Your favorite HGTV Star producer Loren Ruch is also the mind behind HGTV’s all-new series, Brother Vs. Brother. Each week, he’ll answer your questions, share behind-the-scenes moments from the set and talk about what you didn’t see on TV. This week, he’s giving us a preview of what we’ll see this season on BvB.
Tell us about the idea behind Brother Vs. Brother. How did the concept for the show come about?
The idea came about internally at HGTV because I was talking with one of my coworkers about how competitive Jonathan and Drew were in real life with each other. Then the light bulb moment hit: “We should create a competition show with the guys that captures the worlds of real estate (Drew’s specialty) and renovation (Jonathan’s specialty).” The rest, as they say, is history! We started to talk about what would make for good “TV” and before we knew it Brother vs Brother was on its way!
What were you looking for in the show’s contestants?
This show was SO difficult to cast because we were looking for Renaissance people in the world of home renovation. They needed to know about real estate, design, renovation, finance and more. Plus, they needed to have hands-on skills, and come from a variety of walks of life. In the end, we found realty experts, welders, designers, organizers, contractors, landscape architects and more! I couldn’t be any happier with our final teams.
Which twin is more competitive…Drew or Jonathan?
That is an impossible question to answer! They are both so competitive that I would say it depends on the situation. Drew was very, very detail-oriented with his team. He is a perfectionist, and expected that same level of detail from his team. Jonathan is also a perfectionist, but also wanted his team to be really creative and out-of-the box in terms of their ideas…so depending on the day, either one of them could have been the ‘more’ competitive one. Drew wanted to prove himself as the more ‘organized and calm-and cool team leader’ and Jonathan wanted to prove himself as the more ‘risk taking creative team leader.’ Who wins? You’ll need to watch the show to find out!
Who are some of the guest judges we’ll see throughout the season?
We have some of our biggest and best HGTV stars as judges this season. Look for Hilary Farr and David Visentin from Love It or List It, Mike Aubrey from the new show Power Broker, and Kennon Earl from Selling LA.
Can you share any of the challenge details with us?
Sure! Basically, in each episode you’ll see two very similar homes in very similar price ranges. Team Jonathan takes over one home and Team Drew takes over the other. They have a set budget and set number of days to see which team can increase property values more through smart design choices. The winning team is safe. The losing team will lose one of its members. The last man or woman standing at the end of the series will win $50,000!
Have a question for Loren? Ask him in the comments below! And don’t forget to tune in for the Brother Vs. Brother premiere this Sunday at 10/9c.