The Block stars reveal real reason behind auction day 'disappointment'

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They were the betting odds favourite to win The Block: Fans v Faves, but unfortunately, Kirsty Lee Akers and Jesse Anderson came in second-to-last place during Sunday night’s epic finale.

The married couple has now opened up about their auction day sale of $4.4 million, which left them with a profit of just over $300,000, and the real reason why they were so disappointed.

The Block's Kirsty Lee Akers and Jesse Anderson at the auction.
Kirsty and Jesse said that they were disappointed with ‘the lead up’ to their auction. Photo: Channel Nine

“We weren’t disappointed with the result, we were disappointed with the lead up of it,” Kirsty told Daily Mail.

Not knowing the reserves, the reserve being really high in the beginning, then finding out that we were going last in the auction order… It felt like we had everything against us going into it. It was a weird feeling.”

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Each of this year’s contestants were shocked to receive such high reserve prices for their properties, leading to host Scott Cam helping them reduce the figures by $100,000 across the board.

Kirsty and Jesse, who had the biggest house of the five, said that the hefty reserve prices were “a big shock” to the system.

“For the last six months, we’ve been sort of under the impression that the price guide was $3.2 to $3.4 million, and then they dropped $4.2 million on us,” Jesse explained.

The Block's Kirsty Lee Akers and Jesse Anderson.
The couple plan on using their earnings to buy a new car and finish their house renovations. Photo: Channel Nine

Kirsty added: “A lot of people have sent us messages saying they feel so sorry for us, and that we should have won more. But we’ve won $300,000.”

Speaking about what they want to spend their prize money on, the pair said that they “definitely need a new car” and also plan on finishing their house renovations.

“We really need to be smart about it I guess, and try and turn that $300,000 into $1 million,” Kirsty said.

‘The judges are not good predictors of success’

The pair’s comments come shortly after this season’s winners Mitch Edwards and Mark McKie spoke out about the show’s judges and why contestants shouldn’t always listen to them.

The Block's Mitch and Mark.
The Block winners Mitch and Mark have called out the show’s judges. Photo: Channel Nine

Heading into Sunday night’s finale, Mitch and Mark had won only two of the season’s room reveals and sat in the middle of the leaderboard below fan favourites Ronnie and Georgia and Kirsty and Jesse.

However, it’s clear after seeing the auction results of their house and Josh and Luke’s property - which had scored the season’s lowest points but came second in the auction - that the judges’ opinions don’t actually mean a thing when it comes to winning the show.

“The two houses, ours and the boys that came first and second, are not the houses the judges considered the best,” Mark said, adding that the panel should include a real estate expert.

“The judges are not good predictors of success on The Block. To next year's contestants, stick to your guns. You don’t need to listen to them.”

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