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THE RE­AL­ITY REN­O­VA­TION SE­RIES GOES UN­DER THE HAM­MER

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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