Cou­ple thank­ful for rules chance

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DIS­AP­POINTED was not a word Maddi and Lloyd used to de­scribe how they felt af­ter be­ing elim­i­nated from House Rules on Tues­day night.

The Townsville cou­ple, who rep­re­sented Queens­land in the Chan­nel 7 re­al­ity show, said they were thank­ful for how far they had made it in the com­pe­ti­tion.

“We’re not dis­ap­pointed, just re­ally stoked we were cho­sen and be the only cou­ple in Queens­land to get that far,” Maddi said.

“We walk away with a fully ren­o­vated house in­side and out, we’re just lucky.”

One of their big­gest chal­lenges was when the cou­ple moved away from a house’s in­te­rior to work in the gar­den, Maddi said.

“It was in­cred­i­bly hard,” she said.

“We had five houses to prac­tice on and to build-up our skills and then we moved to gar­dens where we don’t have any ex­pe­ri­ence.

“We were thrown in the deep end.”

Maddi and Lloyd were ap­plauded for their de­ci­sion to ex­tend the back deck of Adam and Lisa’s home in Mel­bourne to ac­com­mo­date al­fresco din­ing and an ex­ist­ing tree.

The Townsville duo fin­ished last in the sec­ond semi-fi­nal af­ter their ef­forts in the Vic­to­rian team’s back­yard failed to im­press judges, Joe Snell and Wendy Moore, who gave them a com­bined score of 12 points.

“I think you guys had the be­gin­ning of a re­ally won­der­ful gar­den,” House Rules judge Wendy Moore said.

“But you didn’t quite fol­low through.”

Fel­low judge Joe Snell said the lay­out was poor, par­tic­u­larly the brick path di­vid­ing the lawn which was “OTT” (over the top).

Mean­while Lloyd said it was also dif­fi­cult to fol­low the other con­tes­tants’ house rules at times.

“You think you’re on the right track but then the judges come in and it’s the com­plete op­po­site,” Lloyd said.

“Maddi and I would try to be cre­ative and try to fol­low the rules down to a tee but some­times it didn’t work in our favour.”

Dur­ing the com­pe­ti­tion the cou­ple be­came good friends with Mel­bourne team Adam and Lisa, Maddi said.

“Adam and Lisa were our ab­so­lute best friends in the com­pe­ti­tion so we’re cross­ing our fin­gers they win it,” she said.

The cou­ple wouldn’t hold back if they had the chance to ren­o­vate again.

“We’ve got the taste for it now,” Maddi said.

Ex­te­rior chal­lenge semi-fi­nal scores

Adam & Lisa (VIC): 30 Candy & Ryan (NSW): 29 Ca­role & Rus­sell (WA): 28 Maddi & Lloyd (Qld): 23

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