DESPITE being considered the underdogs in Channel Nine’s new reality series The Block, ex-Orange resident Warwick Jones thinks he and partner Polly Porter just might have what it takes to win.
Mr Jones, son of Orange councillor Neil Jones and wife Libby Jones, said he and Ms Porter were thrilled to have made it through last night’s tough elimination.
“It was the most intense, stressful thing I’ve ever done,” he said.
The pair will now compete against three other couples to successfully renovate four dilapidated houses in Melbourne.
All couples get to keep the profit made from their house sale and the couple that makes the most for their house when auctioned will win the grand prize of $100,000.
Mr Jones understands why he and Ms Porter are being tagged the rookies of the competition as the only renovation work they have previously undertaken was to paint an apartment.
“[Our lack of experience] doesn’t bother us in the slightest,” he said.
“We’ve got the right attitude.
“Polly and I have complete faith in our ability and our positive attitude .... we’re definitely in it to win it.”
Mr Jones said their lack of experience means viewers will see a lot of “trial and error” as they attempt various renovation tasks.
“We have to learn from scratch to renovate an entire house ... I think people will be able to relate to our experiences.”
Mr Jones said the couple has had a lot of support from family and friends keen to see them do well.
“Dad’s very excited but I think mum’s a bit nervous ... I don’t think mum was quite ready for the scale of it.”
Despite the stress of the show, Mr Jones doesn’t expect it to impact on the couple’s relationship.
“We’re both very up front and we never let things get to boiling point.”