He defeated Jade for the 2013 title.
As the winner of the 2013 series, he has won $250,000 cash and extended his moment in the Reality TV spotlight.
Bad boy Tim, 29, had polarised viewers with his outrageous “puppet-master” performance, but kept the conflict in the show right until the end. He didn’t mind saying admitting he was “stirring the pot” and had always had his eye on the prize.
“It was my dream, Big Brother,” he said.
Jade Albany Pietrantonio, 22, entered the house under the guise of a fake wedding, falling in love with muscle-laden Ed, but her fans embraced her “nice girl” image. For second place she won $10,000 and a TV.
It was a shut-the-front-door moment when Tahan Lew-Fatt, 24, was the first to be eliminated. The girl from the Top End had won a legion of fans for speaking her mind and being blunt, but it wasn’t enough to take her to the final prize. But as third place she won $5,000.
Nine’s Reality series had its Grand Final Live on the Gold Coast after 101 days in the house. Final voting was Tim 36%, Jade 34% and Tahan 30%.
Crucial to Tim’s success was Nine’s strategic choice to employ a “Vote to Save” rather than “Vote to Evict.” In August producer Alex Mavroidakis told TV Tonight, “Our most hated housemate, and our most loved housemate, won the series last year. With Vote to Save, which is the best invention in the history of BB, our bigger characters that force a reaction will stay longer. If it was Vote to Evict we would have Tim in the press room now and Ben (2012) would have been the first evictee last year.”
Before they were separated, Jade and Tim watched the annual newsreel that brought them up to speed on global events: bushfires, a royal baby, sports winners and celebrity news.
“Tony Abbott is our prime minister. America went cuckoo and Miley Cyrus split from Liam Hemsworth!” they said.
The show kicked off with former housemates dancing on stage (what the hell were those lights about?), watched on by Tim, Tahan and Jade via a giant video screen. Sonia Kruger spoke to each of the former housemates in various trios. The biggest response from the audience was a standing ovation for Ben, who couldn’t help but get teary.
Sonia Kruger also confirmed the show’s return for 2014.
And a special shout out to the irrepressible Mike Goldman. Still doing it after 10 seasons!
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