PHOTO: The Block contestants for 2019. Photo: Channel Nine

Hurrah! The Block is back for 2019. We can marvel at couples having meltdowns over curtain fabrics while airborne concrete dust solidifies their tears. It really is the most wonderful time of the year.

In 2019, the five couples have been tasked with turning The Oslo in St Kilda into something for which nice people will pay reasonable money.

Once a fine piece of real estate in the height of the gold rush, The Oslo has slid into disrepair over the years. Before being handed over to The Block, it was one of the city’s seediest backpackers. Step within a five-kilometre radius of it, and there’s still a good chance you’ll contract tinea.

Not only are the contestants taking on a seriously rough diamond, the area they are expected to makeover is also bigger than ever.