Winner Brett d?Avoine from <i>Beauty and the Geek</i>.

Winner Brett d'Avoine from Beauty and the Geek.

Brett d'Avoine, the Geek with the big grin, has found true love - but it's not with Beauty Emily Craig, with whom he has won the TV reality show Beauty And The Geek.

The pair won the fifth series of Beauty And The Geek on Thursday night, pocketing $50,000 each for outsmarting Nathan Glover and Erin Barnett.

Craig and d'Avoine swam above a frenzy of feeding sharks, locked lips and competed blindfolded in a jungle obstacle course during the finale on the Seven Network.

Taping for the show finished months ago, and d'Avoine is now locking lips with another woman. She had been on the fringe of his friendship circle, and after filming finished d'Avoine found the courage to ask her out.

The two have been dating "officially" for three months. The show did not only make the Melbourne JB Hi-Fi sales assistant richer, it also gave him a wealth of confidence.

"I had known her before but had hardly hung out with her... it was a mutual friend," he says.

"I bumped into her after I got back from the show and thought, 'Why not? If I can do all that crazy stuff on the show, how hard is it to ask someone out?"'

The 24-year-old says his experience on the show, which was filmed in Fiji and included a make-over, did wonders for his self-belief and confidence.

His mindset is very diffrent now from when he was one of the downcast males on Beauty And The Geek.

"There is new-found confidence in myself," he says, adding: "I hadn't been in a relationship for four years because I was scared of getting hurt and being rejected and I let it get to me."

The series showed d'Avoine was not the only one with such relationship-crippling thoughts or mental scars from previous courtships that turned sour.

"We (the geeks) were pretty much in the same boat and understood where we coming from and why we were on it (Beauty And The Geek) to begin with," d'Avoine says.

Craig has not been as lucky in love as her Geek partner.

Since the show stopped taping she has been on a few dates and although nothing has eventuated, she says she's at least more tolerant of males these days.

She also stays in touch with d'Avoine, with whom she formed a close friendship during their time on the series.

"Brett opened my eyes to geeks in general and not to be so judgmental," Craig says. "We are still very good friends.

"I am so glad he was my partner and we got along really well.

"I found most of them (the Geeks) were cool people who I got along with well and you do not judge a book by its cover."

She says only males with personalities and who can have a good chin-wag are on her radar.

"I definitely know what not to go for and even if they're hot, if they're boring, I am not going to go for them," she says.

"I'd rather do something more productive with my time."

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