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The Block host Scott Cam reveals how COVID has changed the way the houses will be sold

The Block host Scott Cam reveals how COVID has changed the way the houses will be sold and warns it will be ‘an auction like no other’ complete with Zoom calls from contestants

The Block host Scott Cam has warned that the show’s big finale will feature ‘an auction like no other’. 

Appearing on Weekend Today with the cast, the 57-year-old admits that due to the pandemic, there were there at first concerns the production would be called off.  

‘There was times where we weren’t sure whether we were going to be able to come back, but we did. 

Tough: The Block host Scott Cam has warned that the show’s big finale will feature ‘an auction like no other’. Appearing on Weekend Today with the cast, the 57-year-old admits that due to the pandemic, there were there at first concerns the production would be called off

We came back for the last two months. Everybody did the right thing. We got the job done,’ he said. 

Describing Saturday’s auction, which will air Sunday, Scott said: ‘Restrictions are still in place here in Victoria. We’re allowed 10 people outdoors, three of those are cameramen. 

‘So we will have seven people and then Zooming the overflow. It will be an auction like no other. It will be a nail-biter.’ 

Describing Saturday's auction, which will air Sunday, Scott said: 'Restrictions are still in place here in Victoria. We're allowed 10 people outdoors, three of those are cameramen'

Describing Saturday’s auction, which will air Sunday, Scott said: ‘Restrictions are still in place here in Victoria. We’re allowed 10 people outdoors, three of those are cameramen’

He added that he was proud of the cast, saying: ‘We all want everybody to do well, because they’ve worked so hard in such a trying year. For everybody right around Australia.’ 

In an earlier interview, The Block’s executive producer Julian Cress has revealed he is terrified that the properties renovated on the show this year won’t sell.

Due to plummeting auction clearance rates in Melbourne, the five properties going up for auction on Saturday are in danger of missing the mark – or failing to find a buyer at all. 

He added: 'So we will have seven people and then Zooming the overflow. It will be an auction like no other. It will be a nail-biter'

He added: ‘So we will have seven people and then Zooming the overflow. It will be an auction like no other. It will be a nail-biter’ 

'It's keeping me up at night': The Block's executive producer Julian Cress (right) is worried for this year's contestants due to plummeting auction clearance rates in Melbourne

‘It’s keeping me up at night’: The Block’s executive producer Julian Cress (right) is worried for this year’s contestants due to plummeting auction clearance rates in Melbourne

‘Clearance rates are currently running in the sort of 60th percentile in Melbourne. That would suggest that we’re on track to sell three out of five of the houses,’ Cress told news.com.au ahead of the auction. 

‘My nervousness and fear is obviously that I want to sell five out of five, because I want all the contestants to do really well. 

‘So, getting to sell all five, on one day, in this environment is what’s keeping me up at night.’ 

Fears: It's hoped the five Block properties will get anywhere between $3.2 million and $3.4 million at auction on Saturday. But, with auction clearance rates plummeting in the Victorian city amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there are concerns that not all five homes will sell

Fears: It’s hoped the five Block properties will get anywhere between $3.2 million and $3.4 million at auction on Saturday. But, with auction clearance rates plummeting in the Victorian city amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there are concerns that not all five homes will sell

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