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
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.