The Block contestants dish up goss

Last updated 11:15 22/08/2014
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THE BLOCK NZ 2014: Clockwise from top left, Jo and Damo, Alex and Corban, Maree and James and Quinn and Ben.

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In four days time, the third season of The Block NZ will be hitting our television screens, with TV3 again playing host to the Kiwi reality programme.

According to an unscientific poll done here on Stuff.co.nz - 60 per cent of the 3,425 readers who responded apparently won't be watching the show. However, we have a feeling it is one of those 'shameful TV indulgences' that people don't admit to, like watching Shortland Street or The Kardashians.

With the contestants already renovating for a few weeks, and life on The Block well underway, we get some inside scoop from the new teams on what to expect when the show begins next week ... 

JO & DAMO

How have you found your first few weeks working on The Block NZ? 

Jo: The first few weeks have been a taster of what is to come. I'm having a blast, but it is really full on!

Damo: Getting use to the busy schedule, waking up to a camera in your face and sleeping on a leaking lilo, apart from that - it's luxury!

How does it differ to what you have seen on the last two seasons of The Block NZ?

Jo: I think the standard of what is being produced this season is so high, it's extremely tough competition. 

Damo:  It's nearly a new build as there is only a small part of the old houses and then all new framing. We are designing for a high end market.

What can viewers expect to see from your individual team in the first few episodes?

Jo: A mix of laughs and drama, and hopefully some great design.

Damo: A few laughs and giving the city boys some grief.  

Will you be able to set aside some time to watch the first episode when it airs? 

Jo: I can't wait to see the first episode, I'm sure I'll find a way of getting in front of a TV for it!

Damo: If we get a TV! It should have been the first challenge - build a room with a large couch and huge TV!! 

ALEX & CORBAN

How have you found your first few weeks working on The Block? 

Alex: It's been an interesting journey thus far. It was definitely a shock to our usual routine and comforts.

Corban: We are living in a hut, showering in a muddy backyard, and cooking from a BBQ every night. Regardless of our 'homeless' situation, we are having so much fun!

How does it differ to what you have seen on the last two seasons of The Block NZ?

Alex: It is a completely different game this year. In previous seasons, they are working from entire pre-existing structures. But this year, it seems that the only pre-existing portion is a nook at the end of the house, and everything else is starting from scratch!

Corban: It's definitely going to be a challenging couple of months ahead, and you may even see teams not finishing rooms for the first time on The Block NZ.

What can viewers expect to see from your individual team in the first few episodes?

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Alex: A lot of talking and singing to myself in the car. And Corban working really hard! 

Will you be able to set aside some time to watch the first episode when it airs next week? 

Alex: We would love to see the first episode!

Corban: Yeah, but I feel that's unlikely - since we are probably going to be up all night painting something.

QUINN & BEN

How have you found your first few weeks working on The Block? 

Quinn: So far the block has been super fun and not too tiring yet, but I'm sure that's to come

Ben: The first few weeks have been a roller coaster of emotions and we have experienced all of them in the extremes already!

How does it differ to what you have seen on the last two seasons of The Block NZ?

Quinn: So far it hasn't been as full on as it seems to have been in previous seasons but it's early days and I know that's not going to last.

Ben: The teams seem to be keen to keep it very civil and we are like one big happy family - at the moment anyway.

What can viewers expect to see from your individual team in the first few episodes?

Quinn: That Ben and I are definitely the least experienced when it comes to renovating. 

Ben: You will very quickly learn that Quinn is one of the funniest, craziest, most loving and caring girls that you'll meet. And that I'm a weirdo.

Will you be able to set aside some time to watch the first episode when it airs next week? 

Quinn: If we had a TV on site I'd loooove to watch the first episode 

Ben: It would be so strange to watch us on TV. I'm not sure how I feel about it yet - haha.

MAREE & JAMES

How have you found your first few weeks working on The Block? 

Maree: Tough! But I love it. The Block has already proven that I am tougher than I think. I'm constantly surprising myself with what I can do - like sitting on the very top of our house bailing out water, and scaring the crap out of myself and everyone else by being up there. It's also shown me how determined I am to complete and do an amazing job with this house.

James: It's even harder than it looks on TV, but it's really exciting and we are learning heaps.

How does it differ to what you have seen on the last two seasons of The Block NZ?

Maree: It kind of is what I expected it to be, but learning to deal with life on a building site has been very challenging. I'm used to things getting done efficiently and in the expected times. On a building site it's very different.

James: The build is completely different to previous years. It will be exciting to see the end result.

 What can viewers expect to see from your individual team in the first few episodes?

Maree: A few disagreements, testing moments, us surprising ourselves with what we can achieve, and a lot of determination.

James: A bit of a roller coaster start, but really happy with what we can achieve. 

Will you be able to set aside some time to watch the first episode when it airs? 

Maree:  I totally want to watch the first episode but I have a feeling we will be up doing some work.  We get no rest! 

James: I don't know if I can watch myself on TV and we probably won't have time. 

- The Block begins next Tuesday on TV3 at 7.30pm (and airs weekly Tuesday-Friday). 

- Stuff

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