It’s one of Australia’s toughest renovations shows.
But producers of Channel Nine’s The Block were reportedly disappointed when there wasn’t enough conflict during the first week of filming, so they decided to ramp it up a notch.
Speaking to the Herald Sun, a tradesman on the show revealed that the production crew asked them to initiate drama when they realised the contestants were getting along.
Carpenter James Charles (L) revealed that producers on The Block were disappointed because there wasn’t enough drama in the first week of filming (pictured with co-tradie Steve Richie)
‘Everyone loved each other in the first week. Producers were saying it was too good,’ carpenter Jason Charles told the publication.
‘Dan and Keith [foreman] were actually asking us to fight back, but we didn’t have any arguments with them,’ he revealed.
Jason, who is working with New South Wales granddads Mitch and Mark, claimed it was ‘pretty full on’ trying to complete the first room – the guest bedroom.
Friends: All the contestants on this season of The Bock (pictured with host Scott Cam) were reportedly getting along well and ‘loved each other’
‘It was very strategic, the way you had to work,’ he admitted.
‘We were all trying to get on our feet and work out the best way to work with trades and Keith and Dan,’ he said.
Jason, who is the co-director of Charles Bros Building Contractors, had applied to be a contestant on the show.
No drama: Producers were reportedly asking the tradesman to ‘fight back, but we didn’t have any arguments with them’
But he is now glad he took the job as a builder on The Block instead, because he can ‘go home of a night.’
This year contestants are transforming former backpacker hostel, Oslo Hotel in the Melbourne suburb of St Kilda.
The property, which was built in 1861, made headlines after it was purchased by the shows producers for $10,815,000.
Bigger and better: This year contestants are transforming Oslo, a former backpacker hostel, (pictured) in Melbourne