Australia’s longest running reality program has returned this year for its 14th series. Fifteen years since the record-breaking first instalment in 2003, The Block has cemented itself as a television phenomenon that remains as popular as ever.
Block host Scott Cam is joined again by his co-host Shelley Craft, alongside judges Neale Whitaker, Shaynna Blaze and Darren Palmer, “The Blockinator”, foreman Keith Schleiger, and his right-hand man, Dan Reilly.
Scott Cam has unleashed a block challenge like no other – the infamous Gatwick Hotel in beachside St Kilda in Melbourne. With its grand sweeping staircase, high ceilings and historic architecture, it was purpose-built 80 years ago as a luxurious hotel. But for the past 50 years it has provided budget accommodation to the needy and vulnerable.
Over 11 gruelling weeks, and with a budget of $220,000, the new Blockheads will totally transform five luxury apartment spaces - and there's no time to settle in! In the first 48 hours, the teams will be tasked with creating a kids’ bedroom from start to finish. The winner of this challenge will have first choice to pick from either three apartments within the old, heritage part of the building, or two grand penthouses nestled on the roof.
Contestants are competing for the chance to walk away with $100,000 prizemoney and any profit made when their apartments go under the hammer at a live public auction later this year.
The Block is a Nine production in conjunction with Cavalier Television.