Brother vs Brother
Aug 25

Brother Vs. Brother: Finale Scorecard

It’s the final chapter of this season’s Brother Vs. Brother saga. One of these four contestants went home tonight $50,000 richer. But first, the two teams had to make over identical homes for identical twins. And be judged by identical twins. That’s a lot of twinspiration.

The Final Four Brother Vs. Brother Contestants
Drew won the last challenge, so Jonathan had one more shot to win it all. With Torche as the lone member of Team Jonathan, Drew decided to even the score by sending Monica over to the dark side.  He still got his own revenge, though:

See what happened, and who won it all!


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Brother vs Brother
Aug 22

Brother Vs. Brother: Finale Sneak Peek

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 >>

Brother Vs Brother Finale

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.

Brother Vs Brother Finale

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!


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Brother vs Brother
Aug 22

10 Best Brother Vs. Brother Contestant Reactions

Brother Vs Brother Team Drew

When you’re given two or three days to complete a remodeling challenge and are surrounded by teammates that just so happen to be your closest competitors, things can be a bit tricky. On the premiere season of Brother Vs. Brother, Jonathan and Drew have been throwing the first crop of contestants curve balls left and right. We’re so thankful we have a dedicated camera crew to capture these priceless reactions.

1.) Monica’s not-so-subtle stink eye. We get it. You’re competing for $50,000; I’d be sending over some dirty looks, too.

Brother Vs Brother Monica

2.) Brett + face palm. You just can’t get those appraisal values. We love ya anyway.

Brother Vs Brother Brett

3.) Christy’s jaw drops. Again. If you’ve noticed, Christy has a jaw-dropping reaction to almost everything. More evidence: see photo above.

Brother Vs Brother Christy

4.) How do you really feel, Francis?

Brother Vs Brother Francis

5.) WTF. I feel like this was a common expression whenever Francis or Mark spoke.

Brother Vs Brother Torche

6.) I have no idea what’s going on here.

Brother Vs Brother Monica

7.) Calm and quiet David lets this one roll of his shoulders. Just. This. Once.

Brother Vs Brother David

8.) Not ONCE have I EVER made a mistake. [Striped wallpaper, guacamole fireplace, no-stackables-in-the-laundry-room sass.]

Brother Vs Brother Brett

9.) Monica’s fed up with tile installation. David, where are you?

Brother Vs Brother Monica

10.) No words, just hand gestures.

Brother Vs Brother Francis Torche

See what Monica, Torche, David and Brett will bring to the table this week at the Brother Vs. Brother finale on Sunday at 10pm/9c.

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Brother vs Brother
Aug 21

Memorable Moments From Brother Vs. Brother Season One

[Everyone, grab your sunglasses.] Remember the highlighter-hued walls in Team Jonathan’s first kitchen remodel? Francis: “It’s going to make this kitchen alive. Trust me.”

Brother Vs Brother Episode 1 Kitchen

But, it was OK because they redeemed themselves the next week with this humongous master bedroom with an open shelving unit.

Brother Vs Brother Episode 2 Bedroom

All the while, Team Drew is chugging along until challenge three when Christy seriously … needs … STACKABLES.

Brother Vs Brother Christy

It’s been a whirlwind, but we’re looking back at the highs and lows from this season of Brother Vs. Brother as we prepare for Sunday night’s big finale. Yay!


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Brother vs Brother
Aug 21

Ask the Producer: Brother Vs. Brother Episode 5

Each week, I chat with Brother Vs. Brother producer Loren Ruch about his favorite behind-the-scenes moments and what we didn’t see on the show. This week: Haven’t we seen those contestants on HGTV before? Yes…find out where.

Brother Vs. Brother Episode 5

Drew’s Winning Team With Loren Ruch and Kennon Earl

@Marilyn_Deane asks “Is there anything you would change/tweak/do differently in subsequent series for Brother vs. Brother?”
Great question, Marilyn! I am thinking that next season, we might want to play around with our mini-challenges a bit more. So instead of always doing an appraisal challenge, maybe we will try some other fun quizzes or games. If you have any suggestions, please let us know!

Blog reader Laura Paige wants to know: In the finale, will the number of rooms be decreased or the number of days increased with just a few contestants left?
Hi Laura! In our finale, we decided to give each team a few extra behind-the-scenes carpenters and helpers to make sure the rooms got finished! I wanted to make sure that our finale really knocked it out of the park, and with only two competitors that can be tough, so we thought this was a good solution.

HGTV Facebook fan Barbara asks, “Haven’t some of those contestants been on HGTV’s other shows? If so, which ones?” You have a good memory, Barbara! A few of the competitors had appeared on The White Room Challenge. I believe that the ones who were on were Oliver, Torche, David, and Monica.

Torche seemed genuinely surprised when Mark was sent home. Did Jonathan have a tough time making that decision? Jonathan had a really tough time with this decision because both Mark and Torche were such hard workers and so talented. It was also tough because Torche was so sick, he was nervous about whether or not she’d have the strength to really keep going. But when we looked back at the entire season, and each individual contribution from every episode, he decide Torche was his stronger team member.

What was the funniest or most memorable moment on the set this week?
This episode was absolutely insane behind the scenes. Torche wasn’t the only one who had the flu on set. In the course of one day, six crew members had to go home because they also got the flu — and they were part of the crew for Team Jonathan — so it felt like a “contamination zone” over there. Those of us who didn’t get sick were wearing masks and washing our hands constantly! It was really crazy…

Have a question for Loren? Ask him in the comments below.

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Brother vs Brother
Aug 20

Mark Heads Home Right Before the Finals

Brother Vs Brother Mark O'Mara

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.


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Brother vs Brother
Aug 19

Brother Vs. Brother: Inside Episode Five

Brother Vs. Brother Team Drew Monica

Womp, womp.

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!

Brother Vs. Brother Team Drew Bedroom

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.


Brother vs Brother
Aug 18

Brother Vs. Brother: Episode 5 Scorecard

It’s week five of Brother Vs. Brother, and that means there’s just one week left before the very first series champion is crowned. With Team Jonathan one man down, they had to fight even harder this week to stay in the game.

Jonathan and Drew Joking
On the set, things are getting a little bit heated…both between the teams and the brothers.

Don't Choke, Bro - Brother Vs. Brother on HGTV

Find out this episode’s highs and lows. Plus, did Team Jonathan even the score, or did they lose another teammate? Read on to find out.


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Brother vs Brother
Aug 16

Brother Vs. Brother: Episode 5 Sneak Peek

Brother Vs Brother Jonathan and Drew Scott

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.

Brother Vs Brother Team Jonathan Team Drew

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…

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Brother vs Brother
Aug 16

Peek Inside the Brother Vs. Brother Control Truck

We mostly see Jonathan, Drew and their teams on camera, but there is a whole crew of people behind the scenes making this show happen — 136 people, to be exact! Aside from the producers and camera operators inside the houses, there’s also a crew stationed outside.

You may have spotted a white box truck hanging out next to the houses: It might look like any other delivery truck, but it’s actually the show’s control truck, where the director and producers review the footage as it happens.

Inside the Control Truck

Jonathan Mugs for the Camera

Our behind-the-scenes reporter Dan Collopy got a look inside the truck — see what he found.


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