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Judge Darren Palmer on what it’s REALLY like to star on The Block

Season 14 of home renovation series The Block has just gotten underway.

And in The Sydney Morning Herald’s Domain lift-out on Saturday, Block judge Darren Palmer revealed what it’s really like to star as a contestant on the show.

The interior design expert said that ‘it’s not all peaches and cream’. 

‘It’s not all peaches and cream!’ Judge Darren Palmer (pictured) has revealed what it’s REALLY like to star as a contestant on home renovation series The Block

Darren stressed just how challenging The Block’s working conditions are: ‘The timeframes are around a third to a quarter of real-life timeframes.’

The resident judge went on explain that contestants have to ‘choose tradesmen who can work on top of each other’ and a builder ‘who understands and respects you and your vision’.

And while you might enter the competition with a surge of enthusiasm, it may quickly erode.

‘Confidence is a great asset in the show and the erosion of confidence is a death knell to any contestant on The Block,’ Darren said. 

Character building? 'Confidence is a great asset in the show and the erosion of confidence is a death knell to any contestant on The Block,' Darren said. Pictured is current stars Hayden, 45, and Sara, 31

Character building? ‘Confidence is a great asset in the show and the erosion of confidence is a death knell to any contestant on The Block,’ Darren said. Pictured is current stars Hayden, 45, and Sara, 31

The contestants of the latest season of The Block are renovating Melbourne’s infamous Gatwick Hotel, where murders, stabbings and drug overdoses took place.   

The Gatwick – which is located on Fitzroy Street in St Kilda – became a boarding house in the 1970s.

It became known as a ‘festering fleapit’ – a cheap St Kilda rooming house that was a refuge for Melbourne’s down and out.

It was a rooming house until it closed last year.

Location, location: The contestants of the latest season of The Block are renovating Melbourne's infamous Gatwick Hotel (pictured), where murders, stabbings and drug overdoses took place 

Location, location: The contestants of the latest season of The Block are renovating Melbourne’s infamous Gatwick Hotel (pictured), where murders, stabbings and drug overdoses took place 

A News.com.au report from May 2017 described it as ‘a place where you can be murdered in your room, robbed, bashed or offered a variety of drugs among the cockroaches, addicts and prison parolees’.  

In June, host of the show, Scott Cam, 55, spoke about the hotel on the Today show and admitted that ‘some dodgy colourful colours lived there’.

‘It was an iconic building in Melbourne. It was very famous in the thirties and fell into disrepair… we’ve bought it back to its former glory,’ he stated.

The hotel is being transformed into large units, which will no doubt sell for millions once completed and when they go under the hammer.

Candidly speaking: In June, host of the show, Scott Cam (pictured), 55, spoke about the hotel on the Today show and admitted that 'some dodgy colourful colours lived there' 

Candidly speaking: In June, host of the show, Scott Cam (pictured), 55, spoke about the hotel on the Today show and admitted that ‘some dodgy colourful colours lived there’ 



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