• Jessica Taylor Yates

The Block Recap: First Challenge Bedroom Week

With lockdown despair never ending, let's sit and judge how other people design their homes from our second-hand couches.

It's watch this or cry into my pillow, so... Image: Nine.

Better late than never!

TV renovation juggernaut The Block is back, and what perfect timing, considering the gaping hole l̶o̶c̶k̶d̶o̶w̶n̶s ̶a̶n̶d̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶w̶i̶l̶l̶ ̶t̶o̶ ̶l̶i̶v̶e̶ the Olympics has left in prime-time viewing. If you missed last week cos you thought you would be out living your life and are now coming to the crushing realisation that it's not gonna happen and need to catch up, STAT, then WELCOME!

I'm back as your resident unskilled, unqualified WFH Judge to say what we are all REALLY thinking from our own Facebook Marketplace sofas, like, why are there reality stars on there, and what's wainscotting? So let's get right into it, Armchair Judges!

This year, the renovation series is focused on ‘Fans vs. Faves,’ featuring three new couples, and two c̶o̶u̶p̶l̶e̶s̶ ̶w̶h̶o̶ ̶c̶l̶e̶a̶r̶l̶y̶ ̶h̶a̶v̶e̶ ̶a̶n̶ ̶u̶n̶f̶a̶i̶r̶ ̶a̶d̶v̶a̶n̶t̶a̶g̶e̶ Block veteran couples. The five teams will compete as they build and style homes in Melbourne’s beachy w̶a̶n̶n̶a̶b̶e̶ ̶B̶r̶i̶g̶h̶t̶o̶n̶ Hampton area over the next few months. The houses are all fairly huge, only one is double storey, and they all have attics (serous q: why don't all homes have these? They're always on House Hunters and I get mad fomo for what I could do with the space, like if I want to start an underground break-dancing troupe or whatever). This welcome challenge will decide who gets which place.

In last Sunday’s premiere (it was a battle between this and the Olympics Closing Ceremony, but considering the Opening Ceremony, I went with the former and stand by it), we were introduced to our new teams and their first challenge. They were to build and style a bedroom over two days, with a budget of $5000. So, how did they do?

The Block Reveals – Challenge Bedroom Week

Josh and Luke, NSW

We came here to party, throw your hands up everybody! Image: Nine.

The twins from Love Island 'fame' (?) may not be designers by trade (is anyone on the show, at this point?), but