Block couple Sharon Johal and Ankur Dogra have declared they’ve given up hope on winning the home renovation competition amid the afterburn of a vicious critique from Shaynna Blaze.
The formerNeighbours actress-turned-lawyer and her accountant husband, whose main bathroom was ripped apart by Blaze on Sunday, are the two Block contestants with the least building experience, leaving them despondent in the early days of their build.
“We’re not even trying to win, we’re just trying to survive,” Sharon told the cameras in Wednesday night’s episode.
Unfortunately for the couple, their hurdles continued in the episode, with Sharon discovering she’d accidentally blown their budget on timber by mismanaging their funds.
“I just felt like I let everybody down,” she told producers.
“I was questioning why I was here, my ability to do anything of value in this competition.”
It comes after Blaze didn’t mince words when it came time to judge the first bathroom of the season, delivering some tough feedback to the least-experienced team.
Blaze and fellow judges Darren Palmer and Neale Whitaker went for their second walk-through of the five country properties on The Block: Tree Change during Sunday’s episode, and for the most part, their critiques were positive.
But when it came to Sharon and Ankur, Blaze savaged their “moody-luxe” bathroom.
“Just because you’ve put that type of tap, and that type of bath, does not make it heritage at all. If any house could get me angry, it’s doing this to that beautiful house we’ve walked through,” she said.
Blaze even asked the other two judges to start their critiques and come back to her, as the sight of the bathroom had put her “on the back foot”.
Whitaker was similarly disappointed, complaining the bathroom felt like a “pastiche” and didn’t feel “authentic”.
There was some positive feedback from Palmer though, who said he liked the room but still pointed out a few issues – tiling and an unnecessary internal wall – two things that would be very hard to change.
Blaze then continued her critique, announcing: “Honestly, it’s not a bathroom I’m feeling good in.”
It wasn’t all doom and gloom for the pair on Wednesday night, with Sharon managing to win a challenge along with $5000 prize money and the coveted Gnome, giving them a bonus point to play with.
The Block: Tree Change continues tonight from 7.30pm on Channel 9