The Block: Hughesy spills on big behind-the-scenes error: 'A mistake'

A familiar face popped up at the auctions and overheard a big error from one of the bidders.

If you were watching The Block finale last night, you might've noticed a familiar face pop up on the TV screen as a hopeful bidder.

Dave 'Hughesy' Hughes attended this year's Block auctions, paddle in hand, looking like he might be interested in one of the properties on offer.

But with bids turning into an intense duel between two multi-millionaires — Danny Wallis and Adrian Portelli — Hughesy kept quiet in the background.

Now the comedian has revealed a large error came into play when it came to one of the auctions.

Dave Hughes popped up at The Block auctions. Photo: Nine
Dave Hughes popped up at The Block auctions. Photo: Nine

The first auction of the day saw Danny bid $650,000 over the reserve for Steph and Gian's house, but Hughesy has now said on-air that the bid was a mistake on Danny's behalf.

“He meant to say $2,999,000 and he said $3,999,000 – that was a mistake from Danny. That mistake got the ball rolling,” he said this morning on his radio show, 2DayFM’s Hughesy, Ed & Erin.


Danny's property rival Adrian Portelli confirmed the mistake, telling the show that he saw him 'backtrack'.

"I saw him backtrack, realise what he’d done, and I thought I’d put the nail in the coffin.”

Drama continued in other ways, with Hughesy then divulging he caught the woman who had collapsed at the auction.

The Block winners Gian and Steph with investor Adrian Portelli
The Block winners Gian and Steph with investor Adrian Portelli. Photo: Nine

“I actually caught the woman who collapsed – me and one other bloke, the bloke from consumer affairs. I was the one who stopped the auction,” Hughesy revealed.

“I said, ‘We’ve got to stop the auction, this woman has collapsed.’”


While Hughesy didn't put any bids on this year's houses on The Block, he previously paid $3.06 million in 2017 for a five-bedroom home renovated by contestants Josh and Elyse.

He revealed last week a recent valuation put the house at $5 million.

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