Crunch time for un­der­dogs

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DE­SPITE be­ing “hope­less” ren­o­va­tors who only just man­age to scrape by each week, a fa­ther- daugh­ter duo are within spit­ting dis­tance of a ma­jor re­al­ity TV wind­fall.

Steve and Tiana Fal­zon from Syd­ney’s west will find out tonight if they’ve won the House Rules grand fi­nale, which would see the fam­ily’s mort­gage fully paid off.

They’re the first to ad­mit they se­verely strug­gled in early parts of the com­pe­ti­tion, but they’ve come a long way and now feel they’re se­ri­ous con­tenders to win the ul­ti­mate life- chang­ing prize.

“Dad’s been work­ing re­ally hard since mum passed away and it’s his turn to get some good things out of life,” Tiana, 26, said.

They’re up against Queens­land glam­our cou­ple Ben Edge­worth and Danielle Rus­sell, who were hot favourites to win from the start of the sea­son.

“I re­ally want to win this for Danielle,” Ben, 32, said. “She poured ev­ery­thing she had into this com­pe­ti­tion and I’d love to see her re­warded for ev­ery sleep­less night and ev­ery tear she shed.”

The latest sea­son of the Chan­nel Seven re­al­ity show has been “the most dra­matic ever”, ac­cord­ing to host Jo­hanna Griggs. “It was a bit like be­ing in the movie Mean Girls at times,” she laughed.

“The com­pe­ti­tion re­ally ramped up to­wards the end and it was pretty full on. It’s like the teams all of a sud­den re­mem­bered it was a com­pe­ti­tion with this lifechang­ing prize.”

That re­al­i­sa­tion seemed to have the big­gest im­pact on the New South Wales team, she said, who fi­nally “pulled their fin­gers out” and got se­ri­ous about the op­por­tu­nity.

“It’s safe to say Steve and Tiana had their bags packed for the first few elim­i­na­tions. They were hope­less – to­tally hope­less.

“Then they hit their straps and turned it around.

“They’ve done some bril­liant work. It’s amaz­ing to see the trans­for­ma­tion, from one of the weak­est teams we’ve ever had in this show to real con­tenders.”

But beat­ing the tal­ented Queens­land ren­o­va­tors will be a big ask, Griggs said.

“They’re very strong, they’re con­sis­tent, they’re good. I picked Ben and Danielle for the fi­nals from the be­gin­ning.”

Steve said win­ning would al­low him to spend more time with his young son, while Ben and Danielle said the strong fi­nan­cial po­si­tion would al­low them to start a fam­ily.

Scores from the judges and a public vote will de­cide the out­come, with the re­sults de­liv­ered live tonight.

UN­LIKELY CON­TENDERS: Steve and Tiana from

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