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Gogglebox Australia: The Elias family share the emotional reason they joined the show

The Sydneysiders are loving their time on TV.

One of Gogglebox Australia's newest families, The Elias' have returned to the popular show for a second season and they've revealed the reason they chose to appear on the show. 

"We often get asked, 'Why would you go on a TV show to watch people watching television...'" says Les, 46. 

"But we found our purpose during the lockdown because we gave people something to look forward to and added some entertainment, we really felt like we were making a difference," he adds.

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And his wife Danielle, 47, agrees. "It's been the best experience. I think during Covid, everyone really appreciated our input, they've been telling us they've tuned in to have some fun.

"In March, everything was stressful, but we got so much great feedback from viewers."

And the couple's kids, Jacob, 14, Lily Rose, 12, and Ivy, nine, have also been feeling the love from Gogglebox fans.

"We've got a couple of kids who aren't afraid to voice their opinion," Les laughs.

"We have been noticed in public, it's a bit weird and sometimes funny," added Danielle.

"We'll be lining up for coffee and people know who you are. The kids love it and everyone at school has been really nice about it"

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Despite initial reservations, the Elias children have enjoyed their time filming Gogglebox.

"We were a little worried that there may be a bit of backlash or jealousy from kids at school, but they've had a really good experience and it's been really positive, says Les.

And have they been surprised by anything?

"It really was a learning curve, we've developed a special type of patience, with five people on the couch," admits Les.

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"We had to learn not to speak over each other because when you've got the whole family sitting there, we usually just interrupt each other. We've had to stop and let someone talk."

The parents also opened up about the challenges they faced during the coronavirus pandemic.

"The lockdown was an interesting time, they're all back at school now, but it was tough trying to get a balance of getting them outside and getting some electronic time," says Danielle. 

"Electronic time is a battle at the best of times. But when they've had to stay at home, the rules have had to ease a little. We're trying to make sure we're moving and walking every day."

She adds, "Homeschooling is not an easy job, Jacob's older so he just smashed it, but Lily Rose is just in the second year of high school, so she was still navigating her way through that and then we went into lockdown.

"Ivy was younger so needed me to sit with her more, but hats off to the teachers that's for sure."


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