The Block cheating scandal: Tanya Guccione says everyone was breaking the rules


The Block star Tanya Guccione has come out swinging after having two points docked from her and husband Vito’s latest room reveal due to their involvement in a cheating scandal.

The Melbourne makeup artist, 39, said that while she was ‘super apologetic’ for using a leaked photo of the show’s production schedule to gain an unfair advantage, she stressed that she and Vito were not the only cheaters in the competition.

In a bombshell interview with Woman’s Day on Monday, Tanya claimed ‘everybody cheats’ at some stage during this season, and the fact some teams were unwilling to ‘own up’ to it led to tension on the building site.

Defiant: The Block star Tanya Guccione has come out swinging after having two points docked from her and husband Vito’s latest room reveal due to their involvement in a cheating scandal

Without naming names, she said: ‘A lot of people weren’t willing to own up to stuff and that’s where the conflict lies.

‘It’s hard to point the finger, when some people will probably deny it to their dying day. At some point, everyone cheats.

‘Kirsty [Lee Akers] cheated because she took the furniture, the boys [twins Luke and Josh Packham] cheated because they were using their builder to paint…’

She also pointed out that the returning ‘Faves’ teams – including Mitch Edwards and Mark McKie, and Ronnie and Georgia Caceres – had the ultimate advantage because they’d taken part in The Block before. 

Claims: The Melbourne makeup artist, 39, said that while she was 'super apologetic' for using a leaked photo of the show's production schedule to gain an unfair advantage, she stressed that she and Vito (right) were not the only cheaters in the competition

Claims: The Melbourne makeup artist, 39, said that while she was ‘super apologetic’ for using a leaked photo of the show’s production schedule to gain an unfair advantage, she stressed that she and Vito (right) were not the only cheaters in the competition

In the aftermath of the leaked production schedule scandal, the Gucciones and the Packhams were each docked two points for the latest room reveal on Sunday.

This effectively ruled both teams out of winning the challenge.

During the episode, furious host Shelley Craft said: ‘I’m upset for all of you because this is not what The Block is about. [I’ve got] this ill feeling.’

When Vito protested that he was the victim, the interior design guru snapped: ‘Yeah but you were the cause of it, Vito!

‘So you got to take some responsibility for that, mate.’

The cheating scandal unravelled last week after it emerged someone had taken a photo of the production schedule and leaked it to the contestants in week one. 

After suspicion initially fell on Love Island twins Josh and Luke, Tanya finally confessed to producers she was the first person to see the photo.

Controversy: The cheating scandal unravelled last week after it emerged someone had taken a photo of the production schedule and leaked it to the contestants in week one. Pictured: Tanya (left) and Luke Packham (right)

Controversy: The cheating scandal unravelled last week after it emerged someone had taken a photo of the production schedule and leaked it to the contestants in week one. Pictured: Tanya (left) and Luke Packham (right)

The saga began when someone allegedly broke into Scott’s office and took a photo of the whiteboard which showed the series’ filming schedule – including the dates of each challenge, private tours and furniture consults.

Anyone who saw the photo would have the advantage of being able to plan their specifications weeks in advance or pre-order something for a specific room.

Ronnie and Georgia brought the scandal to light last week, confirming the Packhams had previously shown them a photo of the schedule in question.

Blame game: After suspicion initially fell on Love Island twins Josh and Luke (pictured), Tanya finally confessed to producers she was the first person to see the photo

Blame game: After suspicion initially fell on Love Island twins Josh and Luke (pictured), Tanya finally confessed to producers she was the first person to see the photo 

The brothers admitted to seeing the photo, but wouldn’t reveal the source until last Tuesday’s episode, when Georgia finally confessed her involvement.

She sat alongside Luke and admitted to a producer that an ‘ex-tradie’ had sent her the image during the first week of filming.

Tanya first explained it was sent to her Block phone number, before she backtracked and corrected herself, saying it was sent to her ‘personal number’.

Fuming: Ronnie (left) and Georgia Caceres (right) brought the scandal to light last week, confirming Josh and Luke had previously shown them a photo of the schedule in question

Fuming: Ronnie (left) and Georgia Caceres (right) brought the scandal to light last week, confirming Josh and Luke had previously shown them a photo of the schedule in question

She told producers she’d shown the photo to her husband, who did not want anything to do with it.

Tanya continued: ‘I sent it to Luke, and said, “Hey, do you know about this? A tradie sent it to me. Is it common knowledge?”

‘So that is the truth, Luke got it from me. I got it from an ex-tradie from The Block.’

Luke chimed in: ‘Yeah, and then with the information, obviously I hadn’t seen it, and then I’ve passed it on.’ 

The photo in question: The whiteboard revealed the dates each challenge was scheduled for, what times the judges would arrive for a tour, and when furniture consults would occur

The photo in question: The whiteboard revealed the dates each challenge was scheduled for, what times the judges would arrive for a tour, and when furniture consults would occur

Unfair: Anyone who saw the photo would have the advantage of being able to plan their specifications weeks in advance or pre-order something for a specific room

Unfair: Anyone who saw the photo would have the advantage of being able to plan their specifications weeks in advance or pre-order something for a specific room

Tanya later appeared relieved to have shared ‘her truth’, but a hidden camera recording her conversation with Vito earlier in the day exposed a flaw in the story.

She said: ‘I’m going to tell the camera what happened about the tradie sending me the photo. It was a number I didn’t know, and I deleted it straight away.’

‘The thing is… it was my Block number, yeah… You’ve got to always have the same consistent story,’ she quietly told her husband.

The impact of Tanya’s confession caused an almighty clash between the contestants during a meeting on Wednesday’s episode, and culminated in the Gucciones and the Packhams each having two points docked for Sunday’s room reveals. 

'Consistent story': Tanya later appeared relieved to have shared 'her truth', but a hidden camera recording her conversation with Vito earlier in the day exposed a flaw in the story

‘Consistent story’: Tanya later appeared relieved to have shared ‘her truth’, but a hidden camera recording her conversation with Vito earlier in the day exposed a flaw in the story



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