UPDATE: Katrina & Amie’s house has sold post auction!!! Details at bottom of blog post!!!
Note: Ok, I’m not going to spoil the result right here, that’s down below. But for fans of The Block who have not yet watched the episode; just bewarned; you are in for a bit of a nasty shock. Think… Chez & Brenton times three! That’s all I will say!
This is it! After nine weeks of competition, nine weeks of back breaking labour, nine weeks of bickering, nine weeks of sorrow, nine weeks of stress, nine weeks of sleepless nights, nine weeks of waiting, nine weeks of hammering, nine weeks of drilling, nine weeks of Shelley, nine weeks of Scott and nine weeks of those blasted sisters singing Dynamite by Taio Cruz; the hard work of Josh & Jenna, Polly & Waz, Katrina & Amie and Tania & Rod goes under the hammer where one team will walk out as winner of The Block 2011. Block it in, Ladies and Gentlemen; Block it in!
There is a huge crowd lining the streets for the open inspection when we first enter the episode. Scott welcomes us and tells us that tonight; the houses go under the hammer. He tells us that the teams will win any money they make at auction with the winners receiving $100,000 on top.
This is it; the grand finale!
We have a look at what looks like a shnazzy grand finale! I just cannot wait. We have a look at the contestants getting ready for the open inspection before Scott calling the open inspection open, opens the show!
We get a quick recap of the two day challenge the contestants have just been through to determine the auction order. Of course, after the final challenge which consisted of ex contestants judging the finished houses, we were never told who won! But remember, the contestants were getting pampered for a night at Crown for the results.
They all come in to meet a dressed up Scott and Shelley, looking very glamorous themselves. The black board is behind him, and he congratulates them on finishing the challenge.
He then reveals the judges of the final part of the challenge; the ex contestants. Again, they are Gav & Waz, Phil & Amity, Mark & Duncan, John & Neisha and Chez & Brenton.
With that, Scott tells them that each team gave each house a possible score of 20. So theoretically, each team could get a total score of 100.
Scott then writes up on the blackboard the score of the overall challenge so far. Josh & Jenna are on 145 points, Polly & Waz are on 170, Katrina & Amie are on 95 points and Tania & Rod are on 170; tying with Polly & Waz.
Scott tells them all that he will be nice and NOT turn the board around. However, due to his physique (as Waz would put it), he is able to hide the scores from the contestants as he writes them up.
Josh & Jenna get 87 from the exes, with Polly & Waz getting 73, Katrina & Amie getting 67 and Rod & Tania getting 77.
This leaves Rod & Tania on a total of 247 in first place, Polly & Waz on a close 243 in second place, Josh & Jenna on 232 in third place and Katrina & Amie settling for a final auction spot on 162. Well, they aren’t in last place just yet. Rod & Tania get to choose where they want to go first before the other contestants choose out of the remaining slots.
Scott gives them plenty of time (30 seconds) to make their decision.
Rod & Tania decide that they will be going fourth. Polly & Waz get to choose and pick to go second; something that shocks everyone, including an excited Josh. The choose it because it is the number of their house and people will still have money to splash around.
Josh & Jenna choose first place and Katrina & Amie go third; so pretty much, the auction order is house order. They could have just decided it that way, in the end.
So the work is now done, and Scott congratulates them for finishing and tells them that their houses are open for inspection from tomorrow. But for now, it’s time for a party. With that, champagne comes out and they all have a merry time.
Meanwhile, the next morning, the crowds start pouring in and soon enough, 20,000 balloon wielding fans are lining up for a glimpse of the most famous block in Australia.
The contestants, like celebrities, are watching their fans pour out in front of their houses for a glimpse. Rod calls himself a ‘block-star’ to the cringe of Tania.
Some inspection goers have been waiting since 6.30am and each team begin to clean the house one more time.
Rod & Tania’s real estate agent comes in with Shane Crawford and announces that once the price of their house goes $25,000 over reserve, Crawford will donate money to breast cancer research; a handy promotional tool for the couple!
After the break, Scott reminds us of the open inspection before announcing a holiday special kudos of Cudo. We then return to the commotion as the contestants line up out on the street as Shelley and Scott declare the houses open for inspection.
We have a look at inspection goers going through Rod & Tania’s house. They particularly like the colours and tiling. They also think their house looks better in real life. We then see Rod & Tania’s life story just in case there are a few casual finale watchers who haven’t caught up with the show. We then have a look at their ‘journey’ (sorry guys) on The Block.
Meanwhile, potential buyers are still going through their house as Tania & Rod start directing them around. They can’t believe how many kids watch the show.
Two kids are even wearing a chump T-shirt.
After the break, we see members of the public enter Katrina & Amie’s house and they all seem to like things the judges didn’t like, like their quirky features.
Amie reminds buyers to have a cheque book handy. Again, for the stragglers out there, we get an extended back story of the sisters before reviewing their time on The Block.
After the break, we get the same scenes from Polly & Waz and for the open inspection, Waz is playing tour guide while Tania signs autographs outside. Buyers seem to like the storage space with one particular kid loving the mans shed. The open space outside is also a hit.
We don’t go to a break before we see how buyers lap up Josh & Jenna’s home. It seems to attract older buyers, but you can’t really tell. They all love how colourful the house is and love the double fronted feature. Jenna and Josh sign autographs for fans before we look at their time on The Block.
After the break, the contestants get into auction mode ahead of reserve price announcements.
Real estate agents are over and give them all a run down of the game thus far; including number of potential buyers and what they may be interested in.
Scott runs through the factors that have been taken into account with the houses as the reserve prices are calculated. Soon enough, the contestants gather in front of Scotty in a big bank looking building with a heap of real estate billboards behind him.
As he begins, two security guards come in and dramatically give Scott an envelope with the reserve prices in them. The contestants are nervous as all hell as Scott opens the envelope.
He then turns the real estate billboards to reveal four blackboards that he will use to write down the reserve prices for each team.
He begins with Polly & Waz and writes an 8 down, suggesting they have gotten $800,000- $899,000 as a reserve price. He also does this with Katrina & Amie’s house and Polly & Waz’s house. Josh & Jenna get a 9 with their name. He then turns the boards around again and writes the rest of the numbers down.
He then reveals the boards one at a time. Josh & Jenna have a reserve price of $950,000, Polly & Waz have $840,000, Katrina & Amie have $860,000 and Rod & Tania get $850,000. There are some shocks and some expectancies.
So basically, any amount they make above that number, they can keep with the person who can earn most above that number winning an extra $100,000.
After the break, it is auction time and the contestants, looking as glamorous as possible, are arriving up a red carpet to the Fitzroy Town Hall where Scott welcomes us to the Auction.
Inside the hall, Shelley is talking as the contestants all mingle with the crowds. It has a real logies feel to it!
This show isn’t without its Window’s 7 product placement but who cares really; I’m just amazed at how good these contestants look. Amie and Polly are looking smoking!
We have a look at what some buyers are thinking, and who they may be bidding for and what price. There are a lot of 1.1 millions and 1.0 millions.
Soon enough, the contestants are gathered in a line with Scott and strangely enough, Natalie Gruzlewski which can be put down to nothing other than a cross promotion. Really, guys! Big Brother never did this with Australian Idol!
Scott then reveals to the contestants that the viewers have been voting for their favourite houses online. The winners will get to keep a brand new car.
Natalie reveals that Rod & Tania are the winners and they are over the moon to have won a car on top of their $5,000 holiday!
She then reveals that the lucky home winner is Ann-Maree Lineen from Victoria! Good job Ann-Maree!
Shelley then has an announcement to make; Toyota will be putting a car on eBay with all proceedings going to Breast Cancer research.
With that, the auctions get underway!
Scott is waiting with Jenna & Josh who are surprisingly calm, just hoping to make a bit of money. The contestants see how white Josh is going however.
Before the auction starts, Josh proposes to Jenna! We seem to see more footage of the other contestant’s surprise as well as the buyer’s surprise than of the proposal itself. With a Tiffany ring, she says yes!
Safe to say, Jenna and some audience members are in tears! The moment would be perfect had my television not stuttered all the way through it! Stupid digital age.
It is time to go under the hammer. Well, it is quite a long time to be honest; not many people bid to begin with. Some girl is on her phone and on third and final call, her friend or sister gets the auctioneer to wait. Some guy bids $901,000 and that is what it sells for! Oh dear, well, at least they will be getting married.
Are they now the second couple after Chez & Brenton not to break reserve price? The contestants try to cheer the engaged couple up; but it is truly heart breaking to see houses go under the hammer below reserve price when so much work has been spent on it.
After the break, it is time for house two; Polly & Waz. Waz is put under pressure from Scott to propose to Polly, but he has a stiff knee, so passes. Polly reveals that she and Waz won’t be keeping any profit tonight.
Bidders are loud, but are starting at a soft $700,000. On second call, it goes to $750,000 but it is a long way to go. Come on, guys. All of a sudden, they get $765,000 and it goes up yet again. In no time it is up to $800,000. The $820,000 barrier is soon broken and by ad break, we are at $828,000.
After the break, bidding continues and at $835,000; they are $5,000 away, but that is soon broken. We have $845,000 all of a sudden and it doesn’t stop there as it soon jumps right up to $855,000 with Polly & Waz getting a profit of $15,000. This puts them in the lead.
After this, Katrina & Amie jump up for their auction and they are looking very glamorous, but very nervous.
It starts at a relatively high $750,000 and it does go up. The auctioneer is a fast and pretty crazy, but he is getting the job done and soon they are up to $820,000.
They get up to $822,000 and they are out of it. They are visibly upset and it is heartbreaking to see this.
The contestants all help them out and Katrina more than Amie is in need of support. The critics were right; these houses just aren’t selling. 20,000 turn up for open inspection; only 1 person currently has the funds to buy a house. Will Rod & Tania’s sell; how can we know!
Rod & Tania are last and we get into it. There is a $25,000 cheque for Breast Cancer research for when we go $25,000 over reserve; which will hopefully bring the good out in people. The guy sounds like he has a croaky voice, but he quickly gets it up to $830,000. It doesn’t look good, but surely this house won’t go under! How can these people let this house go under!
Finally, it goes up to $832,000 putting the ball back into slow motion, but definitely motion again… but then the unthinkable happens!
$832,000 passed in! Tania & Rod are not too sad about this; as they are seemingly happy for the now winners…
… POLLY & WAZ!!!
They will win $150,000 for their work on The Block while the other contestants walk away with nothing.
The good folk donating that $25,000 will do so anyway despite the problems but I am stoked! The amateurs win and don’t ya just love an upset victory!
The property market is hard right now, but hopefully they will sell privately. We will be updated on that very soon.
And with that; Scott and the contestants with Shelley stand in front of the town hall to say an emotional final goodbye for 2011; and while it would have been better with happier contestants (Josh and Amie’s faces were definitely not a great send off), who could blame them.
So what a night of drama! And in a sense; what a disappointment! Not the episode itself, of course. Filled with suspense and emotion; this has truly been the best night of The Block I’ve seen. This is of course minus the cheesy product placements and cross promotions.
The episode did seem a bit drawn out however in the first hour, but that was all but forgotten after that massive finale.
I’m also proud for Nine who have managed to keep the show inside its timeslot! I’ll definitely take that into consideration.
What is disappointing however, is the result. After 8 weeks; my entertainment value and respect for this show has gone up every episode. I have loved tuning in to The Block throughout the last few weeks. I have genuinely laughed, stood terrified and at least cried inside with the contestants as they faced the biggest test of their lives.
In a way, I could say this has all gone to waste. With results like that; it makes the anticipated room reveals that kept me excited on my Sunday nights, become insignificant!
But what I will say is thank you for the memories! When a reality season ends and I think to myself ‘aww, but when they return they will have all new contestants and I don’t want new contestants, I want the old one’s to return’; I know it has been a good season.
Thank you to all of my readers who have enjoyed this; especially to Johnson and AndrewB who have been by my side yet again with help, aide, and all round support.
I will also note that Johnson, you asked me to do a post on a radio interview with Polly & Waz. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to sleep until 5.30am the night before and having to be somewhere at 10am; I ultimately decided it was best I just left it. When I checked the website, I couldn’t find the interview. So sorry about that.
So with that note; see you all for The Block 2012
Update: Katrina & Amie’s house has sold post-auction for $860,000 in a negotiation. This is at reserve price and the sisters have therefore officially made no money from the series.
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