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  • Evan Thomas (l) and Keith Bynum. Photo: Facebook.

These Gay Detroiters Are Rocking the Block in Yet Another HGTV Reality Show Competition

By |2022-03-09T10:10:44-05:00March 9th, 2022|Michigan, News|

Detroiters Keith Bynum and Evan Thomas are back on HGTV!

The personal and professional couple and stars of HGTV’s “Bargain Block” are featured in the third season of the HGTV series “Rock the Block,” which has the stars of four different HGTV series competing to design a newly constructed home in Charleston, S.C. The team that raises the appraisal value the highest wins and will have the block named after them.

Bynum and Thomas are competing against Egypt Sherrod and Mike Jackson from “Married to Real Estate,” Leslie Davis and Lyndsay Lamb from “Unsellable Houses,” and Dave and Jenny Marrs from “Fixer to Fabulous.” The show is hosted by Ty Pennington and features different HGTV stars each episode to play the role of judge. 

Each week, the couples compete to design a different space in the house, which is definitely larger than Bynum and Thomas’ usual fare. Bynum told that his biggest challenge on the new show is “taking a space this big and creating that homey vibe that we’re known for. With 3,500 square feet to play with, it’s serious business.”


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On “Bargain Block,” Bynum and Thomas take homes others have classified as undesirable and rehab and redesign them. They actually live in each house as they work on it. Bynum is the design man, while Thomas is the carpenter. Together, they transform abandoned and boarded-up houses into real homes.

“We love taking on the absolute worst of the worst,” Bynum told Pride Source last year. “The house that no one wants or believes in, that’s our jam.”

While talking to Pride Source, Bynum shared how he was disowned by his family when he came out, and how the broken-down homes he brings back to life remind him of himself. “I kind of personify the houses,” he said. “I was down and beat up and even my family didn’t want me after I came out, but someone believed in me, and I’m in such a better place now. The houses are the same. They just need someone to believe in them again.”

“Rock the Block” airs 9 p.m. Monday nights on HGTV.

About the Author:

Jason A. Michael has been with Pride Source since 1999 and is currently senior staff writer. He has received both the Spirit of Detroit Award (presented by the Detroit City Council) and the Media Award from the Community Pride Banquet & Awards Ceremony for his writing and activism. Jason is also an Essence magazine bestselling author for his authorized biography "Strength Of A Woman: The Phyllis Hyman Story," released on his own JAM Books imprint.
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