House Rules

House Rules 2019: Jamie Durie joins as an expert judge

Jamie returns home to Seven!

By Tina Burke

Jamie Durie has signed on as an expert judge for the upcoming season of House Rules.

The veteran DIY designer and television host will sit on the judging panel alongside design and style consultant Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen and Wendy Moore. Jamie will be replacing Drew Heath who appeared on the series' panel in 2018. Johanna Griggs will head up the team as host.

Wendy Moore, Johanna Griggs, Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen and Drew Heath.
Wendy Moore, Johanna Griggs, Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen and Drew Heath.

Jamie has previously hosted 52 primetime design shows worldwide, including a variety of Australian landscape design and renovation series such as Backyard Blitz, The Block, Australia's Best Backyards, The Outdoor Room and The Living Room.

He has scored three nominations for the Most Popular Presenter award at the TV WEEK Logie Awards, and won the award for Most Popular New Talent in 2001 for his break-out role on Backyard Blitz.

Jamie says he is 'excited' to return to Seven, and begin work on the reality series.

"I couldn't be more excited to be back at Channel 7. We built some great memories together. I'm looking forward to getting my teeth into all things design on one of Australia's favourite design shows; House Rules."

Jamie Durie joins the judges panel on *House Rules.*
Jamie Durie joins the judges panel on House Rules.

Rikkie Proost, Channel 7's Head of Unscripted Production, says they are 'thrilled' to have Jamie on board for the new season.

"We're thrilled to welcome Jamie back to Seven. Durie's expertise and keen-eye for design will be invaluable on House Rules."

House Rules sees six teams, made up of everyday Australians, take turns renovating each other's homes, while receiving scores and feedback from the panel of judges about their renovation and design skills.

The top-scoring team at the end of the interior renovations, backyard blitz renovations, and the 'give-back' renovation, is also awarded prize money along with their newly-renovated home. In 2018, NSW country couple Toad and Mandy were awarded $355,000 prize-money after taking out the top score.

NSW farmers Toad and Mandy took out the top prize in this year's *House Rules* finale.
NSW farmers Toad and Mandy took out the top prize in this year's House Rules finale.

HOUSE RULES returns for its seventh season in 2019 on Seven.

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