after Masterchef finishes in two weeks time.
Ten may have another hit on their hands, if the momentum keeps up and it does not start dragging out the way Nine have done with the Block.
Seeing The Renovators is produced by Shine Australia, success should almost be guaranteed.
Will be very interesting to see the shift in ratings over the next few weeks with all these shows.
Will the Block drop with the Renovators now on? As for Top Design – a 30+% drop in ratings from episode one to two – will the figures settle or slide to the point of oblivion? Will reality fatigue set in?
Time will tell.
Look forward to watching more of the Renovators – for me – the best of the renovation based shows to date.
If you missed the first episode, Ten are replaying it Monday (July 25) at around 3.30pm. Should also be online Monday some time as well.