Desperate moves to stem the Yellow tide

“Genius”, “harmonious”, “stunning”.

Lavish praise once again poured from the judges’ mouths as Gizzy Hard stepped up to the Room Reveal plate and smoked another home run on house renovation reality TV series The Block NZ last night.

But the combined brilliance of Amy Moore, Stu Watts and builder Dave Wallace might not be enough as once again the episode ended up in the air as rival teams aligned in a collective attempt to topple Team Yellow.

Sunday night was the climactic episode of week 7 on The Block — a 12-week series in which four teams renovate townhouses at Hobsonville Point in Auckland, the winners pocketing $100,000 and all teams banking whatever they make over the reserve price when the houses are auctioned.

Along the teams’ rollercoaster journey are various challenges and chances to earn extra money on top of their $120,000 budget, items ranging from a television set to a spa pool, curtains to enhance their houses and specific advantages.

Among those advantages are plus and minus-one point to be used at Room Reveal to add to or take away from a team’s score.

That became the case last night as Room Reveal turned into a high noon gunfight between Yellow and Team Purple’s Chlo and Em, the latter desperate to claim their first RR victory and deny Yellow their fifth.

The week’s daunting challenge for the teams was the master bedroom, walk-in wardrobe and en suite bathroom.

Only one of the two judges’ scores was shown by Block host Mark Richardson on the Room Reveal blackboard.

Interior designer and notoriously tough marker Jason Bonham gave the girls eight out of 10 for a “majestic Moroccan”-themed room he described as “a job well done” but lacking a little colour in the bathroom.

Yellow’s toning down with a ricecake white on the bedroom walls — the same colour Team Purple had used in an earlier room — had the opposite effect on the judges.

Bonham gave Yellow’s “Bed, Bath and Boho” rooms a nine, and it is difficult to see fellow judge and magazine editor Kristina Rapley giving them anything less.

The judges complimented them on their “beautiful accessorising”, mustard drapes that gave the space drama despite the white walls, a “lovely, big” walk-in wardrobe and use of a mix of materials in the bedroom. The room felt “harmonious” and “perfectly balanced”.

The adjectives continued into the bathroom.

They loved the textured glass shower, which they said gave privacy and reflected the light. The floor tiles were a “beautiful, brave choice”, and the sage-coloured subway tiles were “stunning”.

Bonham said it was hard to fault their en suite.

Teams Blue and Orange were also-rans.

Blue’s Tom and Ben yet again struggled with time and inevitably delivered an incomplete package at Room Reveal.

The theme of their room was “imagine”.

“Imagine what?” said Bonham as he walked through a “masculine”, “stark” and “unrestful” effort, summed up in two words . . . “epic fail”.

The boys’ decision not to have a walk-in wardrobe was, as Rapley put it, “a huge mistake”.

“I do not understand what they were thinking,” she said.

“I don’t think these boys are improving,” said Bonham.

Rapley gave them a two, which surprised Ben after such a scathing critique. He was thinking zero.

Team Orange’s Claire and Agni were again guilty of “over-styling” in their “desert chic do-over” bedroom and bathroom, which Rapley scored a six.

There was too much stuff going on and it lacked cohesion, the judges said . . . “less is more”.

Teams also had a give-and-take to complete. Each team gave another team a piece of material that they had to turn into an accessory. The judges decided on the best — the winning team getting a plus-one.

Orange stitched up Yellow by giving them “My Little Pony” material, much to Amy’s disdain. Her creative talent was pushed to the limit but she managed to produce a bag lined inside with the material.

The judges said they were “seriously impressed” with what she did, considering the difficult material.

The girls won with a stool — from material Amy gave them — and the plus-one lifted their score to nine.

The boys already had a plus-one and offered it to the girls for half the Room Reveal-winning prize money — in this case $10,000 and a bonus $2000.

The girls agreed, suspecting that Amy and Stu would play the minus-one they won in an earlier challenge. Which they did.

With Yellow and Purple locked together on nine points, heads turned to Orange.

Agni and Claire won an “undo” earlier in the series, meaning they could play it against Yellow and nullify their minus-one.

It’s a risk but with The Block having become a Them (Purple/Blue/Orange) versus Us (Yellow), it could be their only chance of stopping the Yellow juggernaut.

“Genius”, “harmonious”, “stunning”.

Lavish praise once again poured from the judges’ mouths as Gizzy Hard stepped up to the Room Reveal plate and smoked another home run on house renovation reality TV series The Block NZ last night.

But the combined brilliance of Amy Moore, Stu Watts and builder Dave Wallace might not be enough as once again the episode ended up in the air as rival teams aligned in a collective attempt to topple Team Yellow.

Sunday night was the climactic episode of week 7 on The Block — a 12-week series in which four teams renovate townhouses at Hobsonville Point in Auckland, the winners pocketing $100,000 and all teams banking whatever they make over the reserve price when the houses are auctioned.

Along the teams’ rollercoaster journey are various challenges and chances to earn extra money on top of their $120,000 budget, items ranging from a television set to a spa pool, curtains to enhance their houses and specific advantages.

Among those advantages are plus and minus-one point to be used at Room Reveal to add to or take away from a team’s score.

That became the case last night as Room Reveal turned into a high noon gunfight between Yellow and Team Purple’s Chlo and Em, the latter desperate to claim their first RR victory and deny Yellow their fifth.

The week’s daunting challenge for the teams was the master bedroom, walk-in wardrobe and en suite bathroom.

Only one of the two judges’ scores was shown by Block host Mark Richardson on the Room Reveal blackboard.

Interior designer and notoriously tough marker Jason Bonham gave the girls eight out of 10 for a “majestic Moroccan”-themed room he described as “a job well done” but lacking a little colour in the bathroom.

Yellow’s toning down with a ricecake white on the bedroom walls — the same colour Team Purple had used in an earlier room — had the opposite effect on the judges.

Bonham gave Yellow’s “Bed, Bath and Boho” rooms a nine, and it is difficult to see fellow judge and magazine editor Kristina Rapley giving them anything less.

The judges complimented them on their “beautiful accessorising”, mustard drapes that gave the space drama despite the white walls, a “lovely, big” walk-in wardrobe and use of a mix of materials in the bedroom. The room felt “harmonious” and “perfectly balanced”.

The adjectives continued into the bathroom.

They loved the textured glass shower, which they said gave privacy and reflected the light. The floor tiles were a “beautiful, brave choice”, and the sage-coloured subway tiles were “stunning”.

Bonham said it was hard to fault their en suite.

Teams Blue and Orange were also-rans.

Blue’s Tom and Ben yet again struggled with time and inevitably delivered an incomplete package at Room Reveal.

The theme of their room was “imagine”.

“Imagine what?” said Bonham as he walked through a “masculine”, “stark” and “unrestful” effort, summed up in two words . . . “epic fail”.

The boys’ decision not to have a walk-in wardrobe was, as Rapley put it, “a huge mistake”.

“I do not understand what they were thinking,” she said.

“I don’t think these boys are improving,” said Bonham.

Rapley gave them a two, which surprised Ben after such a scathing critique. He was thinking zero.

Team Orange’s Claire and Agni were again guilty of “over-styling” in their “desert chic do-over” bedroom and bathroom, which Rapley scored a six.

There was too much stuff going on and it lacked cohesion, the judges said . . . “less is more”.

Teams also had a give-and-take to complete. Each team gave another team a piece of material that they had to turn into an accessory. The judges decided on the best — the winning team getting a plus-one.

Orange stitched up Yellow by giving them “My Little Pony” material, much to Amy’s disdain. Her creative talent was pushed to the limit but she managed to produce a bag lined inside with the material.

The judges said they were “seriously impressed” with what she did, considering the difficult material.

The girls won with a stool — from material Amy gave them — and the plus-one lifted their score to nine.

The boys already had a plus-one and offered it to the girls for half the Room Reveal-winning prize money — in this case $10,000 and a bonus $2000.

The girls agreed, suspecting that Amy and Stu would play the minus-one they won in an earlier challenge. Which they did.

With Yellow and Purple locked together on nine points, heads turned to Orange.

Agni and Claire won an “undo” earlier in the series, meaning they could play it against Yellow and nullify their minus-one.

It’s a risk but with The Block having become a Them (Purple/Blue/Orange) versus Us (Yellow), it could be their only chance of stopping the Yellow juggernaut.

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