The Block 2017 auditions: seeking contestants, sets recording dates

Angus Kidman 10 January 2017 NEWS


Nine's reality series starts its next renovation in April.

The official call for contestants in the 2017 series of The Block has now gone out.

Contestants, who must apply in pairs, have to be available for a 10-12 week shoot commencing in April 2017, according to the official site. Applications close on 4 February 2017,

To enter, you'll need to be between 18 and 65 (note: baby boomers Dan and Carleen did not do well in terms of public perception in 2016). "Previous home renovation experience is an asset, but not required from both partners," the site notes. "Long term couples, family teams and enduring friendships need only apply."

You can't work during the duration of the shoot, but contestants will be paid a "nominal weekly fee" for basic living expenses.

Rumours suggest that the 2017 series will be filmed at the Gatwick Private Hotel in St Kilda, though this hasn't officially been confirmed. It would be an absolute miracle if the show filmed anywhere other than Melbourne, however (only the first two seasons in were shot in Sydney). Given those filming dates, we'd expect the series to mirror previous years and transmit in the second half of the year.

The 2016 series, won by Karlie and Will, was a big ratings success for Nine.

If you're keen to apply, hit the site to sign up.

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