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Poll: Brothers Pete and Andy Walker from television show The Block may become as synonymous a duo as Ches 'n' Dale, such is their popularity.
The pair – who work on a farm in the Catlins – have amassed a huge fan base and if the show was a popularity contest, they would likely win easily.
It would seem their laid-back outlook on life and laddish humour has endeared viewers.
"We have always joked about things when we get stressed," Andy said. "You find out pretty quickly you can't act on the show, the cameras are following you everywhere."
TV3's The Block follows four couples over 10 weeks while they each renovate a home. They also take on a variety of challenges.
This weekend the brothers are looking forward to the open homes, which have traditionally attracted thousands of onlookers. The contestants are treated as celebrities.
"We've done the hard work, so we're looking forward to meeting up with all the viewers and hanging out with the other contestants," Andy said.
The brothers are now recognised wherever they go and are enjoying their celebrity status.
"The response has been unreal – we are absolutely stoked with the massive support. It is pretty unreal, everyone seems to be positive. It would be the hardest thing to deal with negativity," Andy said.
"It seems like we are a celebrity everywhere but our home town," Pete added. "Our friends and family enjoy going to Palmy with us and having a laugh at how people react to us."
Although described on the show as being from Southland, they are Bulls boys, having attended Rangitikei College. Andy played rugby for Bulls and Marton clubs.
They entered the show while they were both working for their aunt in the South Island.
"She is the one who pushed us into entering the show and encouraged us to apply. We never thought we'd actually get down to the final four," Pete said.
Andy described the renovation weeks as a massive challenge.
"The lack of sleep and the compounding pressure with no breaks was the biggest challenge."
Fans on Facebook have called for the pair to have their own "Pete and Andy" show, with many commenting that their dry sense of humour was the reason they tuned in to The Block.
Asked if it was something they would be interested in, Andy said they never really planned anything in their lives.
"We didn't plan to go down south, or enter the show. But you never know – if you don't plan things, then you don't have any stress, you just deal with it when it happens. So who knows?"
The pair, who are also flatmates along with Andy's wife, Nikita, and "another bloke", are back living in Bulls and working on a family dairy farm while awaiting the outcome of The Block's final auction.
"Until we know the outcome we really have a handbrake on. We may make a lot of money or we may make nothing. Either way it's been an amazing experience," Andy said.
At this stage, it looks certain the boys will win the online popularity contest which will at least win them a new car.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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