Faves the team to beat
Kyal and Kara Demmrich. Picture: Supplied

Before the results of The Block auctions are made public today, show rookies *Kyal * and *Kara Demmrich *have emerged as the clear favourites, winning over both the hearts of the public and the minds of the bookmakers.


  • WA *-raised, NSW-based Kyal and his wife of six years won a total of three room reveals across the nine weeks spent renovating the iconic Dux theatre in Melbourne's Albert Park - more than any other team on the current Fans v Faves series.

They also won every single challenge set on the Nine show, including last week's final test where they had just seven days to completely renovate a suburban couple's rundown house.

And ahead of the auction, which took place yesterday, the Demmrichs were the odds-on favourites to take out the competition, with Sportsbet placing them at $1.75, ahead of "faves" *Brad Cranford * and *Dale Vine *on $2.25 and twins *Alisa * and *Lysandra Fraser *on $5.

Fellow fans *Chantelle Ford * and *Steve O'Donnell *remained the outsiders on $11.

Well aware of the buzz surrounding her and Kyal, Kara said she was certainly feeling the pressure to

win.

"(The auction) is such a scary thing to be going into but I just keep thinking 'What is the worst thing that could happen'," the 26-year-old said.

"The worst that could happen would be for us to walk away with no money, and that's OK with us.

"I know it's such a cliche but we never came on to it for the money, it was more about the experience for us.

"So to have people saying, 'You are going to win, you are going to win' . . . it's more people's expectations that are making us nervous."

Though the reserve prices for the four loft-style apartments are yet to be revealed, property experts have tipped the residences to all sell for more than $2 million - the highest seen in the show's history.

Rather than thinking about numbers, Kara said she just hoped someone would fall in love with the apartment enough to buy it.

"Kyal and I always strived to have quality finishes, that's always been our main focus rather than the styling," the physiotherapist said.

"We just hope someone comes through and loves it, and that is reflected on auction day."

While properties on The Block property have failed to sell at auction day in the past, lower reserves were set in subsequent series to ensure sales and producer *Julian Cress * recently said he was planning for a "100 per cent clearance rate" again this year.

JESSIE PAPAIN

'We just hope someone comes through and loves it, and that is reflected on auction day.'

The West Australian

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