Will The Block 2018 have eight teams competing?

Angus Kidman 25 June 2017 NEWS

The Block Gatwick Hotel

Planning documents suggest a record number of apartments.

The 2017 series of The Block hasn't even started yet, but we already know that the 2018 series will be set at the Gatwick Private Hotel. Now construction plans suggest the 2018 series could involve a higher number of contestants.

Plans for the Gatwick lodged with Port Phillip City Council show that the producers intend to convert the building to include eight apartments, the Herald Sun reports. The Block typically features five couples as contestants. With eight apartments planned, the number of contestants might well need to go up. Here are some of the possible scenarios:

  • The Block goes supersize, with eight couples competing for the final prize. The challenge there is that ensuring interest in all eight auctions might be difficult.
  • A slightly more likely scenario is that one or two apartments will be set as "challenge" apartments for the final weeks of the show, a strategy which has often been used in the past. But even with a pair of challenge apartments, that would still require six couples rather than five.
  • Another approach would be to start with the expected five couples, but then add another team or teams partway through the series. That kind of "intruder" approach is often used on reality shows.

We'll be waiting with interest to see how that issue gets resolved in 2018.

The reconstruction will include adding an additional storey to the building, though executive producer Julian Cress says that the existing design features will be retained.

"I am very confident that what we are wanting to do is very sympathetic to the heritage restoration of that building," Cress told the paper. "We would never want to destroy that anyway, frankly that was one of the main reasons were interested in it."

Filming for the 2017 series has already commenced , with transmission due in the second half of this year. As usual, we'll be recapping the series once it goes to air.

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