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A confession and hidden camera footage: Everything we know about The Block's cheating scandal.

In case you missed it, The Block is back and it's safe to say this season of the reality TV renno show has no shortage of drama. 

2021's The Block: Fans v Faves sees five teams renovating five family homes in a cul-de-sac in the Melbourne suburb of Hampton. The contestants are battling it out to win a sweet $100,000 in prize money, on top of the profits their home makes on auction day. 

Of course, everyone's favourite tradie Scott Cam is back, as well as co-host Shelley Craft, judges Neale Whitaker, Shaynna Blaze and Darren Palmer, foreman Keith Schleiger and former Blockhead Dan Reilly.

Watch the trailer for the new season of The Block. Post continues below. 


Video via Channel Nine. 

This season will also have some pretty big changes from the usual format. For the first time, contestants are building basements in their homes. And just to make things even more difficult, they won't be given any plans for their houses this year. 

But that's not all, of course. 

As has been teased in weeks of trailers, it looks like we're in for a big ol' cheating scandal.

Here's everything we know about The Block Fans v Faves "biggest cheating scandal in TV history"

A cheating scandal. 

No reality TV show is complete without a scandal. And The Block is currently in the middle of a juicy one. 

"Never in the history of The Block has anyone dared to shatter the rules and destroy the game. You'll never believe what's about to go down," a voiceover says in one of the show's promos. 

On Sunday night, we discovered that twins Josh and Luke had a photo of The Block’s production schedule, which fellow contestants Ronnie and Georgia said helped them secure their first win in the master room challenge.

"The photograph, taken in my office of our production schedule, then handed around The Block," said Scott Cam. 

"We're talking room reveals, challenge days... It's beyond rude, it's a slap in the face to everyone involved. Unbelievable."

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Then in another twist last night, Tanya and Vito came forward to announce that they had a part to play in the scandal. 

It all kicked off when Luke told Vito that the truth needs to come out once and for all. 

"Vito, we need to resolve this now. It’s all going to be fine, but they’re nailing me and Ryan. It just has to be resolved. We have to do it now," Luke told Vito, who then called his wife to return to the worksite. 

"I’m not taking responsibility, things have gotta be sorted out, you know what I mean," Vito told Tanya. 

After returning to The Block, Tanya fronted the camera with Luke to explain what really happened. 

"So basically, the boys last night inspired me to come forward. That was really brave of them to 'fess up and talk about what happened with the schedule scandal," she said.

Tanya then shared that she was sent the photo via a text message from an unknown tradie. 

When the producer asked if the text was sent to her 'Block number' she responded, "Yes", before immediately correcting herself to say, "No, it was my personal phone number". 

Tanya then explained that she showed the photo to her husband, who didn't want to get involved, before sending it to Luke to find out if other people had seen it. 

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"So that is the truth, Luke got it from me, but I got it from an ex-tradie from The Block," she said.

"I could have kept the number and I could have kept the photo but I just couldn’t do that, honestly I really couldn't... I deleted the photo initially because I was like 'I don’t want to be a part of this and I don’t want the person who sent this to me to be implicated by this'. It’s just been a ripple effect."

But it looks like there could be another twist in the story. 

During last night's episode, we also saw hidden camera footage of Tanya and her husband in The Block's tearoom, which was taken earlier that day. 

"I’m going to tell the camera what happened about the tradie sending me the photo. It was a number I didn’t know, and I deleted it straight away," Tanya said. 

"The thing is… it was my Block number, yeah," she told Vito, which contradicts what she told the camera. 

"You’ve got to always have the same consistent story..." 

Speaking to Who Magazine about the incident Scott Cam said, "I was very disappointed, and I was angry to be quite frank with you."

"It affected the integrity of [the show] and I think jeopardised this season."

He added that the show's producers held several meetings to decide how they would move forward, which we will see unravel this week.

"Changing two months' worth of that schedule impacts deliveries of kitchens, laundries, cabinets, Gyprock, timber, roofing, everything. It was a logistical nightmare, but it had to be done."

As we have already got a glimpse of this week, the scandal descended quickly into chaos among teams.

"It was disgusting," Ronnie explained to TV Week

"The language, the behaviour – we couldn't believe it. That was the moment where The Block completely divided."

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"For 12 weeks, you're renovating rooms and trying to win money to do it," he added. 

"You need to win rooms to complete The Block to a really high standard, so by having a schedule, you can plan ahead. For example, if you know a bathroom week is coming up, you can speak to designers, to an architect, get ideas and order materials and trades.

"Knowing that someone had the full schedule… is just a complete piss-take!"

The contestants.  

Josh and Luke - Fans. 

The Block Josh and Luke Instagram: @luke.packham and @packham_pear

Love Island fans will no doubt recognise twins Josh and Luke from season two of the show. 

Back in 2019, Josh walked away with the $50,000 winner's prize money with his then-girlfriend Anna McEvoy. 

The 27-year-olds are the youngest contestants this year. And while they've never renovated before, they are massive fans of the show. 

"We might be the juniors and not have much renovating experience, but we are going to give it our best shot," Josh told Channel Nine.

Outside of reality TV, Luke works as a synthetic grass installer, which will no doubt come in handy for backyard week. While Josh, who worked in sales before Love Island is currently studying mental health.  

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Tanya and Vito - Fans

The Block Tanya and Vito Instagram: @tanyaandvito

Melbourne couple Tanya and Vito are also newcomers this season but it looks like they're in for a good chance at taking out the win. 

The pair, who have two kids, have built three houses during their 18 years of marriage. They've also watched the show with their family for years. 

"We understand trades and what it takes to get the job done," Vito, 45, told Channel Nine. 

"The Block is something we have watched for years so it’s just amazing to be on it. We can’t believe this is happening to us," said Tanya, 39. 

When they're not renovating, Tanya works as a makeup artist and Vito as a window furnisher. 

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Kirsty and Jesse - Fans 

The Block Kirsty and Jesse Instagram: @kirstyandjesse

Our other newcomers are married couple Kristy and Jesse, who happen to be huge fans of Ronnie and Georgia. 

The pair have been together since they were 16 and bought their first house together at 18.

They ended up renovating and selling that house for $60,000 profit. Since then, they've bought and flipped six houses. 

Kirsty, a 33-year-old country singer, and Jesse, a 32-year-old videographer, cried when they found out they made it on The Block. 

"We both come from nothing. We have humble beginnings, so real estate means a lot to us. It is a way of making a difference in our lives," said Jesse.

Ronnie and Georgia - Favourites. 

The Block Ronnie and Georgia Instagram: @ronnieandgeorgia

Controversial couple Ronnie and Georgia caused quite the stir on The Block in 2017. 

The Perth pair ended up placing third on auction day and walked away with $161,000. 

Since then, Ronnie, 45, and Georgia, 37, have kept themselves busy by hosting their own renovating series Quick Room Flips and making a guest appearance on The Block in 2018. 

They also launched their own renovation company.

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"It's called Renovation HQ. We work together to help people transform spaces in their home. Lots of people have been contacting us wanting to renovate small spaces like bathrooms and kitchens. [We've] been doing a lot of design consulting," they told Channel Nine.

Mitch and Mark - Favourites. 

The Block Mitch and Mark Instagram: @mitchandmark

Fan favourites Mitch and Mark have also returned to the show this season. 

The couple, who have been together for 16 years, came fifth on The Block in 2019 and took home $384,000.

Mitch, 58, and Mark, 59, definitely know what they're doing when it comes to renovation. Together, they've worked on 20 houses and even helped MAFS couple Jules Robinson and Cam Merchant give their house a makeover. 

"We’ve been doing some work on our new house and recently got to help Cam and Jules (MAFS) on the makeover of their new home. They are lovely and it was such a pleasure to help them and teach them some home reno tricks," they told Insider Style earlier this year. 

"We’ve also been working on design projects for clients that are exciting. I guess we can’t stop, we really enjoy the process of changing up interiors and creating beautiful, functional spaces."

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This article was originally published on August 8, 2021, and was updated on September 1, 2021.

Feature Image: Channel Nine.

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