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The Block producers' 'mad scramble' after 'devastating' 2024 location flop

EXCLUSIVE: Producers are 'frantically' trying to save the upcoming season.

The Block producers are reportedly in a “mad scramble” to lock in a new location for the renovation reality show’s milestone twentieth season next year after their original plan fell through.

The 2024 season was set to take place in the country Victorian town of Daylesford but has been forced to relocate just five months before production was scheduled to begin due to permit issues and complaints from locals, according to the Herald Sun.

The Block's Scott Cam.
The Block producers are ‘frantically’ trying to lock in a new location for season 20. Photo: Channel Nine

A source tells Yahoo Lifestyle that producers are “devastated” over the sudden change of plans, especially because they had spent over nine months preparing to film in Daylesford.

“The producers were so far along in the process that other options hadn't been considered,” the insider says.

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“So it is a mad scramble for Julian Cress and David Barbour who created and still produce the show. They have been frantically working through options with [the show’s architect] Julian Benchley to find a new location.

“They usually have the locations locked in 12 months in advance to make sure permits and everything are all in place, so I'd say production will be pushed back. It is too close to start all over again.”

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Where is the new season rumoured to take place?

While next year’s location is currently up in the air, fans can expect the popular series to stay in Victoria because of the show’s agreement with the state government.

However, it’s believed producers are currently looking at two very different replacement locations for season 20.

“Production is still wishing for a countryside escape but Nine are starting to push back and suggesting a seaside escape,” the insider shares.

“A fun 20th series by the bay in Melbourne would be great. If they can find a location in Albert Park or Port Melbourne that would be their dream but scouts are still looking at Yarra Valley and Castlemaine, so the net has been cast far and wide.”

What else do we know about the new season?

Channel Nine recently confirmed at their annual Upfront event that Scott Cam will be returning to host the show, while Neale Whitaker announced on Instagram in July that he will be back as a full-time judge for season 20.

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Casting is currently underway for the new season, however, there is potential for the new season to feature the return of some past contestants.

“There is still some chatter about bringing back some celebrated contestants for the 20th season but applications are still open for newbies,” our insider spills. “So the rumour is it will be half newbies and half returnees.”

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