MT DRUITT RULES

FA­THER AND DAUGH­TER TAKE PRIZE ON RE­AL­ITY HIT SHOW

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

Mt Druitt has been in the news for the wrong rea­sons lately, but on Mon­day night all that was for­got­ten as fa­ther-daugh­ter duo Steve and Tiana Fal­zon recorded a

clas­sic bat­tlers’ vic­tory in Chan­nel 7’’s s House Rules. s.

MT DRUITT’S Steve and Tiana Fal­zon are the win­ners of House Rules.

The first fa­ther-and-daugh­ter team to com­pete on Chan­nel 7’s re­al­ity ren­o­va­tion show took out the ti­tle dur­ing Mon­day night’s live grand fi­nal.

Emo­tions ran high in the two-hour episode and peaked when they won the prize of hav­ing Mr Fal­zon’s $250,000 mort­gage paid off.

“I hon­estly can­not be­lieve it,” Mr Fal­zon, 47, told the Stan­dard. “It has not sunk in; this is one of those feel­ings that is just so sur­real.

“I thought I would be pay­ing this place off for the rest of my life.”

The dark horses of this se- ries, the Fal­zons scraped through with low scores for most of the se­ries and soared in skill and per­for­mance when it mat­tered most.

It was Ms Fal­zon’s idea to en­ter the in­ex­pe­ri­enced ren­o­va­tors in the com­pe­ti­tion to give back to her fa­ther, who worked hard to keep the fam­ily go­ing when her mother, Danielle, died.

“For so long Dad has tried to get his house ren­o­vated – he tries to do lit­tle bits here and there and it al­ways stuffs up,” Ms Fal­zon, 26, said.

“I thought if we get on the show he will get the in­side of his house done, and then we went through the whole thing,” she laughed.

Each team had to trans­form the garage of the other team’s house in one last chal­lenge and NSW came out on top over Queens­land by two points, with a com­bined 19 out of 20.

Viewer votes made up 50 per cent of the de­cid­ing points that were added to the judges’ scores.

Their suc­cess caused a so­cial media storm as view­ers were rapt the team had won and the story was a pos­i­tive one for Mt Druitt.

Sur­rounded by fam­ily and friends at the fi­nal hur­dle, the pair had a vis­i­ble bond.

Mr Fal­zon said their re­la­tion­ship set them apart from the oth­ers, which helped them to suc­ceed.

“Tiana and I have al­ways been close and there have been times when we would just look at each other and knew what we wanted to say. We didn’t have to talk.

“As Tiana got older it changed a bit but I think it started re­turn­ing in the com­pe­ti­tion, just by us spend­ing a lot of time to­gether. ”

Mr Fal­zon lives at the up­dated house with his part­ner Deanne and sons, An­drew and Rory.

Ms Fal­zon re­cently mar­ried and moved out to live with her hus­band, Dean, close by. But she said the Mt Druitt area would al­ways be “home” to the fam­ily.

The sup­port shown by the lo­cal com­mu­nity through­out the show was strongly ap­pre­ci­ated by the pair, ac­cord­ing to Mr Fal­zon.

“Ev­ery­where I went I al­ways had pos­i­tive com­ments from peo­ple around here.”

The win­ners said they looked for­ward to spend­ing more fam­ily time af­ter the show, with Mr Fal­zon start­ing his debt-free life.

I thought I would be pay­ing this place off for the rest of my life

– STEVE FAL­ZON He tries to do lit­tle bits here and there and it al­ways stuffs up

– TIANA FAL­ZON

Pic­ture: MATT SUL­LI­VAN

Steve and Tiana Fal­zon celebrate win­ning

on Mon­day night.

Pic­ture: MATT SUL­LI­VAN

Steve and Tiana Fal­zon take a selfie with Mt Druitt Stan­dard real es­tate re­porter Marissa Ge­or­gopou­los be­fore win­ning House Rules on Mon­day night.

The fa­ther-daugh­ter team dur­ing gar­dens week on Chan­nel 7’s re­al­ity TV show.

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