After weeks of promotion, viewers were finally able to watch the debut episode of Network Ten’s new show The Renovators last night. To open the series, a huge challenge was given to the 26 contestants: they had to renovate a whole house, inside and out, in 48 hours. The judges checked their progress often to come to the conclusion of who they felt contributed most to the house’s makeover — their choice was 42-year-old secretary Joanne. As a result, Joanne was given the first keys to one of the six houses they’ll have to do-over later in the series, and she picked the ’60s suburban in Castle Hill.
Sound confusing? There’s a lot to digest, especially when we’re being introduced to 30 people (one host, three judges and the contestants) and the concept of a whole new show in one hour. The next two weeks will see the contestants competing in a series of more skills-based challenges that will determine who gets to work on which rundown house, and who they’ll be working with. Like MasterChef, it will air six nights a week, so if you want to follow the show properly it’ll take time. With just two weeks of MasterChef left and The Renovators set to take its timeslot, is it a show that will become part of your essential weeknight viewing?