The Hosts

About

Scott Cam

Scott Cam once again brings his larrikin charm and professional credibility to hosting The Block 2012.

Over the past decade Scott has become one of Aussie TV’s favourite faces, putting his stamp firmly on programs such as Backyard Blitz, Domestic Blitz, Random Acts of Kindness and Renovation Rescue. He is also a regular on radio and has written books on renovation and home maintenance.

Scott’s a Bondi lad who, straight after completing a carpentry apprenticeship, got into an old four-wheel-drive and set off to explore Australia. In the ensuing five years he travelled the length and breadth of the continent doing all kinds of jobs, from mustering sheep and cattle to building ships.

During a visit home to Sydney that was intended to be a stopover before another trip he met Ann and everything changed. He stayed and three years later they were married. They now have three kids: Charlie, 15, and twins Sarah and Bill, 12.

Scott put down roots, establishing his own building business in 1990. He and Ann now enjoy the great Aussie lifestyle. They slip away to their farm in Mudgee, NSW, whenever Scott’s busy schedule permits. “I like nothing better than throwing a fishing line in the water or relaxing around the barbie, searing a few steaks and enjoying a cold beer with friends,” he says.

His loyal sidekick was his beloved kelpie cross Lizzie, who always appeared with him. She was almost as well-known as Scott. “I called her the site manager until she passed away in 2004.” He now has a new dog, a red mixed cattle-dog named Rosie who is never far from his side.

Scott’s a veteran of The Block and knows just how confronting the show can be for contestants. “I’m looking forward to seeing how this year’s bunch fares. Without doubt, this year will see the most challenging renovations ever undertaken on The Block.”

It’s worth noting that Scott isn’t just the host. He brings three decades of working experience to the role and will provide valuable advice for the participating couples.

Shelley Craft

The effervescent Shelley Craft will once again take on the role of “Challenge Master”, putting couples through their paces in a series of exciting, renovation-based challenges on The Block 2012.

Shelley’s career started in the early 1990s when she was noticed while doing work experience at a television studio in Brisbane. This led to a job offer on the bottom rung as a production assistant.

But it didn’t take someone like her very long to move up. After a few months she was in front of the camera, presenting the children’s program Saturday Disney.

Shelley spent six years with Saturday Disney as a presenter and segment producer and was always looking to polish her skills. Hard work and experience paid off when she was approached to join The Great Outdoors in 2002. She was on her way, in more ways than one. “It was a fantastic experience. I travelled to two dozen countries and to every corner of the Earth.”

A keen sportswoman, she has been a commentator on a number of special sporting presentations, including the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

In 2008, she signed with the Nine Network to host the hugely popular Australia’s Funniest Home Videos. She went from strength to strength at Nine, demonstrating a real flair for lifestyle programs when she co-hosted Domestic Blitz with Scott Cam.

In 2009, she married cameraman Christian Sergiacomi in Byron Bay. They have a daughter, Milla Grace, now almost two years old.

Shelley, Milla and Christian, who is also working on The Block 2012, have moved to Melbourne for the filming of the program.

The couple are expecting their second child in June.