The Renovators – Yes It Is The Masterchef Of Design Shows
Interesting and enjoyable first episode to The Renovators tonight. The show is made by Shine which is run by the people who were running Fremantle Media in the first season of Masterchef Australia, and there are certain similarities.
- Bringing back the nice into renovation shows, the judges were mainly positive, and the editing of the contestants were seen as nice and all getting on;
- The judges Robyn Holt, Peter Ho, and Barry Dubois are TV unknowns, just like George, Gary and Matt were;
- It is not just about the renovating and designing there will also be crazy challenges thrown in there; and
- Instead of the Masterchef fire ball going into ad breaks we have the hammer throw.
There are currently 26 contestants and only six houses so how is this going to pan out? To be honest I don’t really know. Are we only going to have six people on the show in the long term? That is not a lot of contestants to keep the viewer interested over a 12 week period. Does one person lead the house renovations with a team? That might explain the big prize money as it may need to be split.
Tonight the contestants had to renovate a two bedroom house that had been bought into the huge warehouse. They had 48 hours to do this. For some reason they also had to sleep in the warehouse, I am not sure what the point of that was, it wasn’t like if they wanted to sand back the floor boards in the middle of the night that they would be allowed to do so.
What I found baffling about this challenge was how the judges were going to be able to choose the one person to give them the keys to a house.
Some people had the greater opportunity to shine, and also were prepared to take more responsibility for design and workmanship.
The winner ended up being Joanne which I thought was an interesting choice, as she certainly worked her guts out, but did not appear to make much of an impact on the crucial decision making.
Keenan a concreter was singled out for his work on the ‘garden’. Michael, a builder was praised for being a big part of every room. Peter who designed the bathroom which was fabulous was also singled out.
Natalia got praised for her lights she did at the side of the house. However Jason J who designed and oversaw the renovation of the kitchen didn’t get a mention. Nor did Phil who at the start of the challenge got them organised and going forward.
Julie got the first pick of the properties, and she went for the four bedroom sixties suburban in Castle Hill.
It had a land size is 664 sqm. The purchase price was $631,828 and the renovation budget is $126,366. The house looked like a wreck, and you can’t help thinking the rest of Australia is laughing at us Sydney siders and wonder why we pay so much for houses.
I will certainly be interested to see how it is all going to pan out over the next week or so.