The Renovators – Gossip and Tidbits
August the interior designer in the Marrickville shop renovation team is very charming, however sources tell me in his real life there are some questions about his ethics. Apparently he manages to get a lot of work by quoting low. However what he may not be telling his clients is that he gets kick backs from tradesmen and suppliers he uses or recommends. But then maybe this is standard practice in his industry.
Chris Georgiou who was the last person punted from The Renovators says judge Barry Dubois was told what to say by the producers. He said Barry was told to be “negative” during challenges. “The [judges] saw what I did and all three were blown away,” Chris told TV Week. “[But] then you hear production in the earpiece telling Baz what to say!” (Source: TV Week)
Go to the TV Week website to see the full interview, and he reveals that both he thought Tina would be the one to go home.
It looks like Shine Australia will allow more contact with the outside world for the Masterchef Australia contestants next year, if The Renovators is anything to go by. Natalia Broadhead the tall welder on The Renovators has told TV WEEK she is able to phone home frequently. In fact the mother of one calls home every night. Also there are regular visits but they have to be at the couples own cost.
Barry “Baz” DuBois is also interviewed by TV Week about why he agreed to do the show.
Below is the interview:
What made you want to sign on to this kind of project?
I didn’t (laughs). The producers approached me and I said I wasn’t interested. A friend of mine had applied for the job as one of the judges and didn’t get the job, and he recommended me. They asked me again and I spoke to a few people and told them what I thought of renovation show, because I thought they’d been stuffed over the years.
What do you mean by “stuffed up”?
I feel that some shows portray builders as yobbos a bit too much. For me, as a builder, I used to turn over millions of dollars a year. You’re a white-collar worker who interacts continually with blue-collar workers – we aren’t just yobbos who drink twist-tops on Friday afternoon!
Do you enjoy watching other renovations shows?
I didn’t really watch TV [before], but I do now because I’m on it! I’m glued to the stuff.
Is it hard eliminating people?
I think that when you have a relationship with anyone in an intense situation you form a strong bond with them. To see them go, it’s quite heartbreaking for me – and I struggle a lot.
What do you do when you aren’t filming?
I live in Europe six months of the year – I have a yacht in the Mediterranean. But I’ll spend [this] summer in Australia.
The Renovators is really struggling in the ratings, which is a pity as most episodes are entertaining.