Each week, I chat with Brother Vs. Brother producer Loren Ruch about his favorite behind-the-scenes moments that you didn’t see on TV. This week, his from-the-set take on the first season finale.
After David’s win, did Jonathan, Drew and the other finalists do anything to celebrate?
Jonathan, Drew and our guest judges took David, our winner, to the winning house and toasted him with champagne. Then we basically had a block party with all of the finalists. It was so bittersweet. I remember Monica being in tears, and Torche getting very emotional as well. It was such an incredible group of contestants on this show. It’s almost hard to describe just how close the cast, crew and contestants became. It was our “first year at summer camp” together!
In a team-based environment, was it difficult for the brothers to choose just one winner? Do you think you’ll continue to have just one winner in future seasons?
To be honest, all of the judges (and the brothers) were so impressed with David’s fireplace in the finale, that it gave him a push towards the winning position, but of course it was still tough because Brett had also done such great work throughout the entire season of the show. As for future years of the show, I would consider having more than one winner, but I really do think that one winner makes for more exciting television.
It was so interesting that this week’s homeowners were twins in identical properties! How did you find them?
It was basically just sheer luck! We had location scouts looking for homes all over the LA area, and when they came back and said that they found identical brothers with identical homes, I knew we needed to save them for our finale!
Blog reader Sherry says, “We especially liked Torche’s work. She has some great talent. We hope to see her and her work in the near future.” Any chance we’ll see her again anytime soon?
You were not alone! Torche captured the hearts of many. Several producers are currently pitching projects with her to the network, so we’ll have to stay tuned to see if any of them manifest!
Blog reader Mr DeLaVega asks, “Can’t wait for season 2! When will the casting for season 2 start?” Will you use the same criteria as this year’s show, or refine it?
I am excited too, Mr. DeLaVega! Casting starts already in a few weeks! All the information will be posted on HGTV.com. (Check back to the HGTVersus blog for more details!) We are basically using the same criteria as this year, but we are going to emphasize even more the importance of hands-on skills.
What was the most memorable moment on the set this week?
It was a bit like observing a clown car this week because we had ALL of our judges return (Mike Aubrey, Kennon Earl, Hillary Farr and David Visentin) so watching all of them walk-through the homes (with Jonathan and Drew nonetheless), it was quite hysterical. We joked about velcro-ing them together so that we wouldn’t be wrangling cats throughout the entire day!
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