Yellow in the firing line as boys step it up

The boys are back in town.

It took the most boring room on reality TV renovation series The Block NZ but Blue Team’s all-male combo finally got their act together.

Eight weeks since being given their Hobsonville Point shell of a townhouse, Tom and Ben not only finished well on time, they produced an area that could earn them a first Room Reveal victory.

“Could” being the operative word.

The supposedly climactic episode of the week frustratingly ended with the finishing coat of paint yet to be applied.

Only one of the judge’s scores was shown in the Room Reveal for the garage and storage spaces of the four competing teams, although for one of the pairs that’s better than none.

To disguise the fact that it’s just a bloody garage, with a bit of storage, a twist was injected — the chance for one team to eliminate another from the Room Reveal running.

The winners of the Block Stars — a live stage performance — would earn this right.

Top of the hit list was Gizzy Hard couple Amy Moore and Stu Watts, who have won five of the seven Room Reveals so far and, in the eyes of their rivals, had to be brought down from their seemingly impenetrable tower.

Forget about beating them score-wise. Here was the opportunity to extinguish them from the process altogether.

But getting rid of Yellow is a like removing oxalis from the garden. Just when you think it’s gone, a bunch of those menacing bulbs rear their pretty little purple heads and suddenly it’s party time in the vege patch.

Amy wasn’t about to stare into the headlights and let the ten-tonne logging truck turn them into roadkill.

When Team Purple were named winners of Block Stars for a circus act of monumentally imbecilic proportions, Amy, with the play-making skills of Shaun Johnson, went into attack mode.

She offered them the $5000 prize money for first if Purple kicked Orange Team’s Claire and Agni out of Room Reveal and Yellow won it. That gave the girls a two-out-of-three chance of adding five grand to their fast-depleting $120,000 budget.

All was supposedly to be revealed last night. We got half. Not only that, everyone got at least half-judged anyway.

Hands up those who were under the impression that one couple would be shown stage door left. No judging. No score.

The situation became even more head-scratchingly complicated for Purple once judge Jason Bonham’s scores were shown.

The judges — interior designer Bonham and magazine editor Kristina Rapley — liked Blue’s area, complimenting them on its finishing, loads of storage and functionality.

Bonham awarded it eight.

The girls’ “pleasant but beige” area left the judges feeling uninspired.

“Nothing really to talk about,” said Bonham before giving them three.

Team Yellow received their lowest score so far, 6, which reflected Bonham’s contempt for plywood.

“Plywood, I love it,” said Rapley.

“I really, really hate it,” Bonham countered, saying it made him feel like he was in a packing crate.

Rapley felt the plywood gave it personality and added a layer of character to their home . . . “because otherwise it would look so sterile”.

The tool wall Yellow won in an earlier challenge made an instant impact. The judges said it was a real selling point for the garage and they did it justice by making a feature of it.

Yet again, Yellow’s accessorising impressed.

“You know what I love that these guys do, is that they allow you to imagine how you would live in the space,” said Rapley.

“They contextualise,” said Bonham, sending most viewers to their dictionary.

Fold-out work benches were a great idea, giving the area practicality and “double duty” as a working area and place to park the car.

Overall the judges felt it was a practical, well-accessorised space — the only difference was one loved the plywood, the other hated it.

“That was a clunker for you guys,” Block host Mark Richardson said of their score of six.

“We knew Jason hated ply,” said Amy.

Mark: “So why did you do it?”

Amy: “Because we are not building the house for Jason.”

Each team was required to produce their own calendar as part of their week.

Team Yellow, whose theme was the gym, went for the “firefighter” look, including their builders Dave and Paddy, the latter getting Jason’s thumbs-up in the cuteness department.

The girls won best calendar and got to add one point to their score — a redundant reward considering they appear out of the running.

Team Orange’s not-so-secret secret bedroom area, that over the week provided more drama than a Shakespeare festival, received a mixed critique.

There were some “bold choices” but it was “a bit of a mixed bag” and they were concerned that Orange had sacrificed an extensive amount of storage space.

Bonham felt it was “all just a bit too much” before scoring it 5.5.

“It will be interesting to see what the buyer thinks about it on auction night,” said Richardson. Before leaving it all up in the air, announced he would give teams 30 seconds to make a deal with Chlo and Em.

The boys’ high score threw a spanner in Team Yellow’s works.

They are certain to get a decent score from Rapley but so, too, should the boys, who have so far steered away from playing the game — preferring to fly the Switzerland flag of neutrality.

It might be time for them to grow a pair.

The boys are back in town.

It took the most boring room on reality TV renovation series The Block NZ but Blue Team’s all-male combo finally got their act together.

Eight weeks since being given their Hobsonville Point shell of a townhouse, Tom and Ben not only finished well on time, they produced an area that could earn them a first Room Reveal victory.

“Could” being the operative word.

The supposedly climactic episode of the week frustratingly ended with the finishing coat of paint yet to be applied.

Only one of the judge’s scores was shown in the Room Reveal for the garage and storage spaces of the four competing teams, although for one of the pairs that’s better than none.

To disguise the fact that it’s just a bloody garage, with a bit of storage, a twist was injected — the chance for one team to eliminate another from the Room Reveal running.

The winners of the Block Stars — a live stage performance — would earn this right.

Top of the hit list was Gizzy Hard couple Amy Moore and Stu Watts, who have won five of the seven Room Reveals so far and, in the eyes of their rivals, had to be brought down from their seemingly impenetrable tower.

Forget about beating them score-wise. Here was the opportunity to extinguish them from the process altogether.

But getting rid of Yellow is a like removing oxalis from the garden. Just when you think it’s gone, a bunch of those menacing bulbs rear their pretty little purple heads and suddenly it’s party time in the vege patch.

Amy wasn’t about to stare into the headlights and let the ten-tonne logging truck turn them into roadkill.

When Team Purple were named winners of Block Stars for a circus act of monumentally imbecilic proportions, Amy, with the play-making skills of Shaun Johnson, went into attack mode.

She offered them the $5000 prize money for first if Purple kicked Orange Team’s Claire and Agni out of Room Reveal and Yellow won it. That gave the girls a two-out-of-three chance of adding five grand to their fast-depleting $120,000 budget.

All was supposedly to be revealed last night. We got half. Not only that, everyone got at least half-judged anyway.

Hands up those who were under the impression that one couple would be shown stage door left. No judging. No score.

The situation became even more head-scratchingly complicated for Purple once judge Jason Bonham’s scores were shown.

The judges — interior designer Bonham and magazine editor Kristina Rapley — liked Blue’s area, complimenting them on its finishing, loads of storage and functionality.

Bonham awarded it eight.

The girls’ “pleasant but beige” area left the judges feeling uninspired.

“Nothing really to talk about,” said Bonham before giving them three.

Team Yellow received their lowest score so far, 6, which reflected Bonham’s contempt for plywood.

“Plywood, I love it,” said Rapley.

“I really, really hate it,” Bonham countered, saying it made him feel like he was in a packing crate.

Rapley felt the plywood gave it personality and added a layer of character to their home . . . “because otherwise it would look so sterile”.

The tool wall Yellow won in an earlier challenge made an instant impact. The judges said it was a real selling point for the garage and they did it justice by making a feature of it.

Yet again, Yellow’s accessorising impressed.

“You know what I love that these guys do, is that they allow you to imagine how you would live in the space,” said Rapley.

“They contextualise,” said Bonham, sending most viewers to their dictionary.

Fold-out work benches were a great idea, giving the area practicality and “double duty” as a working area and place to park the car.

Overall the judges felt it was a practical, well-accessorised space — the only difference was one loved the plywood, the other hated it.

“That was a clunker for you guys,” Block host Mark Richardson said of their score of six.

“We knew Jason hated ply,” said Amy.

Mark: “So why did you do it?”

Amy: “Because we are not building the house for Jason.”

Each team was required to produce their own calendar as part of their week.

Team Yellow, whose theme was the gym, went for the “firefighter” look, including their builders Dave and Paddy, the latter getting Jason’s thumbs-up in the cuteness department.

The girls won best calendar and got to add one point to their score — a redundant reward considering they appear out of the running.

Team Orange’s not-so-secret secret bedroom area, that over the week provided more drama than a Shakespeare festival, received a mixed critique.

There were some “bold choices” but it was “a bit of a mixed bag” and they were concerned that Orange had sacrificed an extensive amount of storage space.

Bonham felt it was “all just a bit too much” before scoring it 5.5.

“It will be interesting to see what the buyer thinks about it on auction night,” said Richardson. Before leaving it all up in the air, announced he would give teams 30 seconds to make a deal with Chlo and Em.

The boys’ high score threw a spanner in Team Yellow’s works.

They are certain to get a decent score from Rapley but so, too, should the boys, who have so far steered away from playing the game — preferring to fly the Switzerland flag of neutrality.

It might be time for them to grow a pair.

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