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Babies and a Gold Coast wedding: What the most iconic The Block contestants are doing now.

Before there were rose ceremonies and bula banquets, we became obsessed with a different kind of reality show. One with hard hats, hammers and (of course) a whole lot of drama. 

Yep, we're talking about The Block.

We thought we'd take a look at what some of our favourite contestants are doing now. 

Watch: The Block's Shelley Craft shares her interior decorating tips. Post continues below. 

Video via Mamamia.

Here's what these Blockheads are up to in 2023.

Dylan Adams and Jenny Heath Adams.

Dylan and Jeny competed on season 18 of The Block where pairs were required to renovate multi-million dollar properties in the Macedon Ranges of Victoria. 

The couple were up for the challenge, with Dylan coming from a trade background while Jenny had also been styling, decorating and renovating her own house on the Gold Coast. 

While the pair didn't have the smoothest journey on The Block, the couple did eventually sell their property, three months after it was passed in at auction. 

In March, Dylan and Jenny tied the knot. 


"We always knew our wedding day would be the best day of our lives," Jenny wrote on Instagram following their Gold Coast wedding. "We honestly had the most amazing ceremony [and] reception. Lots of laughs, tears, love, dancing, singing and pure joy the entire day. Couldn’t picture a more perfect day if we tried..."

And following their The Block journey, the pair said they're planning to start a family together. Considering Jenny is a triplet, she is fully expecting to fall pregnant with three babies too. 


"We know it’s always a chance and we’d be able to do it together," Dylan told New Idea

"I’m so excited for the next chapter," Jenny added. "After The Block, I know there is nothing that Dylan and I can’t get through."

The pair are currently travelling the world together, last updating fans with a photo of them holidaying on the Amalfi Coast in Italy. 


Omar and Oz Slaimankhel.

Omar and Oz smashed The Block when they competed in 2022, after selling their house for $5.6 million and walking away with a $1.68 million profit. Their win was a record-breaker for the reality reno program, cementing the duo as legends on The Block.

Since their time on the show, the pair have gone into their own business ventures. Omar and his brother Zakir Slaimankhel are currently about to undergo renovating their family home. 

On Instagram, the reality star wrote: "My brother @zaddy_zs and I are embarking on a new journey as we transform our family home. We can't wait to share the whole process with you and have you join us for the ride. It's going to be challenging, but we're already thrilled about what's to come."

And according to So Dramatic!, Omar and his wife Maz are expecting a baby. 


Tom Calleja and Sarah-Jane Wilson.

The Block 2022’s Tom and Sarah announced in April they are pregnant with their second child, alongside their daughter Cleo. 

"So excited to announce BABY CALLEJA no.2 is incoming October 2023. We feel so blessed and we are already so in love," the pair wrote. 

These days, Tom is working as a plumber on the latest season of The Block, where he is every bit of the larrikin he was in the previous season where he renovated a massive property in the Macedon Ranges alongside his wife. 


Sharon Johal and Ankur Dogra.

In 2022, actor and lawyer Sharon came on to The Block with her accountant husband, Ankur. They were about as rookie as they could get, but that didn't stop them from building the biggest house the series had ever seen. 

The pair didn't sell their house at auction but eventually sold it to Adrian Portelli for $4.25 million — leaving them with a profit of $170,000.

These days, the couple have returned to their 'normal' jobs, although they'll never quite forget their time on The Block. 

"We wanted representation in Australia. It's something I've worked towards my whole career as the first Punjabi Sikh on Neighbours," Sharon previously told Mamamia.

"I think [producers] saw that and said, 'You know what? They're willing to give it a crack.' They want to live the Australian dream and try something different."


Sharon has since returned to acting, holding a role on the Apple TV limited series Shantaram. She's also set to appear in the Prime Video film Ricky Stanicky starring Zac Efron and John Cena.

Josh and Luke Packham.

In 2021, Josh and Luke competed for the chance to win with their modern Melbourne home.


Previously, the twin brothers appeared on Love Island Australia, and Josh took home the $50,000 winner's prize money with his then-girlfriend Anna McEvoy.

In January 2023, Luke married his long-term partner Olivia, with whom he shares a daughter with, Olivia.

In 2022, Josh switched from contestant to TV presenter and became one of three hosts of the new lifestyle series Australia's Best Pools.


He appears to be currently single.

Dan Reilly and Dani Wales.

Fans will no doubt recognise former The Block contestant Dan Reilly. 

Dan competed on the show in 2012 and 2013 with his partner Dani and now works as the site foreman. 

After the show, the couple, who also starred in the web series Dan vs Dani, launched their very own design business called MannaMade (previously The Red Door Project). 


Six years ago, the couple began building their dream house in Blairgowrie, Victoria and finally wrapped it up in 2022.

Dan still continues to be the beloved and tough-loving (but not as tough as Keith!) foreman on The Block.

Josh and Jenna Densten.

Josh and Jenna famously got engaged on The Block back in 2011. Josh proposed the same night their house failed to sell at the auction.


Speaking to Mamamia, Jenna said the surprise proposal "put things into perspective for me". 

"We were so worried about the house and then Josh proposed and it makes you realise that’s our life, it’s not The Block."

Their house was bought a few days later, ultimately making them a $50,000 profit. The pair later competed on The Block All Stars in 2013, where they took home $275,000 in total winnings. 

The couple tied the knot in 2012. They welcomed their first child, Freddie, in 2017, and their second, a daughter named Story, in 2020.  

Since the show, Josh and Jenna have started their own design school, where they take on 70 students at a time. Josh also currently works as a commercial plumber. 

Fun fact: Josh is the brother of Gogglebox's Adam Densten.


Alisa and Lysandra Fraser.

Twin cops Alisa and Lysandra earned themselves $395,000 in profit when they won The Block in 2013. They also competed on the show again in 2014 for The Block Fans vs Faves but lost out to Steve O'Donnell and Chantelle Ford. 

But they didn't walk away completely empty-handed - all up they've made $1.01 million from The Block prize money, making them some of the show's most successful contestants.

Since the show, the sisters have kept busy running their successful design business and have worked together to renovate a heritage home in Melbourne's Albert Park. 

In 2020, they also launched their own naturally-derived range of hand and body products called Al.ive Body.

On the 18th season of The Block, the duo featured in one episode as guest judges. 


Josh Barker and Elyse Knowles.

Josh and Elyse took home $547,000 in prize money after comedian Dave Hughes bought their Elsternwick property for a casual $3.06 million in 2017. 

Speaking to Mamamia the following year, model Elyse said she considered backing out of The Block.

“We worked so hard to get on the show, and then we found out we got in, and we kind of had this shock feeling of, ‘Oh my God. Imagine if this is going to have a negative effect on my career. I’ve been working so hard since I was 10 years old on modelling, is this going to make me or break me?’ It was a really big chance that I took,” she said.


Thankfully, it all paid off. 

In 2019, the couple moved to Byron Bay and purchased a 1960s beach house - the perfect renovation project for the couple and their business J & E Projects. 

The pair also have two sons: Sunny and Zaii. 


Michael and Carlene Duffy.

Fans were left shocked when Michael and Carlen made only $10,000 in profit on The Block in 2014. 

"We were so disappointed. It was hard to watch the next auction after us. And some of the other contestants were disappointed with more than a hundred grand!" Carlene told Stellar Magazine in 2019.

The following year, the couple appeared on the series Reno Rumble but were sadly the first team eliminated. 

However, that wasn't the last we saw of Michael and Carlene. 

The parents of two went on to host their very own reality series, Ready, Set, Reno and more recently, Open Homes Australia. 

The pair also have launched their own business, Cedar & Suede.


Dea and Darren Jolly.

Darren and Dea made Block history in season 10 when they walked away with the largest amount of prize money. The builder and interior designer earned themselves an eye-watering $935,000 in profit. 

Following their success on the show, they began flipping houses and spent 11 months renovating a worker’s cottage in Kew East, Victoria, which they later sold for $2.9 million. 

Unfortunately, the pair decided to go their separate ways in September 2019. 

"This is a very difficult time for me and my girls," Dea said in a statement to the Herald Sun at the time. 

"We have been blindsided and left devastated by Darren’s action. But I'm focusing on my two daughters who are my number one priority. Please respect our privacy while we move on." 

Darren also spoke about the breakdown of his marriage and mental health issues in February 2020. 

"Spending three weeks in a mental facility to deal with depression. Leaving my 15-year marriage because I fell out of love and wanted a happier life," he said at Collingwood's annual general meeting, according to the Daily Mail. 


He also shared that he admitted himself to hospital, which he said was the "best thing [he] could have done". 

Since the split, Darren - who shares two daughters with Dea - has since moved on with Lucy Porter. They welcomed their first child together, a girl named Olive Rita Porter Jolly, in June 2022.

Kyal and Kara Demmrich.

Kyal and Kara have kept themselves busy after competing on The Block in 2014. The couple, who also appeared on Reno Rumble, run their own successful design company and in 2020, they completed renovating their very own 'forever home' for their family of four. 

The house, which Kyal and Kara bought pre-children and pre-reality TV, was formerly a small beach shack on the New South Wales Central Coast, which knew would someday be transformed into a tropical family oasis. 

The pair documented the whole process on their blog and Instagram. And you can check out all the photos here.

Since wrapping up with The Block, the pair have completed over 25 renovation projects. 


Mitch Edwards and Mark McKie.

Mitch and Mark didn't stop renovating after competing on The Block in 2019 and even made a return in the 17th season of the reality program. They eventually won, walking away with a profit of $744,000.

"It's been such a crazy ride. To say that we've won The Block is still strange," Mitch told Now To Love in 2021.

"We really do owe it all to The Block. The show has been a real gift," Mark also said.

"I think some people who do The Block, they finish and think, 'OK, things will happen now,' but you have to go after it. We were never going to sit back and wait," he says.

After their stint on The Block, the pair started their own podcast, Reality Reno With Mitch And Mark, and revamped their homeware brand, Mitch and Mark Home.


Madi and Jarrod.

After taking home $291,000 on The Block in 2013, Madi and Jarrod announced they were getting divorced.

According to Now To Love, Jarrod works as a carpenter and furniture maker and got engaged to his new partner in February 2018.


Madi remarried in 2015 before giving birth to a daughter in July 2017. She later welcomed her second child in 2019.

Ronnie and Georgia Caceres.

Controversial couple Ronnie and Georgia launched their own renovation company after competing on The Block in 2017.

"It's called Renovation HQ. We work together to help people transform spaces in their home. Lots of people have been contacting us wanting to renovate small spaces like bathrooms and kitchens. [We've] been doing a lot of design consulting," they told Channel Nine.


The pair also hosted their own renovating series, Quick Room Flips, and made a guest appearance on The Block in 2018 before returning to the competition to compete again in 2021 for The Block: Fan vs Faves.

Ronnie and Georgia were projected to win the show but came last following a rather eventful auction episode.

In 2021, the pair had to make a statement following rumours that they had secretly split. 

"Don't believe everything you read!" Georgia wrote on Instagram. "Rondog was filming in Sydney before The Block auction [in November] and I was in Perth with the kids. I think this is where this 'living apart' rumour started."

She then added that tabloid magazines are able to "write literal lies. It's crazy what they get away with".


Whitney Nolan and Andrew Simmons.

Last but not least, we have Whitney Nolan and Andrew Simmons, who appeared on the show in 2015. Unfortunately, the couple decided to call it quits shortly after the series went to air. 

"There were tears," Whitney told Woman's Day at the time.

"He was upset and I was upset, but I think we both understood it was coming to an end. We both knew it was going to happen because I wasn’t happy for a little while". 

The pair have remained out of the spotlight ever since. But according to Now To Love, Whitney now works as a cosmetic tattooist. 

Who was your favourite team from The Block? Let us know in the comments below. 

This article was originally published on January 4, 2021 and has been updated since.

Feature Image: Instagram @daddy_os_, @sarahjane91_, @dylanandjenny.