There’s a new reno competition show in town, and it’s going to be fierce.
HGTV has done it again with Rock the Block, a female-led renovation competition that pits four incredibly talented hosts against one another as they transform four identical homes. The house that achieves the highest property value at the end will be declared the winner.
HGTV stars Leanne Ford (Restored by the Fords), Mina Starsiak Hawk (Good Bones), Jasmine Roth (Hidden Potential) and Alison Victoria (Windy City Rehab) will fight to the finish to “walk away with bragging rights and a street named after her on the most rocking block in the country.”
It all comes down to four women, four episodes, and one winner who will be determined by real estate expert Drew Scott.
‘Rock the Block’ is a test of endurance and skill
These renovation experts don’t have an easy job — instead of appealing to their own taste or one client, they’ve got to appeal to anyone and everyone while still maintaining that high-end appeal. And they’ll have to do it in a short time period with a limited budget. Plus, none of the contests will have any idea what the others are doing.
But Windy City Rehab host Alison Victoria isn’t worried about a little healthy competition, even if this one was especially challenging “I’ve been with them [HGTV] 10 years and I’ve never done anything this crazy,” Alison Victoria said in an interview with Showbiz Cheat Sheet.
“It was the hardest that I’ve ever worked in my whole life. It’s the hardest I’ve ever pushed my body, physically, and emotionally — it was just draining.”
Alison Victoria saw one person as her biggest competition
While all the women on Rock the Block are undeniably talented renovators — if they weren’t, they wouldn’t have been selected for the show — one person stuck out to Victoria. When asked who her biggest competition on the show was, Alison Victoria didn’t hesitate to name Leanne Ford.
But even with the competitive nature of the program, Victoria said the women all forged a friendship in the face of a shared challenge.
“All of us really liked each other. All of us really admire one another. And I’ve never had that – I’ve never had that with anyone else on the network. So to have that love and support and have, you know, mutual admiration for one another. And I think that’s the craziest part of the show. We all really, really got along,” Victoria said.
She said the women even swapped furniture at some points to help each other, even though they were technically competing. “Some women can be a little catty but it was nothing like that. It was true friendships that formed,” she said.
Victoria says she’ll never do anything like ‘Rock the Block’ again
Though she found the whole experience rewarding, Alison Victoria has no intention of putting herself through the stress of a fast-paced renovation show like Rock the Block ever again.
When asked if the experience taught her anything, Victoria replied, “I learned that I’ll never do that again. You can’t put your body through that more than once in a lifetime.”
Will Alison Victoria best the competition and get a street named after her? Will her Chicago urban glam style beat out the competition? Tune in to find out.
Rock the Block premieres Monday, October 21 on HGTV.