The Nine Network has announced Vaucluse, an affluent eastern suburb of Sydney, as the new location for its third instalment of reality series, The Block.
Network personality and host of the program, Scott Cam, joked to The Sunday Telegraph ahead of its first shoot tomorrow.
"It's exclusive and expensive - of course it's a good fit for me.
"No doubt we'll be enforcing the strict noise regulations, given some of the neighbours."
Nine has also revealed the four couples that will transform the four apartment block over the next nine weeks:
- Erin and Jake - engaged sporting couple, Jake is currently training to represent Australia in kayaking at the next Olympics.
- Duncan and Mark - best mates who met in a hardware store 20 years ago.
- Brenton and Cheryl - a dating couple, he's a construction worker and she's a real estate agent with a passion for interior deign.
- Neisha and John - married four years, John works as a construction engineer while Neisha is a pre-school teacher.
Original creators and executive producers of the series, Julian Cress and David Barbour (Celebrity Overhaul, Celebrity Circus, The Chopping Block and Home Made), will be under pressure to mirror the success of the first two series. Cam also admitted to a few nerves himself before production begins.
"But my role is to direct traffic; this is about the couples and the intense work they have to do.
"Getting a room finished every week, while they go to work during the day - it's no holiday that's for sure."
As previously reported in TSR, The Block will return later this year following two successful series in 2003 and 2004. The show, formerly hosted by now Seven Network celebrity, Jamie Durie, was a ratings phenomenon. The first series averaged 2.4 million viewers an episode, while the final episode was watched by more than 3.0 million.
Nine will have more than just the multi-million dollar investment riding on its performance, but also its controversial decision to return the format after so long.
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