The Block winners Omar and Oz have confirmed reality TV’s worst-kept secret; that they have had an ongoing feud with the other contestants on the show.
Omar and Oz won this year’s season of The Block by a huge gap – they walked away with $1,586,666.66 in profit, plus an extra $100,000 in prize money for winning. The next closest couple, Sharon and Ankur, made just $170,000 on their house. As of now, one house – Jenny and Dylan’s – still remains on the market.
However, Omar and Oz’s triumph was overshadowed by speculation that they have a personal relationship with one of the men, Adrian Porter, who was locked in a bidding war for their property.
Although Omar and Oz’s house sold to Danny Wallis, he battled two other fellow bidders who drew up the price. One of those bidders was multi-millionaire Adrian Portelli, who left the auction immediately after he failed to win Omar and Oz’s house and didn’t stick around for the auctions on fellow contestant’s houses, which are very similar.
Adrian has since defended himself against “dummy-bidder” claims and ended up buying Sharon and Ankur’s house in post-auction negotiations.
Now, the winning pair have told Daily Mail Australia that they haven’t spoken to any of the other The Block contestants since the show wrapped filming.
“It’s a competition, right? They knew from week one, we were the ones to be careful from,” Omar said.
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He added, “they didn’t receive anything in the end. We did win the Block. They are doing their own thing and going back to their lives.”
Oz agreed, saying: “If we do see them, we would say hello but we’ll just let them be at the moment.”
Omar and Oz’s $1.68 million profit is the highest in the history of The Block. Speaking of their result, he said: “After our auction, we were pretty happy. We felt as though everyone would walk away with some money because it was a lot higher reserve. So it’s pretty disappointing. I think it kind of puts a damper on how we initially felt.”
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