After several weeks in a sprawling mansion, one lucky team has walked away from Seven’s small-screen social experiment Beauty and the Geek $100,000 richer.
But despite splitting the prize, victorious couple Millie Lincoln and Chard Oldfield admit their time on the show has seen them reap more rewards than just a wad of cash.
“Obviously winning was an absolute bonus but we’ve both met some really great friends and made best friends out of each other,” Lincoln told AAA yesterday.
“But the thing I learnt most was obviously not to judge a book by its cover, even though I already had lots of friends at school who were geeks and I was part of both worlds, so I always got along with everyone and got to know people before I judged them.”
Though things quickly blossomed on set between Lincoln and geek Dane Gade, who declared their love for each other in last week’s episode, the 18-year-old beauty queen said that outside the mansion their relationship fizzled out.
“Unfortunately, Dane and I aren’t a couple any more, we’re still good friends,” she said.
“I think when you’re in the mansion it’s really surreal and you can’t really say how things are going to turn out afterwards and I think we thought we wanted to be friends...(I’m still single.”
Oldfield, however, has seen a big change in his previously non-existent love life, having been on a few dates since leaving the show.
“I’ve been seeing someone for maybe two months now,” he beamed, adding that he has managed to maintain his makeover look outside the show.
“Millie helped me get my new wardrobe started,” he said.
So how do the duo intend to spend their $50,000?
“I’ve still got two years of university left, so I’m going to hold on to some of that...(I’m also possibly going to buy some rock-climbing gear, I did it in one of the challenges and it was good fun,” Oldfield said.
Lincoln added: “I definitely think I will have to put some away, I think it would be a massive waste to spend it all. I love animals, so I’m going to put some towards my favourite charity, Animals Australia, and I think I’ll have to do some shopping.”