Things started to get a little controversial on last night’s episode of The Block when Shaynna began getting suspicious about Luke and Jasmin’s bedroom.
The West Aussie couple had scored a rare perfect score of three 10s from the judges for their bedroom and bathroom reveal during Sunday’s episode.
But Shaynna smelt a rat, taking host Scott Cam aside to say that she thought she’d seen that bedroom somewhere before.
The judge went home to do some research, finding a room that look more than a little similar online.
Jodie and Soda caught up with Shaynna about the cheating scandal to find out how she tracked down the so-called inspo so quickly, take a listen:
The couple have since taken to Instagram to defend their bedroom, telling their followers that they had played by the rules.
“We were open about using it and believed it was all above board. In 2017 Block contestants went through a similar ordeal with their kids room. They got a perfect score and won the room,” Luke and Jasmin wrote on Instagram.
“We are all everyday Aussies, none of us experts in design and if we need the help of Pinterest and Instagram then we are allowed to use it freely within show rules, as much or as little as we like,” they continued.
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Okay…. so our side of the copygate saga. We were just working happily on our kitchen when Shaynna popped in to give us a slap on the wrist for copying. Our faces said it all, we were in shock. All week we were showing our moodboard which featured the room from the @thedesignory (among other images). We were open about using it and believed it was all above board. In 2017 Block contestants went through a similar ordeal with their kids room. They got a perfect score and won the room. Then were later accused of copying by other contestants. They were cleared of any wrong doing by The Block, Scotty and judges. At the time, a channel 9 spokesperson stated “The only rule is that contestants don’t enlist the help of a professional interior designer. There is no limit on the boundaries to which contestants can take an inspiration image and draw on latest trends for their rooms”. So this is our understanding of the show ‘rules’ with regards to copying. Rules, which we haven’t broken. We know that other contestants this season have copied/taken ALOT of inspiration from images for their rooms. We hope it adds as much value to their house as possible. After all that’s the competition. As Shelly said “This is a real estate competition not a design competition” and we all hope every contestant does well come auction day. We are all everyday Aussies, none of us experts in design and if we need the help of Pinterest and Instagram then we are allowed to use it freely within show rules, as much or as little as we like. Us girls would ALL sit together scrolling Pinterest on our phones every Sunday before judging asking our partners “Do you like this? We should do this for this room”. In House 4 we intentionally set out to create an on-trend home and there will always be current design trends that feature in homes built at the same time, by people who scroll the same feeds as us.