This fall, we’ll find out if one of the Property Brothers has all the right moves. We’re used to seeing Drew Scott alongside his twin brother, Jonathan, overseeing home renovations on TV. But on the new season of Dancing with the Stars, the 39-year-old will step out of his comfort zone, and onto the dance floor with pro partner Emma Slater.
Between filming the new series Property Brothers at Home: Drew’s Honeymoon House in L.A. with his fiancée, Linda, and making stops on his book tour with Jonathan (the pair’s new memoir, It Takes Two, is out now), Drew took time out to fill us in on how he’s preparing for the competition.
When we ask how practise has been going, the TV personality immediately passes the phone to Emma. “Rehearsals have been fun,” the dancer, who won the competition last season, tells us. “Drew picks up choreography pretty quickly and he’s got rhythm! I’m really impressed.” We couldn’t resist asking how a dance-off with his famous sibling would turn out. “He’d have no chance against me,” says Drew with a laugh.
Jokes aside, he’s focused on taking the title: “My expectations are to bring Emma a second Mirrorball trophy.” The star filled us in on the perks of joining the competition, his wedding plans and more.
Drew, you’ve been asked to compete on Dancing with the Stars before. Why is this the right time for you to hit the dance floor?
I’ve been a fan of the show for a while. It just never worked. But this time is different because I’m getting married. And learning how to dance from the ultimate professional right before my wedding? That’s pretty awesome.
Rehearsals will surely help get you ready for the first dance at your wedding.
Hell, yeah, it’s going to help me with that first dance! Emma is taking all the goofy things that I do and changing them into something that actually looks good. I’m excited.
Are you a competitive person?
I’m the most competitive person you’re ever going to meet. Jonathan is my ultimate competition. But for me, it isn’t about knocking anybody down, it’s about pushing other people to do better.
How does Jonathan think you’re going to do?
Oh, he makes fun. But he’s going to be there every Monday cheering us on. My family is going to come in from Canada and Vegas. [My fiancée] Linda will be there as well, so there is going to be a lot of support for what Emma calls “Team Hot Property.”
We’re used to seeing you and your brother together on TV. What’s it been like to take this challenge on solo?
Jonathan and I have done so much together. It is different doing something solo, but we’ve always encouraged our own activities. He’s supportive. If there’s something that he wants to do solo, I’m 100% behind him as well.
It seems you two are everywhere lately. How has your life changed in the last year?
We’re everywhere, but it doesn’t change us. I still like to do things that are new and different for me, that’s why I’m doing Dancing with the Stars. I haven’t even set my wedding date yet. Linda and I have been so busy [renovating our house] that we haven’t set our wedding date, so that’s the biggest change.
How’s the wedding planning going?
That’s a tough one. We’re filming Property Brothers at Home: Drew’s Honeymoon House now so Linda’s right in there doing the renovations. That’s really been taking a lot of our time. The wedding will be in the spring. We’re slowly getting there. We’re having a destination wedding in Europe, so we’ll hopefully lock down our location next.
What does your dream wedding look like?
The one thing I want is warm weather. What we want is a week where all of our family and friends can join us. We can just hang out together, reminisce and have them be part of our special day. Friends and family – a whole lot of them! – that’s the biggest thing for me.
The memoir you wrote with Jonathan, It Takes Two, is also out now. What will fans learn about you in the book?
We’ve never really talked about some of the stuff that’s in the book before. Before Property Brothers, I went back to Vancouver to try to pursue acting and I ended up in over $100,000 in debt. Jonathan’s never talked about his divorce. It was a really depressing time for him because he put so much effort into making that work. There are a lot of things in the book that were touchy subjects.
What made you want to open up about those difficult experiences?
We said to each other when we were writing this memoir [that] we didn’t want to hold anything back. We wanted to show the good times and bad. At the end of the day, we want to inspire people. I’m really happy with it.
What’s something about yourself that you were particularly excited to share with readers?
Some people think Jonathan and I grew up with silver spoons in our mouths, and we never did. We grew up on a ranch and we learned the value of a hard day’s work. We came from a really loving family and the base of everything we built upon was the love and support from our parents. So I was excited to tell that story.
Drew is putting his best foot forward on the new season of Dancing with the Stars (starts Sept. 18, City) with partner Emma Slater.