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The Renovators – The Grey Team Now Has A Keyholder

Due to a three year old bouncing off the walls until midnight I have not seen this episode yet. As Lady Gaga sings “I’m on the edge”….

However Christie was eliminated? Was this the right decision? How much assistance did the August and Christie receive from the other players?



1 sheng { 09.29.11 at 9:40 am }

I actually found both furnitures that Christie and August made plain. To me, there wasn’t a stand out amongst the two.
However, the thing that separated August from Christie was as Robyn put it Christie’s table “lacked proportionality” in the room.

August seems to be the new hated contestant on the show. I think most contestants know that he has a quite cunning and blunt personality.

Also noticed that when Christie and Natalia were together working on the furniture piece, there seemed to be some tension. Natalia has not totally forgiven the grey team and even when Christie left at the end she whispered something into her ear.

In my opinion. Natalia wouldve been the best key holder for The Shop. I havent seen August do any real ‘renovating’ work.. just instructing and coordinating.

My ideal keyholders for each house:

Weatherboard – Keenan. Melissa doesn’t really deserve it.

Sixties Suburban – Really want to see Natalia get it cause she’s been a star contestant… but I dont want to see Nathan go as well, he’s stuck with the house since the start. Conclusion: I dont mind.

Inner City Terrace – Luke

Firbo – Jarrad or Michael; I dont mind. This in my opinion is going to be the winning house. It started with a low purchase price/budget.. but by looks of the final product from online ads; it looks the best. However, due to their poor location.. they might not end up on top.

Half Done House- Peter. I WILL RAGE if Sam ends up getting it. Although, this is unlikely as Peter always seems to be consistent.

2 Picnic { 09.29.11 at 9:50 am }

I have always found something creepy about August and I think he is very lazy. The workmanship and wood in the piece were lovely – neither of those were done by August, the boys in the team and nature provided the standout features! The finished piece (the design) was apparently August’s work and that was boring, big time.
I liked Christie and think she was a hard worker in all challengers and at the shop and she deserved to hold the keys more that August, who only held the keys because the original key holder had health issues. I thought the glass piece was more creative and suited the shop more than the wood piece.

3 AngelSN86 { 09.29.11 at 9:54 am }

I think Christie was robbed. Her table was so much nicer than the big clunky cabinet made by August. To me, the table looked nicer in the space. The craftsmanship of the cabinet that they were raving about was totally down to Luke, Michael and Jarrod, nothing to do with August. I don’t think he should’ve won. The table would’ve looked great once it was styled with a vase and big flowers, little bowl for keys etc. But, I guess the judges know what they’re doing.

Sheng- I have to agree with you on who should win the remaining keys. Its annoying that Jarrod couldn’t have won the grey team’s keys though. :( I probably wouldn’t be as angry if Sam won the Orange team’s keys though. But I’m not a huge fan of Peter’s so I’m a bit biased there, lol. The sixties suburban should go to Nathan though.

4 Maryann { 09.29.11 at 9:59 am }

I think it was the correct dicision by the judges. I liked Christie’s table but it was far too small for the location. Of course August didn’t do the actual work to make the cabinet. He would have been lost without Michael, Luke, Jarrod etc. It was more a design challenge which suited the 2 designers. It would have been intersting if they had been allowed to style the area. Perhaps with the right accessories Christie could have made the glass table work and both pieces would have look less bland and more in context. I think Christie made a mistake not going for coloured glass and a larger scale. The area was very white and needed something to lift it.

5 Calliegirl { 09.29.11 at 10:20 am }

Cannot. Stand. August!!

6 JStar { 09.29.11 at 10:42 am }

I agree with Maryann. I preferred Christie’s table however it looked lost within the white backdrop that was their hallway. One of the criteria was to make the furniture fit in that space and unfortunately Christie’s table was not in proportion. I knew Christie was eliminated the moment the camera briefly panned at Robyn’s guilty look prior to the announcement. Aesthetic-wise, Robyn preferred Christie’s table.

What was unfair about this episode was that as the key holder, August could choose his material AND his team members for this design challenge. If this show gets a second season (and I’m hoping as the ratings have been creeping in the right direction), then the unfair nature of some of the decisions need to be fixed. Christie should have been allowed to have the pick of her team first and I would bet she would have taken all of the carpenters with her to sabotage August.

And if you get to watch the episode online RR, let me know if you think the episode was edited last minute to fit into a 30 minute window. To me, the episode was not seamless and was a bit disjointed. Interesting to note that the next three head-to-head challenges are one-hour long episodes.

7 Pamie { 09.29.11 at 10:42 am }

Why did a “head to head” challenge become a “team” challenge? And why was August given not only the choice of materials but allowed to choose his team first?

August’s piece of furniture was a 2 door cupboard which looked too tall to for keys, mail etc and too small to hang coats and store umbrellas.

Christie’s glass table was at least stylish and with the addition of a lamp and flowers with picture above would have looked taller. How tall should a table to be anyway.

I think the frustrations with this show continue will continue to the end.

RR, you sound as though you had a fun night!

8 Izobel2 { 09.29.11 at 11:10 am }

Agree with you Pamie, I thought it was RIDICULOUS that the head to head challenge was in effect a team challenge, and although August did his design with 5000 cupboard doors and ended up with 2, he didn’t seem to do any of the workmanship. Blind Freddy could’ve won that challenge with those great tradies on their team. In saying that I’m glad August won over Christie. Her cutesy smile was annoying me.
Sorry about your shite night RR, I was up with my 3 week old and watched the show at 2am. Made the time go quickly anyway!

9 Cheryl { 09.29.11 at 11:26 am }

August won for project management, Brendan even said so. Which is ridiculous because project management =/= renovating.

10 Culinary Boner { 09.29.11 at 11:43 am }

I will miss Christie’s butt crack

11 AngelSN86 { 09.29.11 at 12:02 pm }

The pick of team members should’ve at least been a schoolyard style pick, as in he picks one, she picks one, he picks one etc etc.

12 Renocrazy { 09.29.11 at 12:21 pm }

Hope you have a good nights sleep tonight RR, and bub is feeling better. Think it’s bad now wait till you’re up all night waiting for her to come home!!

As for last night… Hip Hip Hoorah! Sanity saved, the endless whining and bitching is gone!!! Sorry all above, while I agree the challenge favoured August he designed a cupboard to match the dimensions of the hall whereas Christie didn’t, and the style of cabinet matched the age of the house. And I truly loved August’s attitude towards his team helpers.

Interesting he considered Sam one of the five best carpenters? Now I wish we’d seen more of her skills because she hasn’t really had chance to show what she could do.

Regarding Peter, anyone that designs a kitchen with mirrors, a bathroom you have to go outside to close the french doors, who thinks the main bathroom isn’t to be used (is everyone supposed to use the en-suite only) and hides rather than fixes a damp problem, doesn’t deserve to be in the final. Tough but true.

Jstar, why should Christie have been allowed to pick first?
Truthfully the material should have been the same for both and no helpers. Then we’d have seen who was best at furniture building (not renovating because that’s not part of this show).

No doubt all other challenges will be just as biased and just as annoying, yet I will watch and bitch and cheer, and have a thoroughly entertaining time.

13 seepi { 09.29.11 at 12:28 pm }

Yep – too many advantages for the keyholder in this challenge.

I didn’t like Christie’s table, but she was robbed really. The glass workshop guy was fairly unhelpful, and she didn’t have any glass experts on her team, unlike August, who worked with wood and had heaps of people who knew how to work with it. I did like the cabinet though – loved the holes in the sleepers.

I think the cutesy leaf motif on Christie’s was a mistake – something more urban like skyscrapers or geometric shapes would have better suited the shop style I thought.

I also wonder how/who convinced August to cut his design back from 20 little doors on the cabinet to two.

14 JStar { 09.29.11 at 12:33 pm }

Renocrazy, Christie should have been allowed to pick her team first as what we saw last night put her in a massive disadvantage. I get that this competition is not fair, but giving August the right to choose all the cards in his favour meant that there would only be one outcome in the end. If all the keys were truly up for grabs, then each team member should have a sporting chance to earn that right to take the respective house to auction.

15 Renocrazy { 09.29.11 at 12:48 pm }

Like I said, material should have been same for both and no helpers.

Choosing carpenters if she was working with glass would have been kinda crazy and I think she probably had the people she wanted except Sam, as both their faces showed they’re friends and wanted to work with each other.

If you’ve watched all episodes you’d see that by August choosing the carpenters Christie was left with people who had worked with glass or perspex and knew it’s qualities so really it wasn’t that unfair, except for the materials.

16 par3182 { 09.29.11 at 12:49 pm }

August should’ve lost just for the creepy way he asked people to be on his team.


17 Fides { 09.29.11 at 1:27 pm }

Yeah that was so weird wasn’t it?

Agree Renocrazy that the material should have been the same. And ideally, if it’s just about the finished product and not the process,the judging should be blind.

18 Kate { 09.29.11 at 2:02 pm }

I would like to nominate this challenge for the most biassed challenge of this week…so far. The judges would NEVER have chosen a glass table, This is just like the offsite garden challenges – giving half the teams Japanses/Mediteranean etc gardens and then saying ALL teams have to get plants from a nursery that only stocks Australian plants. WTF!

Why are they so set about using different materials for each challenge? It is starting contestants off with an advantage, as soon as the materials are picked the judges know who will win.

Unrelated, are the 3 judges actually good at what they do? Had anyone heard of them before this show?

19 Renocrazy { 09.29.11 at 2:08 pm }

Hey Fides, how are you? Re the judging should be blind…I thought the judges were?

20 Fiona { 09.29.11 at 3:00 pm }

Christie should have made a large glass dining table or something, it would have used the same technique but had way more impact. Still, moot point now. August was lucky with his team, and has been lucky throughout the comp starting with Fiona getting sick and giving him the keys.

21 Reality Raver { 09.29.11 at 3:23 pm }

Izobel2 – congrats on the new born, I hope all is going well. Ironically I was smugly thinking last week I was over the hump of sleepless nights, but he turned it on last night in a major way. I am hoping it was a one off glitch.

I still have not had a chance to see the episode but there should be no way on a challenge with so much riding on it that other people were involved. How do we know who had what input into it. Also as someone else wrote August did none of the grunt work.
Prediction I think Natalia will get the khaki house as they have to have one female finalist. And there is no way Peter can be beaten by Sam. Nor Keenan by Melissa. But then who knows.

22 Renocrazy { 09.29.11 at 3:39 pm }

Christie didn’t do much either except, like August, put forward a primarily unworkable design. The glass was cut and etched by the factory, and glued together by her team. You’re probably right RR about Natalia as she is one of the judges favourites and Melissa, though seemingly a great person, probably can’t beat Keenan, however Peters work (if you’ve seen the house and checked out en-suite and other tiling, plastering, joinery, damp-proofing etc), is nowhere near up to scratch (TV hides so much) so loss/win will depend on fairness of challenge, which as he is a judges pet will undoubtedly be slanted in his favour. Agree with Kate on bias, maybe RR should hold a vote for most unfair challenge… so far last nights and garden challenge are close to my top, followed by the light challenge.

23 brandy { 09.29.11 at 4:42 pm }

I thought it was fair that August as the long-term keyholder got some advantages. As keyholder he has had to make a lot of decisions for the house and has been bitched about behind his back endlessly (and he knows it) . I think the keyholders should get some acknowledgement for the role they’ve played. Glad to see the bakc of child-porn Chrissie too! She was gracious in leaving and dropped the cutesy voice for a moment, so that was a surprise. Her table was clutzy but I thought she’d win the challenge.

24 Dutch Courage { 09.29.11 at 5:22 pm }

What the heck is going on with Robyn? Her glasses don’t look that wonky anymore (thanks to the feedback on this site) but what’s with the hair? It looks like she washed it with the oil that was left over from frying fish??? The people who know best how to style a house seem to struggle with their own appearance.

25 Renocrazy { 09.29.11 at 5:48 pm }

I think the negative comments and flak about bias has probably had a real effect on the judges.

It is possible that by the time they realised how unbalanced the producers were making challenges/eliminations it was out of their hands.

Sometimes results appear to be made under pressure as the judges have not always looked happy with their decisions. Maybe it isn’t so much lack of ability as lack of backbone in standing up to the producers, or maybe they didn’t read their contracts closely enough.

I too hope Channel Ten gives it another go but next time spends a bit more time working out equality of houses, locations, challenges and a balance of true renovation with innovative (site based) challenges.

26 Aussie Renovator { 09.29.11 at 9:11 pm }

The challenge should have been completed by each individual alone to make it completely fair.
It also would have been more fair for alternative judges to pick a winning piece without knowing who created it.

27 Minnie Amber { 09.29.11 at 11:15 pm }

i cant stand august never liked him at all and i thought christie’s table was gorgeous. What I found hilarious was the reactions august got when he asked the blue boys and sam to be on his team coz he was pathetic with the way he asked and they thought so too, particularly luke. I reckon material should have been the same particularly coz glass has proven to be the worst and unluckiest material on the show lol. Loved Melissa’s reaction when christie was talking bout ‘fusing’ or technically gluing the glass together as it obviously brought back bad memories for her and voiced her concern. she must be very concerned bout being stuk wit glass for the 4th time in her head to head with keenan whenever that is not that she would beat him with any material or at least i hope not

28 HR { 09.30.11 at 6:41 pm }

So glad to know that I’m not the only one who thinks August is creepy! & as annoying as I found Christie & her oh-look-at-my-dimples-aint-I-adorable act, I really wanted & expected her to win the head-to-head…August has hardly shown any relevant talent so far … ideally Natalia should have been the key-holder for the shop…but wouldnt mind her getting the keys to the khaki house…dont think Nathan is all that either, although he seems like a nice guy…