Lego Masters (Australian TV series)

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Lego Masters
Lego Masters Australia Logo.png
GenreReality
Presented byHamish Blake
JudgesRyan "The Brickman" McNaught
Country of originAustralia
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes34
Production
Production locationMelbourne Showgrounds
Running time90 mins (including ads)
Production companyEndemol Shine Australia
Release
Original networkNine Network
Picture format
Audio formatStereo
Original release28 April 2019 (2019-04-28) –
present
External links
Website

Lego Masters is an Australian reality television show based on the British series of the same name in which teams compete to build the best Lego project. It is hosted by Hamish Blake and judged by Lego designer Ryan "The Brickman" McNaught. The series premiered on 28 April 2019 on Nine Network.[1]

The programme produced by Endemol Shine won a Realscreen award for Best Competition in 2020, beating out such game shows as Celebrity Family Feud, Hollywood Game Night and Deal or No Deal, joining the Eureka Productions produced series Holey Moley, as an Australian winning production in the US. [2]

Format[edit]

The series pits eight teams of two who work to overcome a variety of different challenges, focusing primarily on three criteria; storytelling ability, technical abilities and overall aesthetic. Outside of this criteria, the contestants have free rein on what tasks they wish to undertake for the challenges.

Each episode primarily consists of two challenges; an advantage challenge and an elimination challenge. The two best teams of the day are called forward, in which the judge will award one team with a victory.

In advantage challenges, contestants battle it out to either gain an advantage in the next elimination challenge, such as extra time, or gain immunity from an elimination challenge.

In elimination challenges, much alike the two tops teams, the judge critically analyse all aspects of the builds against the main criteria, but also select the bottom two teams. The Judge is then tasked with choosing which team will be eliminated from the competition.

Each team is eliminated until three teams remain for the finale build, in which the last three teams are given "free rein" to choose whatever they wish to impress the judges, and 250 members of the public.

The team who wins the series will receive $100,000 AUD and a specially made Lego Masters Australia 20XX trophy.

Not every team in the series have a relation, some teams are generally family or friends, however some teams have been paired up with each other due to single applications.

Production[edit]

Auditions for the series opened in June 2018, however no network had commissioned it at that time, filming would take place between October and December.[3] The series was commissioned in July 2018 by the Nine Network,[4][5] and was officially confirmed at Nine's Upfronts in October 2018, also announcing the series will be hosted Hamish Blake.[6][7]

The first season was sponsored by Lego, Honda, Kmart and The a2 Milk Company.[8]

Due to the success of the series, In May 2019 the series was renewed for a second season which was filmed in 2019 and was aired in 2020.[9][10] On 16 October 2019, the second season was officially confirmed at Nine's upfronts.[11] The second season began airing on 19 April 2020.[12] It finished airing on 18 May 2020.

The second season was sponsored by Lego, Honda, Kmart & Wonder Bread.[13]

Auditions for the third season opened in May 2020 asking for applicants 15 years old and above.[14][15] In early September 2020, it was confirmed the third season will begin filming on Monday, October 5 at Melbourne Showgrounds.[16] On 16 September 2020, the third season was officially confirmed at Nine's 2021 upfronts.[17][18] The third season began airing on 19 April 2021.[19]

In April 2021, Nine Network renewed the series for a fourth and fifth season with Hamish Blake set to return as host for both.[20][21][22]

Series overview[edit]

SeriesEpisodesOriginally airedWinning teamPrize
First airedLast aired
1928 April 2019 (2019-04-28)14 May 2019 (2019-05-14)Henry & Cade$100,000
21119 April 2020 (2020-04-19)18 May 2020 (2020-05-18)Jackson & Alex$100,000
31419 April 2021 (2021-04-19)17 May 2021 (2021-05-17)David & Gus$100,000

Season details[edit]

Season 1 (2019)[edit]

The first season aired on 28 April 2019 and ended on 14 May 2019. The season was won by Henry and Cade and received $100,000 in prize money.[23]

Team Ages Relationship Status
Henry & Cade 37 & 35 "Team Dad" Winners
David & G (Gerhard) 33 & 52 Workmates Runners-up
Jordan & Miller 19 & 20 Childhood best mates Third Place
Bilsy (Adam) & Kale 34 & 41 Lego Enthusiasts Eliminated
(Challenge 8)
Jimmy & Maddy 36 & 29 Married Eliminated
(Challenge 7)
Matt & Lyn 17 & 71 Grandson & Grandmother Eliminated
(Challenge 6)
Dinushi & Gayan 34 & 36 Friends Eliminated
(Challenge 4)
Marielle & Kaitlyn 28 & 20 Design Gurus Eliminated
(Challenge 3)

Season 2 (2020)[edit]

The second season began airing on 19 April 2020 and ended on 18 May 2020. The season was won by Jackson and Alex and received $100,000 in prize money.[24]

Team Ages Relationship/
Occupation1
Status
Jackson & Alex 29 & 29 High School Friends Winners
Damian & Andrew 43 & 49 Best Mates Runners-up
Trent & Josh 38 & 27 Accountant &
Primary School Chaplain
Third Place
Dannii & Tim 26 & 25 Married Eliminated
(Challenge 10)
Jennifer & Jodie 31 & 38 Researcher &
Stay-at-home Mum
Eliminated
(Challenge 9)
Jay & Stani 42 & 41 Childhood Best Friends Eliminated
(Challenge 6)
Summer & Iona 19 & 18 Childhood Best Friends Eliminated
(Challenge 4)
Annie & Runa 30 & 29 Lego Loving Friends Eliminated
(Challenge 3)

Season 3 (2021)[edit]

The third season began airing on 19 April 2021 and ended on 17 May 2021. The season was won by David & Gus and received $100,000 in prize money.[25]

Team Ages Relationship/
Occupation1
Status
David & Gus 41 & 36 Project manager & engineer Winners
Owen & Scott 26 & 26 Best Friends Runners-Up
Ryan & Gabby 42 & 39 Primary School teacher & occupational therapist Eliminated (Challenge 7)
Returned (Challenge 8)
Third Place
Sarah & Fleur 45 & 43 Mums Eliminated (Challenge 13)
Harrison & Michael 26 & 25 PhD candidate & physiotherapist Eliminated (Challenge 12)
Anthony & Jess 20 & 30 Hotel concierge & science communicator Eliminated (Challenge 6)
Returned (Challenge 8)
Eliminated (Challenge 10)
Amy & Dawei 33 & 33 Content creator & auditor/wedding photographer Eliminated
(Challenge 4 & 8)
Atlanta & Jeff 25 & 28 Luxury dice consultant & enthusiastic geek Eliminated
(Challenge 3 & 8)

Viewership[edit]

Season Episodes Premiere Finale Series average Source
Premiere date Premiere
ratings
Rank Finale date Finale ratings
(Grand final)
Rank Finale ratings
(Winner announced)
Rank
1 9 28 April 2019 1.377 #1 14 May 2019 1.249 #2 1.493 #1 1.157 [26][27]
2 11 19 April 2020 1.239 #2 18 May 2020 1.219 #3 1.462 #1 1.185 [28][29]
3 14 19 April 2021 0.838 #5 17 May 2021 0.932 #6 1.030 #2 0.794 [30][31]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result
2019 AACTA Awards[32] Best Entertainment Program Lego Masters Won
Asian Academy Creative Awards[33] Best Adaptation of an Existing Format Nominated
2020 Realscreen Awards[34] Best Competition: Quiz or Game Show Won
AACTA Awards[35] Best Entertainment Program Nominated

Notes[edit]

  • *^1 Not all teams in the season have a relation (i.e. family or friend), some were paired together during the application process due to single applications.

References[edit]

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