Underdogs Steve and Chantelle have taken out The Block in a record-breaking night of auctions.
In a fairytale finish, the Melbourne pair who had no renovating experience stormed home in the final auction of the night to be crowned the winners of The Block Fans v Faves.
The couple, who struggled in the early stages of the competition, produced an apartment that brought judge Shaynna Blaze to tears upon completion. And the bidders agreed, handing over $2,470,000 for Apartment 1 – the biggest sale price of the night and the highest price in Block history.
The record-breaking price was a staggering $636,000 over reserve. Added to their $100,000 prizemoney, Chantelle and Steve walked away with a cool $736,000.
It was a night of elation for all couples, as each pairing collected more than half a million dollars profit for their gruelling work and personal sacrifice.
Runners-up were Adelaide twins Alisa and Lysandra in Apartment 3. Their warehouse conversion sold for $2,375,000 – netting them a profit of $616,000 over their reserve.
In third place were the Super Ks, Kyal and Kara from the NSW Central Coast, in Apartment 2. Their apartment sold for $2,440,000, giving them a profit of $567,250 over the reserve.
And in the first auction of the night, Brad (East Maitland, NSW) and Dale (Geelong, Vic) in Apartment 4 made a profit of $507,250 when their apartment sold for $2,310,000.
In total, all contestants earned a staggering $2,426,500 last night for turning a dilapidated shell of a building into four high-end, luxury warehouse apartments.
Michael Healy, Director of Television for the Nine Network, said: “It is a great result for the couples who have worked relentlessly to turn a shell of a building into four sought-after luxurious homes. This project required real entrepreneurial spirit and hard work. I’m really happy for all concerned.”
Julian Cress, Executive Producer, said: “Last night's results were nothing short of phenomenal and are testament to the hard work put in by all contestants. Huge congrats to Chantelle and Steve but I'd like to pay particular thanks to those true gentlemen, Brad and Dale, for putting their hands up and volunteering to be first in the auction order. They knew they had a number of cashed up buyers eager to bid and their auction really set the scene for everyone and delivered the greatest gift to their neighbours.”
The Block Fans v Faves was the toughest series ever, with the building in O'Grady St, Albert Park, initially having no walls, no ceilings and no floors. Our Blockheads endured heatwaves, flooding and slept in tents in the Melbourne cold. But they produced four stunning high-end, loft-style apartments, and that was reflected in the frenzied bidding from would-be buyers.
Host, Gold Logie nominated Scott Cam, finished the series by doing a fully clothed "bomb" into the pool.
The Block will return later this year for another series.
A total of $8,131,501 has now been won across eight series of The Block.