The Seven Network has confirmed Australia backyard design guru Jamie Durie is joining reality series House Rules in 2019 as a new judge.
Best known as the original host of The Block and Backyard Blitz for Channel 9, Durie has most recently been working as a guest presenter on TEN’s The Living Room.
Seven will be hoping the appeal of Durie will help freshen up the format of House Rules. After being a ratings blockbuster in 2017, House Rules struggled to maintain the same audience levels this year.
Durie’s genuine enthusiasm and passion for everything he does has won over audiences, combined with his charm and down-to-earth personality he's quickly become one of the most knowledgeable and innovative designers in the industry.
Having hosted 52 primetime design shows worldwide, authored 12 best-selling books, spent his career passionately committed to the environment and launched his own design business; Durie Design
House Rules host Johanna Griggs, will head up the team that sees Jamie joining the judging panel featuring British born international design style star Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen and Pacific Magazines general manager of homes and food and fellow judge Wendy Moore.
On joining House Rules, Jamie says:
“I couldn’t be more excited to be back at Channel 7. We built some great memories together. I’m looking forward to getting my teeth into all things design on one of Australia’s favourite design shows; House Rules”
Jamie’s evolved into a multi-disciplinary designer, specialising in the areas of architecture, interior design, landscaping, and Jamie’s greatest passion – furniture design. He’s on a mission to bring the outdoors indoors and reconnect people with their homes.
Drawing inspiration from the natural form, Durie’s one-of-a-kind furniture has been awarded 33 international design awards. Designs that now feature in the homes of Comedienne Chelsea Handler, Actresses Charlize Theron and Anne Heche, and Actor Bruce Willis.
Rikkie Proost, Channel 7’s Head of Unscripted Production says:
“We’re thrilled to welcome Jamie back to Seven. Durie’s expertise and keen-eye for design will be invaluable on House Rules.”
House Rules returns for its seventh season in 2019 on Seven.