It’s been one of the most popular reality TV shows in Australia for the past 13 years, but it appears The Block may have some competition when Channel Seven’s new renovation series premieres next year.
It was announced in June that Chris Brown will host a brand new show for the network titled Dream Home, which is based on the successful New Zealand series of the same name that aired from 1999 to 2013.
The reality programme challenges couples to transform a dilapidated house into their dream home to win a cash prize, and will be produced by the team behind Married At First Sight, MasterChef and Big Brother.
Following the announcement, The Block host Scott Cam has shared his honest thoughts on the rival series with Yahoo Lifestyle.
“Stay off my turf, Browny!” Scott jokes. “Chris is a great mate of mine and good luck to him.
“Competition is healthy and if his show rates reasonably well, that means that people are still interested in this style of television. As soon as they stop watching other shows or our show, then that's the end of that style.”
Scott went on to say that he’d never wish “bad luck” on anyone making TV because he knows firsthand how hard it is to do.
“We don't want them to beat us, of course, if they go head to head, but we don't want them to dismally fail,” he continues. “I know what it’s like.”
Why Scott Cam keeps coming back to The Block
Having hosted 17 seasons of the reality show since taking over from Jamie Durie in 2010, Scott says the reason he keeps coming back to The Block is that it combines his two greatest passions.
“I'm a carpenter by trade and I love the building game, and I like telly,” he remarks. “So the two combinations are perfect for me.”
The Gold Logie-winner adds that the Channel Nine series requires him to work seven days a week for three months during filming, followed by four to five months of post-production which he does from home.
“I've got to narrate 55 episodes of the show, which would be the most voiceover that anybody does in any television show, and I've been doing that for a long time,” he says. “So that’s not that hard, it’s just a bit tedious.
“I keep coming back because I love the show and I love the fact that we have new houses and new builds. We've got obviously new contestants, but I love to see the transition. That's what I love about building, the transition from day one to the day we move out. Because I always look at it and go, right, I’ve got to remember this when we get to the end because I love that transition of building.”
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