With the main week of The Block over (to the relief of the producers no doubt considering this laid back week), tonight will be yet another edition of Unlocked where we will get a stronger insight into what the contestants and the judges think of the living areas. A nice sort of way to start the weekend.
We begin with Shelley (minus that fetching hat) running through what Unlocked is all about before we jump to a short preview. After the titles, Shelley reminds us that it was Katrina & Amie who ticked every box in living room week.
They run us through their week winning room which includes a very blatant and corny Windows 7 plug.
We then see the judge’s tour again with added comments from the judges in a cutaway. John apparently knew straight away that the sisters would win the week. Again, this cutaway is able to yet again include a bit of product placement.
The other contestants head into the open inspection, and they are all wowed, including Josh & Jenna who love the portrait. Into the living area, and Polly lets out a very regal ‘la de da’ for it with Waz saying he did expect them to win with all the help they received this week.
Rod & Tania came in second this week, and they are therefore second to show us around. Some more extra judge’s commentary follows before the other contestants enter to give their thoughts.
Katrina & Amie are surprised by the change with Polly giving out another one word comment; ‘disco yah, yah’ before commenting on the dustiness of the room.
Amie doesn’t like their sofa however Katrina does call it cozy. Jenna however loves the lounge, and even passed it in the shop claiming it is definitely ‘Tania’s couch’.
After the break, we move to Polly & Waz’s house and they give us a tour of their hallway and living area including details on The Great Wall of Waz and that polarising wall mural.
After a few judges’ comments, the contestants enter and are immediately taken by the great wall of Waz with the sisters loving the sensor light. They don’t seem to like the mural or the floorboards in the living area.
No contestant seems to like their half closing blind with Josh & Jenna deciding they should have been in last place.
Josh & Jenna are last to be featured and after giving us a look through their ‘disaster room’ which doesn’t look too bad close up, the judges pass some more comment before the contestants enter to judge!
Tania & Rod love the old antique doorbell sitting atop their hallway, Katrina & Amie call it tacky, and Polly & Waz correctly state that there is too much old stuff (and if you paid attention to the judges comments, you would have thought the same thing).
Rod thinks something stinks, and thinks it may possibly be the cow that went to make up the seat he is sitting on!
After the break, we relive Keith V Josh which was a fight between Keith who thought Josh had dodgy plans in his kitchen that needed to be fixed straight away so Keith could get the kitchen installed, and Josh thought he was bigger and better than him and could take as long as he wanted.
We then take a look back at what is still the unresolved scene when the girls went to that five star spa apparently out of the blue.
After that, we also have a look at Waz’s interesting kitchen idea where the stools hang from the wall, and Tania & Rod’s lunch with John McGrath after winning the Selling Price Is Right challenge.
After the break, we have a look at the way the kitchens are coming along with painting going on with Katrina & Amie painting and Rod having something of a secret up his sleeve. We look back at Waz’s roofing attempts and Josh & Jenna’s bickering during the week.
The judges give their feedback throughout the flashbacks about how they think each contestant will fare in the upcoming kitchen room reveal.
Well, it’s been as good as a magazine show could be but in my opinion, devoting half the episode to old material is a bit much. I found that again, earlier previews of the open inspection kind of took a shine off of the first part of the episode and overall, I wasn’t too excited about this. I know with previous spin off show’s in the past (like The Xtra Factor, BB: Uplate and if you can remember Inside Idol) presenting a point of difference that seems to lack in this one.
Still, a nice end to The Block week, but doesn’t really invite me back on Sunday and TOO much product placement!
Courtney’s Verdict: 6.5/10
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