MT DRUITT RULES
FATHER AND DAUGHTER TAKE PRIZE ON REALITY HIT SHOW
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
Steve and Tiana Falzon celebrate winning
on Monday night.
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.