Reality TV is the flavour of the moment in terms of Australian television programming, with scandal, emotion and fierce competition proving to be the ultimate formula for high ratings.
Channel Nine’s new Lego Masters is striving to build its success come Sunday’s premiere night, but not based off the usual combination of salacious variables.
Yes, like MKR or The Block, it’s a competition amongst teams of two, but host Hamish Blake says this isn’t a show like many others (ahem, we’re thinking Married At First Sight) that often feature some fame-hungry personalities not necessarily on the programs for the most genuine of reasons.
“Well you can’t fake being good at Lego,” Hamish tells Yahoo Lifestyle Australia.
“You either are or you aren’t. Even if you wanted to be on the show but you had never built Lego before, it would become pretty obvious quite quickly.
“In that sense everyone’s there for the same reason. Everyone’s there because they enjoy building and they love the creativity of Lego and they’re excited to try and do it in a fun competition,” he explains.
“It comes from a very fun, wholesome place. Everyone there is purely to see what could happen when imagination and skill collide and to see how they go.”
Lego Masters will challenge eight teams of two to create mind-blowing models out of 2.5 million Lego bricks available in ‘The Brick Pit’, for a chance to win $100k at the end.
From Cade who helped build a life-size Lego caravan made of 288,630 bricks for a Guinness World Record, to couple Dinushi & Gayan who run a food truck to fund their Lego obsession, these contestants are all very passionate about the famous building blocks that many of us last played with during our childhood.
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“It’s a competition which we [Aussie TV] have had before. There’s been contests on TV before but it’s also really different in the sense that it’s a very creative pursuit,” explains Hamish.
“Even for the people that are on the show, they’re obviously very good at Lego. Having said that, they’re also really fun and funny people in terms of the cast. And in terms of a bunch of people to have on TV, it’s got a very different energy to anything else that’s been on TV.
“It is a competition that I think people will get their head around fairly easily, but it’s a creative competition which is something that’s kind of new.”
Lego Masters premieres on Sunday night at 7pm on Channel Nine.
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