One of the most competitive and hard-fought series in The Block’s history came to a stunning conclusion at last night’s auctions as carpenter Josh Barker and his model girlfriend Elyse Knowles scored the winning margin.The win was sealed as the hammer came down at $3,067,000. The price was $447,000 over their reserve price and enough to secure them an additional $100,000 in prizemoney, allowing the twenty-something duo to pay off their mortgage and continue their passion for renovating family homes.
The secret bidder for their home, who only registered one hour before proceedings commenced, was one of Australia’s favourite comedians, Dave Hughes.
In a shock twist, Josh and Elyse’s main competitors in the show, Ronnie and Georgia, brought even more drama to the finale when their auction stalled at $2.6 million and host Scott Cam had to intervene. He instructed their agents to pass the property in and the subsequent negotiations saw their house sell for $2,781,000, earning the professional renovators $161,000 over reserve and third place for the night.
Ahead of them in second place were Melbourne battlers Jason and Sarah. The oldest couple on the show took home a life-changing profit of $387,000 as their house sold for $3,007,000.
Fan favourites and best mates from NSW, Sticks and Wombat, claimed fourth place when their house went under the hammer for $2,650,000. They walk away with a profit of $130,000.
In the final auction of the night the reno rookies from Townsville, Clint and Hannah, earned themselves $95,000 over reserve when their house sold for $2,615,000.
Season 13 of the The Block proved lucky for all five couples who walk away winners despite going up against a record-breaking number of auctions in Melbourne.
Host Scott Cam along with Shelley Craft and the gang will be back to challenge a fresh batch of Blockheads when the program returns for its 14th series at The Gatwick in Melbourne in 2018.