‘Survivor: Samoa’ Power Rankings Challenge: Round 6

Welcome to “Pre-Show Smack Talk with Taj and Gordon”

Gordon: So, now that I have a commanding lead, I’m prepared to discuss the stakes of this competition.
Taj: That doesn’t seem fair!
Gordon: How about the winner gets to sing with S.W.V.?
Taj: I can think of a couple people who might have a problem with that.
Gordon: Fine…fine…how about the winner gets Eddie George’s 1995 Heisman Trophy award?
Taj: I can think of one person who would DEFINITELY have a problem with that.
Gordon: Alright, you drive a tough bargain. How about the winner of the “Survivor: Samoa” Power Rankings Challenge will receive the coveted Golden Probsty Award?
Taj: I love it!

The Rules: Each week, “Survivor: Tocantins’s” Tamara “Taj” George and your beloved “Survivor” recapped Gordon “Truth Seeker” Holmes will create separate power rankings. The ranking of the person who is voted out of that Thursday’s episode will determine the number of points the two combatants will earn. For example, if John is voted out this week, Taj will receive 8 points and Gordon will receive 9 points. At the end of the season, the person with the most points will be named the “Survivor: Samoa” Power Rankings Challenge Champion.

Last Week: Russell Swan’s medical problem forced him out of the game earning both Taj and Gordon 13 points. The current score is now Taj: 80, Gordon: 86.

Taj’s Picks:

Rank Last Week Contestant Comment
1 1 Russell H: Everyone thinks that Russell is evil and crazy. I like the guy! He’s a man after my own heart, at least the nice side of my heart. Lol! He’s playing the game like a pro. He’s sent more than half of his own tribe packing at will and now it looks like he’s creating a cross tribe alliance before the merge. I hope his works better than mine did. I don’t see him winning it all but I totally see him in the final four.
2 3 Dave: My heart aches for Russell S. and Galu. The passion and fight seemed to increase at tribal council. It seems like he will want someone like Shambo to be the new leader because she will be easy to manipulate. He will be calling the shots with Shambo as a cover. Great idea!
3 4 Brett: Quiet and cute. That’s all I have on this guy. He’s good in challenges but doesn’t really say much. There’s no reason to put him low on the list.
4 6 Laura: I have a love/hate relationship with Laura. She’s an older woman hanging in there. Naturally, I like her. I just want her to be creative. I want to see where the Russell/Laura alliance will go. I hope she doesn’t try to play the mother role with him.
5 14 Natalie: Natalie, Natalie, Natalie! Russell was definitely in your corner last week. He was ready to turn the whole tribe against Liz to save you. Do you ever wonder why? Your tribe is down to 5 people and you’re the weakest. Start thinking about the future girlie.
6 2 Erik: Does Erik understand choose your battles wisely? I was crushed when Russell S. had to leave the game. I was fired up and ready for battle right along with the Galu tribe. Did you hear me shouting it out? NO! He completely alienated Foa Foa by talking so much trash. Who cares what they were saying. They have 5 tribe members left. He’ll really need that HII once the merge happens.
7 9 Mick: Maybe Foa Foa should elect a new leader also. It’s as if Mick was medevac’d on the first day. His tribe loses everything. There are no pep talks for his tribe from him. Nothing! Bless his heart!
8 5 John: I’m ready for John to say something clever about science and physics for me. I want to laugh about something else other than him. He’s riding the wave of a strong tribe. I’m bored!
9 7 Kelly: See John but replace “science and physics” with something about her tattoos. Still bored!
10 10 Jaison: Jaison has been quiet for the past two weeks. Good for him. His tribe thinks he’s an asset for challenges that they consistently lose. Good for him. I’ll say more about him once the tribes merge. There’s really nothing he can do but wait at this point.
11 8 Monica: If Russell did not become sick would it have been over for Monica? Probably. I would’ve been torn after a week’s worth of rain knowing that Russell chose blankets for the girls. Hell, I was mad at all of the girls for choosing blankets & pillows over a tarp. What the hell is wrong with them?
12 12 Shannon: I really want her to pull a pimp move and outsmart her tribe but I know it will never happen. She’s too much of a sweet Marine. A really tough lady without an evil bone in her body.
13 11 Elizabeth: The only reason I have Liz at the bottom is because of her tribe’s losing trend. If Foa Foa loses again and if Russell has his way, she will be out of there for no other reason than she has three ivy-league degrees. She’s too tough and smart for her own good.

Gordon’s Picks:

Rank Last Week Contestant Comment
1 1
Russell H.: Last season it looked like Brendan was going to start a cross-tribe alliance with my lovely competition Taj, but it never really came to fruition. This season it looks like Russell and Laura might pull it off. I still don’t think Russell can win, but he’s five steps ahead of everyone else.
2 4 Brett: Yeah, Brett hasn’t said very much. But on the other hand he hasn’t gone off on a tirade against Foa Foa at tribal council. So, he has that going for him.
3 2 Dave: I’m not quite sure what to make of Dave and John acting like they want to align with Shambo. It can’t be real, can it? Either way, I like it because it shows they’re thinking outside of the box.
4 5 Laura: Russell S. called Laura a “Master Manipulator” when we spoke last Friday and from the looks of her pact with Russell H., he may have been dead on. If this doesn’t come back to bite her, she could be the dominant force in the post-merge tribe.
5 3 Erik: Erik is a strong, smart player. He has a hidden immunity idol and seems to be in good with the rest of Galu. However, that speech last week in front of Foa Foa was extremely short-sighted.
6 9 Kelly: I give Kelly grief because we don’t hear much from her, but being the middle person in an alliance can be a sweet gig. She’s not next on the chopping block, and she won’t be the first to go if there’s any kind of backstabbing.
7 7 Mick: What has Middle-of-the-Pack Mick done in this game? Sure he’s safe now, but he and Jaison have to be the favorites to be the first people voted out after the merge.
8 11 Jaison: I hope Jaison is feeling better now that the weather has improved. But like I said in Mick’s entry, I doubt he’s going to be around much longer.
9 8 John: So, John is smart enough to realize that they need to separate Laura and Monica, but not smart enough to see that Shambo would be a big problem when the tribe’s merge?
10 6 Natalie: Russell H. says she’s safe, but we’ve heard that song and dance from Russell before. I actually believe him in this case as I think he’s going to need her vote down the line.
11 10 Monica: She seems to be the low woman on the 90210ers totem pole. If John isn’t just playing Shambo (and I’m not convinced he isn’t) Monica could be the next to go.
12 14 Elizabeth: The choice between Elizabeth and Natalie boils down to Elizabeth being better at challenges and Natalie being in Evil Russell’s pocket. So, while Elizabeth may be more valuable now, Natalie will be more valuable later. My money’s on Elizabeth going first.
13 12 Shannon: I don’t understand how Shambo got this far in the game. The 90210ers clearly don’t like her and I’m pretty sure John and the other guys are setting her up somehow. If she can make the merge she could make a run, but I don’t see that happening.
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