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The Renovators – Another Keyholder Wins

The inner city terrace still has a heap of work on it. Obviously they got it finished but how? Tonight it was Luke and Jason going head to head for the keys. However unfortunately for them it was not a challenge in their house, but in a white room.

They had to design either a city or a country kitchen in four hours.

Luke as keyholder again received the advantage as he got to pick his team. He chose Keenan, Michael and Jarrod, and he got to pick the theme for his kitchen – city. Jason had to do the country kitchen. His team mates were Nathan, Melissa and Natalia. August and Peter because they are already keyholders were not involved with the challenge. The reason is they get to spend time on their houses. I am not sure of the logic of this.

Jason theoretically should have had the advantage in this challenge as he has designed kitchens before.

Jason’s country kitchen looked quite slick and contemporary. The wooden feature wall, and his accessories gave it a country feel. I liked it.

Luke’s kitchen was a black and white palate, however he was criticised for having three of his kitchen cupboards were upside down. If Luke had lost it would have been because of Jarrod and Michael.

As has been discussed infinitum on this blog having team challenges when the keys are at stake is just wrong. In this case it could have been disasterous for Luke, but also the team mates can give advice on design and function.

However  Luke did not have to worry as the workmanship in his country kitchen was not as good. The back splash and exhaust fan were wobbling. What gets given the greater weight with the judges, design or workmanship? How good can your workmanship be when you have four hours to put in a kitchen?

Today they decided to vote on craftmanship, so it was Luke who won the keys.  At this stage all the keyholders have won. It was a bit sad to see Jason go, as he was entertaining.

Who do you think should have been eliminated? Also TV WEEk have this great article where the contestants bitch about the show. I am typing it up into a separate blog post so it will be up shortly.


1 Renocrazy { 10.05.11 at 10:19 pm }

What is going on?

Guys I thought were capable and professional made critical errors in workmanship. I gotta say I have serious second thoughts on abilities of some of the remaining contestants if this is an example of their work.

Both kitchens ended up looking good, though preferred Jason’s (but then I’m country). Jason’s kitchen was unfinished… splash back not attached at all, range hood loose, gap under feature wall, top cupboards not level, and fridge placed badly… no chance of removing shelves for cleaning or adjustment without pulling whole fridge out of cavity. This last mistake probably due to not taking into account the space the feature wall would eat up, however, all in all Jason’s had only one mistake that wasn’t down to running out of time, and that was fridge placement. And the feature wall ate a lot of time as well as space.

Luke’s kitchen was finished, or damn close to it, but how on earth did they manage to put cupboards in upside down? Also his fridge looked just as close to wall, without the excuse of a feature wall, and the silicone looked rushed… stark white against bench top and splash back.. Luke’s complaints about fitting had nothing to do with way round to hang top cupboards, he was only complaining cupboards weren’t level.

Going against everything I’ve ever said about Jason I think I would have given his kitchen my vote. It had great design, good colour choice and more importantly it had soul. It only lacked 10-15 more minutes. Luke’s would have needed the same amount of time to put mistakes to right and both would have had annoying fridge door problems.

Seems as if Luke miscalculated Jason’s ability to rush, he should have remembered there is a big difference in rushing for yourself and rushing for someone else’s benefit.

Barring the fact that judicious editing changes everything I also think Jason was better behaved of the two.

Hey, this is only my opinion…don’t shoot me Luke lovers…. or Jason haters.

2 sheng { 10.05.11 at 10:24 pm }

Jason J’s a Legend. Pree sad seeing him go

3 Melly { 10.05.11 at 10:38 pm }

I find it funny that they want to complain about the workmanship. I mean really what the hell do you expect when they are only given a matter of hours to complete a whole kitchen? Of course things are not going to be finished to perfect standards. Same applies to the houses – you cannot expect perfect workmanship on those houses when they are barely there to do the work themselves and to make sure the tradies are doing the work to proper standards.

I would still hire most of these people in a heartbeat because of the quality of work they do manage to get done in the f***ing ridiculous time restraints they are given.

I thought Luke’s kitchen was an obvious design for city, boring palate I am over silver, black and white. Although I must say I did like the splashes of yellow through out the kitchen. Loved Jason’s kitchen, thought it was a bit of a different take on the country theme, very sleek for a country kitchen, but there was a little too much of that green by the end of the challenge for my liking.

Sad to see him go, but, ultimately I think Luke deserves to be there more than he does, just based on past challenges and what not, but, I have to ask where was this Jason all competition? Focused Jason, determined Jason, smart Jason. Imagine what he could have done if he was like that for the whole competition!

4 smauge { 10.05.11 at 10:46 pm }

Oh bugger. I think most of you know I’m a big Stoner Jason fan :(
I’m in Uluru at the moment so haven’t watched any tv since I’ve been away. I wondered if I should read this but in the end I couldn’t wait.
I WILL be resisting a finale spoiler though, so, RR please don’t give away the winner on Twitter or FB!

5 Renocrazy { 10.05.11 at 10:46 pm }

Last time (I promise); why oh why do they keep giving key holders advantages. All contestants entered the game on level pegging and only one challenge (mostly result of luck not skill) changed the status of some of them. I know many believe key holders should always win but think about it… do you think the teachers pet in kindi should have retained that elite ‘favourite’ status throughout their entire school life? That no matter how hard another kid tries they should never be able to surpass her/him? And no, the key holders did not necessarily work harder than other team members; key holder is a title it should not be an entitlement.

6 nanaliz { 10.05.11 at 11:03 pm }

August was a real example of not being entitled to a key as you said Renocrazy. We have seen several examples of his inept “workmanship” (NOT) since being on his own. Did he do any real renovation work when others were there???? I suspect not.

7 Kramer { 10.05.11 at 11:25 pm }

I couldn’t agree more with RR on how they choose to judge on this show. Craftsmanship versus design? Whether the contestant will be able to finish the house or not (and take it to auction with great appeal)? Managerial versus designing capacities? It’s quite annoying!

I thought Jason’s kitchen was better than Luke’s. If only this challenge counting, it should have been Jason’s win. However, he does have a trail of not being consistent in his designs and craftsmanship. I think a cumulative point system, similar to masterchef, would be able to better point the one deserving the keys. One off challenges like this are quite unreal triggering spectators discomfort on the show rules, system and organization (if there is something like that). August will have not been able to get closer to those house keys, perhaps.

As an spectator, at the beginning of the episode I felt Luke should have taken the keys given his track record throughout the show, his level of organization and trades knowledge (though not a fan of Luke I agree with some of the comments of him saying it’s all his work). However, just based on this challenge I thought Jason was far better in terms of his design, performance and team organization. He managed himself quite well, even though he entered as an underdog. To me the judgment ‘coming down to craftsmanship’, as you guys suggest, in 4 freaking hours is not really fair! (I am losing it!) Luke’s kitchen wasn’t than much better in this aspect (fridge, cabinet distribution, others). And by looking at Brendan’s face, he himself seem to have felt a bit cheated with the system.
Agree with Melly that today’s Jason would have done much better throughout the show, quite determined and smart.

On a different note, Ch10 scheduling of the episodes and editing is totally destroying the show. They should at least make it real to the spectator (after all it’s a reality show), if by the end of the show I am shown 6 complete houses without seeing gradual renovating work by contestant (instead of constant challenges) I will find that there were not real renovators but ‘contractors’ (as mentioned in previous post).

8 Fides { 10.05.11 at 11:36 pm }

Think they were going to give Luke the keys no matter what, so they just had to find one criterion where you could talk Luke up.

I’m surprised that tomorrow night’s show is Keenan vs Mel – how was that decided?

9 Reality Raver { 10.05.11 at 11:48 pm }

Fides – Good question re: green team being up next. Maybe the producers have just given up and don’t care anymore.

Smauge – OK won’t give away winner on FB or Twitter.

Kramer – I think what the judges give weight to depends on who they want to win. Sometimes it is design other times consistency.

Nanaliz – Probably the only time August has picked up a drill has been when they are doing the product sponsored shots.

Renocrazy – agree it is unfair. They should get to either pick their teams or the theme but not both. I also preferred Jason’s. But he is a designer and Luke is not.

Melly – Maybe Jason just knows how to pull it together for the big challenges.

Sheng – Jason appeared to be well liked.

10 Laura { 10.06.11 at 12:27 am }

I totally agree with Renocrazy… The keyholders may have won challenges in the first week/ taken over from another keyholder after winning another challenge (except August, ugh, totally unfair) but that doesn’t mean that they deserve to win more than the other contestants. They all work just as hard, and put their own stamps on the houses. August’s win was particularly annoying.

Another unfair aspect is that Peter and Sam’s challenge took place in their home so they got some of their house down as part of the challenge, with the added advantage of a team to help them out. (And was it funded with their budget? Didn’t look like it, judging from the volume and quality of their purchases!) Whereas Luke and Jason had no such advantage, and August and Christie’s was minimal (an ugly table).

I do love this show, but there are so many improvements to be made. I know that it has been cancelled but I would love for Ten to reconsider and take ALL the feedback into account. I sometimes watch it via an international reality tv website and all the comments from Americans, British, etc think that it is great and would love to see their own countries produce a version. The premise is good, it just needs some tweaks!

11 Moonstruck { 10.06.11 at 12:46 am }

Another result of not seeing a bit more of the renovating is that I just don’t care about any of them. I haven’t seen enough to get a sense of the house completed. All we are shown is the construction and there is nothing attractive about a site that looks demolition site.
In the ad for tomorrow’s elimination they showed Peter working. How come he is now part of the challenge?
With all the inconsistencies, I think ten is correct to dump it.
I will give them credit for keeping it on ten and not moving it to sister channel, as nine has been doing with new shows. But I guess its probably due to the sponsors – Bunnings and freedom would have been really unhappy if that had happened.

12 Georgie { 10.06.11 at 7:16 am }

When Brendon stated the ‘rules’ for last night’s key challenge he said the helpers could NOT ASSIST Luke and Jason with the design aspect, that was the element of the challenge they had to do on their own. Well to me it should follow that design was the only element of the challenge they could be judged on because the other elements were not all their own work DOH!

13 Maryann { 10.06.11 at 8:00 am }

I think Jason’s design was superior. Luke’s was boring. As soon as they said city vs country I knew Luke would pick city and knew how it would look in the end. I agree with Georgie, the winner should have been picked based on design. Robyn did say that Luke had not extended himself at all with the challenge

14 sue { 10.06.11 at 8:17 am }

I think pretty much all the key holders will retain their houses- the only one I am worried about is the green team, becoz Mel does seem to be a producer’s favourite- she irritates the shitter out of me with WoW’s, suck up to voters, and frigging high 5’s- how old is she???? 6….grrr :(

oh, and with some key holders, I think the retention is extremely biased (August & Peter), but with last nite- I am kinda on the fence… I liked Jason’s better, but I think his finishes did him in, so kinda agree Luke should win- I personally think his upside down cupboards were less of a flaw than Jason’s multiple smaller flaws… just my opinion, & I do Like Jason, so…fence sitting for me on this one!

15 Anonymous { 10.06.11 at 9:28 am }

Fides, I was also left wondering how Mel and Keenan were chosen for tonight’s head to head. I suspect we’ve missed an episode, perhaps a challenge were more money was doled out and the winner got to choose the next competitors to face elimination.
In that case, the winner was probably Luke who got some money to compensate for the loss of Jason and then went on to choose the green team because they chose him.
Last night’s episode was edited down to 1/2 hour which took away any sense of time for the viewer.
I don’t think Ch10 care anymore. They don’t talk about the show or publicise the altered program times. They just want to get it over and done and move on.

16 Culinary Boner { 10.06.11 at 9:35 am }

How come some challenges are artificial in the sense that they are on ‘white rooms’ and others – like tonight’s – actually involve working on the house? This show’s hotch potch of made-up-on-the-spot rules reeks of unprofessionalism.

17 Renocrazy { 10.06.11 at 11:34 am }

Yeah Georgie, you hit the nail on the head (which is more than some contestants managed in the hammer challenge). It should have been on design (seeing as it isn’t about renovating). Disappointment all round with result and shock that supposedly best workmen made silly, unaccountable errors.

18 AngelSN86 { 10.06.11 at 11:56 am }

I’m wondering whether they are actually judging the winners based on project management ability rather than anything else. I seem to remember that when August won, they specifically mentioned that he project managed the team better (in their opinion). If you think about it, project management would be a huge part of the keyholder’s role, especially with all the challenges taking place which means they need to manage the tradies and contractors. So, whilst people have said, oh if Luke was eliminated, it would’ve been Michael and Jarrod’s faults for doing the cabinets wrong, Luke was the project manager and he should’ve picked up on those things. Just like it could be argued that Jason didn’t manage his team well and they ran out of time. Which resulted in multiple little flaws. Design-wise, Jason was probably slightly ahead. I didn’t think his kitchen looked country enough to me, but thats just my opinion. I missed the Orange team challenge so I don’t know if this theory fits in with them as well. But it could also explain why they are having the teams instead of individuals.

19 Georgie { 10.06.11 at 12:15 pm }

AngelSN86 – I agree it could well be the overall team/jobsite managment they are being assessed on but why the hell don’t the judges spell it out at the beginning of the challenge.
They should say “this is the challenge; these are the rules; and these are the elements you will be assessed on”.
That way the contestants and the the team (helpers) know exactly what is happening and what’s expected of them before they start.
Instead Brendan says ‘this was so close we couldn’t seperate you on your designs so it came down to craftsmanship’ – well thanks!

20 Fides { 10.06.11 at 2:22 pm }

Georgie – totally agree! They say the best teachers inform their students explicitly about how their work is going to be assessed. And in this particular task, the only thing they were really being judged on was their ability to be Luke.

And is this the second time Michael has made a big error while working for Luke? Kimbriki challenge with the poor positioning of the solar panels being the first… Is it hard to tell the right way to install a cupboard? Maybe Jarrad should have installed the crockery upside down to fit the theme.

And this is irrelevant but cute – I was watching with my 80 year old father last night… he wants to know why Brendan always says “this is it” (he really does say it a lot) – as my father says, “who does he think he is, Michael Jackson?”

21 kingfisher { 10.06.11 at 2:30 pm }

if you did not know who designed and built both kitchens but you knew they only had 4 hours to put it together , you would automatically pick the country kitchen . lukes kitchen looked like a standard display home kitchen ,wander through thinking standard kitchen next!! but with the counrty kitchen you be thinking this is the one i want in my house , who cares about little things that need fixing because when it is installed by professional tradies it will be mint . when peter ho said about the country kitchen if i was sweeping the floor all the crumbs and dust would go under the special designed wall ,”WELL HELLO PETER IT’S A MOCK UP KITCHEN ” what a stupid comment . as for for luke what a wanker , already writing up a list of jobs to do with his name at the top of the list, he’s so up himself . now a bloody hour of “AMAAZZING AWWWWESOOME HIGH FIVE ME” melissa tonight, god keenan kick her butt so she can be eliminated .

22 Georgie { 10.06.11 at 2:36 pm }

Fides – that is cute and relevant. Your father’s really switched on.
I used to say that on the third warning to my kids just before I smacked them, so they knew it was coming. Thankfully I didn’t have to say it a lot.

23 Kramer { 10.06.11 at 2:49 pm }

You’re right Georgie! And that’s the proof that this competition is unfair. The confusing set of statements, which they perceive as ‘rules’, allows them to tweak the judgment and pick the ones they want to see in the last round.

If you see Luke’s face, you could see that he was about to cry because he knew that his room was not better than Jason’s and that he made a moderate set of mistakes. He knew that he had more chances to get eliminated. Jason looked calm but at the same time, all contestants knew that there was implied and in their faces favouritism. I guess that prevailed overall!

I feel quite sorry for the contestants that had to rewatch the episodes and comment on themselves, and seeing that there was a clear disparity in all statements being said.

I don’t think I will be able to watch another Brendan’s show! He symbolizes the vacuous entity that this show has became. Have no respect for the people behind this show. How much more they want to show that this show is completely bias?!
If they come up with a new set of rules for the overall winner and with losses added to the package then, I would feel quite cheated – if not completely! Not mention how the contestants may be feeling.

24 Fides { 10.06.11 at 3:07 pm }

Georgie – how my father knew that MJ’s fated tour, and the subsequent movie they released was “this is it” I’ll never know. He is fascinated by the moonwalk though (has been for years!)

kingfisher – I agree wholeheartedly with everything in your post, and lol at your capslock comments :o) Got Mel’s voice in my head right now…thanks!

25 Diogenes { 10.06.11 at 4:09 pm }

“when peter ho said about the country kitchen if i was sweeping the floor all the crumbs and dust would go under the special designed wall”
– lol –
easy fixed in 10 minutes with a bit of skirting !
What would have happened if they turned a tap on? Where were the power points for the toaster & jug ? Where was the now obligatory wine fridge &/or built-in coffee machines (you would not believe how many display homes I have looked at in the last 2 months)

26 Kate { 10.06.11 at 4:48 pm }

Kramer, your comments are mine word for word!!
Luke knew his kitchen didn’t cut it, he definitely had a teary look of “Holy Crow Jason Beat Me!!”
Fortunately for him he has always been a favourite of Robyns (Her Lukey)
God the editing and the favouritism in this show is so transparent, and while I love the show I desperately do not want Brendan or Robyn back next year. Vacuous is the word for both of them!

27 Georgie { 10.06.11 at 5:33 pm }

Diogenes & Kingfisher I agree – Peter Ho would have had to find the broom first!

28 JStar { 10.06.11 at 9:49 pm }

Hmm, after tonight’s result, I don’t know if I can comment too negatively about favouritism. I’m sure there are many people here scarred in the knowledge that their parents favoured their brother/sister over them. Sure the favouritism is obvious by the judges but it is no more worse than what was on MasterChef. Gee, wasn’t Dani and Ellie fawned over. Oh, just wait, that was only George who did that.

As for the Sky Blue head-to-head, I don’t have an issue with a team based challenge but I do think (and this has been mentioned by other people including RR herself) that the power of the head renovator is too great in a do-or-die situation. Christie (in her exit interview) knew she was a goner the moment August chose timber AND then rubbed her nose in faeces by selecting the two carpenters to work with him. We never got to see how Peter ended up working indoors whilst Sam worked outside. (Personally, I thought it was smarter for Sam to be outside as it would have been tough to out-style Peter). However, Peter’s advantage came with being strategic in keeping Keenan and Natalia away from Sam in the choice of teammates.

I loved Jason on this show and will miss him terribly. I think the contestants all felt the same about him as he proved quite popular. I loved how human he was in all challenges and he always had a sense of humour when going about things. I agree with most of the comments that his kitchen was styled much better than Luke. Jason’s had this warmth about his whilst kingfisher was spot on in describing Luke’s as a standard display house kitchen. The rules may have been better explained to the contestants. We don’t know. I don’t like how these head-to-head challenges are edited down to 30 minutes. A lot has been left on the cutting room floor. But ultimately in the end, the challenge was to build a kitchen. And the finishes are what got Luke over the line. Jason’s was great but he probably needed another 15 minutes to fix all the little errors. I think the judges liked both contestants equally so I don’t think favouritism was the determining factor but Jason (like Sam) is entitled to feel a bit ripped off, justified or not.