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The Block 2022 season finale recap: The six things we learned from The Block’s auction disaster

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There weren’t many happy faces on Block auction day among the contestants. Picture: Supplied

“If anyone can explain to me what happened here, I’d love to hear it.”

Well, Scott Cam, you asked for it.

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6 things we learned from The Block 2022

The Block 2022 auction results

The reaction from fans

The Block producers have never started a season without claiming this season is bigger than any other season. But this year that claim was also the show’s biggest problem.

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The idea of focusing on country retreats after two years of Covid and working from home made sense, but creating five overblown multimillion-dollar compounds far, far from any recognised multi-millionaires’ row is where it all came unstuck.

Finding one super-rich family or investor willing to spend up big to live in Gisborne might have been doable.

The Block Tree Change auctions

Hard to find a happy face among the teams watching the auctions. Picture: Supplied

Finding five was always going to be a stretch. Finding five who would also be happy to be clustered close enough to their neighbours to watch them skinny dip made it a near impossibility, and so it proved at last night’s auctions.

No amount of vineyards, ice baths, pony enclosures or flying foxes was enough to draw people with Portsea and Mt Macedon money to a bare hillside in Gisborne. It was enough to make you wish for a tiny fake gazillionaire.

Winners at The Block 2022 auctions. Picture: Supplied

Omar and Oz are the only ones who can walk away smiling — winning a record sum for the show. Picture: Supplied

6 things we learned from The Block 2022

  1. The show stopped being relatable when the first vineyard went in.
  2. If you’re going to charge Portsea prices, you’d better be in Portsea (sorry, Gisborne)
  3. This show is stuffed if Danny Wallis ever gets a hobby and stops showing up. Ironic, because there’s not a Block fan who’d like to never see him again.
  4. It doesn’t matter how much the judges love tartan wallpaper — it doesn’t mean a thing on auction day.
  5. Make sure your auctioneer understands the meaning of the phrase “pass it in”.
  6. Elle Ferguson and Joel Patfull enjoyed a big warm mug of schadenfreude last night.

The Block 2022 auction results: How much did each home sell for?

Auction House Reserve Sold price Prize money
1 House 5: Omar and Oz $4.08m  $5,666,666.66 $1,686,666.66
2 House 1: Tom and Sarah Jane $4.08m $4,100,000.99 $20,000.99
3 House 2: Rachel and Ryan $4.08m Did not sell at auction: Negotiated sale for $4.25m $170,000
4 House 3: Ankur and Sharon $4.08m Passed in at $4.075m TBC
5 House 4: Dylan and Jenny $4.08m Passed in at $4.075m TBC

It all started promisingly enough. Omar and Oz kicked things off strongly thanks to their clever courting of a millionaire property investor who arrived in his Lamborghini and bid hard against serial Block pest Danny Wallis, who just keeps flogging his never-was-funny joke of bidding in random increments.

The Block Tree Change auctions

The bidding gag was never funny. Picture: Supplied

The pair’s bidding war saw the western Sydney mates pocket a whopping profit of $1,586,666.66, plus $100,000 for being the overall winners. Wallis walked away with their house, but without anyone to bid more than halfheartedly against him for the remaining houses, viewers endured one of the biggest Block anticlimaxes in years.

Tom and Sarah-Jane’s house was sold to Danny Wallis for a paltry $20,000 over the reserve. Lucky for them they won that car…

Contestants with Scott Cam during their auction. Picture: Supplied

Sarah-Jane actually took the auction disaster like a champ. Picture: Supplied

Sarah-Jane was visibly devastated, and no wonder. As plumber Tom said “I don’t expect to make a s***load of money, but I didn’t expect to make a massive loss.”

But irrepressible social worker Sarah-Jane had bounced back by the end of the show, confessing “I’m half cut”. She’ll have her pick of every reality show in Australia, such was her presence on The Block so don’t worry too much about her.

Ryan and Rachel fared better, taking home $169,000.95 in profit when Danny Wallis snapped up their house.

But Ankur and Sharon and Jenny and Dylan’s houses were passed in, despite Dylan and Jenny’s auctioneer seemingly embarking on a mission to get $1 over reserve against their very clear instructions to take it off the market if that looked the likely result.

Couples react with Scott Cam to The Block auctions. Picture: Supplied

”Get it off mate!” Picture: Supplied

Even Scott Cam seemed ready to blow a gasket when the auctioneer persisted.

“Get it off, mate!” He screamed as Jenny looked ready to storm out to grab his gavel.

Meanwhile, Danny Wallis must have sensed he wasn’t going to get enough screen time so turned his back on the auctioneer because one his low-ball bids hadn’t been entertained.

Early on it looked like the big drama of this finale was going to be the fact Ankur and Sharon weren’t penalised with a higher reserve for going over budget and not finishing their shed. In fact, all five houses had the exact same reserve of $4,080,000.

Group shots of the Block Tree Change auctions. Picture: Supplied

All teams ended up having the same reserve price Picture: Supplied

But while none of the other contestants looked particularly impressed at the fact the budget-challenged pair had seemingly got off scot-free, that soon paled into insignificance as the auctions unfolded.

Jenny and Dylan were devastated Tom and Sarah-Jane took their agent’s advice and chose to put them last in the auction order, but in the end, it wouldn’t have made any difference.

There simply weren’t enough bidders.

How fans reacted to The Block 2022 auction result

With widespread shock and disappointment among fans and insiders alike, around both the auction results and Danny Wallis’ behaviour – the backlash online was no surprise:


EP 50: Why The Block may have shot itself in the foot

EP 49: Omar and Oz hilariously skewer racists

EP 47 & 48: Blow up after Block tensions escalate

EP 46: Block foreman’s ‘insult’ has Ankur incensed

EP 45: Block twins step in to replace Shaynna, Neal

EP 43 & 44: Jenny mounts court battle against Omar and Oz

EP 42: Block teams go to war over budgets

EP 41: Block teams swarm serial auction pest

EP 39 & 40: ‘Lovely, but boring’: Blunt jab at Block’s nicest couple

EP 38: ‘Feral rat’ — sledging match erupts in Block house

EP 37: Omar and Oz decision ‘a big mistake’

EP 35 & 36: Scott Cam brutally cuts one team off

EP 34: Block duo voice fears of ‘racist’ show edit

EP 33: ‘Cheap film set’: Shaynna savages Block team

EP: 31 & 32: ‘Idiots!’ Nasty Block spat grows more toxic

EP 30: The Block’s most toxic relationship explodes

EP 29: Scott Cam penalises team for barter ‘cheating’

EP 27 & 28: Block contestant taken to hospital

EP 26: The Block left high and wet by supply problems

EP 25: ‘Kitchen without a soul’ — Block team roasted

EP 23 & 24: Ronnie’s Block return gets awkward

EP 22: “Get f****d’: What made Rachel explode

EP 21: Neale ‘traumatised’ by team’s messy effort

EP 19 & 20: ‘Designed to f*** you up’ Neighbours star snaps

EP 18: Scott Cam reveals Block’s worst spenders

EP 17: Omar & Oz go from heroes to zeros

EP 15 & 16: ‘Stop talking!’ Sharon and Ankur’s web of lies unravels

EP 14: ‘That’s a lie’: Gibe that kicks off a Block war

EP 13: ‘Bland’ — Neale slams Block team’s bathroom

EP 11 & 12: Block bathroom raising eyebrows with ‘70s porn vibe

EP 10: ‘Worst on the Block’: Sharon and Ankur slammed

EP 9: ‘I hate it here’: Block contestant’s meltdown

EP 7 & 8: Neighbours’ star in war of words with Shaynna continues

EP 6: Block contestant’s sledge at Shaynna

EP 5: Underdogs win due to unorthodox bathroom feature

EP 3 & 4: Bathroom fails prompt war games and waterworks

EP 2: Sour grapes and scandal as Elle and Joel quit without telling anyone

EP 1: The Block begins with tears, tantrums and a runaway team

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