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Reno Rumble is Coming and I’m not sure how I feel about it

House Rules Contestants on Reno Rumble

UPDATE: Check out Reno Rumble kitchen reveals and hear from the home owner’s!

Last weekend, while watching The Block, I saw the advert for Channel Nine’s new show, Reno Rumble. My first thought was, oh God no; surely the world doesn’t need more of this reality TV format. My second thought, after seeing that Nine had convinced old House Rules contestants to take part in the show was, well… that seems a bit unsavoury.

The feud between these two networks has been ongoing for years, and Nine’s securing of former Seven talent left a bit of a bad taste in my mouth, truth be told. Not that this doesn’t happen between networks all the time, of course.

That said, I shall keep an open mind about Reno Rumble, because who knows how this show will pan out. For those of you eager to find out more about it, here’s what the official press release, that came out today from Nine, has to say about it.

Kyal and Kara - Reno Rumble - The BlockThe Concept

Each week, contestants will travel across Australia to the home’s of everyday Aussies, renovating and making over not one, but two houses that sit side-by-side. This is where the whole House Rules vs The Block will come into play. Teams will compete to collect a $100,000 winner’s cheque (half going to the winning couple and the other half to the charity of their choice).

The renovated homes will belong to everyday couples who are in dire need of some transformative help. Each home will be judged by interior design experts, who have been briefed by the home owners on the style they want for their reno.

There’s no word yet on who these interior design experts are. Channel Nine, where was my phone call? I don’t imagine it’ll be Neale, Shaynna and Darren, or the press release would have mentioned them. Only time will tell.

House Rules Nick and Chris on Reno RumbleThe Teams

So, former Block contestants competing are: Josh and Jenna (2011), Kyal and Kara (2014), Michael and Carlene (2014) and Ayden and Jess (this year).

House Rules season one contestants include winners Carly and Leighton, runners-up Michelle and Steve, brothers Nick and Chris and newlyweds Jemma and Ben.

The show will be hosted by Scott Cam and is coming soon. No official date has been locked in as yet, but I imagine it’ll be right after The Block finishes. I’ll keep you posted!

>>> How do you feel about Reno Rumble? A good concept or a step too far? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below. Are you exhausted by all this reno reality TV or can you see yourself getting hooked?

(Images via smh.com.au)

Outside of writing this blog, Chris is an interior designer, presenter and author. He's also spent time on TV, on Channel 10's Changing Rooms, as well presenting segments on Channel 7's Sunrise and The Morning Show. If you'd like to book a design consult with Chris, you can find out more here

  • Karen


    Sounds like a good concept if they have a realistic budget and show how ordinary homeowners can afford to renovate by finding bargains, cheaper materials and recycling. Its no good having someone spending a ridiculous $20,000 on feature tiles for example. I like the idea of deserving people getting some help as long as it’s genuine. Good to know we’ll have some relief from ‘Block’ withdrawal symptoms.
    Looking forward to it!

    29 March, 2015
  • I’m so excited for Reno rumble!! Some of my artwork will be in one of the houses

    29 March, 2015
    • Aneta


      Do you know how can I apply???

      2 April, 2015
      • Diane bellamy


        My daughter and son-law are both hard of hearing They have 3 sons who are both deaf. Their house is really in need of a Reno make over. How much does it cost as they don’t have s lot of money
        Hope to hear from you
        Cheers Diane bellamy

        6 June, 2015
  • jourdan


    I can’t wait! I’m preferring House Rules to the Block now, but I just wish House Rules would reveal their budgets. But a mash up of the two should be good!! Really looking forward to it!

    29 March, 2015
    • Lisa


      I like the idea but worry Deanne Jolly may be back to judge. If that’s the case I just can’t do it.

      30 April, 2015
  • Yeah, I pretty much shouted at my TV the entire time that first ad was on. But.. I’ll still watch it, I’m a sucker like that.
    PS. #teamblock
    PPS. they should DEFINITELY ask you to judge!


    29 March, 2015
  • Jacquie


    can they please come and my house please please..

    30 March, 2015
    • I would love reno rumble to do my house please please please. Is that possible?

      24 May, 2015
  • Ben


    Whoever writes the ad for Reno Rumble should be hung, shot and buried. Then exhumed, cremated and their ashes flushed down the toilet.

    30 March, 2015
  • Emma


    I know I’ll end up watching it as I am a sucker for any renovation show but I feel it is all geared towards drama and ratings.. The element of design and styling has gone out the window a bit. Its nice to see real budgets and real people, as the Block renovations are certainly beyond the reach of the every day Australian. But that’s what I love about it, take that look and do it on a budget. Anyway will have to wait and see but I know I will be on the sidelines cheering and whinging all at the same time 🙂

    31 March, 2015
  • Glen


    How do u get your house on this Reno Rumble ,My house need a lot of work ,I don’t have a job & get no money form any sore & I use all of my saving to fix the house up so I could rent a room out to get some money to live ..& my kids wouldn’t be living in a house that falling down

    31 March, 2015
  • Joanne borthwick


    Can i register my house for the rumble my house is in need of some TLC how do u get on these shows.

    2 April, 2015
  • Tracey


    It would be good to see ‘newbie’ talented pairs going on the show instead of the same winners over and over again. Let others show their talents and win some prizes! I like getting to know the new contestants instead of rehashing the same. (I’ll still watch it anyway…..)

    2 April, 2015
  • Denise Azoulay



    2 April, 2015
  • Chantelle overy


    Very exciting! How can I apply to get our house renovated?

    5 April, 2015
  • Caroline


    Hi I would love to know how to apply to get my friends house done thanks Caroline

    5 April, 2015
  • Cheryl Stark


    I would love my house to be done as I have no idea

    6 April, 2015
    • paul


      ring a real tradesman /builder not one of these unlicensed no idea clowns that are really just labourers and cleaners non of these shows should be allowed and as for cam are they using his lic number.Cant believe
      he would be involved in this rubbish.Not a true trade just a money grabber limelight hunter

      6 May, 2015
  • Kim


    Reno rumble sounds great, but they need to have a realistic budget and have judges that think like real people not like some of these judges that don’t think like every day families and people. And how do I get them to do my house

    7 April, 2015
  • Carron Moona


    This show sounds amazing we can’t get enough of Reno shows.I know a lady in the small country town of Narrandera who really deserves the gift of a renovated home

    10 April, 2015
  • Diane Walker


    I don’t know any of the House Rules contestants but the contestants chosen from past series of The Block are some of my favourites, There is a villan team in every series, which I don’t enjoy. I don’t want to watch unpleasant people on TV, I get enough of that from work etc. Most are good people though, all good renovators, most are entertaining in a good way and should give good value to those wanting to learn reno and styling tips. I am looking forward to the show. I have no issues with it being a cross over from channel networks – its all good. Scotty is a good presenter – straightforward and fair. I hope they have Keith and Dan on this show too. They are good together. It would be good to see different judges, for sure. I like and respect Neil, Shayna and Darren but change is good.

    12 April, 2015
  • Kylie


    How do I entre a lovely person who is always doing things for others and leaves her house

    13 April, 2015
  • Rachael


    Mmm everyday houses that are in dire need of a renovation. One of those houses in Northcote sold for just under $900 000 only 2 years ago. As a real everyday home owner I can tell you that getting a loan for $900 000 does not make you an everyday kind of person. It makes you a quite well off person.

    14 April, 2015
  • kat


    Does it mean that the block winners of 2015 are revealed before being announced. Ayden and jess are in Reno rumble but they havent finished this years block yet, can anyone explain please?

    17 April, 2015
  • Uan Baldwin


    It has not started yet and We have had enough of this crap when will You give it a rest NO MORE THANK YOU

    18 April, 2015
  • I love the idea! I would also like to find out how to apply for assistance with renovating my home as my husband is away with the army lots and I have a back injury. My four kids don’t make it much easier either. I have been trying to get renovations done for the last two years but don’t seem to be getting anywhere.

    25 April, 2015
  • Tracey


    Would really like to have my house to be a project on this show…how do go about this…live in a little country town …

    1 May, 2015
  • Glynis


    Please tell me how to apply for a reno rumble ? I’m in desperate need of help I’m living in a half done house and I’m not getting any help

    5 May, 2015
  • Barbara


    How do you put your name down?

    12 May, 2015
  • Dave and Louise Watson


    How the heck do you enter into these shows. we cant find anything on upcoming interest???

    12 May, 2015
    • kylee Jenkin


      id like to nominate a real deserving single mum she owns her own home with 2 children her bathroom has sat unfinished for nearly 10 years, even though she has all the fixtures shower spa but none of it is operational.. also her kitchen is un finished big gas electric jag cooktop and only the gas hot plates work the oven need a sparky… Dionne suffers from fibromyalgia and is in contant pain and on disability…but still manages to be a amazing mum to her 2 kids..she owns her home and this would change her life..ive known dionne 25 years please could you contact me to explain how i can help change this little families life….kind regards

      7 June, 2015
  • Heather Phippen


    I never know how to find the place to submit my house to be done for something like this. Like people featured on the show I too have my own story that has been a life on struggle street. I’ve never had luck in the way of much but would give my eye tooth to be able to experience the chance. Maybe a competition ran on their sites to have the chance to let them know your story would be a good idea. Good show. I enjoy it. Inspirationall and informativ.

    12 May, 2015
  • Mary Deane


    Hi my husband and I are in major need of a major Reno done. My story is to long and sad to put on here how do we enter to have our house renovated.

    17 May, 2015


    I never miss your show as it inspires me. you have given me so many ideas. I have an old house at the beach that needs renovating. my house does not have a proper entry nor a entry to the back yard. Keep
    up with your good show

    2 June, 2015
  • Kylie Scerri


    Love these shows how do you apply to have your house renovated
    I have 2 children and I would love for our house to be renovated and updated

    5 June, 2015
  • Danielle Hill


    Our house & neighbors home are exactly the same design and have both been battling for years & we are in desperate need for some reno help for next season of reno rumble.
    Hope to hear from you soon 🙂

    8 June, 2015
  • lili lucaci


    Hi Reno, I just want to know what are the conditions to have your house renovated/ My name is Lili Lucaci I am from Melbourne, Endeavour Hills and my husband is in a weel-chaire.

    25 June, 2015
  • Peta Adams


    I’m probably too late but,,I’d like to nominate a very good friend ,,,, I have a wonderful friend here in Queenstown Tasmania, whose home is in dire need of a makeover , my friend Gayle has stage 4 Metastatic cancer & she is totally alone no partner,children or family.

    9 October, 2015
  • Nanette Eeles


    Would like to enter my neice and family . My neice donated a kidney to her mum a
    and is now fighting a brain tumour . I know her family is doing it tough

    2 April, 2016

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