Despite an underwhelming result on Sunday night’s grand final of The Block 2011, where only Polly Porter and Waz Jones’ house was sold, things got better for some of the other contestants yesterday, when it was announced that Rod and Tania Walsh, and Josh Densten and Jenna Whitehead, had sold their houses and pocketed the respective profits ($72,000 and $50,000). So what about Katrina Chambers and Amie Godde? The sisters sold their house after Saturday night’s auction for the reserve price of $860,000, meaning they earned nothing back. However, Channel Nine have said, “We will be looking after them,” and The Block executive producer Julian Cress told the Sydney Morning Herald, “They’re terrific women, they gave a lot and they deserve something back — and we will do all we can to ensure they get it.” How do you think Katrina and Amie should be rewarded for their work?
Josh Densten and Jenna Whitehead now have more to celebrate than their recent engagement on the grand final of The Block 2011 — they’re $50,000 richer! The house they renovated on the popular reality series has been sold for $1 million; its reserve price was $950,000. It’s a great result for the couple, who had an unsuccessful night at Saturday’s auction after the house was passed in at $901,000. The couple said, “We always knew we had a million-dollar property. We’re thrilled with this result.” Josh added, “Jenna got the ring she’s always wanted and now we can have the wedding we’ve always wanted and really give our new venture Bicker Design Co. a good start!” Their happy news comes after Rod and Tania Walsh sold their house for $922,000. This now means the whole Block has been sold!
The Block’s Rod and Tania Walsh have sold their house for $922,000, making a huge $72,000 profit on their $850,000 reserve price. And the childhood sweethearts get to keep the profit! Popular couple Polly Porter and Waz Jones may have walked away as the winners of The Block 2011 on Sunday night ($115,000 richer), but Rod and Tania have done well for themselves as they were also handed the keys to a Toyota Corolla after a viewers’ choice prize and pocketed $5,000 for winning the final room reveal. The couple said, “We were so thrilled for Polly and Waz on auction night — they won the competition fair and square and we’re so happy they they’ve taken home the major prize. We’ve loved every day we’ve been on The Block and to get this result tonight is just icing on the cake.” Sisters Katrina Chambers and Amie Godde managed to sell their house for its reserve price of $860,000 after the auction on Saturday night, meaning they unfortunately didn’t pocket any money. Only Josh Densten and Jenna Whitehead’s house remains unsold at this point.
Cute couple Polly Porter and Waz Jones won The Block 2011 on Sunday night after a shocking result in which the Melbourne home they renovated was the only one sold at auction. After making a $15,000 profit on their reserve price, they were also rewarded with the $100,000 prize — a sweet end to what has been a rollercoaster of a ride for the past few months. We caught up with Polly and Waz yesterday afternoon for a quick chat on their thoughts on the auction, that Celebrity Apprentice rumour, and what they’re planning next.
Congratulations on winning The Block! What did you do to celebrate?
Waz: Nothing really outrageously official yet. We had to keep very tight-lipped from Saturday night until the show aired on Sunday night, and then we watched the final episode with all the contestants, our crew and our families! We knew we had a 5 a.m. start so we didn’t cause too much trouble.
What was going through your minds during the auction?
Polly: While Josh and Jenna were up there, I felt pretty sick for them. It was really disappointing that they couldn’t get one bid. And then when we came up, we had a lot of faith in Russell Cambridge, our auctioneer — he could get blood out of a stone. Once we hit reserve, we figured that some of the bids would start rolling ’cause someone was gonna walk away with a house. We were really excited when we found out we’d won a grand, and it kept getting higher and a bit higher! We didn’t think 15 grand would win us The Block. It was a pretty emotional time, that’s for sure.
Fan favourites Polly Porter and Waz Jones are the winners of The Block 2011! Their victory came at the end of a shocking result for the popular renovation series’ grand final last night, when Polly and Waz’s Melbourne home was the only one to sell during auction (for $855,000). The houses of the other teams — Josh and Jenna, Rod and Tania, and Katrina and Amie — failed to reach their respective reserve prices, while Polly and Waz made a $15,000 profit and went on to receive the $100,000 cash prize. (After the auction Katrina and Amie sold their house for the reserve price of $860,000.) Host Scott Cam has said, “Our hearts really go out to them all. Everybody on the show worked their guts out and we’re all shocked that there weren’t buyers for every home, although I’m sure there soon will be.” Nine Network Managing Director Jeffrey Browne, said: “I am not surprised at the auction results given the recent decline in the Melbourne property market. But, these properties represent excellent value and I expect them all to be sold very soon. This is reality television at its most real.”
Sunday night is going to be a Blockbuster one for Channel Nine! After teams Josh and Jenna, Polly and Waz, Rod and Tania, and Katrina and Amie have spent the past few months renovating their hearts out, it all comes down to tomorrow night, when the houses from The Block go up for auction at Richmond Town Hall in Melbourne. The houses were open for inspection at the beginning of the month and drew record crowds wanting to view the made-over homes. Josh and Jenna powered through the series and managed to win four of the room reveals — more than any other couple on The Block so far. But will their impressive efforts translate into the highest sale (and earn them the $100,000 prize)? Or do you think another team is more deserving? Who do you think will win The Block 2011?
The finale of The Block airs on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. on Channel Nine.