Sunday, July 21, 2013 | 11:58 a.m.
Talk about sibling rivalry. Brothers Jonathan and Drew Scott, stars of HGTV’s “Property Brothers” and “Buying and Selling,” add a third HGTV show to their resume tonight with the premiere of “Brother vs. Brother.”
I caught up with the identical-twin brothers from Las Vegas — Drew is a Realtor who also likes to direct and produce films, and Jonathan is a licensed contractor who also is an illusionist — via email on Thursday; they are traveling abroad.
How are your travels going?
Drew Scott: Currently, I am in Hong Kong enjoying the warm weather and bustle of the city. Then I head to the Philippines, then Indonesia before settling in Mykonos on July 25. Jonathan has never been to Mykonos, so I am looking forward to showing him all my local hangouts. It’s such a beautiful place! The water is so blue that it’s green (anyone who knows Mykonos knows what I mean.). It’ll be a blast!
Jonathan Scott: I’m heading to Mykonos on July 25 for nine days. It’s going to be incredible, and I’m warming up to it by traveling through Amsterdam, Prague, Budapest and Istanbul. So far, this trip has been epic.
What can viewers expect on your new HGTV show “Brother vs. Brother”?
Drew: Aside from the excitement of #TeamDrew going head-to-head with #TeamJonathan to see who is going to win the prize of $50,000 and the title of champion of “Brother vs. Brother,” I actually show our viewers that Jonathan is not the only one who knows how to swing a hammer!
Jonathan: “Brother vs. Brother” is a fast-paced competition to find the next big name in home improvement and design. These 10 contestants pull out all the stops and, throughout the construction mess and chaos, they pull off beautiful renovations, and one walks away with $50,000 and the title of champion. And, yes, Drew actually picks up some power tools and does a little work!
What has been the biggest challenge on “Brother vs. Brother”? Biggest success?
Drew: For “Brother vs. Brother,” one of the biggest challenges is trying to evaluate the skills of the contestants. This competition is not just based on the physical work they do; it’s also based on how they implement our feedback, the quality of the finished work and their ability to properly schedule their time. This is a high-stress competition for the teams, but it will definitely show the cream of the crop.
The biggest success is for the owners of the homes we are renovating. On “Brother vs. Brother,” it is our teams, not Jonathan and me, doing the work. However, in the end, we will correct anything that is not up to the Scott Brothers’ standards. Jonathan and I always ensure that the homeowners are 100 percent satisfied in all of our shows.
Jonathan: The challenge is that I can’t just step in and do the work or make the design choices for the contestants. I strongly encourage against some decisions, but you’re dealing with a with a lot of Type A personalities ... and sometimes they feel they know better. That of course makes for great TV.
You have an office in Las Vegas. How often are you in town?
Drew: I do have an office in Las Vegas for our production company, Scott Brothers Entertainment. However, with the intense schedule of filming three shows on the road (plus, our other projects with Scott Brothers Entertainment), I only get home two to three weeks a year at most. As a Realtor, I do not work with clients outside the shows anymore. As much as I would love to, filming takes up the majority of my time, and it would not allow me to give the needed attention to local clients.
Jonathan: Vegas is home, and I try to get there at least once or twice a month for a couple days at a time. I’m back over the summer and at Christmas for several weeks. Otherwise, I’m full time on the road filming “Property Brothers,” “Buying & Selling” and “Brother vs. Brother.”
What do you like to do in Las Vegas?
Drew: The last time I was home, I had some of my friends from Cirque du Soleil take me for a private acro-gym session. They taught Jonathan and me basic floor movements and even honed my skills enough for me to toss Jonathan up on my shoulders for a 30-second balance routine. Next, I’ll be in one of the live shows!
Jonathan: Vegas is the perfect city for me because it’s ripe with spontaneous adventure. I don’t really gamble or party much, but I love shows and restaurants. Every time I get back, I try to knock off one from each column. I’ve also recently done some indoor skydiving and a helicopter tour for a unique view of the Strip. I like to keep it interesting, and Vegas makes that easy.
Brother vs. Brother
Jonathan: Any upcoming plans in your career as an illusionist?
Drew: Even with our busy schedule over the past couple of years, it’s been great to see Jonathan still perform in Vegas at charity events. He’s one of the best illusionists I have ever seen perform (and I’ve see a lot over the years).
Jonathan: No plans in the near future as our shooting schedule is pretty busy, but when it happens (and it will), it’s going to happen in Vegas.
As identical twins, how are you most alike? Different?
Drew: It is true that twins share a brain. Ha! Well, at least we can complete each other’s sentences. We are extremely driven and also share a huge enthusiasm for using our voices to bring awareness to charities we are passionate about. As for differences, Jonathan is an illusionist; that’s not my forte. However, I am a total fitness and health junky. I spend a lot of time playing sports and working out. Feel free to ask Jonathan how he likes my protein shakes.
Jonathan: Drew and I have the same drive and passion in everything we do. The reason we work so well together is because we have a “no B.S.” policy and always get everything out on the table. As far as differences, well, everybody knows I have much better hair.
Both of you are handsome — identically handsome. Relationship status?
Jonathan: Drew is happily dating a wonderful woman; however, I have yet to find that special person. I do work a lot and am OK remaining focused on that for now. However, I’d like to think that perfect match is out there somewhere.
We love calling Vegas home and look forward to possibly bringing some of our shows here in the years to come. It’s a vibrant city that strives to be the best at everything. It reminds us of a couple brothers we know!
The six-episode series of “Brother vs. Brother” premieres on Sunday, July 21, 2013 — that’s today — at 10 p.m. ET/PT on HGTV.
Don Chareunsy is editor of Vegas DeLuxe and senior editor for arts and entertainment of the Las Vegas Sun.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
Follow VDLX Editor Don Chareunsy on Twitter at Twitter.com/VDLXEditorDon.
Follow Robin Leach on Twitter at Twitter.com/Robin_Leach.
Follow Vegas DeLuxe on Twitter at Twitter.com/vegasdeluxe.