I love Dar­ren and Deanne as a team They are def­i­nitely com­pet­i­tive

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - THE LAST WORD - With Colin Vick­ery WITH SHEL­LEY CRAFT,

“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

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