Search for The Block NZ contestants begins

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The search for next year’s Alice and Caleb, Loz and Tom, Alisa and Koan, and Pete and Andy has begun – the casting call for series three of The Block NZ is now open!

Producers are looking for four new teams – friends, family members or partners – to move into The Block NZ 2014, and star in the next series of the hit renovation-reality show.

The 2014 edition of The Block NZ will again see four New Zealand teams compete to renovate four dilapidated houses in an upmarket suburb – room-by-room, week-by-week, challenge-by-challenge – and sell them at auction for the highest price.

The teams can be couples, family members, or friends, and can come from anywhere in New Zealand, but all contestants must be over 18-years-old. Producers are looking for energetic people with a sense of humour and design flair. Previous home renovation experience might help (but it’s not required), but specialists in residential building and project management, painters and professional interior designers are excluded.

Once selected, the four teams will literally live and breathe their DIY project for the shoot, living on site in The Block NZ houses. There are no further eliminations; the winning couple is simply decided by the toughest judge of all, the real estate market. All four renovated houses will go to a LIVE TV auction, with The Block NZ 3 crown, and an additional cash prize, going to the couple whose property sells for the most over reserve.

In 2013, the series two contestants became household names as they worked around the clock to renovate and sell four North Shore houses. On auction night, Alice and Caleb were crowned winners of The Block NZ 2 and walked away with a life-changing $261,000. In 2012, inaugural winners Libby and Ben took home $237,000. Who will it be in 2014?

The Block is one of the biggest reality formats in the world, with a compelling blend of real estate dreams and high stakes drama that has made it a global phenomenon – and turned New Zealand into a nation of Block-o-holics.

It was TV3’s number one show in both 2012 and 2013, with 2,973,200 viewers turning in throughout the 2013 series (Nielsen TAM, 5+ cume).

The Block NZ 3 is produced by Eyeworks Television and will screen on TV3 in 2014.

HOW TO ENTER

· Simply fill out the online form at www.tv3.co.nz/theblock and tell us why you’ve got what it takes to be part of The Block NZ.

· Provide all the information you can and please remember to attach digital photographs of yourselves. Videos are welcomed too but are not compulsory, and cannot be returned.

· The successful teams must be available for a twelve week shoot period from late March 2014.

· You will be living in The Block NZ houses during the shoot and you will not be able to attend your usual place of work during this time. But a weekly allowance will be provided for you to take care of obligations back home.

‘One Million New Zealanders’ watched The Block finale

1,099,400 New Zealanders tuned in during last night’s two-hour finale of The Block NZ in which siblings Libby and Ben Crawford won the action-packed contest – and an amazing $237,000 – after a auction broadcast LIVE on TV3. (5+ cume reach.)

The sister and brother’s design flair and high standards of craftsmanship made them favourites in the contest, which saw four couples renovate four dilapidated houses with the goal of selling them at auction for the highest price.

The series has been a ratings success for TV3, and the final episode attracted an average audience of 491,600 Kiwis with viewership peaking at 628,500 in the final 15 minutes of the finale. (5+ average audience.)

MediaWorks acting Head of Programming Mark Caulton says the finale was a spectacular end to TV3’s biggest series of 2012.

“We are absolutely thrilled with the way Kiwis have embraced the show and the couples. The Block NZ has exceeded all our expectations.”

In the key commercial demographics, the finale won a 35.2% share in the 25-54 demographic, and was popular family viewing with a 34.3% share in the Main Household Shoppers with Children demographic.

The Block NZ was produced by Eyeworks Television for TV3. Foundation partners are Bunnings Warehouse, Kiwibank, Mazda and Wild Bean Cafe.

– TV3

TV3 to launch NZ version of ‘The Block’

TV3 is on the hunt for contestants for the first local version of international hit renovation-reality series The Block. The Block NZ will see four couples, from all over New Zealand, compete to renovate four dilapidated houses in a very upmarket suburb – room by room, week by week, challenge by challenge – and sell them at auction for the highest price.

All four couples will receive profits from the sale of their house at the live TV auction, and the winners will take home an additional cash prize of $80,000.

The producers are looking for energetic contestants from around New Zealand. The teams can be couples, family members, or friends, but all contestants must be over 18 years old. They do not need any DIY experience – the hopeful contestants can be homeowners, or not, and can have renovated in the past, or not. However, specialists in residential building and project management, painters and professional interior designers are excluded.

Casting call opens Friday 24 February at 5pm, simply follow the link below to express your interest. There will also be an in-person casting call on Saturday 3 March held at The TV3 Carnival (Ellerslie Auckland Race Club) as part of Auckland Cup Week. The ‘couple’ need to have had a close relationship for at least three years.

Once selected, the contestants will literally live and breathe their DIY project for the nine week shoot, living on site in The Block NZ houses. Once the four finalist couples have been selected, there are no further eliminations. The winning couple is simply decided by the toughest judge of all, the real estate market. All four renovated houses will go to a live TV auction, with The Block NZ crown going to the couple whose renovated house fetches the highest price on the night!.

Apply here: http://apply.touchdowntv.com/TheBlock.aspx