The Block vs House Rules

By David Knox on May 6, 2013 / Filed Under Programming 21

2013-05-06_0102Nine and Seven renovation shows are set to compete next week when both The Block and House Rules hit our screens.

Its surprising one didn’t get an earlier jump on the other.

NINE:

The Block: Skyhigh will launch at 6:30pm Sunday and follow at 7pm weeknights. The Voice will move to 7:30pm as a result.

Updated: Seven’s new House Rules also begins next week at 7:30pm Tuesday. This will see the shows in a 30 minute crossover on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

The new renovation series is the new kid on the block (pardon the pun) and has a lot to prove.

Seven has a media launch in Melbourne this week for its newest show.

Australia’s toughest renovating competition is set to get a whole lot tougher than ever before when The Block Skyhigh premieres on Sunday, May 12, at 6.30pm on Channel Nine.

This year’s series of the original renovation/realty reality game will set contestants the daunting challenge of converting each floor of a tired, former South Melbourne hotel into one amazing, high-end, house-sized apartment.

Get ready for sky high drama right from the very beginning.

Host Scott Cam says: “When it comes to The Block one thing’s for sure – we don’t like to be predictable. I honestly don’t know how they’ll do it. It’s just massive. Six stories of solid concrete construction and they will have to pull the whole thing apart and start again.”

Contestants will be required to “demo and reno” more than 80 rooms including a record-breaking 30 bathroom reveals. Each floor of the hotel will be transformed into 220-square-metre luxury apartments complete with three bedrooms and a sumptuous roof terrace with 360-degree views of Melbourne.

For the first time ever it’s state versus state, with five couples from around the nation going head to head:

· Matt (32) and Kim (31) from Perth, WA – engaged for one year
· Alisa (28) and Lysandra (28) from Adelaide, SA – identical twins
· Trixie (37) and Johnno (40) from Brisbane, QLD – parents of three
· Bec (26) and George (28) from Melbourne, VIC – married three years
· Madi (24) and Jarrod (24) from Sydney, NSW – married two years

Joining Scott on this massive sky high adventure will be Shelley Craft, judges Neale Whitaker, Shaynna Blaze, Darren Palmer and “The Blockinator” Keith Schleiger.

SEVEN:

Channel Seven today announced that House Rules, hosted by Johanna Griggs, will premiere on Tuesday, May 14 at 7:30pm.

The exciting new renovation series, from the makers of My Kitchen Rules, will deliver home renovations on a scale never before seen on Australian television with an entire home transformed and revealed every week.

The changes will be more than just physical with the much longed-for revamps taking place in contestants’ own houses around Australia, promising an emotional return to their homes for these teams and their families.

The six teams competing are:

Michelle and Steve (New South Wales)
Nick and Chris (Victoria)
Amy and Sean (Queensland)
Carly and Leighton (South Australia)
Jemma and Ben (Western Australia)
Jane and Plinio (Tasmania)

With a life-changing prize on the line, the House Rules teams will each hand over the keys to their homes and allow their competitors free reign to transform their house. It’s the key to a whole new life, but will they open the door to their dream home, or their worst nightmare.

Host Johanna Griggs expects lots of passion and pride in the way teams will tackle the renovations, and in the way the results are received by the homeowners. After all, this is something these teams have longed for, but not been able to accomplish until now because of large mortgages.

“I’m expecting lots of drama, lots of laughter and hopefully some incredibly creative, clever Australian skills on display. But because we are dealing with people’s own homes, I’m expecting the stakes to be high, the competition to be tough and the results incredible,” she says.

House Rules continues Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30pm on Seven.

21 Comments »

  1. MotorSportKid May 7, 2013 at 12:30 pm -

    @nik c I like it… like it a lot!

  2. nik c May 7, 2013 at 7:57 am -

    @ Motorsoprt kid- it would appear there is a triple this Thursday. While we lose 2 the week after. Must be another slot for House Rules?!

  3. Annette May 6, 2013 at 8:48 pm -

    I am abig fan of MKR and as the same people are making house rules i cant wait to see it . The promos look good they seem to have a good mix of contestants and these type of shows is all about the contestants. Plus i wanna know what the major prize is it sounds massive from the promos ive seen. Plus it wasnt that long ago that we just watched the block and nine already bringing it back. Too soon nine .

  4. alvar May 6, 2013 at 6:57 pm -

    Being a Seven show, I suspect that House Rules will probably sustain at least 1m viewers. Nine definitely need a 7pm show as The Voice alone hasn’t been enough to win the ratings. Personally I think Nine should have rolled out Big Brother first – its too soon to have another season of The Block and Big Brother could have benefitted from The Voice.

  5. MotorSportKid May 6, 2013 at 6:29 pm -

    What I’d really like to know David [if you can find it out] is, what does this mean for Home and Away???

    According to TV Week, it’s only slotted in for 4 eps next week [Mon | Tues | Wed | Thurs 7-7:30pm]… meaning we lose the 2nd Thursday Episode, which has only recently been moved from the Friday Night slot.

  6. William May 6, 2013 at 2:25 pm -

    I won’t be watching any of these renovations shows. House Rules is going to flop just like Ten’s “Renovators”. Instead I will be watching Ten and One

  7. Backflip May 6, 2013 at 1:36 pm -

    Is it just me or is it very coincidental that The Block has decided to do state versus state this time?

  8. David Knox May 6, 2013 at 12:59 pm -

    Check under Reviews.

  9. Ren May 6, 2013 at 12:54 pm -

    I still don’t understand what House Rules is a about and I’m starting to ignore the endless promos. Is it just Changing Rooms rebranded?

  10. HeyHey_Variety May 6, 2013 at 12:46 pm -

    Isn’t a bit early to have another Block? It wasn’t long ago since we had All Stars.

  11. nik c May 6, 2013 at 11:35 am -

    @ Kissmad. I agree. Which is why I think 9 are rushing this through to challenge 7

  12. AnnMareefromTaree May 6, 2013 at 11:12 am -

    Won’t be watching either…..Aunty, watchya got?

  13. Bella May 6, 2013 at 11:08 am -

    I would probably watch The Block and maybe just watch House Rules when they renovate the Perth house as I am curious to see where it is.

  14. kb512 May 6, 2013 at 11:06 am -

    I will be watching House Rules don’t like the block. The Block is getting old fast

  15. maxxdude May 6, 2013 at 10:51 am -

    The Block all the the way esp with the new Sky High format…House Rules will fold

  16. KISSMAD May 6, 2013 at 9:54 am -

    I always watch The Block but it’s too soon after the last series to be watching another series.

  17. Sophie May 6, 2013 at 9:36 am -

    If it’s The Block v House Rules, then The Block wins for me.
    Any Channel 7 execs reading this can breathe easy though, as I’ll watch House Rules online.

  18. JoeBloggs May 6, 2013 at 9:31 am -

    I won’t be watching either but I really hope House rules tanks.

  19. cusmaas10 May 6, 2013 at 7:08 am -

    I am a BlockaHolic and I will be watching The Block Sky High but House Rules also looks pretty good so I might switch over in the ad breaks ! but what does that mean for the Vocie ? I know it will move to 7.30 but How many shows will it have in one week ?

  20. Woody May 6, 2013 at 7:07 am -

    They both look like must skip TV for me

  21. nik c May 6, 2013 at 6:49 am -

    Considering the Block usually airs later in the year, I assume they are trying to slow the 7 attempt!
    First it was a. Innundation of cooking g and now renovations!
    Will 10 benefit with MC or again get caught in the cross fire?

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