CHANGING Rooms star Laurence Llewellyn-Bowen warns fans about “extraordinary” reactions from contestants on the rebooted show.
The flamboyant Changing Rooms designer teased viewers that some of the contestants in the revamped version of the DIY show “don’t hold back on any level.”
Changing Rooms was a firm favourite of the British public between 1996 and 2004 – showing fans how to transform their homes with DIY. Contestants are given two days to make over their neighbours’ rooms.
It was presented by Carol Smillie until 2003 until Laurence took over for the final year, and he is the only original presenter to return 17 years later for the reboot.
Laurence appeared on This Morning to talk about the new Channel 4 series and revealed he felt like “an elderly retired warhorse” when they started filming.
“Last time I was painting scenes, I was 37 and now I’m 57,” he told hosts Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes.
“The minute we started I couldn’t leave anything alone. It all had that brilliant sense of camaraderie… it was like a rock ‘n’ roll tour, or a freak show.”
Naked Attraction’s Anna Richardson will be presenting the show with Laurence and new designers Jordan Cluroe, Russell Whitehead and carpenter Tibby Singh will be joining for the first time.
“They’re massive on Instagram and what’s been really weird is that they’ve grown up with Changing Rooms,” Laurence said of the newcomers.
Of the types of makeovers viewers can expect, Laurence explained: “We wanted to do rooms that were a bit aspirational.
“We could create things that had a bit of longevity.”
But then he dropped the bombshell that the contestants reacted with a lot more emotion than during the first innings of Changing Rooms.
“It’s extraordinary, I’ve never seen reactions like this before,” he explained.
“They’re not holding back on any level, and that’s positive or negative.”
Each instalment will see two sets of homeowners from the same neighbourhood take on the task of renovating each other’s homes.
To make the challenge even more difficult, the two homeowners will also be up against the clock in order to get things done on schedule.
Changing Rooms is set to premiere later this months, with the first set of renovations taking place in Swansea, South Wales.
Laurence told The Sun in an exclusive chat that his ‘flamboyant’ nature has always been a good for the show.
“Changing Rooms was always a bit subversive. I was the Pope of subversion throughout that show, and certainly that is something that will never go, but it’s become part of the woodwork of what we’re doing, which I really like. Who says everything should be ghastly good taste? Who says the nation should be living in well-behaved greige spaces?” he said
“I’ve always been who I am. After all these many years of being on television it still surprises me when people say you’re exactly like you are on television. Well durr, yeah, television was there to film me doing what I was doing. I wasn’t there to be on television.”
Changing Rooms launches on Wednesday August 18 at 8pm on Channel 4 and All 4.