The Block – Dan and Dani versus Courtney and Brad
It was two cookie cutter teams going head to head to try and secure the first position on The Block 2012.
Dan and Dani were a dating couple from Melbourne, he was a carpenter and she was a business analyst. Courtney and Brad were dating couple from Perth. Courtney was a speech pathologist and Brad is a project manager.
Both couples have been together three years and Brad and Dan even had the same hair cut.
The Block kicked off this year the same formula, where eight teams were being whittled down to four. However this time the eight couples will be renovating rooms in a real place, a bright red house. The red apparently pissed off the neighbours in the up market suburb it was in and 0ne neighbour thought it was a brothel.
The Block does not look like they will be fiddling with the winning formula from last year, and why should they. However I hope the casting has not focused too much on looks rather than personality of the couples. I can only look at a pretty face for so long, well Commando excepted.
Again this year in each room there was the feature piece the teams had to use, and for this challenge it was a portable light.
Dan and Dani decided turn their room into a bedroom, where Courtney and Brad did a dining room.
Like last year it was the girls out shopping and the men doing the painting.
The teams continued their similarities by picking a similar paint colour, and dark floorboards, so it was going to be all down to the decorating.
With only 24 hours to renovate a room it does get tense. Scott Cam was concerned about Brad’s painting technique and it was messy as he had not put tape up for the cornices.
Dani who spent most of the time shopping forgot to get a doona insert, and she tried to blame it on someone else. “What type of sales person sells a doona cover without an insert?”. A sales person that presumes you already have one perhaps?
Props for innovation from her though for running into an interiors shop and grabbing a doona.
Courtney spent $1400 of the $5000 budget on a poster that was not even in a frame. It was to be their feature piece in the room. Whereas Dan and Dani feature was a beautiful set of drawers.
The judges of John McGrath, and Neale Whittaker are joined by Shaynna Blaze this year and NINE actually promoted her from being from Selling Houses Australia a show on Lifestyle Channel.
They all gushed over Dan and Dani’s room and thought it was a a beautiful and there was no negativity. However that was not the case for Brad and Courtney, the bad painting was noticed and Shaynna thought they cheapened the room by putting in thumb tacks into the expensive poster. I wonder what happens to the poster now the challenge has finished.
It was a no brainer that Dani and Dan were going to be the first couple into The Block.