Yellow have the best answer . . . win again

Gizzy Hard answered the acrimony of social media critics in the best way last night . . . by racking up Room Reveal victory number four in week 6 of renovation reality TV series The Block NZ.

Team Yellow’s Stu Watts and Amy Moore — having been disqualified from Room Reveal 4, then wheeled and dealed out of what would have been a win in RR 5 — returned to the path of glory when the judges scored the four teams’ outdoor patio areas on the four-townhouses block at Hobsonville Point.

It’s halfway through the series and Yellow have won four of the six Room Reveals. It should have been five, and probably would have been six, but circumstances of both their own and opposition makings denied them.

The DQ and portrayal of this colourful couple four nights a week on prime-time TV has had an effect on their public popularity.

Social media unfortunately provides a vehicle for the “haters” to unleash and Team Yellow have copped their share of vitriol from keyboard warriors (along with the positive from their fans).

By voluntarily putting yourself under the microscope on nationwide TV and at the mercy of reality TV editing teams, you have to expect and accept that there is going to be bad with the good.

But despite the old saying about “sticks and stones”, words can be a weapon. No matter how thick you try to make your skin, it can be punctured.

It’s a matter of how you recover or react.

Team Yellow’s response has been to keep working, keep creating and, if all goes to plan, keep winning.

A surprise judge for this week’s Room Reveal made no difference to their campaign, which potentially has a $100,000 pot of gold at the finish line, along with whatever money is made over the reserve price when their completed house is auctioned.

Judge Jason Bonham was away on business, so regular judge and magazine editor Kristina Rapley was joined by landscape designer and Radio Live’s The Home and Garden Show host Tony Murrell.

Bonham has been a fan of Yellow so far and any fears his absence would be detrimental to them were soon dispelled.

Murrell scored Yellow 7.5 — their lowest single score of the series so far but still higher than the other three teams — and Rapley gave them 8.5 for a 16 total. Team Blue (Ben and Tom) were second on 14 and Orange (Claire and Agni) and Purple (Chlo and Em) third-equal on 13.

“This is a happy place . . . a nice place to be,” Murrell said of Yellow’s space — which was focused on entertainment.

Rapley loved the secondhand table of German origin.

“This is my favourite table so far, actually my favourite set-up because they’ve got both — they’ve got the comfort, you can lounge but there’s also seating if you want to have people over for dinner.”

“The judges said it was a great use of space,” Block host Mark Richardson said at the Room Reveal. It was “multi-purpose and adult”.

The old dining table and bench seats gave the area character.

The only negative criticism was a lack of shelter — it was a bit exposed to the elements and the judges didn’t like their choice of a couple of door mats.

The judges liked their charcoal grey wall, paving that was laid out in a pattern Murrell said would not date, and battened ceiling.

Rapley said “as always, their styling is on point”.

“It’s not easy to pull together a whole lot of bits and pieces and make them look good,” said Murrell.

“They have fallen a bit short on having anything to shut the room off but they’ve made up for it with their styling,” said Rapley.

In revealing teams’ total scores, Richardson said to Yellow: “you just know what you’re doing”, and to the others “you guys have got to create the greatest comeback in Block history” . . . referring to the 2013 America’s Cup when Oracal Team USA won the last eight races to beat Team New Zealand 9-8.

Yellow’s win and another $5000 towards their $120,000 budget means the target on their back is even bigger.

With that comes a greater threat of teams conspiring against them but in the case of the Blue boys, who have massive styling issues, they might want to think of another tack to advance their own cause — “if you can’t beat them . . .”

Gizzy Hard answered the acrimony of social media critics in the best way last night . . . by racking up Room Reveal victory number four in week 6 of renovation reality TV series The Block NZ.

Team Yellow’s Stu Watts and Amy Moore — having been disqualified from Room Reveal 4, then wheeled and dealed out of what would have been a win in RR 5 — returned to the path of glory when the judges scored the four teams’ outdoor patio areas on the four-townhouses block at Hobsonville Point.

It’s halfway through the series and Yellow have won four of the six Room Reveals. It should have been five, and probably would have been six, but circumstances of both their own and opposition makings denied them.

The DQ and portrayal of this colourful couple four nights a week on prime-time TV has had an effect on their public popularity.

Social media unfortunately provides a vehicle for the “haters” to unleash and Team Yellow have copped their share of vitriol from keyboard warriors (along with the positive from their fans).

By voluntarily putting yourself under the microscope on nationwide TV and at the mercy of reality TV editing teams, you have to expect and accept that there is going to be bad with the good.

But despite the old saying about “sticks and stones”, words can be a weapon. No matter how thick you try to make your skin, it can be punctured.

It’s a matter of how you recover or react.

Team Yellow’s response has been to keep working, keep creating and, if all goes to plan, keep winning.

A surprise judge for this week’s Room Reveal made no difference to their campaign, which potentially has a $100,000 pot of gold at the finish line, along with whatever money is made over the reserve price when their completed house is auctioned.

Judge Jason Bonham was away on business, so regular judge and magazine editor Kristina Rapley was joined by landscape designer and Radio Live’s The Home and Garden Show host Tony Murrell.

Bonham has been a fan of Yellow so far and any fears his absence would be detrimental to them were soon dispelled.

Murrell scored Yellow 7.5 — their lowest single score of the series so far but still higher than the other three teams — and Rapley gave them 8.5 for a 16 total. Team Blue (Ben and Tom) were second on 14 and Orange (Claire and Agni) and Purple (Chlo and Em) third-equal on 13.

“This is a happy place . . . a nice place to be,” Murrell said of Yellow’s space — which was focused on entertainment.

Rapley loved the secondhand table of German origin.

“This is my favourite table so far, actually my favourite set-up because they’ve got both — they’ve got the comfort, you can lounge but there’s also seating if you want to have people over for dinner.”

“The judges said it was a great use of space,” Block host Mark Richardson said at the Room Reveal. It was “multi-purpose and adult”.

The old dining table and bench seats gave the area character.

The only negative criticism was a lack of shelter — it was a bit exposed to the elements and the judges didn’t like their choice of a couple of door mats.

The judges liked their charcoal grey wall, paving that was laid out in a pattern Murrell said would not date, and battened ceiling.

Rapley said “as always, their styling is on point”.

“It’s not easy to pull together a whole lot of bits and pieces and make them look good,” said Murrell.

“They have fallen a bit short on having anything to shut the room off but they’ve made up for it with their styling,” said Rapley.

In revealing teams’ total scores, Richardson said to Yellow: “you just know what you’re doing”, and to the others “you guys have got to create the greatest comeback in Block history” . . . referring to the 2013 America’s Cup when Oracal Team USA won the last eight races to beat Team New Zealand 9-8.

Yellow’s win and another $5000 towards their $120,000 budget means the target on their back is even bigger.

With that comes a greater threat of teams conspiring against them but in the case of the Blue boys, who have massive styling issues, they might want to think of another tack to advance their own cause — “if you can’t beat them . . .”

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