Reality couple block out criticism
Dan and Dani, contestants on The Block Photo: Fran Atkinson
Reality renovation contestants Dan and Dani make no apologies for their win-at-all-cost attitude on The Block, even though it has come at the expense of being derided on social networking sites.
Dani said they are becoming used to the negativity surrounding their appearance on the Nine Network's hit show.
Dan said viewers should understand their goal is to win the cash prize and not to be the most liked or loved couple on TV.
Dan and Dani upset other contestants this week by cutting tiles late at night in a church yard nearby.
"I have a one in four chance to win $100,000," Dan told AAP.
"This could potentially change our lives and set us up for life and I am going to give it my hardest and give it my all.
"The viewer does not have a chance to win this prize."
Dani said the Melbourne couple was not necessarily being misrepresented on The Block, as they did have frustrating and annoying disagreements with each other trying to meet deadlines and agree on renovations.
But she said producers have been selective in the editing process and chosen the most dramatic scenes to make the show entertaining, possibly at their own expense, because it rates.
Dani said another difficult and confronting aspect of being on The Block was seeing and hearing themselves react under stress.
"It is a bit of a reality check because you don't realise the tones in your voice and the way you say things are different to the way you hear it," she said.
"Hearing it back now there are things I think I need to work on.
"We are also able to get over the negativity that has come back at us on social media."
Dani and Dan, who is a carpenter, have already been on a promotional tour for The Block throughout Queensland and will return to the Sunshine State next week.
They have so far won $13,000 in room reveals and challenges, and Dan said being a contestant on The Block has had a positive effect on their long-term relationship.
"After this, we are a lot closer and stronger and I think we can get through anything now," he said.
Their terrace house, along with the other three which were renovated on the corner of Dorcas and Montague Sts in South Melbourne, will be open for inspection on June 16 and 17.
All four terraces are expected to be auctioned on June 30 and are tipped to have a minimum asking price of between $1 million to $1.2 million.
The final price will ultimately determine who wins the show.