The Block team was forced into action after two of this season’s contestants dramatically left the show just three days later.
The producers of Nine The Block’s reality series were forced to act quickly after two of this season’s contestants left the show just days after filming began.
As The Daily Telegraph reports, influencer Elle Ferguson and her fiancé, former AFL player Joel Patfull, had to give up the season after Patfull’s mother suffered a bad fall.
Patfull, formerly of the GWS Giants, and fashion and beauty blogger Ferguson are said to have traveled to Adelaide, where Patfull’s mother Trish is receiving treatment for a possible brain haemorrhage, fractured coccyx and broken wrist.
“Wherever you are in the world. Whatever you do. Family always comes first,” Ferguson wrote on his Instagram Stories yesterday, sharing photos of the couple returning to Adelaide with all their Block luggage.
Their departure a few days only in the shooting sheets The blockk a couple down for this season – but in a statement to news.com.au today, a spokesperson for Nine confirmed a replacement couple had already been chosen.
“Over the weekend we were surprised to see one of our new competing teams leave The block a few days after filming the upcoming season. We wish them all the best for the future and are delighted to have chosen two new Aussies for the opportunity of a lifetime on The block. The block tree change will air as scheduled later this year,” the statement read.
The departure of the couple – the first time in the history of The block a crew quit the show – came after filming for the season halted before it even started earlier this month.
The Daily Telegraph reported on April 6 that filming had to be pushed back when a contestant returned a positive Covid result the day before filming began.
It’s been a bumpy start to what will be a very different season from The block: After 17 seasons largely dedicated to transforming properties in Melbourne’s city centre, for the first time the show will head to a regional venue, in Gisborne South near the Macedon Ranges, where contestants will be tasked with transforming homes the country.
Host Scott Cam is also expected to refurbish his own Block property on the show for the first time.
The Block’s ‘biggest infidelity scandal’
This year’s first hiccup comes after a tumultuous Fans vs Faves season of The block in 2021, which was marred by a cheating saga that resulted in a series of ugly matchups between the teams.
It all started when controversial Melbourne couple Tanya and Vito took and distributed a picture of the top-secret production schedule with the help of the island of love twins Josh and Luke.
Host Scott Cam was forced to scrap the original schedule and revamp the entire plan, telling Nova’s Fitzy and Wippa it left him “scrambling to save this show” and calling the contestants cheating of “non Australians”.
Viewers also criticized the season – particularly Tanya and Vito for their apparent lack of remorse – with the pair ultimately placing third overall.
Meanwhile, Block winners Mitch and Mark, who took home nearly $650,000 in profit on the sale of their home for $4,044,444.44called for the judges to be fired after receiving consistently low scores each week.