The Block

I really hope Steph is ok if she’s watching.

Finding out that she was being manipulated and bullied is one thing. But actually seeing it must be heart wrenching.


Episode 25 - bedroom and walk in robe reveal

IT’S 24 hours to the reveal of one of the biggest weeks on The Block, bedroom and walk in robe reveal week.

Kyle and Leslie had some really tough feedback from the judges last week and are feeling the pressure. They love The Block, but is it worth it as they are really starting to miss their two young boys back in Perth. Kyle is in tears and shows emotion that we haven’t seen before.

Eliza and Liberty aren’t enjoying The Block either, and are having major issues with their builder Mark. The latest problem is Mark refused to get a stonemason for a bench top in their master bedroom and suggested a cheaper timber version instead. This didn’t impress Keith and Dan and they made their feelings clear to the Victorian sisters. Eliza and Liberty ended up confronting Mark about some of the issues between them but had no luck. He also wants the girls to submit their plans for next week well in advance, which isn’t possible on the Block. The vibe isn’t great between the girls and their builder which is only expected to get worse.

Somehow all our couples limp to the finish line and head to Scotty’s HQ for judging. There are smiles on their faces as Scotty tells them they are now officially at the halfway point of The Block.

It’s judging time in what has been a huge week on The Block.

Kyle and Leslie, House No.1 spent $32,793

The judges loved the texture on the bed head but Darren made a good point, it’s a bit rough and cause injuries as you sleep. All three judges Darren, Marty and Shaynna didn’t think Kyle and Leslie utilised and planned the space well. Marty felt the space would look great on Instagram, but it’s not that livable. The judges thought their walk-in-robe was a much better effort but the biggest issue they had was it was far too small. A tough week for the Perth married couple.

Leah and Ash, House No.2 spent $32,371

The curved ceiling was a huge hit with the judges and they praised Leah and Ash for taking risks. However the lack of furniture and functionality in the huge master bedroom didn’t impress the judges. The styling was all over the place. Not enough storage such as bedside tables. Inside the walk-in-robe Marty felt the burgundy colour could date. The fact Leah and Ash didn’t finish as well was a bit of a worry for the judges.

Kristy and Brett, House No 3, spent $42,825

Marty loved the vibe immediately, light and bright. The lighting plan was a bit of a mess, but Kristy and Brett expected that feedback. Once again very small bedside tables, a big miss on The Block this week. Shaynna felt uplifted after seeing Kristy and Brett’s master bedroom and walk in robe, after a slow start with House No.1 and House No.2. A very good effort by the married couple from Adelaide.

Steph and Gian, House No.4 spent $44,064

The biggest master bedroom and walk in robe in Block history was a HUGE hit with all the judges. Walking into the walk in robe with smiles on their faces, all three judges thought it oozed luxury. Stunning wardrobes by Kinsman. The marble benchtop is a huge asset in the walk in robe. Walking into the massive master bedroom the judges were impressed with the layout, and the fact it was also a second living space. So much luxury. Wow is the word the judges used multiple times in this room.

Eliza and LIberty, House No.5, spent $23,952

The judges really felt for the girls as they looked up to the ceiling and the paint job wasn’t finished. Shaynna loved the artwork in the master bedroom. Overall a really good effort by the sisters. More of a contemporary colour palette and lots of storage. Marty feels while they might not win many rooms, they could win The Block because their house is very saleable.

There is a clear winner this week, Steph and Gian’s incredible effort in House No.4

Judging scores for walk in robe and master bedroom week

Darren Shaynna Marty Total
Kyle and Leslie 7 6 ½ 7 ½ 21
Leah and Ash 8 7 ½ 8 23 ½
Kristy and Brett 9 ½ 9 9 27 ½
Steph and Gian 9 ½ 9 ½ 10 29
Eliza and Liberty 7 ½ 7 ½ 7 ½ 23

The horrible freaks are now trying to buy a prize “because they’re the right people for the prize”. Just awful treating these people like this. The sense of entitlement and conspiring against fellow contestants is just plain bullying, I’m hoping their employers are watching this and seeing how terrible humans they are.




Two in five Aussies have tuned into the blockbuster 2023 series

At the halfway point of its extraordinary 19th season, Australia has once again fallen in love with The Block.

After the first 26 episodes, more than 10.7 million Australians have tuned into The Block, representing 41% of the total population.

In its target demographic of People 25-54, The Block has reached more than 4.3 million viewers, representing 40% of this highly coveted demo.

Across the series, The Block is averaging 1.280 million Total TV viewers per episode - 31% more than My Kitchen Rules, which is only averaging 977,000 Total TV viewers per episode.

And with People 25-54, The Block is averaging 609,000 Total TV viewers per episode - 34% more than The Voice (453,000) and a whopping 77% more than My Kitchen Rules (344,000).

Sunday broadcasts of The Block soar even higher with the hugely popular ‘Room Reveal’ episodes averaging 1.512 million Total TV viewers per episode - 13% more than its nearest competitor, The Voice, which is averaging 1.328 million viewers for its Sunday episodes.

In the BVOD space, The Block is streaks ahead of all competitors, with an average BVOD audience of 277,000 per episode - a year-on-year increase of 2.5%. Nine episodes have an average BVOD audience in excess of 300,000. As viewers continue to watch at a time of their choosing, these numbers will build in the weeks and months ahead.

An incredible 455 million minutes of content of The Block has been streamed on 9Now, representing a year-on-year increase of 4.5%.

Michael Healy, Nine’s Director of Television, said: “These numbers speak for themselves. The Block is an unrivalled powerhouse on Australian television. The fact that more than 40% of the country has tuned into this series is a phenomenal achievement. We never take the loyalty of our viewers for granted and look forward to delivering a cracking crescendo to the current season, before an unprecedented 20th series in 2024.”

Source: OzTAM © 2023, TVMAP UAT VOZ Analyser, VOZ Data 5.0 ©, 06/08/2023 - 17/09/2023, National, Nine Network + Content Aff, Total TV, Cumulative Reach (000s & %), Total People, P 25-54, P 18-39, Consolidated 7 as at 18/09/2023 (BVOD is When Watched)."
Source: OzTAM LIVE + VOD VPM, Rolling Cume, The Block (06/08/2023 - 18/09/2023) v My Kitchen Rules (04/09/2023 - 18/09/2023) v The Voice (6/08/2023 - 18/09/2023), includes coviewing on connected tv devices.

Source: OzTAM Metro (5 City Metro) + Regional TAM Regional (Combined Agg Mkts) data, 06/08/2023-18/09/2023, contains “THE BLOCK”, “THE VOICE”, “MY KITCHEN RULES”, excl “ENCORE” & “(R)”, Channel 9, Channel 7, P25-54, AUD, overnight and time shift 7 data (as at 19/09/23).

Source: OzTAM LIVE + VOD VPM, Rolling Cume, The Block, 06/08/2023 - 18/09/2023 v My Kitchen Rules 04/09/2023 - 18/09/2023, The Block Sunday (06/08/2023, 13/08/2023, 20/08/2023, 27/08/2023, 3/09/2023, 10/09/2023, 17/09/2023), v The Voice Sunday (06/08/2023, 13/08/2023, 27/08/2023, 3/09/2023, 10/09/2023, 17/09/2023), includes co-viewing on connected TV devices.

Episode 29 - kitchen and laundry reveal

It’s 24 hours to “tools down” for kitchen and laundry week on The Block, and the usual last minute chaos is in turbo drive.

House 5 is actually in a really good place with their build this week, but they have a tough decision to make regarding their builders. After sitting down with their builder Mark and his team the girls voice their concerns about getting a new team and they are convinced to have another think about it.

Scott then intervenes and says they have to make the tough decision to change builders and they break the news to Mark and the team. The boys were unhappy about it and wanted to finish the job, but the girls had other ideas.

Everyone agrees on The Block that Mark and his team are fantastic builders, but in the eyes of Eliza and Liberty and Scott, just not right for them. It’s a very emotional moment for Eliza and Liberty and there are tears at the tough decision they made but they feel like the right one. Their new builders will start work on Monday.

All through Saturday night our Blockheads work through the night to deliver some stunning spaces and head to Scotty’s HQ for what will be a drama filled night of judging.

House No.1 Kyle and Leslie spent $33,740

Shaynna noted the spaces felt “sexy,” as she admired Kyle and Leslie’s work. The ceiling, the curves, were a real hit. Neale Whitaker, who is back on The Block this week, said he could see Kyle and Leslie’s vision and he loved it. The kitchen and laundy itself was very functional, and plenty of storage. However they felt the floor plan of the butler’s pantry was wrong, it should have opened up to the backyard which was in the initial plans. While there were some issues, the judges noted it was far from a disaster.

House No.2 Leah and Ash spent $22,083

Neale loved the materials in the kitchen such as the benchtop. So many different types of materials but they all worked. Darren was “besotted” initially by the kitchen. But the judges had huge issues with the smaller size of the island bench and the placement of the sink. The butler’s pantry was great, but was it needed at all? The other big issue was with the laundry, you have to walk through the bathroom to get to it. The judges think this is a major mistake.

House No.3 Kristy and Brett spent $29,878

The judges were all so impressed with the burgundy bench top. They think it is so on trend, and won’t date. They also loved that the rest of Kristy and Brett’s kitchen was all white. Sleek, modern and contemporary. They did have issues with the size of the dining table, dining chairs and island bench chairs, but that’s about it. The laundry was very well done and functional.

House No.4 Steph and Gian spent $25,304

The judges all thought the Japandi style of Steph and Gian’s kitchen was incredible and looked amazing. Perfect for Instagram, but functional? The biggest issue is having the cook top on the Island bench. Not ideal if you are sitting on it at night, the judges thought. While they liked the butler’s kitchen they thought the whole space had serious functionality issues. Their laundry was very well received.

House No.5 Eliza and LIberty spent $23,669

The judges loved the bold choice of the orange oven. So many positives about this space. Darren remarked finally a house has got the size of the island bench right. It is massive, a whole family could sit there for dinner which all of the judges loved. Impressive storage in both the kitchen and the laundry. The best spaces the sisters have delivered yet.

At judging it was close between Eliza and Liberty and Kristy and Brett, and then the sisters revealed they had a secret gnome and all hell broke loose. The girls ended up using the gnome - which was won weeks ago at the break dancing challenge - despite the fact they would have one on merit.

Kristy and Brett were fuming about the secret gnome as they feel all along Eliza and Liberty have been getting special treatment. Leah was also miffed at the gnome and the fact the girls kept it secret, but it didn’t bother Ash.

Backstage after judging Eliza was furious at Kristy and Bretty initially as they didn’t congratulate her. She confronted Kristy and called her out on her behaviour, saying they didn’t get special treatment and said perhaps because they are nice people that’s why nice things happen to them on The Block.

Kristy was fuming. She said it’s no conspiracy, and 100 percent the girls get special treatment. Eliza later explained she was sick of Kristy’s behaviour and she had to call her out.

It’s open warfare on The Block and it’s not pretty.

Darren Shaynna Neale Total
Kyle and Leslie 8 ½ 8 8 ½ 25
Leah and Ash 8 7 ½ 8 23.5
Kristy and Brett 9 ½ 9 ½ 9 ½ 28.5
Steph and Gian 7 ½ 7 7 ½ 22
Eliza and Liberty 9 ½ 10 9 ½ 29 + 1

Did anyone notice Shayna (for the first time ever?) having her scores written after Neale.

They knew they’d get their big drama moment with the girls being forced to use the secret gnome on a tie.

Shayna has taken the last position this series with Neale out most weeks.

You got to love (hate) the evolution of this show. It started as regular couples building homes and selling them to the general public to now wannabe famous people on a reality TV drama and only the rich picks can afford the houses.

Tonight’s inspection of said people really said it all.


They’re really sucking up to the (block famous) buyers.

According to Sunday Herald Sun’s Fiona Byrne, Island Cove Villas resort at Phillip Island will be the new location for the 2024 season.

After the technical challenges with the Gisborne properties, it interesting that they’re going further out regionally for next year season.

God I’m sick of The Block this year. This manufactured drama is just ridiculous. Just show the damn room reveals.


I wish Leah would shut up. She has done a 360 when she knows she’s not looking good and made everything about herself. If she was so concerned bring it up in private but she narrates it all like The Office then takes the camera crew Kardashian style for the confrontation

And Ash gives off Pete Evans vibes.

I bet Kirsty and Brett know about the sisters connection to Hamish and Zoe (Channel 9)

And conveniently the sisters and Kirsty and Brett tie so they have to have dinner together.

This! :raised_hands:


Episode 33 - Master Ensuite Bathroom reveal

After thinking about it all week Leah finally heads to Kristy and Brett’s house to voice her concern about their behaviour, especially towards Eliza and Liberty. It all comes from the confrontation at Scotty’s HQ last week after judging when Eliza called out Kristy.

All week Leah has been feeling uncomfortable about this, and with Ash on her side, she goes to House No.3 to have it out with Kristy and Brett. It doesn’t go down well. As Leah tries to explain how she feels, Kristy bites back, and says she is only saying this because she is worried how she is going to be portrayed later on.

Kristy feels why is she to blame for the so-called mean girls behaviour? She thinks Leah was a very willing accomplice. Ash explains the confrontation was necessary as he and Leah are not like this at home and they want to be true to themselves, and set an example for their three kids. It all ends in tears and Leah admits, her once close friendship with Kristy is now gone.

Eliza and Liberty also have gone cold on Kristy and Brett, managing to avoid speaking to them all week. This is all going on as the Blockheads attempt to finish their master ensuite bathrooms.

After a drama packed week Scotty arrives on Charming St and our Blockheads are judged on their master ensuite bathrooms.

House No.1 Kyle and Leslie spent $25,969

While initially the judges loved what Kyle and Leslie delivered, there were once again some major functionality issues. The double shower was far too cramped. The positioning of the shower grate was all wrong.

House No.2 Leah and Ash spent $26,014

The judges were impressed with the grand scale of the bathroom including the huge shower. But overall, Shaynna felt the styling was juvenile which really let Leah and Ash down.

House No.3 Kristy and Brett spent $31,608

All three judges loved the fact the bathroom really connected well with the other rooms in House No.3. Shaynna felt the bathroom totally works. It’s probably the best feedback Kristy and Brett have had.

House No.4 Steph and Gian spent $31,753

The judges felt this bathroom is perfect for the socials but not great overall. Marty went further, saying it reminded him of a quarantine facility. He hated it in fact.

House No.5 Eliza and LIberty spent $29,662

Wow was what the judges thought when they walked in. They thought the room was very well planned out. The only criticism was the positioning of the face level storage.

After a close week, Eliza and Liberty and their arch rivals Kristy and Brett tie for the win. Both won $10,000 each. The funniest thing is, they must go together for a getaway to Scotty’s house in Gisborne, much to everyone’s amusement. Talk about awkward.

Darren Shaynna Marty Total
Kyle and Leslie 7 ½ 7 ½ 7 ½ 22 ½
Leah and Ash 8 7 ½ 8 23 ½
Kristy and Brett 9 ½ 9 ½ 9 28
Steph and Gian 7 ½ 7 6 ½ 21
Eliza and Liberty 9 9 ½ 9 ½ 28

Just saw an ad for open for inspection - Sunday 15th October.
First OFI since 2019.

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Promo - only seen in Melbourne obviously

Episode 37 Kid’s Rooms Reveal

The Blockheads are all feverishly working away and shopping in the final 24 hours until two kids’ rooms are revealed.

Steph has had a tough week, questioning everything because last time her and Gian delivered a kids room - in the house decider challenge - they were shredded by the judges for not sticking to the brief.

Leslie and Liberty head out shopping together and Steph calls, and admits later she is feeling left out. She is feeling ignored by Leslie, but Leslie explains that she is a bit over what she thinks is a one sided friendship with Steph.

Max and Charlie Cress, who have grown up on The Block as children of the executive producer of the show, cast their eyes on all the kids rooms. There are some statement pieces - like Leah and Ash’s rock climbing wall, and Steph and Gian’s swinging chair.

Scott arrives in Charming St and calls “tools down,” and while there are some very tired Blockheads all five couples deliver some stunning rooms. At judging Scott reveals there are some special guest judges tonight, Olive and Freddie Fox. They are joined in HQ by Marty Fox, who a bit awkwardly will watch the contestants as they listen to his feedback.

House No.1 Kyle and Leslie spent $16,743

A great effort by Kyle and Leslie but there are some criticisms. The basketball themed boys room is too narrow a focus. The judges are concerned it won’t appeal to a wider market. They also are worried about the planning upstairs. One of the kids rooms feels better than the master bedroom. Leslie is devastated as she listens to more negative feedback. She has nearly had enough.

House No.2 Leah and Ash spent $21,912

The judges loved the two kids’ rooms. Darren loved the bold style including the Grafico wallpaper. The climbing wall was a huge hit with Marty. The second room which has a disco ball and stage was very well done. The only criticism is the day bed. The judges couldn’t understand why Leah and Ash didn’t just put in a normal single bed. But overall, very positive comments.

House No.3 Kristy and Brett spent $25,580

Two really good efforts by the controversial couple from Adelaide. The bold Gafico wallpaper in the second room could potentially be polarising, but all three judges ended up coming around. Brett’s paintwork in certain areas still needed to be of a better quality. But overall, it was a hit.

House No.4 Steph and Gian spent $25,580

Wonderful feedback across the board for Steph and Gian. The judges thought both rooms were absolutely stunning and that was reflected in the scores. Perfect 10s. The judges could not praise these rooms enough. It turned out to be a very financially rewarding night for Steph and Gian. $40,000 in just one night.

House No.5 Eliza and Liberty spent $13,217

A really fantastic effort from Eliza and Liberty. The judges thought the rooms would work for any buyer and they would have really wide appeal. Marty had an issue with the lighting in one of the rooms, but that was the only real major mistake in his opinion.

What a week for Steph and Gian, as they take out another win.

In a twist, Marty Fox’s two children Olive and Freddie award a gnome to their favourite room, which is Leah and Ash. The gnome which will give Leah and Ash a bonus point might come in handy down the track.


Darren Shaynna Marty Total
Kyle and Leslie 8 ½ 8 7 ½ 24
Leah and Ash 9 ½ 9 ½ 9 28
Kristy and Brett 9 ½ 9 ½ 8 ½ 27.5
Steph and Gian 10 10 10 30
Eliza and Liberty 9 ½ 9 8 26.5 ½
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Pretty easy to work out who doesn’t finish the redo room as seen at the end of tonight’s episode

Kristy and Brett’s studio bathroom with the Moroccan arch