I love Darren and Deanne as a team They are definitely competitive
“THE dream that you’re going to make half a million dollars [on The Block] is very hard to quash. Last year’s auctions for The Block Glasshouse were a rollercoaster. The boys [brothers Shannon and Simon] walked away with so much money [$435,000] and Chris and Jenna got a great result [$310,000] and it was all downhill from there.
The disappointing results affected everyone, including Scotty and myself. We work with these contestants for about 12 weeks by the time the auction comes around and we know how much blood, sweat and tears they put into it.
The Darling St, South Yarra, apartments in The Block Triple Threat are different altogether. I think these contestants have been quite reserved in their design choices. There is a restraint compared to the flamboyance and exuberance of the Glasshouse apartments.
I think the Triple Threat contestants have really listened to what the show’s buyer’s advocates (Nicole Jacobs, Frank Valentic, Greville Pabst) have been saying – that the South Yarra market is very discerning.
The change to The Block’s format with the introduction of the buyer’s advocates is very timely considering the results on Glasshouse.
I love Darren and Deanne as a team. I love watching them on TV. They are definitely competitive. They have come back to win. They’ve got a lot to prove to themselves this time around.
I couldn’t be on a reality TV show. There is no way in hell.
No one can keep to a budget on this show. A lot of the couples come unstuck because they think that they’ve got a carpenter or a plumber on their team and that’s going to help them out. It might save them a few bucks but it doesn’t get the job done quicker.
Twins Alisa and Lysandra Fraser knew how to drive a good team. They didn’t do a lot of the construction themselves. They knew how to make a team work – and you saw the results.
I certainly do feel for the contestants that come on the show with kids because they’re in there for the 12 weeks and they can’t really escape. There is not really the chance for them to duck home at the weekends.
I get to go home [to Byron Bay] for half the week. I’m only in Melbourne for a couple of days at a time and for my family it works. I reassess it every season. I’ve always travelled ever since I started in TV almost 20 years ago so for me it is normal. THE BLOCK TRIPLE THREAT MONDAY, 7.30PM, NINE