The Block: Sharon and Ankur in another ‘cheating’ scandal over antiques challenge

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The Block’s Sharon Johal and Ankur Dogra have once again found themselves at the centre of a cheating scandal after their latest challenge win.

The pair won $13,000 in prizes during an antiques challenge on Wednesday’s episode when their dresser mirror made a $250 profit.

But the other teams weren’t happy and accused the Melbourne couple of getting a ‘pity victory’ as the challenge required the teams to buy an item fit for a kitchen.

The Block’s Sharon Johal and Ankur Dogra have once again found themselves at the centre of a cheating scandal after their latest challenge win. The pair won $13,000 in prizes during an antiques challenge on Wednesday’s episode when their dresser mirror made a $250 profit

‘Full-blown sympathy vote I think,’ rival contestant Tom told producers. 

‘Come Sunday they’ll get a beautiful mirror in their kitchen,’ Omar laughed. ‘You can watch yourself cook!’

Meanwhile, Rachel reached breaking point and called Sharon and Ankur’s win unfair.

‘This isn’t a fair playing field,’ she said. ‘This [show] seems to have a way of breaking your spirit. But I hope that it’s all worth it.’

The other teams accused the Melbourne couple of getting a 'pity victory' as the challenge required the teams to buy an item fit for a kitchen. Tom (left) said it was a 'sympathy vote'

The other teams accused the Melbourne couple of getting a ‘pity victory’ as the challenge required the teams to buy an item fit for a kitchen. Tom (left) said it was a ‘sympathy vote’

'Come Sunday they'll get a beautiful mirror in their kitchen,' laughed Omar (pictured with teammate Oz). 'You can watch yourself cook!'

‘Come Sunday they’ll get a beautiful mirror in their kitchen,’ laughed Omar (pictured with teammate Oz). ‘You can watch yourself cook!’ 

Rachel reached breaking point and called Sharon and Ankur's win unfair. 'This [show] seems to have a way of breaking your spirit. But I hope that it's all worth it,' she said

Rachel reached breaking point and called Sharon and Ankur’s win unfair. ‘This [show] seems to have a way of breaking your spirit. But I hope that it’s all worth it,’ she said

It comes after former contestant Ronnie Caceres took The Block teams by surprise when he arrived on site in a limousine to help Sharon and Ankur paint their house.

‘The most unnatural thing to see on our site is a limousine,’ Sharon remarked.

The Block host Scott Cam had asked Ronnie to teach the couple how to paint following their abysmal paintwork over the last few weeks.

Ankur said Rachel would be ‘spewing’ over them getting help from a former contestant – and she was indeed annoyed.

Ronnie is shown arriving at the Macedon Ranges construction site in a limousine

Ronnie is shown arriving at the Macedon Ranges construction site in a limousine

The former contestant returned to help Sharon and Ankur paint their house following weeks of abysmal paintwork

The former contestant returned to help Sharon and Ankur paint their house following weeks of abysmal paintwork

She and Sarah-Jane were furious when they learned of Ronnie’s visit to the worksite.

‘What I heard was that [Ronnie] was literally going to paint the room for [Ankur and Sharon]. Straight away I was like, “I don’t think that’s cool,”‘ Sarah-Jane said.

Rachel agreed, arguing the extra help was ‘unfair’ on the others, especially after she and Ryan had been let down by the judges’ criticism.

Elsewhere in the episode, Omar and Oz continued to cop the brunt of Foreman Keith Schleiger after a major defect was discovered in their ceiling.

Elsewhere in the episode, Omar and Oz (pictured) continued to cop the brunt of Foreman Keith Schleiger after a major defect was discovered in their ceiling

Elsewhere in the episode, Omar and Oz (pictured) continued to cop the brunt of Foreman Keith Schleiger after a major defect was discovered in their ceiling 

'I found something I didn't want to see,' Keith told the boys. 'I'm actually disgusted. I'm really angry. I'm fuming'

‘I found something I didn’t want to see,’ Keith told the boys. ‘I’m actually disgusted. I’m really angry. I’m fuming’

Keith popped over to inspect the roof of their winning bathroom and noticed a ceiling joist had been removed to fit a heat light.

The foreman said it was a huge safety issue and could eventually cause the gyprock to collapse.

‘I found something I didn’t want to see,’ he told the boys.

‘I’m actually disgusted. I’m really angry. I’m fuming.’ 

He continued: ‘There’s a great big span of about 1,500 [millimeters] with no framework around it. An IXL Tastic would weigh a couple of kilos. It’s going to fall through the plaster.’

Omar and Oz assured Keith their team ‘does everything by the book’, but he was not having it.

Keith then pointed out the ceiling was already sagging 25mm and the pair had no insulation in the entire house, which needed to be done ‘week by week’.

He then teared into the boys, accusing them of not doing any work.

‘Every time I see you guys – I’m just being honest here – you guys are on the phone. I’ve never seen you strike a blow. I’ve never seen you cut anything, nail anything, screw anything,’ Keith said.

‘No more shonky stuff, guys. This can’t happen.’

Keith (pictured) said it could eventually cause the gyprock to collapse, pointing out the ceiling was already sagging 25mm

Keith (pictured) said it could eventually cause the gyprock to collapse, pointing out the ceiling was already sagging 25mm

Keith popped over to inspect the roof of their winning bathroom and noticed a ceiling joist had been removed to fit a heat light

The foreman said it was a huge safety issue

Keith popped over to inspect the roof of their winning bathroom and noticed a ceiling joist had been removed to fit a heat light. The foreman said it was a huge safety issue

Keith then stormed off before continuing his rant to producers. 

‘It’s just ridiculous… I’m just getting sick of all the dodginess,’ he raged.

‘It’s happening all the time. We’re constantly catching them doing the wrong thing and it’s simply got to stop.’

The Western Sydney best mates also faced scrutiny over how little they had spent so far on tradespeople, leading to suspicions they were not paying them at all.

Shortly after Ronnie arrived on the building site, he suspected Omar and Oz were saving money by getting their friends and family to help out for free.

The Western Sydney best mates also faced scrutiny over how little they had spent so far on tradespeople, leading to suspicions they were not paying them at all

The Western Sydney best mates also faced scrutiny over how little they had spent so far on tradespeople, leading to suspicions they were not paying them at all

Omar and Oz assured Keith their team 'does everything by the book', but he was not having it

Omar and Oz assured Keith their team ‘does everything by the book’, but he was not having it

If they are in fact using free labour, this gives them an unfair advantage over the other teams, who must use money from their budget to pay their builders, chippies, electricians and plasterers.

Alarm bells started ringing for Ronnie, 46, the moment he stepped foot inside Omar and Oz’s house and he accused the lads of ‘dodgy dealing’.

‘Something is not adding up,’ said the franchise veteran-turned-detective.

Having competed on the Nine renovation show twice before with his wife Georgia, he knows all there is to know about balancing a budget.

So the sight of more than a dozen tradies at work was a major red flag, especially after Omar and Oz stood out for being so under-budget last week.

‘I counted 17 trades at House 5,’ Ronnie said, adding: ‘Are these all your cousins?’

The Western Sydney best mates faced scrutiny over how little they had spent so far on tradespeople, leading to suspicions they were not paying them at all. As revealed on the show last week, they only spent $7,500 plasterers, which is far less than the other teams

The Western Sydney best mates faced scrutiny over how little they had spent so far on tradespeople, leading to suspicions they were not paying them at all. As revealed on the show last week, they only spent $7,500 plasterers, which is far less than the other teams

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