QLD pair hot favs to win The Block
QUEENSLANDERS Norm and Jess are the hot favourites to win television renovation show The Block ahead of this weekend's nailbiting auction finish.
Norm, 40, a builder and his fiance Jess, 33, a breakfast radio host have been holed up at The Gatwick in Melbourne with four other teams of two as part of the 2018 series.
Punters believe the couple from Queensland are winners, according to betting firm Sportsbet.
The final tools down has been called before The Block apartments go under the hammer this weekend, the firm said in a statement.
"The betting market has become a lot more even as the auction looms, with very little separating the top four couples.
"Norm & Jess are the slight favourites at $2.40, closely followed by Hans & Courtney who have been huge movers in the last week, from $8.00 into $3.30.
"Hayden & Sara ($12) are the least backed couple, attracting just over 5 per cent of the total money in the market."
In an interview with Nine, Jess said the couple had always wanted to go on the show but had no luck previously.
"Things like this don't happen to people like us. We would never have imagined this happening in a million years," she said.
According to Norm: "We don't even win the meat raffle at the pub".
While the Queenslanders lead the pack, Sportsbet said "it's the most even season of The Block we've seen in a few years".
"Until the final hammer goes down it's anyone's game to take out this season," sportsbet.com.au spokeswoman Ella Zampatti said.
The finale of The Block 2018 airs at 7:30pm Sunday on Nine.
Who punters think will win The Block 2018:
- $2.40 Norm & Jess (out from $1.75)
- $3.30 Hans & Courtney (in from $8.00)
- $4.50 Bianca & Carla (out from $3.00)
- $6.00 Kerrie & Spence (in from $7.00)
- $12 Hayden & Sara (in from $16)