Blockheads have been eagerly counting down to Australia's most successful reality program's 15th season.And now Channel Nine has announced The Block 2019 will premiere on Sunday, August 4 at 7pm.
Five couples will renovate and transform the neglected Oslo Hotel in St Kilda in one of the show's biggest renovations since it began in 2003. Scroll down for video
It's back! The Block season 15 premiere date is finally revealed as five teams prepare to renovate St Kilda's The Oslo in one of the biggest transformations ever. (Pictured: 2019 cast with longtime host, Scott Cam)
The Block: This year, the Blockheads will be renovating The Oslo Hotel (pictured) in St Kilda, which is approximately five minutes from last year's site, The Gatwick
In a video shared to social media on Sunday, Channel Nine revealed the air date with a small clip of the dilapidated building.RELATED ARTICLES
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Share'This year we're back to houses,' the brief video said.
Like previous years, this year the contestants will be completing for $100,000 in prize money and any profit made when their apartments go under the hammer at a live public auction later this year.TESS AND LUKE, CAIRNS, QUEENSLAND Tess and Luke were so desperate to get on the show that they applied four years in a row.
The newlyweds admitted that after constant rejections by Nine, they were 'a little miffed' and 'almost dirty', but are so excited to tackle The Block this year. Will they win? Pictured are newlyweds Tess and Luke, from Cairns, Queensland'We work pretty well under pressure,' Tess, 28, said in the couple's official bio.
'Only because we tend to leave everything to the last minute. It means we don't second-guess ourselves,' she added.
The pair have recently completed a renovation of their own in Queensland, and plan to 'flip houses' after appearing on the show.Tess is a media sales partner, while Luke, 30, is a carpenter. El'ISE AND MATT, PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA
El'ise and Matt not only have experience in renovating, but are also incredibly motivated, and are participating in The Block for their three kids. The couple admitted that when they first welcomed their children, they struggled financially.
'We had the three kids, bought our first house, renovasi kamar
and went down to one wage,' Matt, 39, said in their official bio.
In it to win it! El'ise and Matt (pictured) not only have experience in renovating, but are also incredibly motivated, doing The Block for their three kids'It put a massive financial strain on us.'El'ise, 33, is a fashion manager, while Matt is a carpenter. They first applied for the show last year, but are now finally ready to compete. 'It wasn't the right time for us last year,' El'ise said.
'We went through an emotional time with it all and we questioned
ourselves - was it something we did or didn't do?'JESSE AND MEL, MELBOURNE, VICTORIA Fans of the show may remember real estate agent Jesse from the series last year. He appeared as an auctioneer who sold Hans and Courtney's apartment. This year, the 29-year-old is participating with girlfriend Mel, 31, a contracts administrator.
Familiar face! Fans of the show might remember real estate agent Jesse from the series last year. This year, the 29-year-old is appearing on the show with girlfriend Mel, 31, a contracts administrator (pictured together)
After being together for three years, the pair call each other their 'secret weapon,' as Mel is organised and Jesse is great at talking to people.
They are planning their future together and one day want to get married and start a family, but are not fussed on the order of which they do things.
'We definitely want to get married, but we want to get a house and have kids first. Marriage is just a bonus. We don't need that piece of paper,' Mel said. MITCH AND MARK, SYDNEY, NSW
Dubbed the 'stylish grandads,' Mitch, 56, and Mark, 57, have been together for 14 years and have renovated several properties together with no building experience.
But they're ready to give The Block their best shot this year, and say they aren't expecting to fight on the show, because their bond is that strong.
Going for gold! Dubbed the 'stylish grandads,' Mitch, 56, and Mark, 57, (pictured) have been together for 14 years and have renovated properties together - with no building experience'The way we operate under pressure is pretty different but it works,' Mark said. 'Mitch always thinks there's a solution for everything, and he's very positive.'
He added: 'He's a problem solver. I will say let's work through it. Give me the facts, we'll get to a decision.' ANDY AND DEB, WALLABI POINT, NSWAndy, 48, is a stand-up comedian, while Deb, 46, owns her own homewares store.
The 'childhood sweethearts' have renovated an impressive five properties together and share children.
The pair recently shared their family heartbreak, revealing their youngest children suffered from severe eczema - so are used to running off no sleep.Speaking about their son Tyler, Andy said: 'His face looked like he belonged in the burns unit.'
How will they fare? Andy, 48, is a stand-up comedian, while Deb, 46, owns her own homewares store (the couple are pictured)
'And we couldn't treat it, because we couldn't find the right combination of drugs. We had to wet-dress him all the time.' Deb added that they'd often drive their son around because he couldn't sleep.
'Often I would pop him in the car, bandage him, give him some medication like antihistamine or something, and try and distract him by driving,' she said.
This year, the Blockheads will be renovating The Oslo Hotel, which is approximately five minutes from last year's site, The Gatwick. The Oslo was built more than 150 years ago after the Victoria Gold Rush.
In an official statement, host Scott
Cam said of the building: 'At the start I looked at this and thought that's impossible.'
He added: 'Here we have double the size of what we did last year, and more than six times the size of the original Block in Bondi back in 2003. That's a big ask.'
According to Homes To Love, the site will be turned into five townhouses - each with their own elevator - and was reportedly purchased by Nine for a whopping $10.8 million.
Will they rise to the challenge? In an official statement, host Scott Cam said: 'At the start I looked at this and thought that's impossible'
Read more: The Block 2019: Tess and Luke, QLD - nine.com.au
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