VIDEO: House Rules' Luke and Cody 'on top of world'
BROTHERS Luke and Cody Cook are recovering from their House Rules win last night.
After celebrations ran late into the night in chilly Dalby, the brothers have woken up to the reality of a mortgage-free future.
"This is about as good as it gets," Cody told APN.
"As far as hangovers go this is the best one I've ever had."
Homeowner Luke, whose $120,000 mortgage has been wiped clean, is still coming to terms with his dream run on Channel 7's reality renovation show.
"I'm on top of the world," he said.
"It hasn't really sunk in yet.
"It was so good to have our close family and friends around for such a special night."
The 24-year-old twins were surrounded by 150 friends and family members, including their nine-year-old brother William, for last night's live broadcast from their renovated three-bedroom home.
The brothers have a lot of thank you's to say after being supported by the entirety of their country town.
"Jeez we had some people around town supporting us. The whole of Dalby was getting behind us," Cody said.
"There were farmers making up signs on the sides of trucks. We even had a lunch menu named after us- the Luke and Cody special -a schnitzel with mushroom gravy."
After the cameras switched off -- aside from maybe a sneaky mobile phone -- the boys celebrated by singing We Are The Champions:
The brothers also said they 'wouldn't say no' if another opportunity in television came their way.
That seems highly likely after last night's grand final winner announcement attracted 1.193 million viewers across the five metro cities.
It was the third most-watched program of the night and out-rated Nine's live semi-final of The Voice.
Meanwhile on the morning after, as Australia celebrated its two newest TV show favourites, Steve and Judy Cook enjoyed stayed warm and stayed humble.
They said they never dreamed the boys would be so successful on House Rules.
"We were blown away, absolutely. It was just unreal," Judy said.
"It's unbelievable. We knew that they were good kids, but it's nice to see that they were themselves, they didn't put on any airs and graces, they were just themselves which is fantastic."
Steve said he used to be a builder himself but that the boys had never shown an interest in it.
They found out about a year ago that the boys were doing the show, but were sworn to secrecy. They had no idea the boys were going to be in the grand final.
"We had no idea, didn't know until (everybody else did). All I got told was 'Mum, you'll just have to wait and see," Judy said.
"It's just crazy, the fact that they won, it's still sinking in."
"It's unreal." Steve added.
Steve was also not saying too much about Cody now being considered Dalby's most eligible bachelor.
"He'll handle it. He'll rise to the occasion," Steve said.
The boys are expected to have a few bags under their eyes today, the talk is that they celebrated at a local pub until the early hours.
There was even talk of a karaoke rendition of We Are The Champions.
UPDATE 8AM MONDAY: SEVEN'S Yahoo7 website experienced high volumes of traffic in the last hour before voting closed last night, with some viewers saying they faced long waits to support the Dalby pair.
Twitter user Leona, @leerock, told APN she spent an hour trying to vote for Luke and Cody online.
But fans including Leona did praise Seven for keeping the House Rules finale to its scheduled timeslot. The reno show's grand final has previously run significantly overtime.
In contrast, the live semi-final of The Voice didn't wrap up until nearly 9.45pm last night, nearly three hours after going up against House Rules at 7pm.
UPDATE SUNDAY 8.50PM: THE tears were flowing as well as the beer when Luke and Cody Cook were announced the House Rules grand final winners.
Homeowner Luke is now mortgage free thanks to the efforts of himself and his twin brother Cody throughout the fourth season of Channel 7's reality renovation show.
"I told myself I wouldn't get too emotional," Luke said through tears.
"I didn't think this was going to happen. Oh Claire and Hagan I love you guys. I can't wait for you to come and visit."
Parents Claire and Hagan were ahead by two points after the judging of the final renovation challenge but once the viewer votes were tallied the twins streaked across the finish line.
Luke jokingly promised his brother a "few weeks free rent" for helping to set him "up for life".
Cody said: "If I ever get a place Luke's going to come around and help renovate it, and as a trick I'm only going to give him seven days."
Runners up Claire and Hagan praised the brothers for their generous spirit, which Hagan recalled from the very first day on set.
Even host Johanna Griggs was brought to tears by the brothers' reaction to their win.
She also confirmed the show will return for a fifth season next year.
UPDATE: BEERS are flowing and Luke and Cody Cook are basking in the limelight as hundreds of people flock to their Dalby house ahead of the House Rules grand final.
With just half an hour until the live event, the twins are surrounded by family, friends and fans at their recently renovated house.
The boys said they would be "absolutely stoked" regardless of the outcome.
Their parents, sisters Stephanie and Katrina, brother William and relatives from around the country are all here. Crowd is very enthusiastic and excited.
Luke announced to the crowd his twin Cody was still single for any single ladies watching.
EARLIER: AS tonight's House Rules grand final approaches, Luke and Cody Cook are preparing for what could potentially be a life-changing evening.
Throughout the series, the boys surprised both themselves and the other teams with their eye for design, winning an impressive six challenges throughout the show's four phases (interior renovations, 24-hour fix-up, exteriors and charity unit makeover).
"It just goes to show you don't have to know everything going into it, the hard work and study really shows," Luke said.
"It's unreal the amount of study we did, every night for hours and hours. It's definitely worth it, but it was exhausting."
"Even during the day, if we had a spare second we were on the research. I've never worked so hard for something in my life," Cody added.
"It's worth it though."
While the show's previous episodes were all filmed last year, the grand final will be broadcast live from both the boys' Dalby house and from opponents Claire Lintzeris and Hagan Rice's home in Mornington Peninsula, Victoria.
The teams' final 'secret zone' challenge will also be revealed.
"We can't say a whole lot, but it was a very hard challenge and it did take a lot of good teamwork and time management," Cody said.
"There was a lot to do and not a lot of time to do it. But it's going to be a good heart-warming one, I think everybody will be stoked."
The winners will be decided via a public vote.
Regardless of the outcome, the boys will be 'ecstatic'.
"Town has been absolutely buzzing the last few days, it's been great the support we've been getting and everybody has been really excited to see us so we've been loving it," homeowner Luke said.
"Even if we don't win, the best thing is we'll have all the friends and family there," Cody said.
"No matter what happens we're going to be ecstatic because we've got everybody there behind us, it'll be like a family reunion. I'm very excited."
The House Rules grand final airs tonight at 7pm on Seven.
To vote for Luke and Cody SMS QLD to 1977 17 17 or log onto yahoo7.com.au/houserules.