House Rules' Maddi and Lloyd: "Everything They Wrote Was Completely False"
Queensland couple Maddi Carter and Lloyd Wright were a popular duo with fans of hit renovation show House Rules, but their low scores saw them reach the end of their reality TV road last night. Bowing out in fourth place, Maddi and Lloyd held their heads high and walked away with a newly-renovated home in Townsville, and firm friends in competitors Adam and Lisa. We caught up with the happy-go-lucky couple today, and a nicer, funnier pair you couldn't imagine — though, they had some stern words about the judges' scoring systems, and false stories that have recently appeared in the media . . .
POPSUGAR Australia: How did it feel to come this far and then get eliminated so close to the end?
Lloyd: I think we feel lucky to have made it this far in itself and as much as we came into the competition wanting to win, that was such a high expectation for us. We wanted to make the top four and to walk away with the entire inside and outside of your house done [renovated], that's a dream come true.
Maddi: It was bittersweet — you get kicked out but you're getting that so how can you be disappointed?
PS: It's the best show to be on because, no matter what, you walk away with a renovated house.
Maddi: Yeah! That's why we chose it [both laugh].
PS: How hard is it? Did you ever feel like it was too much?
Lloyd: Yeah, there were a lot of times where it would just seem like it was the hardest thing to do because you have no sleep, you're running on adrenaline and it just felt like there was no light at the end of the tunnel. But I guess the beauty of it is you do each home in a week and you know you've got to try and recover in between the next house.
PS: Is there a big break between houses?
Maddi: You've got a couple of days because the judges have to go in and they have to judge, and then the homeowners. And then you've got to fly all over the country, so really your break is on an aeroplane . . . And I can't sleep on aeroplanes!
PS: Which week or moment was hardest for you guys?
Maddi: The unit makeover was hardest for us, purely because it was out of our comfort zone and it was a totally different way of looking at a reno. Because even the last ones, we'd just done five renos where you literally rip the house apart and build new walls — with this one you had to be quite delicate and had to use what was existing and basically just refurbish or resurface. That was the hardest for us, to get your head around the smaller budget and making it look nice when you've got to use different tools. It's sort of like a Better Homes & Gardens-type makeover that you see!
PS: Which was your favourite house to work on, whether it be for location or the house in general?
Lloyd: I enjoyed Perth, even though it was physically the hardest. We had a great vision for our zone and things were working . . . But I think Maddi enjoyed working on the house in Melbourne.
Maddi: Yeah, just purely because of the zone we had — it was all in one area, the master bedroom, ensuite and walk-ins, so we didn't have to compete with the other teams so much.
PS: You'll have seen that the judges are copping a bit of flak in the media for judging too harshly. What are your thoughts on that?
Maddi: I honestly think they did judge too harshly! We gave Adam and Lisa a brand new backyard with a carport, new driveway, new deck, new fence, and we got a six. I just think it was a bit low.
Lloyd: I think sometimes it might seem that the judges forget that we are amateurs and we do only have three-and-a-half days to do it. Even for a professional to do it in that time would still be asking a lot.
Maddi: I think if the judges tried to do it in three-and-a-half days they'd fail. If you are a professional as well, you'd try be a perfectionist and you can't do that in three-and-a-half days. You have to let go of trying to be a perfectionist and trying to get everything right and just try and do what you can do. It was disappointing, some of their comments like, we "didn't put the furniture in the right position" . . . I think that's a bit of bull-crap, to be honest. Like, far out, turn the table around, how hard is it?
PS: It can seem like the judges are looking for problems that aren't there.
Lloyd: Yeah, that's right.
Maddi: Yeah, exactly. We were pretty disappointed. We weren't surprised to go home but we would have liked to have gone on a nicer score than that in the last round.
PS: It's just so much about personal taste.
Lloyd: That's what we said after the first week, because in Carole and Russell's yard they got an eight and a six. For two professional judges to score so differently, it is all about personal taste.
PS: At least you can walk away knowing that if it was a public vote you guys probably would have won.
Maddi: Yeah I know! I was like, "Oh, couldn't we have brought the public vote in?" [Both laugh].
PS: How was your relationship with the other teams?
Maddi: Yeah, we're really good mates with them! We're probably best mates with Adam and Lisa, they're just a beautiful couple inside and out. They just don't have a mean streak in their bodies. We found a lot of similarities between us and them and confided in each other so they're our besties in the show.