House Rules' Brooke: "I Don't Think There's Any Bad Blood"
Source: Channel Seven
When Tasmanian couple Brooke Strong and Grant Lovekin made the controversial decision to score their competitors strategically on hit show House Rules, they were instantly tagged "the villains" by audiences. But all the hype turned out to be just that, when last night we saw the couple tearfully bid farewell by their fellow contestants. That's the nice thing about the camaraderie between teams on House Rules: yes, they bicker and fight, but they all support each other in the tough times. And last night was tough, as Brooke and Grant became the first team eliminated from the competition this year.
After renovating a larger chunk of five strangers' houses and having their own Tassie dwelling redone, the couple have emerged from the show with their heads held high — and a distinct lack of interest in what any strangers have to say about them. We caught up with Brooke this morning — keep scrolling for our full interview, plus a look at their stellar work during their time on the show.
POPSUGAR Australia: Sorry to see you guys go – was it hard to watch back?
Brooke: Yeah, it was.
PS: You're judged on your overall score, which extends back to your very first renovation; your skills wouldn't have been as honed as they are now. Is it hard to get judged like that?
Brooke: Yeah, that's right. The first week we did a really good job, but I think after that we just floundered a bit and it was really, really hard to get that same inspiration again until the last week, and then we got our act together again. I don't know what happened for us but it fell apart in the middle [laughs].
PS: Why was that, do you think?
Brooke: Interpreting the house rules [whichever house is being renovated each week comes with a set of five non-negotiable house rules that must be adhered to] is really hard because everyone has a different opinion. Obviously the way we interpreted them was different to the judges and that was the hardest bit and where we fell down.
PS: It's so much about personal opinion, isn't it. Last night, Bomber and Mel had totally different reactions to the lounge room — it's really hard to please everyone.
Brooke: That's right. You can't, because one person will like something and the other person won't. You just do your best!
PS: I know you guys copped a bit of flak for the harsh scores you gave the other teams. Can you talk me through how you came to the decision to score as you did?
Brooke: yeah, well. . . We decided to be a little bit strategic as far as we were on the bottom of the ladder that week and we wanted to score lower to give ourselves a chance of moving up the leader board if we could. It was in no way a personal attack on any particular team because we didn't know who'd done what zone. We started with what we liked and went down from there but the scores were still pretty reasonable, I think.
PS: How was your relationship with the other team members?
Brooke: Yeah, fine! All the relationships were strained at times, but after it we're all still in contact and I don't think there's any bad blood.
PS: I think, aside from the week where you scored the others, it seemed like it was all pretty smooth sailing between the teams for the most part.
Brooke: Yeah! That's the thing, we left on a high and everyone was sad to see us go which was nice. We've definitely made some friends.
PS: Who did you get along with the best and who the least?
Brooke: Oh, everyone at different times, I don't think we can really pick out one over the other. They're all people that we wouldn't have had the chance to meet in our everyday lives, so we're grateful that we met them and they've become part of our lives.