Pair build­ing up sup­port

Mt Druitt fa­ther-and-daugh­ter duo Steve and Tiana Fal­zon are through to o the grand fi­nal of House Rules and Wer­ring­ton child­care cen­tre The Learn­ing Jun­gle is right be­hind them.

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - FRONT PAGE - Marissa Ge­or­gopou­los

THE lo­cal com­mu­nity is cheer­ing on Mt Druitt’s dad-and-daugh­ter duo Steve and Tiana Fal­zon – the House

Rules un­der­dogs who have made it to the grand fi­nal.

Even kids from The Learn­ing Jun­gle child­care cen­tre, where Ms Fal­zon is the di­rec­tor, are back­ing the ren­o­va­tion he­roes.

The Fal­zons were the first of two teams to make it through af­ter top­ping the leader­board in last night’s episode, scor­ing 17 out of 20 points. They will now go up against Queens­land’s Ben Edge­worth and Danielle Rus­sell in one last chal­lenge that will de­ter­mine the win­ning team.

“We could not be­lieve we made it through,” Mr Fal­zon said. “We ac­tu­ally turned to each other and hugged.”

Ms Fal­zon said the pair shed tears of hap­pi­ness and re­lief when the fi­nal scores were re­vealed, as it had been their tough­est week yet.

The teams trans­formed a char­ity house for a carer and four chil­dren. The Fal­zons had to re­vamp the largest zone, com­pris­ing the kitchen, the sit­ting room, a study nook and a shower room.

“Our plan was just to do our best, but I was a bit de­feated be­cause I kind of felt like the other two teams had com­pletely writ­ten us off and did not see us as a threat at all,” Ms Fal­zon said.

But the duo sur­prised ev­ery­one and the judges com­mended them on their work, ac­knowl­edg­ing that they met all house rules, with Joe Snell say­ing they had “come a long way”.

“The judges’ com­ments were that it was the best styling they had seen from us,” Ms Fal­zon said. “If there was ever a time to count, this was it.”

For Mr Fal­zon, it was a proud turn­ing point.

“Tiana and I both doubted our­selves a lit­tle bit go­ing into it, but com­ing out of that week, we knew that we were just as good as ev­ery­one else and de­served it,” he said.

The pair were ec­static about hav­ing their home ren­o­vated ear­lier in the se­ries and said that se­cur­ing a grand fi­nal spot was “mind­blow­ing”.

View­ers’ votes will be added to the judges’ scores in the grand fi­nal to de­cide the win­ning team, which will be an­nounced dur­ing Mon­day night’s episode at 7.30pm on Chan­nel 7.

Pic­ture: MATT SUL­LI­VAN

Steve and Tiana Fal­zon are into the grand fi­nal of Chan­nel 7’s

House Rules.

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