The second week of competition officially begins today as contestants face another one of Smilin’ Shelley’s Super Challenges! Well, that’s what I’m calling it anyway! Yay, so excited.
Last week, the contestants all spent too much money, so all the stuff they all use for room two must be second hand. We also see that tonight, Shelley will asking the contestants to produce something for auction; looks great!
Scott tells us about the budgetary problems of the contestants before we get a lovely glimpse of Melbourne’s skyline at dawn.
Scott gathers the contestants together before telling them all they have all gone over budget. If they keep this up, they will run out of money. So he’s put them on a budget, which means no new furniture! All the furniture has to be second hand. Josh & Jenna are excited as second hand creation is in their ballpark.
To help them out, Shelley has set them a task that the contestants then go to. The challenge is set at The Lost Ark, a furniture store that specialises in dealing secondhand furniture.
The contestants must today choose one piece of furniture out of the million pieces on offer; spruik it up and sell it at auction. The team who wins the highest amount at this auction wins the challenge and will get $1,000 to spend at an auction of their choice. For this challenge, they can use $100 of their own renovation money.
Their 15 minutes of raiding the ark begins and the contestants frantically try to choose the right piece for them.
Katrina & Amie are stressing about what to do and Polly & Waz are finding things, putting it down, finding another thing, putting it down.
Josh & Jenna are lapping this up as the other teams struggle to find the right piece of furniture. With 11 minutes to go there is a sneaky naked mannequin that the producers thought would be a good idea to slot in there.
Tania knows what she wants, but Rod doesn’t like anything she likes and doesn’t know himself what he wants. It’s a bit of a farce but as time runs out, it seems Jenna & Josh have chosen a set of drawers for their renovation and they score it at $100.
Katrina & Amie find a ladder that is overprice but they seem to also get a bargain and get it for $100. A curly haired man helps Polly & Waz choose a nice piece of furniture. The piece of furniture they choose is a table where on a good day; they can get triple their money back.
With three minutes to go, Tania & Rod find a vintage desk that they get for $80 provided they carry it out themselves.
Time is up, and we go to a break!
For nearly the entire challenge, the Antiques Roadshow theme has sounded in the background. Clever cross promotion anyone?
Overall, Josh & Jenna have paid the most for their set of drawers, with $100, tied with Katrina & Amie and their ladder.
Both Tania & Rod and Polly & Waz paid $85 for their desk and table respectively.
They are all hard at work on their pieces, waxing, polishing and sandpapering going on all over the place. With two hours remaining, the contestants seem quite relaxed and are all hard at work bringing their piece of furniture back to life.
Amie tells us that Jenna & Josh’s piece of furniture is junk and needs to go into the rubbish. Maybe she is so jealous that they finished quite early. I agree with her though, it does look a little scraggy.
Tania & Rod are the last to finish but their piece of furniture looks the best of the lot. When time is up, Shelley realises that some people have spent a lot more time on their furniture than others.
With that, Shelley calls out two men to take away the pieces of furniture, and seems to like the power she has as well.
The morning after, the contestants go to Young’s furniture store where their pieces of furniture are waiting for auction. Shelley invites the bidders in and one lady is a bit interesting in Katrina & Amie’s ladder, something that annoys Rod.
Polly & Waz’s table is first for auction and buying for $85, it sells at a nice $120. Next up is Josh & Jenna’s drawers. Buying at $100, it sells for $150, a very good result for a group who didn’t put much effort into it!
To Katrina & Amie’s ladder and it sells for the buying price, $100. Now for Tania & Rod’s desk and buying for $85, the team is able to sell the desk for a huge $220, making them the winners of the challenge.
With that, the contestants have got their first whiff of what will be a week of second hand goodness. Tania & Rod would be stoked at that result, meaning they now win a cool $1000 that they can blow on second hand goods for the week.
The episode was well balanced, had plenty of humour in it, and for once, had no massive recap after every ad break! I really think the half hour shows work better for the program overall.
What I don’t like is the fact that to start week two, we went straight into a challenge. It kind of makes the show feel like it’s losing focus on the main game, that is the block itself. I would have really liked this episode to concentrate on showing us all what room two will be for each house, but I guess we have to wait until tomorrow!
Courtney’s Verdict: 9.8/10