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The Renovators – Did Michael Cheat By Getting Around His Budget

The Renovators appears to have been demolished from Network Ten’s schedule however there appears to be some collateral damage emerging with allegations the winner, Michael Lynch, cheated.

The Daily Telegraph reports that Michael Lynch made a deal with a local plumber for free work if he mentioned him on the show.

The article states:

However, a source close to the show claims Lynch broke the rules by using free labour from Sydney plumber Michael Sidaros in Blacktown, whom Lynch allegedly promised free on-air plugs in exchange for gratis plumbing.

“The deal was for the plumber to receive some free promotion on the show and for that he did quite a significant amount of work for free,” said a set insider.

But the on-air plugs failed to materialise on the low-rating TV turkey and, subsequently, Sidaros’s plumbing company, Dr H2O Plumbing and Maintenance, is now seeking compensation to the tune of $15,000.

Contacted yesterday, Sidaros confirmed he is seeking compensation for “around $15,000” of plumbing work but declined to say any more “for legal reasons”.

Lynch told Confidential he was unable to comment, while a rep for Shine Australia bosses Mark and Carl Fennessy said the production company “would not be making any comment on the matter”.

On the show each house to be renovated had a strict budget they had to adhere to.

In other Renovators news, the rumour circulating is that there will be a spin-off lifestyle program.

According to TV Tonight:

The [TEN] network is currently calling for homeowners ‘in desperate need of renovating advice and help” for an unnamed new Lifestyle show.

“If you have a DIY job gone wrong, a bad taste interior disaster, or you’re paralysed by ideas and don’t know where to start? Then we want to hear from you! Tell us your renovation budget and we’ll add our design expertise, manpower and materials to help you get the biggest bang for your buck,” says the TEN website.

But be warned. To apply you must own your own home, partake in the renovation and make a financial contribution.

More infomation should emerge about this in the future months about this new show.



1 Georgie { 02.11.12 at 10:15 am }

Funny how this news breaks at the same time TEN start promoting a new renovating show!

I’m sure if Michael had pulled a swifty he would have just given the bloke $15,000 out of the winnings to keep him quiet.

2 smauge { 02.11.12 at 10:18 am }

RR – I’m really disappointed in you. I read this whole post and not one picture of Michael. Surely you could have rustled up a topless photo from somewhere? Maybe with him slathered in grease or something? Not good enough.
(back on topic – I think Michael was just being creative in stretching the budget and the plumber is now getting his business’s name in the national news, therefore getting his $15k of free publicity. Ten will be dying to get this out of the papers and will pay him off ASAP.)

3 Leop { 02.11.12 at 10:39 am }

The plumbing co. are getting publicity now……… Ch.10 let Michael down – would have all been agreed upon prior to acceptance and Ch.10 just didnt come to the party Im guessing

4 Marepoppin { 02.11.12 at 1:38 pm }

Yep I doubt there’s much fire in all this smoke. And Smauge has a valid point RR

5 A Smits { 02.14.12 at 5:54 pm }

fair – I understand the other 5 finalist gave up 6 months of their lifes to get to the finals – $15,000 would have made the end result differnent hey. Its this just plain theft and at the expence of your mates – nice hey michael.

6 Diogenes { 02.16.12 at 3:00 pm }

“But be warned. To apply you must own your own home, partake in the renovation and make a financial contribution.”

Oh oh I know this one …. um um um ….
Selling Houses Australia ! :-)

7 P { 02.19.12 at 11:54 am }

I doubt the $15,000 was the only rule bender here. How can ANYONE renovate the entire house AND build an extension for $65,000. I think the other contestants had realistic results from their budgets.