I doubt that Santino would have to pay that "friend". Tony seems like the kind of guy who wouldn't mind publicity of any type. I just found it extremely weird that S. hadn't told Tony that he was in the final three. I mean, what on earth did Tony think Tim was doing there?
And what I really found suspicious was that Santino claimed he had quit his job and was totally broke, but he was living in an expensive house in Hollywood. How is he paying that rent???? And I really thought that homeless in Venice story was totally bogus. He copied that from Jim Morrison's life. (All the homelss live in Santa Monica anyway -- at least all the ones I saw when I was there last year on vacation).
I'm sure S. will milk everything he can from this show. I just bet that out of all the contestants on the show, the first one to have another show at Fashion Week will be Daniel. He's got the talent and the class that a lot of the others don't.