Are they just glut­tons for pun­ish­ment or is there a score to set­tle? Dar­ren and Deanne Jolly tell ANNA BRAIN they nearly quit after their auc­tion dis­as­ter Block Glasshouse

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THE dou­ble Ds, as they are af­fec­tion­ately known, had signed on for a sec­ond se­ries be­fore the shock auc­tion re­sult that saw them leave The

with only $10,000 for their months of hard work. Un­der­stand­ably dis­ap­pointed, Dar­ren says ini­tially they con­sid­ered pulling out.

“We said, ‘No, we’re not do­ing it, why would we put our­selves through that again?’,” he says. “We’ve just built a whole apart­ment for noth­ing, while you guys have made mil­lions of dol­lars. We took a while to think about it, cooled down. Once we had time to think about it, we thought we’d be kick­ing our­selves for the rest of our lives if we didn’t do this one, and the re­sult turned out to be great for ev­ery­one.”

But the Jollys didn’t have time to sit around and pon­der their decision – film­ing started shortly after the Glasshouse fin­ished.

“Ob­vi­ously, we would’ve pre­ferred to have a bit of a break in be­tween, just to col­lect our­selves,” Deanne says. “But the way it worked out … we had six days be­tween the auc­tion and com­ing back on. That is in­sane, I know. It’s the short­est break. Any­one else who’s done two Blocks has had months in be­tween. It’s ma­jor.

“We knew the lo­ca­tion. We jumped on­line and saw the plans on the coun­cil web­site, and we knew this was go­ing to be a lot bet­ter build, a lot bet­ter area. The prospect of com­ing back was more ap­peal­ing to us, but it’s al­ways in the back of our minds … for 12 weeks you just ruin your body, men­tally and phys­i­cally, and do an apart­ment … hope­fully it won’t hap­pen again.” re­peat it­self come auc­tion time. “I didn’t have huge ex­pec­ta­tions last time, so I don’t have huge ex­pec­ta­tions this time ei­ther,” she says. “None of this is a sure thing, it’s not a for­mula, so there’s ev­ery pos­si­bil­ity that it may not go well. Ob­vi­ously we would love to win some money, just be­cause we’ve worked re­ally hard for a long time now.”

Dar­ren points out that while they hope to do bet­ter this time, it would be hard to do worse.

“You do want a bit of a re­ward for the hard work you put in,” he says.

“We can only hope to get a bet­ter re­sult. At the end of the day we’re both healthy, we’ve got beau­ti­ful chil­dren to fo­cus on.” judge Shaynna Blaze be­fore, Dea says “I think Shaynna is pretty harsh with me. Across the board, she’s the hard­est judge for every­body, she gives the low­est scores. Not by much. But she’s the one who has the most to say about rooms. It’s noth­ing new. She’s harder to im­press, def­i­nitely.”

Shat­tered: Dar­ren and Deanne Jolly were dis­ap­pointed after the Glasshouse auc­tion, but after orig­i­nally be­ing op­posed to the idea, they’re back for another sea­son.

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