Brett was so, so close to the win. He made it all the way to the final elimination, and he was right there when Drew named teammate David the first season winner. But Brett’s not bitter — just happy for his friend. “If there was ever somebody I wanted to hand over the title to, it was Dave,” he says.
Brett came to the show with plenty of remodeling project managament experience, and he proved to be a valuable team player to Drew’s squad. He’s leaving with a much better handle on technical skills — remember his first tile attempt? — and a new understanding of the workmanship. “I was humbled, because I feel like I”m constantly rushing the guys I work with. There’s no such thing as ‘rushed’ and ‘perfect.’ The two don’t mesh,” he says. Preach it, Brett!
See what else Brett has to say about the final challenge after the jump.
WATCH BRETT’S BROTHER VS. BROTHER EXIT
Monica came to this competition with some very real skills: 15 years of design experience, a knack for comfortable color palettes, and a great sense of what families want. But her hands-on construction experience was pretty much zero. Remember when she learned to tile for the first time? “It’s just like frosting a cake. Frost that cake, girl,” Christy said.
Despite being a construction newbie, she stepped up, tried new things and earned a spot in the finale. Monica even thought she and Torche would be the final two contestants standing. “I thought it would be down to the two of us,” she admits.
See what else was on Monica’s mind just moments after the final elimination went down.
WATCH MONICA’S GOODBYE
Oh, Torche. She was a strong competitor all through the competition. “She has proven herself again and again,” Jonathan says. Even Drew admitted she had the best creative mind of any cast member. But even though she and Monica gave the final challenge their all, their appraised value fell just short of Team Drew’s total.
“I wanted to win. I feel like we made the smartest choices possible,” Torche says. “I wanted to get a pony in there, for the reveal.”
Despite her “edgy” exterior, Torche stole many viewers’ hearts with her fun-loving demeanor, formidable construction skills and sheer will to win. But don’t worry, she’s not done. “I hope America loves me, and wants more. Because I got more,” she says.
See more of Torche’s final moments on the set after the jump.
WATCH TORCHE’S EXIT INTERVIEW
David, a landscape architect and business owner, made his mark in the very first challenge when he did not one but TWO tile installations. Even though he’s most comfortable creating luxurious outdoor spaces, he was the only one on Team Drew who properly knew how to tile. At one point he admitted he felt like his team’s general contractor. He was fine with this, though, because he knew his strong work ethic and team-player mentality would ultimately bring him into the finale and out as the season one champion of Brother Vs. Brother.
All season long, we watched David consistently make smart design choices that helped his team win challenge after challenge. Flip through his best remodels >>
Plus, grab a tissue a watch his post-win interview. We couldn’t be happier to welcome you to the HGTV family, David!
WATCH DAVID’S WINNING INTERVIEW
Last night’s finale was in-tense. The final four contestants — David, Brett, Monica and Torche — went head-to-head while still working together on teams to pull off their final designs. Talk about complicated. In the end, though, we knew only one would walk away with a $50,000 check and the champion title.
David’s season-long triumphs and final fireplace design ultimately led him in the race, making Team Drew the overall winner. Go behind the scenes of the Brother Vs. Brother season one finale and hear what Jonathan, Drew and the judges have to say about the final designs, including David’s fireplace feature.
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EXCLUSIVE INVITE: Join Jonathan and Drew for a pre-show video chat and celebration on Sunday, August 25 at 9/8c. Join the fun now >>
The final four: Monica, Torche, David and Brett
This week’s Brother Vs. Brother season finale pins girls against guys. Both Jonathan and Drew want to make sure there’s an even match-up in the last challenge, so Torche and Monica are paired together to take on the last home remodel. And there’s a bit of a twist with the final two homes. They’re identical homes. As in, the homes are identical and their owners are identical. Crazy times at Brother Vs. Brother.
The experts (from left): Jonathan, Kennon Earl, Hilary Farr, David Visentin, Drew, J.D. Scott, Mike Aubrey
And, guess who’s back to handle the appraisals? All of your favorite industry experts that we’ve seen this season: Kennon Earl, Hilary Farr, David Visentin and Mike Aubrey. Oh, and that other guy in the photo that looks strangely familiar? That’s J.D. Scott — Jonathan and Drew’s brother just hanging out on set!
WATCH THE FINALE SNEAK PEEK
Team Jonathan contestant, designer and contractor Mark is the last person to see an elimination before everyone else heads into the Brother Vs. Brother finals. When it came down to Mark and Torche, Jonathan decided to keep Torche by his side for the final challenge. Throughout the season, Mark has contributed some of the largest value adders, like hardwood floors, pantry/laundry areas and an open shelving unit. Unfortunately, his poor time management and high ambitions caused him to lag behind or leave tasks unfinished (like the bathroom alcove).
“Besides the fact that Mark looks exactly like Bradley Cooper, he really does have some of the best ideas and the ability to actually execute those,” Jonathan says. “I think Mark could have won this competition. It’s just, unfortunately, in this challenge he made some bad decisions with time management,” Drew chimes in.
See what Mark has to say about his elimination, plus hear what the brothers think about Mark’s time on the show.
WATCH MARK’S EXIT INTERVIEW
Monica has been a key player on Team Drew from the very first challenge; however, some of Drew’s tips during the first few challenges were disregarded or placed on the backburner. “Monica in the past has not listened to all of my advice,” Drew says. She completely redeemed herself during the master bedroom remodel, though. Brand-new hardwood floors, modern paint, fresh furnishings and an efficient layout proved she and Drew were on the same page. “She’s learned through this entire competition that she needs to listen to my advice,” he says. We’re glad she did!
The master bedroom was the highlight of Team Drew’s remodel.
Monica pulled it off this week. See what she and Drew have to say about her rocky Brother Vs. Brother journey.
GO INSIDE EPISODE FIVE
Jonathan and Drew are ready for battle.
Ding, ding ding! We’ve officially made it to the Brother Vs. Brother semi-finals. This week, Team Drew is at a slight advantage. They won last week’s challenge, keeping them safe from elimination and giving them an extra set of hands compared to Team Jonathan’s team of two.
Team Drew: Monica, Brett, David | Team Jonathan: Mark, Torche
Just when you think things are rolling along and might turn out OK on Team Jonathan — BAM, Torche is hit with the flu. Not. Good.
Watch this week’s sneak peek video, then tune in Sunday at 10/9c for a brand-new episode.
This Week On Brother Vs. Brother…
From the very beginning, it’s very clear that Team Jonathan is a cast of characters. This includes proud Greek, designer/contractor and former dancer Francis. You can’t help but love his sass and theatrical personality. In an early interview, Jonathan says, “He’s Greek and he’s excited sometimes and he yells and he screams, and then two minutes later he’s your best friend again.”
“I wear my heart on my sleeve and I’m very honest. That’s also a problem because I always speak my mind,” Francis says.
We’ve seen Francis splash chartreuse on kitchen walls, install a killer glass tile backsplash, “click” hardwood floors into place and transform both a dining room and kitchen into modern masterpieces. We love your style, Francis, and we’re sorry to see you go.
Hear what Francis has to say about his Brother Vs. Brother experience and being near his one true love, the camera. Plus, find out Jonathan’s take on sending Francis home.
Watch Francis’ Exit Interview