Aaron & Karly win Beauty & the Geek 2022
Cast fall for NSW train driver Aaron revealing that Nine's feelgood dating show has helped him overcome loneliness.
NSW train driver Aaron and WA hairdresser Karly were last night declared winners of Nine’s Beauty & the Geek season.
The couple defeated finalists Tegan & Anthony and Bri & Chris to take home the $100,000 prize.
A final challenge required the couples to be lowered a terrifying 50m by cables from the 18th floor of Skye Suites in Zetland to a pool below. It was a leap of faith and trust by the couples who, together, have overcome earlier obstacles crafted by producers.
The final decision was made by their fellow castmates, who were moved by Aaron admitting he had faced loneliness prior to the series but was now buoyed by new-found confidence.
“I couldn’t have done it without the support of the other beauties and geeks who now have become lifelong friends and most certainly couldn’t have done it without Karly. Not many words can probably ever describe the feeling that I am experiencing,” he said.
“Karly has been such an amazing partner throughout this experience. The amount of help and advice that she’s given me is something I’ll never forget and she has helped me so much with my confidence and to believe in myself.
“When we first came in, I didn’t know a single person and now thanks to this experience and all the memories that we all created together I’ve got 19 new lifelong friends. Each one has helped me out in their own particular way and I will always be extremely grateful forever.”
Karly said: “My heart is so full, I didn’t even realise it hadn’t felt like this before. I’m so shocked, thrilled and excited to have won and so grateful to have been paired with Aaron through this all.
“I saw Aaron immediately and as soon as I heard his story, I knew we’d be great together. To see him come out of his shell like this and how much his confidence has grown is just unreal. I’m so proud of him.
“The friendships I’ve made on this will be lifelong and I am beyond grateful to all of them for their love.”
Sophie Monk added: “What an incredible, heartwarming and entertaining journey this has been. I’m so ridiculously excited for Aaron and Karly, who are the most gorgeous and caring pair and such deserving winners.
“They had a very special connection right from the beginning and it’s been wonderful watching them grow from this experience and have each other’s backs.
“Seeing two different worlds come together and bring out the best in each other is so gorgeous. All of the beauties and geeks have been incredible to watch and I feel like they’re all winners.”
This season of Nine’s feelgood dating show has faced tough competition with 10’s Hunted and the Commonwealth Games on Seven.
Last year the show was mostly above 600,000 metro Overnight viewers, but this year it was rarely above 500,000 -but with Total TV viewers it has seen numbers above 900,000.