The Block 2022: Sad reason why fans had questions about ‘Mr Lambo’


The furore over Omar and Oz’s record-breaking win on The Block has led to cries of ‘tall poppy syndrome’ and even suggestions the backlash is racially motivated.

And the man at the centre of the bidding war over House 5 has now discovered fans were googling his ethnic background while he was vying for the property.

Adrian Portelli went head-to-head with eventual buyer Danny Wallis on auction day, and his aggressive bidding style pushed Wallis into spending $5,666,666.

Adrian Portelli (left), the man at the centre of the bidding war over The Block’s House 5, has now discovered fans were googling his ethnic background while he was vying for the property

This extraordinary outcome – which saw Omar and Oz walk away with a record-breaking $1.6million in prize money – led to baseless accusations Portelli was a dummy bidder who colluded with the western Sydney mates to drive up the price.

Portelli shared a screenshot on Instagram on Wednesday of Google search results for his name following Sunday’s auction.

The top related search was ‘Is Adrian Portelli Lebanese?’ Others included ‘Adrian Portelli background’ and ‘Adrian Portelli parents’.

Portelli shared this screenshot on Instagram on Wednesday of Google search results for his name following Sunday's auction. The top related search was 'Is Adrian Portelli Lebanese?' Others included 'Adrian Portelli background' and 'Adrian Portelli parents'

Portelli shared this screenshot on Instagram on Wednesday of Google search results for his name following Sunday’s auction. The top related search was ‘Is Adrian Portelli Lebanese?’ Others included ‘Adrian Portelli background’ and ‘Adrian Portelli parents’

These trending searches seemingly confirm The Block viewers were suspicious of Portelli's ethnicity after he played such a significant role in Omar and Oz's success (the trio are seen celebrating together after auction day)

These trending searches seemingly confirm The Block viewers were suspicious of Portelli’s ethnicity after he played such a significant role in Omar and Oz’s success (the trio are seen celebrating together after auction day)

The Block 2022 results

HOUSE 1 – Tom and Sarah-Jane 

Stunning architectural design meets luxurious country living. 

Address: 191 McGeorge Road, Gisborne VIC 3437

Listing: 5 Bed, 3 Bath.

Price guide: $4-$4.4 million

SOLD FOR:  $4,100,000.99

HOUSE 2 – Rachel and Ryan

Luxury lodge country living is at the heart of this magnificent state-of-the-art, vineyard estate.

Address: 197 McGeorge Road, Gisborne VIC 3437

Listing: 5 Bed, 3 Bath

Price guide: $4-$4.4 million

SOLD FOR: $4,250,000

HOUSE 3 – Sharon and Ankur

‘Gunyah’ – Luxurious country living with spectacular mountain views.

Address: 223 McGeorge Road, Gisborne VIC 3437

Listing: 5 Bed, 3 Bath

Price guide: $4-$4.4 million

NOT SOLD

HOUSE 4 – Dylan and Jenny

Acreage, views and luxury country living.

Address: 225 McGeorge Road, Gisborne VIC 3437

Listing: 5 Bed, 3 Bath

Price guide: $4-$4.4 million

NOT SOLD

HOUSE 5 – Omar and Oz

Sustainable luxurious lifestyle.

Address: 241 McGeorge Road, Gisborne VIC 3437

Listing: 5 Bed, 3 Bath

Price guide: $4-$4.4 million 

SOLD FOR: $5,666,666

These trending searches seemingly confirm The Block viewers were suspicious of Portelli’s ethnicity after he played such a significant role in Omar and Oz’s success.

There has been speculation Portelli was ‘mates’ with Oz, who is Lebanese-Australian, and Omar, who was born in Afghanistan, long before bidding on their home.

This claim has been denied by Omar and Oz, who said they were introduced to Portelli through mutual friends a few weeks before the auction.

There has been speculation Portelli was 'mates' with Oz, who is Lebanese-Australian, and Omar, who was born in Afghanistan, long before bidding on their home. Omar and Oz have said they were introduced to Portelli through mutual friends a few weeks before the auction

There has been speculation Portelli was ‘mates’ with Oz, who is Lebanese-Australian, and Omar, who was born in Afghanistan, long before bidding on their home. Omar and Oz have said they were introduced to Portelli through mutual friends a few weeks before the auction

While Portelli’s exact background is unclear, his family name is Italian and Maltese. 

It comes after fellow Blockhead Sharon Johal revealed ‘no one’ from the show was speaking to Omar and Oz after they swept the floor with the competition.

‘No one else is really talking to the boys and haven’t been for some time. They’ve had issues for ages,’ she said, adding that she and husband Ankur Dogra are the exception because they are still ‘friends with all the couples’.

It comes after fellow Blockhead Sharon Johal (right, with Ankur Dogra) revealed 'no one' from the show was speaking to Omar and Oz after they swept the floor with the competition

It comes after fellow Blockhead Sharon Johal (right, with Ankur Dogra) revealed ‘no one’ from the show was speaking to Omar and Oz after they swept the floor with the competition 

The Block host Scott Cam said earlier this week he was still looking for answers to what happened on auction day after two ‘identical’ homes sold for wildly different prices.

All fives homes went under the hammer in Gisborne last Saturday: one inexplicably sold for a blockbuster profit of $1.6million, another made just under $170,000, a third barely reached its reserve, and two homes passed in without a sale.

These unusual results left the cast and crew ‘flabbergasted’, with Scott telling radio show Fitzy & Wippa on Monday he wanted someone to explain it to him.

Scott Cam (left, with Dylan and Jenny) said earlier this week he was still looking for answers to what happened on auction day after two 'identical' homes sold for wildly different prices

Scott Cam (left, with Dylan and Jenny) said earlier this week he was still looking for answers to what happened on auction day after two ‘identical’ homes sold for wildly different prices

When asked why there was such a discrepancy in the sale prices, Scott said: ‘I don’t know. That’s what I said in the closer last night when we signed off on the show.

‘I said, “If anybody can explain what happened to me, I’d love to hear it.” And that’s true. Everyone, the crew, the cameraman, the producers, were all flabbergasted.’

‘One joint goes for $5.6million, and the next joint goes for $4.1million, and they’re virtually identical,’ he added, referring to Omar and Oz’s winning property, and Tom and Sarah-Jane’s third-place home, which made a profit of just $20,000.

All fives homes went under the hammer in Gisborne last Saturday: one inexplicably sold for a blockbuster profit of $1.6million, another made just under $170,000, a third barely reached its reserve, and two homes passed in without a sale. (Pictured: winners Omar and Oz)

All fives homes went under the hammer in Gisborne last Saturday: one inexplicably sold for a blockbuster profit of $1.6million, another made just under $170,000, a third barely reached its reserve, and two homes passed in without a sale. (Pictured: winners Omar and Oz)

Scott praised Tom and Sarah-Jane’s gracious response to the bad news, saying: ‘They were stoic, they were unbelievable, in fact, and they weren’t angry.

‘They were just going, “It is what it is.” You know what Sarah-Jane said to me, “We’ll just pay our mortgage off like everybody else.”‘

The Block buyers’ advocate Frank Valentic, of Melbourne-based Advantage Property Consulting, also remarked on the strange auction outcome.

These unusual results left the cast and crew 'flabbergasted', with Cam telling Fitzy & Wippa on Monday he's still looking for answers. (Pictured: Ankur and Sharon, whose home didn't sell)

These unusual results left the cast and crew ‘flabbergasted’, with Cam telling Fitzy & Wippa on Monday he’s still looking for answers. (Pictured: Ankur and Sharon, whose home didn’t sell)

‘[It] was a result that was out of the box. I think [Adrian Portelli, one of the bidders on Omar and Oz’s home] was a friend of the owners as well,’ he told Daily Mail Australia.

‘It was a bit of a freaky result. He obviously had the money to buy it, but he also pushed Danny [Wallis, the winning bidder] up a long way above what those properties were worth.’

A Nine spokesperson told The Sydney Morning Herald, ‘The Block finale was a public auction run according to the rules, and anyone is welcome to bid’ – and Daily Mail Australia does not suggest otherwise.

The Block buyers' advocate Frank Valentic (pictured), of Melbourne-based Advantage Property Consulting, agreed the auction outcome was 'freaky'

The Block buyers’ advocate Frank Valentic (pictured), of Melbourne-based Advantage Property Consulting, agreed the auction outcome was ‘freaky’

Nine made an estimated $19million profit from The Block auction, which took place in the Macedon Ranges on Saturday and aired on the show on Sunday night.

The network paid $11million last year for the 28ha plot of land, which was subdivided into seven lots with five assigned to the contestants, reports The Australian.

The reserves for each home were over $4million, and Scott’s own reno will likely sell at a later date. It’s believed Nine will make $30million when the entire lot is sold.

Channel Nine made an estimated $19million profit from The Block auction, which took place in the Macedon Ranges on Saturday and aired on the show on Sunday night. (Pictured: hosts Scott Cam and Shelley Craft)

Channel Nine made an estimated $19million profit from The Block auction, which took place in the Macedon Ranges on Saturday and aired on the show on Sunday night. (Pictured: hosts Scott Cam and Shelley Craft)

Omar and Oz were crowned the winners, selling their property for $5,666,666 and taking home a record-breaking $1.6million in prize money.

The western Sydney mates made the largest sum of all five Block houses, far exceeding the $4.08million reserve.

Ryan and Rachel Carr placed second, selling their home for a $169,000 profit.

But there was also heartache for two couples, Ankur and Sharon, and Jenny Heath and Dylan Adams, who failed to sell their homes at auction.

Omar Slaimankhel and Oz Malik (pictured) were crowned the winners on Sunday, selling their reno for $5,666,666 and taking home a record-breaking $1.6million in prize money

Omar Slaimankhel and Oz Malik (pictured) were crowned the winners on Sunday, selling their reno for $5,666,666 and taking home a record-breaking $1.6million in prize money 

Their properties were passed in when they failed to attract a bidder over the reserve, with both homes only reaching $4,075,000.

The couples continued to negotiate with their highest bidders after filming.

It marked the first time a Block property had failed to sell at auction since season four in 2011 when two teams’ homes were passed in.

Tom and Sarah-Jane didn’t fare much better, with their home going for a profit of just $20,000, forcing them to sell their car to make up for lost earnings.

There was also heartache for two couples, Ankur and Sharon, and Jenny Heath (left) and Dylan Adams (right), who failed to sell their homes at auction

There was also heartache for two couples, Ankur and Sharon, and Jenny Heath (left) and Dylan Adams (right), who failed to sell their homes at auction 

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