The Block contestant Tom Calleja has commented on his co-stars Oz and Omar’s “connections” that he believes helped them win the show.
ICYMI, Omar and Oz won the show by a landslide – 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. Meanwhile, Tom and Sarah-Jane made just $20,000 for their time on the show.
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.
While Adrian has since defended himself against the allegations, he also posted a photo of him sitting in the spa with Omar and Oz just days after the finale.
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Tom has since commented on the men’s win and suggested that he believes Adrian’s bids were pre-arranged by Omar and Oz.
“It’s a game at the end of the day,” Tom told Now To Love. “I don’t think it’s rigged. If I was friends with someone with a lot of money, then why not get them involved?” he added of Adrian Portelli. “We just don’t have those connections.”
Last week, Omar and Oz confirmed a speculated rift between them and the other contestants and said they hadn’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.
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.”
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