‘Survivor’ Power Rankings: Tocantins Favorite Tamara ‘Taj’ George

Apollo Creed: When you won that last fight you won by one second, you beat me by one second, one second that’s very hard for a man of my intelligence to handle.
Rocky Balboa: Didn’t you say after I beat you that you learned to live with it?
Apollo Creed: I lied.

Last season, Tamara “Taj” George beat me by one point to claim both the title of “Survivor: Samoa” Power Rankings champion and the coveted Probsty Award. That makes her the Italian Stallion and me the Count of Monte Fisto

The Rules: Each week a member of our “Survivor” All-Star team and your beloved “Survivor” recapper Gordon “Truth Seeker” Holmes will create separate power rankings. The ranking of the person who is voted out of the next episode will determine the number of points the two combatants will earn. For example, if Jerri is voted out this week, Fancast’s “Survivor” All-Star Team and Gordon will both receive 4 points. At the end of the season, the person (or team) with the most points will be named the “Survivor: Heroes Vs. Villains” Power Rankings Challenge Champion.

Last Week: Tocantins finalist Stephen Fishbach had Candice in spot eight and Danielle in spot six for a total of fourteen points while I had Candice in spot five and Danielle in spot two for seven points. The current score is now All Stars 105, Team Gordon 118.

OK, before we get into this anticipated rematch, let’s check in with the lovely and talented Tamara “Taj” George

Gordon Holmes: Where do you keep your Probsty Award?  I’m going to assume it has a place of honor on the mantle.
Tamara “Taj” George:
I keep my Probsty Award over my fireplace with a light shining on it so everyone can see my accomplishment!
Gordon: Really?
Taj: Honestly, there’s no light.

Gordon: What’ve you been up to since your glorious Probsty Award victory?
Taj:
First, I left that night for Asia with SWV, then I had to go back and forth between Los Angeles, Atlanta, and New York for work.  I finally landed back in Nashville just in time to have knee surgery for a torn ACL that I suffered fighting over a candy cane on December 26th.  Before you ask, it was organic!

Gordon: Russell was responsible for all of your Tocantins buddies being voted out of “Survivor.” Do you think he has what it takes to win this season?
Taj:
Russell convinced everyone to vote out my guys and everyone else.  He’ll never win the million dollars if he continues to make enemies on the jury. JT and Stephen were mostly worried that everyone liked me too much in the end and were convinced the jury would vote for me.  So, as much as I hated being blindsided by my younger brothers, I did understand. I still love them and I’m so happy for JT’s win.

Gordon: By my count there have been 147 immunity idols in the past season.  Do you think that’s too many?
Taj:
I definitely don’t think there could ever be too many immunity idols.  They keep the game interesting.  I especially loved the move that Parvati pulled with the double idols.  Sweet!

Tamara ‘Taj’ George’s Picks
All-Star Team’s Current Score: 105

sandra #1 Sandra: I think Sandra is going to hold onto that idol until she absolutely needs it.  She’s a great player and very underestimated.
parvati #2 Parvati: If Russell is the “Prince” of “Survivor,” Parvati is the “Queen!”  She’s going toe to toe with Russell and it’s driving him crazy.  Since she’s already won a million dollars I doubt the jury will award her twice.
russell(2) #3 Russell: Russell is sneaky enough to maneuver his way back into the final two or three.  Because of his aggressive play, I would be shocked if someone can pull a fast one to put him on the jury.
jerri #4 Jerri: With Jerri voting out Parvati’s sidekick her loyalty to anyone is up in the air.  With that being said, she’ll be around until no one needs her vote which does not included the final two or three.  She was always on the tail end of Parvati, Danielle, and Russell’s original alliance anyway.
colby #5 Colby: Simply because he’s a “Hero” and worked against the “Villains” since the merge. Russell will use him to try to rally against Parvati according to last week’s preview.  Colby is just not cold-hearted enough to play with Russell and Parvati.
rupert #6 Rupert: This guy is becoming one of my favorite Survivors.  I would’ve loved to play with him.  I loved the way he stood up to Russell and creates ways to stay alive.  The fake idol was priceless.  Unfortunately, he’s way too nice of a guy to play hardball with Russell and Parvati.

Gordon Holmes’s Picks
Gordon’s Current Score: 118

sandra #1 Sandra: Sandra’s been up and down this list more times than I can count. Just when I think she’s finally on the outs, she manages to stick around. And now that she’s got that immunity idol she’s an easy pick for the final four. Add to that the fact that she’s a former champion and that makes her an attractive pick to take to the end.
russell(2) #2 Russell: Russell will not be receiving a check from Jeff Probst at the end of this season. His little rant against Rupert is just the latest piece of damning evidence in the case of Russell vs. The Feelings of the Jury. In fact, if I were in the game, I’d be doing everything I could to take Russell to the end.
parvati #3 Parvati: I was tempted to put Parvati lower on this list, but there’s a reason Russell went after Danielle instead of her. I don’t know what that reason is (maybe he wants to take a former champion to the end) but there’s some reason.
jerri #4 Jerri: I think Jerri is going to walk out of “Heroes Vs. Villains” a rich woman. I don’t know how the fallout from the Russell/Parvati feud is going to be settle, but I’m pretty sure the order of vote-ability (meaning the likelihood that person will win if they get to the final) is Colby/Rupert/Jerri/Sandra/Parvati/Russell. And I don’t think there’s any way they’ll let Colby or Rupert get to the finals.
colby #5 Colby: I never thought I’d hear the words “Colby sucks at challenges” in the game of “Survivor,” but I think I heard it about 40 times last week. Nobody is worried about him or his game, and if Danielle and Candice are to be believed, he checked out a loooong time ago. However, getting Colby out of the game isn’t the Villains’ top priority.
rupert #6 Rupert: Right now getting Rupert out of the game is the Villains’ top priority. In a Hero-heavy jury he’d be sure to garner a lot of votes. I’m thinking his time is probably up.

More “Survivor” Fun: Check out my Exit Interview with Danielle DiLorenzo and Candice Woodcock and find out Who Former Survivors Picked as the Worst Villain of All Time.

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