Charlie Albone recalls his action to accompany the casting of Selling Houses Australia aback in 2008.
“My ex adherent said ‘You’ll never try TV and if you do it you’ll be absolutely sh– at it’,” Albone recalls.
“They were her exact words. I was a 26-year-old landscaper who got into his TV because his ex said he’d be no acceptable at it. That absolutely spurred me on to accept a go at it.”
This February aback Albone appear he’d abutting Better Homes and Gardens and was abrogation Selling Houses Australia afterwards 13 seasons, he got a admonition of aloof how amorous the admirers of the hit Foxtel appearance are.
“There were bodies calling me Yoko Ono,” Albone jokes.
When the action from Channel 7 came in, while Albone was filming Selling Houses Australia aftermost year, he initially anticipation he could alter both shows, aloof as his co-stars Shaynna Blaze (who additionally board on The Block) and Andrew Winter (who additionally co-hosts Adulation It Or List It) do.
Even aback they accomplished their aftermost abode together, which is additionally the alternation final airing on Lifestyle tonight, Blaze and Winter still anticipation Albone was planning to do bifold duty.
“They didn’t apperceive I wasn’t advancing back,” Albone admits.
“I didn’t appetite to let anyone down. But it became too adamantine on me and my family.”
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Albone said the connected travel, forth with accepting two adolescent children, became a accord breaker – admitting on Better Homes and Gardens agency he can assignment mainly in Sydney, breadth he lives, and he can advance the joy of agriculture rather than consistently analytic above agronomical or home-related problems like on Selling Houses Australia.
“The affair with the acreage bazaar is aggregate sells so bound in Sydney no amount breadth it is, so on Selling Houses we didn’t absolutely do any houses breadth I’d be blockage at home,” Albone said.
“So every additional anniversary for eight months of the year I’d be on an aeroplane accomplishing up a house, abrogation Monday, advancing aback backward Thursday night and I additionally run a (landscaping) business so I’d be up aboriginal Friday – so absolutely the accomplished anniversary was gone.
“The afterward anniversary breadth we do the backstory I’d alone be home a few days. It absolutely is a abounding time job away, fly in, fly out blazon thing. I aloof wasn’t seeing my family.”
Albone told Blaze and Winter – who he has become abutting accompany with – he was clearly abrogation Selling Houses aloof afore a promotional photo shoot for the new alternation in February this year.
“It was a little ache in the heart,” Blaze admits. “First it was ‘No, no, we talked about it, Andrew does two shows, I do two shows’ but Charlie has little kids. They alone apperceive him actuality away. You accept to assignment out what’s appropriate for your family.
“But we are so close. It’s not accessible to get a aggregation of 13 years to assignment like that. We don’t accept to anticipate about what we do. We aloof do it. It’s so accustomed and easy.
“I feel like they’re my two brothers. So to not accept a brother there is activity to be weird.”
Winter said he had been amused by admirers on amusing media who anticipate they had noticed bad accordance amid the leash in Albone’s final season.
“We filmed the final abode in January, so it was about recently,’ Winter said. “We learnt at the end of the additional anniversary (of filming) the aftermost adventure Charlie was cerebration about leaving. On amusing media bodies are adage ‘You can see Charlie had told the added guys he was abrogation during all these episodes’. No you couldn’t, we didn’t know.”
There will be a new landscaper on the show, alike if Blaze does not like to use the chat “replacement”.
“Charlie is irreplaceable,” she said.
COVID-19 has not alone put affairs for a new division briefly on authority but additionally the audience process, with new landscapers currently clumsy to fly to accommodated Blaze and Winter, who are both in altered states.
Blaze and Winter accept both committed to the appearance activity forward.
“I never anticipation we would go on if one of us left,” Blaze said.
“But over the aftermost two years the three of us accept collapsed in adulation with the appearance added than we anytime have. As abundant as afterwards 13 years we’ve had the best ratings we’ve had, we adulation it so abundant more, I can’t brainstorm absolution it go now, and I apperceive Andrew isn’t accessible yet.
“Andrew’s consistently said he won’t leave until he’s in a Zimmer frame.”
Winter added: “I’m blessed to break there blame and agreeable until I’m in my 80s.
“But as far as a new aggregation affiliate I anticipate you don’t appetite addition that looks like Charlie or is the aforementioned age or personality, they will be endlessly compared to him.”
Albone has some tips for the new actuality who will booty on his old job.
“Just be yourself. That’s what the admirers of the appearance like. Shaynna and I, we’re who we are, accomplishing what we do and we’re accustomed about it.
“Andrew’s acutely the fakest man in the apple but he can cull it off.
“The agriculture allotment of things, I attending advanced to addition putting their appearance on it. It’s catchy because you’re aggravating to advertise a abode so you’re aggravating to address to the widest cardinal of people.
“The new actuality has to gel with Shaynna and Andrew, I achievement this gives the appearance a new addition and gives it addition 10 years.
“Of advance I’ll still be watching the abutting series. I’m abiding there will be times I ambition I was there but again I’ll bethink they’re allegedly in the average of boilerplate and it’s taken them bristles canicule to get there and it’s absolutely nice to be home.”
Blaze accepted it “might booty a while” for them to get acclimated to a new casting member.
“It will change the activating of who we are,” he said, abacus Winter had a few ideas.
“Could Shaynna do the agronomical and I’ll alpha drop cushions?”
A home in Neutral Bay in Sydney which was actuality awash due to the brace divorcing, Albone had to fix a daydream backyard which anguish up accepting Sydney Harbour views.
Albone: “They awash it absolutely bargain already we were done, well, it was $900,000, a lot of money, but it’d be account abutting to $3 actor now. That was eight years ago. Some of these houses we do up and we anticipate ‘nah, we’d still never buy this abode it’s a sh–hole’ but that was one we would accept admired to buy.”
Blaze: “There was annihilation amiss with it. Charlie did an absurd garden and it’s one breadth you bang yourself. It was so bargain for that area. I beggarly we’re on a TV appearance we can’t do a sneaky, but sheesh, we would accept admired to accept bought that one.”
The ballsy two allotment adventure with the old abode in Yass. No.
Albone: “Oh. That one. That was tricky. He bought this house, he was renovating it to how he capital it. His wife didn’t like it. She assertive him to do the Selling Houses makeover. He didn’t appetite us there. So annihilation we did he hated and he let us know. He kicked us off armpit for a accomplished day. There was a close agreement amid him and his son, and us about accepting aback on. The appearance was about canned. He was walking about cogent us how abundant he hated aggregate we were doing. We were accomplishing it all for him. It was a actual awkward two weeks. He was blessed to say on camera how abundant he hated us.”
Blaze: “It was a all-powerful home that had been on the bazaar for so long. The buyer acquainted we were antibacterial his livelihood. That was absolutely adamantine because we weren’t. We apperceive what we’re doing. It was actual tense. We all came out a little bit traumatised.”
It is a affair on Twitter, and, apparently, on set.
Charlie: “Andrew has an addiction to his wig shop, afar from that he’s a abounding time TV whore. His beard has had a absolute journey. He’s blessed to accept he’s absolute it back day one. He’s a argent fox absolutely but he ashore with the one wig for eight or nine years. Now he’s got this affair and I don’t apperceive what’s activity on with it – it’s shocking. We acquaint him to his face, ‘Andrew, what’s accident with your wigs?’ … ‘It’s not a wig,’ he says, ‘you’re aloof anxious of my admirable continued hair.’ It is absolutely his absolute hair, alike admitting I alarm it a wig. It aloof looks like a wig. I anticipate he uses a can of hairspray every morning.”
You accept got a TV appearance advancing to fix up your house. You would get rid of, er, claimed objects? Allegedly not.
Albone: “It’s a little MA rated – it’s amazing what bodies leave beneath their beds aback they apperceive a camera aggregation is advancing in to abolish aggregate and clean their house. If one was to accept those things in their abode you would anticipate one would apperceive breadth they were and would appetite to abolish them.”
Blaze: “People balloon what is abaft their beds or dressers, or do they? Let’s aloof say you get quiet able-bodied airish bodies and you acquisition out some absorbing things about them activity by what’s beneath their bed. Sadly I’ve had to aces up a lot of jocks and socks that bare to go into a laundry, let’s aloof put it that way. I accept acclimated a lot of tongs.”
Selling Houses Australia alternation final, Lifestyle, 8.30pm Wednesday
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