The Block winners Mitch and Mark call for a major judging shake-up 


The Block winners Mitch Edwards and Mark McKie have blasted the show’s judges in a blistering radio interview after pocketing $744,000 on auction day.

The stylish grandads said the trio of interior design experts – Darren Palmer, Neale Whitaker and Shaynna Blaze – weren’t qualified to estimate how much a home will sell for at auction and that a ‘real estate expert’ should be hired next year.

They told Nova’s Fitzy and Wippa that Sunday’s results prove the judges don’t always get it right, because their house won and the Packham twins’ house placed second – despite both teams being criticised for their design choices throughout the season. 

Opinionated: The Block winners Mitch Edwards (left) and Mark McKie (right) have blasted the show's judges in a blistering radio interview after pocketing $744,000 on auction day

Opinionated: The Block winners Mitch Edwards (left) and Mark McKie (right) have blasted the show’s judges in a blistering radio interview after pocketing $744,000 on auction day

The Sydney-based couple suggested producers hire someone who can properly assess how renovations will impact the sale price because Darren, Neale and Shaynna simply ‘aren’t good predictors of success’. 

‘The two houses, ours and the boys, that came first and second are not the houses the judges considered the best,’ Mark said on Monday.

‘So, you have to consider, and I keep saying this, you need a real estate expert in there. The judges are not good predictors of success on The Block.

‘Next year’s contestants: yep. You know what, you need to stick to your guns.’ 

Lacking skills: The stylish grandads said the trio of interior design experts, (pictured L-R) Neale Whitaker, Shaynna Blaze and Darren Palmer, weren't qualified to estimate how much a home will sell for at auction and that a 'real estate expert' should be hired next year

Lacking skills: The stylish grandads said the trio of interior design experts, (pictured L-R) Neale Whitaker, Shaynna Blaze and Darren Palmer, weren’t qualified to estimate how much a home will sell for at auction and that a ‘real estate expert’ should be hired next year

Salty: They told Nova's Fitzy and Wippa that Sunday's results prove the judges don't always get it right, because their house won and the Packham twins' house placed second - despite both teams being criticised for their design choices throughout the season

Salty: They told Nova’s Fitzy and Wippa that Sunday’s results prove the judges don’t always get it right, because their house won and the Packham twins’ house placed second – despite both teams being criticised for their design choices throughout the season

He added: ‘At the end, Shaynna was like, “Oh, I get it now. I have to eat my words,’ and I was like, “Well, get a big shovel, darl, ’cause there’s a lot of them!”‘

Mitch and Mark were crowned the winners of The Block on Sunday night.

They made the largest sum over reserve of all five Block houses at Bronte Court at auction, selling their home for $4,044,444 with a profit of $644,444.

Mitch, 59, and Mark, 60, also took home an additional $100,000, taking their total prize money to $744,444.

Congratulations! Mitch (left) and Mark (right) were crowned the winners of The Block Fans v Faves on Sunday night, taking home $744,444 in prize money

Congratulations! Mitch (left) and Mark (right) were crowned the winners of The Block Fans v Faves on Sunday night, taking home $744,444 in prize money

Coming in second: Twins Josh and Luke Packham sold their property for $3,930,000 with a $530,000 profit

Coming in second: Twins Josh and Luke Packham sold their property for $3,930,000 with a $530,000 profit 

Coming in second at auction was Josh and Luke Packham, who sold their property for $3,930,000 with a $530,000 profit.

The former Love Island stars created a modern four-bedroom, three-bathroom property with one of the biggest drawcards being the master bedroom and outdoor bathtub.

Tanya and Vito Guccione placed third, while Kirsty Lee Akers and Jesse Anderson finished fourth, selling their property for $4,401,523.67 with a $301,523.67 profit.

Placing last was Ronnie and Georgia, selling their property for $3,696,000.00 with a $296,000.00 profit.

Coming in fourth: Kirsty Lee Akers and Jesse Anderson sold their property for $4,401,523.67 with a $301,523.67 profit

Coming in fourth: Kirsty Lee Akers and Jesse Anderson sold their property for $4,401,523.67 with a $301,523.67 profit

THE BLOCK FANS v FAVES 2021 – AUCTION RESULTS 

Auction order:

House 1 – Ronnie and Georgia 

* Old reserve: $3.5 mil

* New reserve: $3.4 mil

* Sold for $3,696,000.00 with a $296,000.00 profit

House 2 – Mitch and Mark

* Old reserve: $3.5 mil

* New reserve: $3.4 mil

* Sold for $4,044,444.44 with a $644,444.44 profit + $100,000 prize money

House 3 – Tanya and Vito

* Old reserve: $3.5 mil 

* New reserve: $3.4 mil 

* Sold for $3,800,000.01 with a $400,000.01 profit

House 4 – Josh and Luke

* Old reserve: $3.5 mil

* New reserve: $3.4 mil

* Sold for $3,930,000.00 with a $530,000.00 profit

House 5 – Kirsty and Jesse

* Old reserve: $4.2 mil

* New reserve: $4.1 mil

* Sold for $4,401,523.67 with a $301,523.67 profit

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