The Block’s Shelley Craft shuts down claims the show’s auction bidders ‘weren’t real’

EXCLUSIVE: The Block’s Shelley Craft addresses claims the show’s auction bidders ‘weren’t real’ after property expert said they buy homes on TV for ‘ego’ and ‘publicity’

The Block co-host Shelley Craft has shut down claims the four auctions on this season of the show weren’t real following the show’s nail-biting auction finale.

Shelley, who has been a part of the Channel Nine franchise for 11 years, denied there are ‘fake’ bidders following claims multi-millionaires like Adrian Portelli and Danny Wallis purchased the properties as an ‘ego boost’.

Speaking exclusively with Daily Mail Australia, the 46-year-old explained why viewers tend to see the same faces popping up at the same auctions.

The Block co-host Shelley Craft has shut down claims the four sales this year were 'not real' following the show's nail-biting auction finale

The Block co-host Shelley Craft has shut down claims the four sales this year were ‘not real’ following the show’s nail-biting auction finale

‘As you can see that a lot of the potential buyers use buyers advocates because they don’t want to be on television,’ she said.

‘So, we obviously had some frenzied bidders on House Five (Omar and Oz) this year. That’s what you need – you need at least you know two giants to go toe to toe to make a great auction.’

Shelley continued: ‘If you don’t have any other bidders in the room, well it’s a very slow room and it’s a very quiet room as we saw in the other houses.’

Shelley, who has been a part of the Channel Nine franchise for 11 years, denied there are 'fake' bidders following claims multi-millionaire purchased the properties as an 'ego boost'

Shelley, who has been a part of the Channel Nine franchise for 11 years, denied there are ‘fake’ bidders following claims multi-millionaire purchased the properties as an ‘ego boost’

The TV personality added The Block auctions are ‘as real as it gets’.

‘That’s the beauty of The Block being a reality TV show… Once the train leaves the station, we really have to just sit back and watch like the rest of Australia, which is hard to do. Let me tell you,’ she said. 

All five Gisborne homes went under the hammer two weeks ago with reserve prices of $4.08million, which was more than double the median house price in the area.

Shelley (centre) says that The Block auction is 'as real as it gets'

Shelley (centre) says that The Block auction is ‘as real as it gets’ 

All five Gisborne homes went under the hammer two weeks ago with reserve prices of $4.08million, which was more than double the median house price in the area

All five Gisborne homes went under the hammer two weeks ago with reserve prices of $4.08million, which was more than double the median house price in the area

Three were sold on auction day to frequent bidder Danny Wallis, and another was sold to businessman Adrian Portelli in a private sale a week later, leaving just Dylan and Jenny’s home on the market. 

Last week, property guru Chris Bellesini told New Idea the four sold homes would not have found buyers – at least not for that much money – if they hadn’t been featured on a national TV show.

‘The properties that did sell at auction were at inflated prices,’ he said. 

Three homes were sold on auction day to frequent bidder Danny Wallis, and another was sold to businessman Adrian Portelli in a private sale a week later, leaving just Dylan and Jenny's home on the market. Pictured: Shelley Craft with contestants Rachel and Ryan

Three homes were sold on auction day to frequent bidder Danny Wallis, and another was sold to businessman Adrian Portelli in a private sale a week later, leaving just Dylan and Jenny’s home on the market. Pictured: Shelley Craft with contestants Rachel and Ryan

‘These sales weren’t real. Three were sold to Danny for his ego and the fourth to Adrian to promote his business ventures,’ he added.

‘Neither of them are real buyers; they wouldn’t have spent that cash or purchased those houses if it weren’t for the fact that they were on The Block.’

Elsewhere, Shelley has hinted at what’s in store for next year’s season of the show.

The Blockheads will return to Hampton, a suburb in Melbourne Victoria where the 2021 season was filmed.

‘There’ll certainly be twists and turns,’ she told Daily Mail Australia. ‘You can’t really go from what we’ve just created backwards. So I don’t know what the producers have in mind.’

During her break following The Block’s season wrap, Shelley’s joined forces with the RSL Art Union, who launched their 401st prize home draw which is slated to be Australia’s biggest prize home lottery in history.

During her break following The Block's season wrap, Shelley's joined forces with the RSL Art Union, who lauched their 401st prize home draw

During her break following The Block’s season wrap, Shelley’s joined forces with the RSL Art Union, who lauched their 401st prize home draw

The draw is slated to be Australia's biggest prize home lottery in history

In total, the winner will be walking away with 13 bedrooms, eight bathrooms, eight car spaces, one visitor carpark and a shared pool

The draw is slated to be Australia’s biggest prize home lottery in history. In total, the winner will be walking away with 13 bedrooms, eight bathrooms, eight car spaces, one visitor carpark and a shared pool

RSL Art Union is giving away an entire beachfront apartment complex on the Gold Coast worth $12.5 million, for just $10 a ticket

RSL Art Union is giving away an entire beachfront apartment complex on the Gold Coast worth $12.5 million, for just $10 a ticket

The Union is giving away an entire beachfront apartment complex located in Tugun on the Gold Coast that is worth $12.5 million, for just $10 a ticket.

‘It’s not just one home,’ Shelley explaoined. ‘You win the entire block so you get the four apartments for you to choose to do what you wish with. 

‘Whether that’s sell them all, keep them all and rent them out, give them away to family and friends. The choice is yours but you will become an instant millionaire.’

The recently built prize comprises of four fully furnished ocean-view apartments, including a double-storey penthouse, overlooking stunning ocean and hinterland views in Tugun.

Shelley told Daily Mail Australia she’s already jumped on board and bought a ticket, while revealing what she plans on doing with the complex if she wins.

The recently built prize comprises of four fully furnished ocean-view apartments, including a double-storey penthouse, overlooking stunning ocean and hinterland views in Tugun

The recently built prize comprises of four fully furnished ocean-view apartments, including a double-storey penthouse, overlooking stunning ocean and hinterland views in Tugun

Shelley tells Daily Mail Australia that's she's already jumped on board and bought a ticket, while revealing what she plans on doing with the complex if she wins

 Shelley tells Daily Mail Australia that’s she’s already jumped on board and bought a ticket, while revealing what she plans on doing with the complex if she wins

'I'd be surprised if people sold them to be honest,' she says

‘I’d be surprised if people sold them to be honest,’ she says

‘I think I would keep them all and just float between all five floors – because the penthouse has two levels – and then just make an income on the side through holiday rentals and family coming to stay,’ she said.

In total, the winner will be walking away with 13 bedrooms, eight bathrooms, eight car spaces, one visitor carpark and a shared pool.

Shelley noted that the draw will be the perfect Christmas gift, as the property also comes with $6,725 worth of festive gifts and decorations.

‘I’d be surprised if people sold them to be honest,’ she said. 

‘I think if you won this one, it’s definitely something to hold on to, at least for a few years until you know what you really want to do or what the rest of the family is up to.’

Entries for the RSL Art Union’s 401st prize home draw close December 14 and the winner will be drawn on 21 December. Buy tickets.

Shelley added that the draw will be the perfect Christmas gift, as the property also comes with $6,725 worth of festive gifts and decorations

Shelley added that the draw will be the perfect Christmas gift, as the property also comes with $6,725 worth of festive gifts and decorations

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