A few months ago, the eight contestants on HGTV’s Flipping the Block were just like you and me, watching HGTV and thinking “I bet I could do that.” Some came to the show with building or flipping experience, while others were new to the process, but today, they’re all renovation veterans who have remodeled AN ENTIRE CONDO while living inside. Impressive, right?
The teams dished about their whirlwind experience on set and what they miss (and don’t miss) about living on The Block. Read on for their answers!
The Flipping the Block Contestants With Josh Temple
HGTVersus: Are there any fun traditions or routines you developed on The Block?
Anicka: We were a fun group that loved to eat, so, yes, there is a particular tradition we enjoyed most. After challenges or on our day off, we would often enjoy a meal together and talk and laugh hysterically for hours! We prepared a lot of Louisiana cuisine for our Block mates that they were very happy to receive since most of them were living off of TV dinners!
Whitney: We had this hilarious move that Curtis started doing called the “Silverback” where we did this little dance shuffle around on judgment day. It helped lighten the mood! We had Sundays off, so we all would go to the movies or out for lunch. It was nice to get away and forget the competition for a few hours.
Amanda: The Block was so fun — especially because all of the “Blockheads” really bonded together! Most nights we all would get together and grill dinner or someone would cook something super delicious, and we’d talk about home and all the crazy things we were going through. We all found a lot of comfort in these friendships because we knew we weren’t alone in our moments of doubt or panic! I would wake up early and make Curtis boatloads of breakfast every morning…it was the perfect way to show Curtis’ love affair with bacon!
Craig: I don’t know if we would call it a tradition, but most of the cast would meet in one of our condos when were done working in the evenings and trade stories from the day/week. It was kind of a “venting” session.
Winding Down After a Long Day on Set
HGTVersus: When you didn’t win, how did you keep from getting discouraged?
Craig: We got discouraged every time we lost a challenge. The fact was that the next day and challenge was going to come regardless of how we felt so we got up and went back to work. It’s not a sign of weakness to get discouraged when a situation does not go your way, it’s human. The measure of a person is how they react in the face of discouragement. We find that if you just pick your self up and get back to work, the discouragement fades and motivation sets in. That motivation leads to inspiration and before you know it you’re firing on all cylinders again. You got to just keep on keepin’ on!
Curtis: We are the Silver Team, and Josh would call Amanda the “Silver Linings Girl.” We try to find the good in everything and humor is our favorite way to get through tough times — we laugh together all the time and it makes life incredibly better!
Amanda: Curtis is, without a doubt, one of the funniest guys you’ll ever meet. We always reminded each other, and ourselves that this is something we love to do and to keep fighting so we can represent all the underdogs, the DIYers, and the crazy ones out there! If we can do it — anyone can!
Whitney: There were low days and high days. The stress was intense! We really tried to maintain a positive attitude and lean on each other for support. We accomplished a lot in just a few days during the challenges, and focusing on the good moments is what kept us going. As much as it was physically challenging, it was just as tough emotionally. We developed a bond with all the teams, and of course it’s a competition, but we feel it’s important to celebrate the success of others’ even when we didn’t win.
Anicka: Since the beginning, it was about the end game for us, so winning or losing from week to week did not discourage us. We loved our work and felt good knowing things were being done properly regardless of the time constraints.
Pizza Night on the Flipping the Block Set
HGTVersus: What do you miss and not miss about living on The Block?
Whitney: We miss the Blockheads! We all went through the trials and challenges together, and formed a bond with everyone. What we don’t miss is being away from our pup! He is our baby and we really missed him while we were away.
Curtis: The comradery all of The Blockheads shared was absolutely one of the best perks of the competition. That close bond we all had and the nights we spent forming it is something we miss. When we all hung out it was an absolute blast! And such a nice change from the stresses of the day! We’d just all laugh and talk about home — Amanda once roasted 8 marshmallows at a time on an old rake over the fire pit on John and Whitney’s gorgeous patio!! We also miss the amazingly talented production crew. It was crazy how incredible everyone behind the scenes was! I’m now enjoying the ability to sit on the couch for hours, sans my shirt and play video games.
Amanda: I’m sure Curtis doesn’t miss having to execute my harebrained ideas on a daily basis. Frozen pizzas and afternoon snacks are Silver Team traditions that have proven the test of time.
Craig: I don’t miss the constant pressure and the lack of control we had in dealing with so many situations. There were a lot of rules!! I miss all the great people we were around all day, every day. They weren’t really allowed to talk to us or be our friends but they had to hang out with us all the time. It was great because Brian and I talked to everyone anyway so I feel like we made a lot of friends despite our disposition.
Anicka: We miss seeing our Block mates. We do not miss having a camera in our faces, especially at 6 am!
HGTVersus: Have you been recognized at all from the show? What has the response been in your community?
Craig: Brian and I get recognized quite a bit when we’re together. Every one is really positive and excited to meet “the twins” from HGTV.
Whitney: People have noticed us out and about and it’s neat to hear them say they love the show! We enjoy chatting with others about our experience. The communities in both our hometown of Evansville, Indiana as well as our current home in Jacksonville have both been so supportive.
Amanda: The community of Coronado’s response has been absolutely incredible. It is such a tight-knit special little town, and to be able to represent the island on a national level is a complete honor and very humbling. The Islander (Coronado locals) response has been tremendously positive. They have especially appreciated the many “Coronado-ish” touches throughout the condo. We are really proud to make Coronado proud.
Anicka: Yes, a few people have recognized us, and it’s always so funny and something we don’t think we will ever get use too!
After seeing the show, do you think YOU could cut it on season two of Flipping the Block? Tell us why or why not in the comments below.