THE REALITY RENOVATION SERIES GOES UNDER THE HAMMER
IN the end, not even identical twins Lysandra and Alisa Fraser could tell themselves apart.
The South Australian sisters (pictured) have had 29 years of others not being able to tell which twin is which. But it took four months shooting on The Block
Sky High, and its accompanying lack of sleep, for Lysandra to be stuck in the same situation.
‘‘Watching it on the television now, there are some scenes I can’t tell us apart in,’’ Lysandra confesses.
‘‘I’ll have that moment where I’m like, ‘Who is that? Is that me or Alisa?’. It’s weird because I’ve never looked at us like that before – I haven’t seen the two of us together. I now have a concept of how other people look at us.’’
As the finale of the reality renovation show looms – with contestants this week completing the final rooms of the ‘‘surprise’’ ground floor apartment renovation, ahead of Saturday’s auction and the winner announcement the following night – the identical twins remain in identical accord on one thing: Nothing can prepare you for The Block.
‘‘We thought we were prepared. I think you always imagine how hard it’s going to be, but being in it is different,’’ Lysandra laughs, ruefully.
‘‘I think we coped a little better with the lack of sleep because we both have young children (she has two boys, aged one and four, and Alisa has a son, almost two years old) and have been up in the middle of the night for the past couple of years.’’
‘‘But this was a new level of sleep deprivation – at times going into that state of delirium. It’s crazy what it does to your body. You have no control. It’s kind of like standing outside of your body watching stuff happen.’’
The sisters are general duties officers with the South Australian police, working at the same station in Adelaide, and say while their police training might have prepared them mentally for the competition, ‘‘We know now that unless you have done The Block you are never going to understand’’.
The twins polarised many – both their fellow-renovators and viewers – early in the competition, and had a few spectacular blow-ups between themselves and their fellow Blockheads as the pressure grew.
But in recent weeks, they’ve seen a swing of viewer support towards them. They say the reason is, ‘‘What you saw of us on
The Block was always what you got’’. From the outset, there was no sugar-coating and they stuck to their vow of just being themselves.
‘‘To start with people didn’t know how to take us because we call a spade a spade. And Alisa and I will never apologise for that, that’s how we are,’’ Lysandra says.
‘‘Now I think people can see we were actually being ourselves from the outset. We knew being ourselves would pay off because we knew that other contestants weren’t being themselves.
‘‘We knew who was being fake but we had faith that they wouldn’t be able to contain that for the whole show. We knew their true colours would come out. Ours were already out there.’’
Lest be there any confusion about whom Lysandra is referring to – she makes it crystal clear.
‘‘The top three levels (Queensland’s Trixie and Johnno, NSW couple Madi and Jarrod and Victoria’s Bec and George),’’ she says.