What does a feature light and The Victoria Room have in common? Tonight; the renovators will have to make one for the room! For some unlucky contestants; this will be the last Wednesday challenge they will ever compete in!
The contestants enter the warehouse in their cars and line up before Brendan, Peter and Robyn. Brendan tells them they have taken the judges to exciting locations in this competition but today, they will repay the favour with a little outing for the contestants; not just going off site; but to a whole different world. Where East meets West, where Chic meets Exotic. Where is it? The Victoria Room!
The style is British Raj, as Robyn says and Jason can’t believe they are going to the room. Robyn tells them that a feature light is missing from the room and the contestant’s job is to create one!
With that, the guest judge is introduced. He is, as the roller door comes up, revealed to be Mark Pascal. He’s a master of lighting design.
He gives us a run down on what he thinks of the Victoria Room; saying it is not just one style (sucked in, Robyn) and says this is a wonderful opportunity to do something interesting.
The winner of the challenge will win a working bee for their house while the TWO losing teams will face elimination. They will have six hours and will be working with, as a couple of forklifts reveal, are hidden in a crate. There are six crates in total containing a different hero material.
They then fight over their boxes.
When they collect one, they bring it back to the benches and open up. The orange team of Peter and Bob get fabric which pleases Peter and obviously a keen Bob.
The khaki team of Suzanne and Nathan get beads which again, excites the team. Keenan and Mel get glass and for the first time, a team is NOT happy. They think about their glass coffee table which as I remember it, didn’t land them into elimination, but pretty close to it.
The navy blue boys get plastic which is unnerving while the grey team of August, Christy and Natalie score paper which again excites them.
Lastly, the sky blue team score timber. We get a back story of the last Jason standing and how he is a lighting expert. This should be pretty easy for him!
Their time for planning is soon up and they head to the lighting warehouse where upon their arrival, their time will begin.
After the break, we get a few thoughts from the contestants before they arrive at Domus Lights for the challenge. Sam is very excited about the challenge before they run into the warehouse and race to get their stuff.
They then race to their benches before finding the rest of their materials. They only have six hours to build this bloody light but again, Peter seems very excited and confident.
Bob says the inspiration for this light will be the coffee table (I guess they built for the auction).
Peter is most confident with Bob’s skills as he reveals he will be stuck on the sewing machine.
Suzanne, using her chandelier inspiration, begins to plan her light with Nathan. Suzanne, unlike some contestants in some challenges, is spoilt for choice when it comes to the stock on hand, especially of course, the beads room.
Over on the navy blue team, Jarrad realises that the lights in The Victoria Room are very simple, so they want a dim lit birthday cake style light.
Keenan for the green team has a nice idea for their light, but their design is the exact same as the navy blue team’s. They think about their predicament and Mel wants to not stress. Keenan comes up with the idea to change it. Brilliant, Keenan.
The grey team are as usual, confident, and Christie has done well to come up with a design for paper. The only problem, they have to cut out 1,680 paper discs for the light. It is going to take ages! In the end, they just have to make as many circles as they can.
The judges soon turn up and head to the Khaki team to begin with. They feel fortunate with their choice and are already well underway but the judges let them get back to the massive job of threading.
To the sky blue team and Luke wants to make the most of having Jason on their team. They tell the judges about their cane inspired light vision which is intricate and the judges call it eloquent. Jason just loves feeling needed.
Mark is a bit concerned by the exposed light bulb and Jason realises that they have a lot to do and must get sorted; so they better have enough reed for their design, otherwise they are stuffed.
After the break, the contestants are all still working on their inventions and Jason is trying to make sure he has enough reeds for his light. They need 120 bits of reed but they only have 77! How will they get the light done?
To the grey team and they are still cutting their 1,000+ circles but they have found a device to make it faster.
To the green team and they are working on their new design. They are actually happy with the new design despite Robyn questioning whether having the same design as the navy blue team would be so bad.
Meanwhile, Bob is having a really hard time with his machine but Peter is also having trouble sewing and he has to redo it which means pulling apart the stitches. They only have three hours to go! Hustle, hustle.
Mel begins to cut glass and she does it quite successfully. To the judges and they love the grey team’s beautiful, simple, pure and elegant design. To the khaki team and Mark is concerned by the globe.
To the sky blue team and they are again concerned by the globe exposure. They discuss Jason’s light making skills but feel he may be under too much pressure to impress his hero, Mark Pascal.
Peter is doing better with the sewing and he is stoked. Meanwhile, Bob has finished with making the frame and makes Peter’s day when he tells him his fabric is way too big… NOT! He has to redo it for the third time.
The green team is nearly finished with their acrylic design which is either a really good thing or a really bad thing.
They now have to take the pressure off of the acrylic and they are being so careful. In the end, It shatters and that is all the acrylic in the store. Well, that isn’t too handy!
They are moaning and groaning but with only one hour left, they haven’t got many options. No pun intended, but Mel feels shattered!
There is heaps of pressure and the navy blue team’s light is looking really good with the grey team also nearly done with an intricate looking lamp.
Jason looks like he is in prison inside his reed covered light! He can’t come out until he is done.
Peter and Bob are done and feel their elegant looking light is perfect. To the green team and disaster strikes again as glass begins to slip off of poorly settled glue a la their coffee table challenge! Robyn suggests Mel runs around for more acrylic while the khaki team are pretty much done.
The sky blue team are finished with their light and Kathy is not worried at all that their light may be too bright.
With 10 minutes to go, the teams who are still going are pumping it out. Mel finds some different coloured acrylic and just hope it will work. It is thinner and Mel thinks it will suit the room.
Things seem to be working for the green team and in the end, time is up, and it is all they can do!
Bob brings in the ‘dream it, design it, nail it’ promo slogan for the show before we preview the lights!
The sky blue team in particular are very excited for their light.
Meanwhile, the judges are waiting in The Victoria Room for the lights and the sky blue team are first with their light.
The judge’s watch, with Peter in awe, as the light is raised and turned on.
There is a nervous wait as the light turns on and Kathy thinks it is brilliant, but what do the judges think.
Robyn wants them to lower it and the music becomes bassy and dark as Robyn scolds the light idea. Jason doesn’t agree with her opinion but hesitantly lowers it anyway for her.
When it is lowered, Robyn loves the light, calling it intimate and says she is now involved with the light. Peter calls the ‘birdcage of light bulbs’ beautiful. Mark says the simplicity works and Brendan calls it special.
Next up is the shop team with their paper light and Christie has a lump in her throat by how happy she is.
It does look brilliant and even moreso when it is on.
Peter loves the beautiful lightness to it and calls it clever and great, but, is it the right kind of light for the space? He doesn’t know.
Mark disagrees about the British Raj and thinks it works with all of the elements of the room. Mixed reviews it seems.
Next up is team fibro cottage with their plastic light and the lights go on for the eager boys. Mark doesn’t think it is bad and Robyn was concerned however says they have done an excellent job by creating the three tiers. She loves it but would have wanted more red.
Next is the half done house’s fabric light and Peter is confident it will fit the room.
The judges smile as they see it and Peter says the fabric is suited to the room and loves the shimmer quality of the inside however doesn’t know if the bright lights work. Robyn doesn’t know about the depth of it however think they have done a good job.
Next up is the sixties suburban’s bead light. They turn the light on and it looks magical. The team is impressed and Peter can’t help but play with the beads. He calls it a beautiful object and loves how they made each individual light single with each bead string.
Robyn loves the design and the touches of amber they introduced and wants more.
Next is the green team’s light and it has been a massive job to get to this point. They turn the light on and they are happy. The judges think they did a great job and Mark calls it contemporary judge. Peter loves the kinky, bursting quality of the acrylic but that wasn’t what their hero material was; it was glass, and that was the fourth thing Peter saw before the acrylic, globes and strips in between. Oh, no!
After the break, it is verdict time. Brendan then reveals the winning light to be the khaki team’s light and they are over the moon. That was given away by the tinkling of the light as it came up the stairs. This is a complete turn around by the khaki team which usually loses these off site challenges.
Nathan can’t believe he won a working bee.
Brendan then tells them it is time to darken the mood. It is time for the two least impressive lights to be chosen. They belonged to the green team consisting of Keenan and a little more composed Mel who have both just come out of elimination.
The second team to face elimination will be the orange team consisting of Bob and Peter and Bob apologises to Peter because he told Peter not to make the light deeper. Peter just looks livid. This means that by tomorrow; one team will be left with only one member which probably means another team swap.
A good episode tonight; I quite enjoyed it. I particularly loved the end results and it was obvious who deserved to win and I’m glad the right people did eventually win. Production was good as always and despite the fact that at times there was a bit too much clutter; it was a worth while one hour on the couch.
Courtney’s Verdict: 9.4/10