It’s that time of year, Creatives; House Rules 2017 and The Block 2017 are soon to hit out TV screens. While word on the street is that the latter won’t land for months to come, Channel 7’s home reno reality series is set to debut much sooner.
The one noticeable difference this year is that you won’t see Joe Snell on the judging panel. There doesn’t seem to be any word on why Joe is not present year (I searched news feeds, Twitter and Instagram). But onwards and upwards, as they say. Channel 7 has replaced Joe with two new judges; Brit Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen and Aussie architect Drew Heath.
New Season, New House Rules judges
Laurence I know from the UK version of Changing Rooms, which I used to watch on free-to-air as a teenager (showing my age and his). He’s out there, flamboyant, and not backward in coming forward. He’s set to be the harsher judge, he admits.
“I’m incredibly passionate about encouraging Australians to discover the potential within their own home,” Laurence says of judging House Rules 2017. “I do have a reputation for being quite tough… and that’s putting it mildly, but when people are just creating show rooms for the hell of it they’re not creating their dream home. I feel we all have the ability to unveil the hidden magic in which we reside”.
Drew’s approach to the judging panel I expect to be a softer one. Inspired by handmade and handcrafted home design, he says that he’s looking forward to stepping into the experience.
“House Rules is an exciting opportunity for me to do something completely different. I see the house as the most important place for our well-being so it will be interesting and difficult to judge others as it makes you think about your own principles. I look forward to being inspired by the teams who come from all walks of life”.
Griggsy is back!
Johanna Griggs will host House Rules 2017 along with returning judge Wendy Moore and interior designer Carolyn Burns-McCrave. I don’t have an official release date for you yet, but expect news delivered straight to you as it comes in. And a whole season of Monday morning recaps and judging from yours truly!
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What are your thoughts on these two new judges? I’d love to hear what you think of the House Rules 2017 makeover.