The Block winners Mitch and Mark throw shade at judges one last time

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The Block‘s Mitch Edwards and Mark McKie have thrown masterful shade at the show’s judges after winning the Channel Nine renovation show on Sunday night.

In The Block‘s big 2021 finale, the gay Sydney grandparents made the largest sum over reserve of all five properties.

The fan favourite couple sold their home for $4,044,444 with a profit of $644,444, the biggest on the day.

Mitch, 59, and Mark, 60, also scored an extra $100,000 on top, meaning a total prize of $744,444, shocking the couple.

Discussing the amazing result, the couple have taken one last shot at the show’s judges after tempers often boiled over due to harsh feedback throughout the season.

Speaking to Nova’s Fitzy & Wippa, Mitch and Mark said they’d stopped listening to the criticism during the build, declaring the judges “not good predictors of success”.

They also suggested Channel Nine to appoint a “real estate expert” to the judging panel instead.

“The two houses, ours and [twin brothers Josh and Luke’s], that came first and second, are not the houses the judges considered the best,” Mark explained.

“So, you have to consider, and I keep saying this, you need a real estate expert in there.

“The judges are not good predictors of success on The Block.

“[I’d tell] next year’s contestants, ‘You know what, you need to stick to your guns.'”

Mitch laughed, “At the end [judge Shaynna Blaze] was like, ‘Oh I get it now. I have to eat my words.’

“And I was like, ‘Well, get a big shovel doll, cause there’s a lot of them!’”

The Block win will change Mitch and Mark’s lives

The Block host Scott Cam earlier called Mitch and Mark – and Josh and Luke – “wrong” for calling for new judges.

“The judges give very constructive criticism,” Cam told

“When the judges do go hard, they bruise some egos of the contestants, and they get upset and cranky at the judges and want them replaced.

“But at the end of the day the judges are right.”

After the win, Mitch and Mark also discussed on the show how the prize money will change their lives.

“We never had expectations or even hopes for that amount,” Mitch said.

“This changes our lives as we’ve got a mortgage that we can’t jump over. But with this prize we can take a great leap at it now.”

Mark added, “I think we’re in shock as we stuck to our guns about what we thought a family home was about. It was a big risk.”

The couple first appeared the show in 2019, and returned this year. Earlier this month, they slammed online trolls for vile homophobic abuse during their time on the show.

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Jordan Hirst
Jordan Hirst

Jordan Hirst is an experienced journalist and content creator with a career spanning over a decade at QNews. Since 2012, the Brisbane local has covered an enormous range of topics and subjects in-depth affecting the LGBTIQA+ community, both in Australia and overseas. Today, the Brisbane-based journalist covers everything from current affairs, politics and health to sport and entertainment.

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