‘Survivor: Redemption Island’ Power Rankings: Round 8

The Rules: Each week, “Survivor: Nicaragua” finalist Matthew “Sash” Lenahan and XFINITY TV’s “Survivor” loudmouth Gordon 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 players will earn. For example, if David is voted out this week, Sash will receive 6 points and Gordon will receive 7 points. Also, each player will pick who they think will win at Redemption Island. If they choose correctly they will receive a bonus point. At the end of the season, the person with the most points will be named the “Survivor: Redemption Island” Power Rankings Challenge Champion.

Last Week: Sash and Gordon both had Matt winning the Redemption Island challenge.  Sash had Matt in spot ten, Gordon had him in spot six. So, Sash jumps up to a big 87 to 76 lead.

Wanna Play? Last week, several “Survivor” fans posted their own Power Rankings on Twitter. Tag Gordon (@gordonholmes) in your own Twitter Power Rankings, or post your picks in the comment section of this post. If you do better than Gordon does, (which is highly likely) he’ll give you credit in his weekly recap.

Before we get into this week’s action, let’s check in with our second-place competitor…

XFINITY TV: Gordon, you scratched and clawed your way up to a respectable 2-2 record by defeating such notables as Benjamin “Coach” Wade and the “Survivor” All-Stars. Is it disheartening to follow that up with this sad showing?
Gordon Holmes:
Not at all. I wanted Sash to be my competition this season because I knew he was capable of giving me a strong battle. I just didn’t know he’d be quite this strong.

XFINITY TV: I’ve noticed you’re now challenging readers to post their picks in the comments section and on Twitter. It seems like most of them are beating you too.
That’s not really a question.
XFINITY TV: Fair enough. Here’s a question, do you actually put thought into your picks or do you just throw darts at a list of names?
Holmes: You’re lucky I don’t have any darts right now.
XFINITY TV: That’s not really an answer.
Holmes: Fair enough.


Current Score: 87



Current Score: 76

natalie . ashley
#1 Natalie – Until recently Natalie has been known as Boston Rob’s girlfriend, but seeing how she won the last individual immunity, we may see her wearing the pants in that relationship sometime soon. . #1 Ashley – Sometimes people see someone like Ashley high in the rankings and they think I think she’s going to win. No, I don’t think she’ll win. But I think she’s probably the safest person in the game right now.
ashley . andrea
#2 Ashley – Ashley is in perfect position now having a great alliance and flying under the radar.  The only problem is she hasn’t made a bold move yet which is the only way to find respect at Final Tribal Council. . #2 Andrea – Last week’s blindside wouldn’t have happened if Boston Rob didn’t trust Andrea. It speaks volumes about her gameplay that she was able to get on his good side.
andrea . natalie
#3 Andrea – Andrea is a strong competitor and won’t leave this game without a fight.  Not having a close ally is her only weakness at the moment.  Who will cozy up with her now that Matt is back on Redemption Island? . #3  Natalie Good job in the challenge last week. Not sure it’s smart to have you pushing to win immunities when you don’t need them, but I appreciate the effort.
julie . julie
#4 Julie – Julie’s only hope is if she puts together an all-girl alliance despite having no interest in the girls.  If she can realize that the beach isn’t like the firehouse she works at back home, she could outlast the rest of the men. . #4 Julie – Vanilla Julie will be the last Zapateran to get the axe. Or the first. I don’t know, is she still on this show?
phillip . phillip
#5 Phillip – Phillip’s only hope is his own cluelessness.  Anything else will mean his ouster. . #5 Phillip – The game certainly has changed since we were all convinced Phillip was the next to go. Can he possibly win a jury? Is Rob hoping to go to the end with him?
david . grant
#6 David – David’s problem prior to the merge was his mouth.  If he can keep quiet, perhaps Boston Rob will focus on the physical threats instead. . #6 Grant – The trailer is making it look like Grant is going to start some business. I think it’s a fake-out. There’s no reason for him to rock the boat at this point.
bostonrob . david
#7 Boston Rob – Boston Rob is the godfather of the island, but what mobster ends his life happily ever after?  Look for him to get the axe instead. . #7 David – I’m torn on David right now. I’m betting he thinks now is the time to jump ship, but if Rob thinks he’s too crafty he may boot him sooner than he normally would have.
grant . bostonrob
#8 Grant – Grant is Boston Rob’s best buddy, but rarely do best friends stay loyal to the end in this game.  With two girls in their alliance who focus on spa days, Grant has to know his life is limited as long as Rob maintains control of the tribe. . #8 Boston Rob – Why is Boston Rob so low? Because he’s obviously the head of his alliance, and if the Bradys are able to swing some kind of deal they’re going to go after him first.
ralph . steve
#9 Ralph Ralph no longer has an idol and if Russell had the foresight to target Ralph, Boston Rob will too. . #9 Steve – Are you as bad at challenges as Krista and Stephanie made you out to be? If you are, you’d better play that up, otherwise you’re next after Mike.
steve . ralph
#10 Steve – Steve was targeted as a decoy in the last tribal council.  He may not be as lucky during his next visit there. . #10 Ralph – A lot of people are giving you grief for playing your idol last week, but it was probably your best bet. If David’s reaction is to be believed, you guys had no idea that Matt was on his way out.
mike . mike
#11 Mike – Cross Boston Rob and you’re out.  Mike showed Rob that he can hustle and manipulate just as well as anyone by almost swinging Andrea and Matt to the original Zapatera tribe.  Rob’s new focus will be sending Mike to Redemption Island ASAP. . #11 Mike – If the Zapateran dominoes are going to start falling one by one, I think you’re looking at the first domino. Immunity wins are Mike’s only hope now.

Any questions? Drop me a line on Twitter at @gordonholmes.

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