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‘Survivor’ Power Rankings Finals – Dawn Meehan vs. Sophie Clarke

May 9, 2012

Dawn Meehan vs. Sophie Clarke (CBS)

In honor of “Survivor: One World’s” men vs. women theme, XFINITY TV’s “Survivor” guy Gordon Holmes captained a team of “Survivor: South Pacific” guys against a team of “Survivor: South Pacific” gals.

However, the Power Rankings imitated life and the women’s team ran away with the game. In fact, the men were mathematically eliminated with three weeks still left to go.

So, the executive “Survivor” Power Rankings committee decided that the Power Rankings should continue to imitate “Survivor,” and the women should be forced to compete against each other until one sole Survivor is left standing…er…ranking.

Note: The “Survivor” Hall of Fame coffee mug has filed an appeal with the “Survivor” Power Rankings committee. It has yet to be ruled upon.

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The Rules: Dawn and Sophie 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 Alicia is voted out this week, Dawn will receive 3 points and Sophie will receive 5 points. The person with the most points will be named the “Survivor: One World” Power Rankings champion.

Tie Breaker: If both competitors have the eliminated Survivor in the same position, the winner will be determined by whoever has the closest answer to the tie-breaker question. The tie-breaker question is; how many times will Jeff Probst say the word “guys” in the next episode?

Dawn’s Tie-Breaker: 11

Got any advice for Dawn? Drop her a line on Twitter.

Sophie’s Tie Breaker: 3 (“Even though there are no (real) men left in the game.”)

Got any advice for Sophie? Drop her a line on Twitter.

1. I don’t see any scenario where Kim isn’t sitting at the Final 3. Here we are 30+ days into “Survivor: One World” and she’s still holding onto a hidden immunity idol! Kim’s safe this week. 1. The name of the game now is kicking out the threats (Kat last week and perhaps Alicia or Sabrina this week?) You might think this would put Kim, the biggest threat, at risk. Her dominance, however, is old news. If they haven’t gotten rid of her yet, they wont get rid of her now.
2. I think Chelsea is going to give Kim a run for the money! She’s a threat in challenges, she’s well-liked by most players, and she’s tight with Kim—who just so happens to be holding onto a hidden immunity idol. (Side note: You never hear anyone say, “Let’s get rid of Chelsea.” And clearly, Alicia and Chelsea are in some kind of alliance. I mean, they both voted Kat out last week.) So, as far as Final 3, Chelsea’s got options!  I think she is the one to watch come Sunday’s finale. 2. Kim isn’t making moves against tag-along Chelsea and Chelsea hasn’t built up a big enough resume to appear a FTC threat to Alicia or Sabrina. Unless Tarzan takes the throne and can’t stand the thought of looking at the botched (?) boobs any longer, Chelsea will survive another week.
3. Aside from the “Colton Days,” I really am impressed with Alicia’s game. When you think about it, SHE’s the one we saw negotiate the Day 1 alliance with the original Salani tribe. And she also managed to stay on good terms with Tarzan and many members of the jury post-merge.  If she can make it to final 3, I think Alicia has a solid shot at convincing a jury that she ran this game. 3. The sudden blindside of Kat last week proved that the girls have no allegiance to any kind of pecking order. This makes the never-gonna-win speedo-clad odd ball out perhaps the safest person out there.
4. I’m speechless when it comes to Tarzan. Truly. But I think he’s safe this week. (They’ve kept him around for a reason: he’s loyal to the core alliance/decision-makers.) 4. Christina is in the same boat as Tarzan. I don’t think she can win the game, but she certainly isn’t threatening enough to be targeted next.
5. I think Christina is safe this week… but only because the remaining players are focused on getting rid of Sabrina (a HUGE threat to win the game) first. 5. Every week, Alicia makes bold claims that she is in control of the game, and she actually might be! If the girls in charge get whiff of this, they will have no trouble cutting her loose.
6. Unfortunately, I think Sabrina is heading to Ponderosa this week. She barely survived last Tribal Council—and it’s clear that several remaining players see her as a threat to win the game. So, unless Sabrina wins immunity, I think she’s the next to go. 6. Sabrina only narrowly missed execution last week. Unless things get shaken up, it looks like she is next on the chopping block.

What if There’s a Tie at a ‘Survivor’ Final Tribal Council? Jeff Probst (Kinda) Explains

May 7, 2012

Jeff Probst (CBS)

There has never been a tie vote in a “Survivor” final Tribal Council. In early versions of the game, this wasn’t an issue as there were an odd number of jury members and only two final contestants. However, ever since “Survivor: Cook Islands” introduced a final three, a tie has been a very real possibility.

With the “Survivor: One World” finale right around the corner, I thought it was the perfect time to get to the bottom of this long-standing “Survivor” mystery. I reached out to the guy who’d know, “Survivor” host and executive producer (and Emmy hoarder) Jeff Probst, to get all the information he was willing to reveal…

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Gordon Holmes: What is the official plan if there’s a three-way tie at the final Tribal Council?
Jeff Probst: I can’t tell you. But we do have one.
Holmes: So, it’s a trade secret? Like the recipe to Coca-Cola?
Probst: It’s not even a big deal, but until we use it, we don’t want to give it away. We always have it, we are always ready for it. And I hope we get to use it.

Holmes: OK, but what if there’s a two-way tie where two of the finalists have four votes and the third finalist has a single vote?
Probst: We would revote again and you would have to vote for one of those two.
Holmes: A revote at the reunion or at the Tribal Council?
Probst: At the Tribal Council.

Don’t miss the “Survivor: One World Finale and Reunion Show” this Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

Any Questions? Drop me a line on Twitter: @gordonholmes

‘Survivor: One World’ Castaway Interview – Kat Edorsson

May 3, 2012

Kat Edorsson (CBS)

It’s easy to take knowledge for granted when you’re watching “Survivor.” We know Kim is running the show because she looks right into a camera lens and tells us.

Kat Edorsson didn’t have the same luxury. She thought she was in charge of things at Tikiano beach all the way up until Jeff Probst read her name four times.

I spoke with the blindsided beauty the day after her elimination and got her take on Troyzan’s inspirational aside, her quirky characteristics, and Kim’s hurtful words…

Gordon Holmes: You seemed really upset after last night’s blindside. Can you walk us through what you were feeling?
Kat Edorsson: During that moment I didn’t have words to express how upset I was. During the walk back I was babbling to myself, I was just so upset. That was the biggest blindside. I had no idea it was going to happen. I just felt so hurt.
Holmes: But I thought blindsides were fun and exciting.
Edorsson: (Laughs) They’re not fun and exciting! I want to make that completely clear. I was completely blown away. In the game you have to trust somebody and the only part that was naïve about my experience is that I trusted my alliance with my whole heart instead of keeping my eyes open. What we said always went so I thought it was completely OK.

Holmes: When you were voted out you mentioned that you would be perceived as the most naïve person to ever play, and earlier you had expressed concern that you’d be perceived as a follower. Were you more worried about the perception of the jury or of the viewing public?
Edorsson: It was more of how America was going to view me. When I came out to play “Survivor” I had all of these goals as to how I wanted to be perceived. And the entire time, I felt like I was making all the moves. I felt like it was all me, that Kim was following me. I wanted to make sure that America thought I was doing a great job and making all of these strategic alliances. I thought I was a leader. I didn’t think the jury would ever see me as not a good player.
Holmes: And how did things like, pardon my bluntness, farting on other players or crawling toward your cousin play into America’s perception of you?
Edorsson: (Laughs) That’s just me. That’s 100% Kat. I took the experience and I went with it. I was never afraid to show who I really was. I love to laugh, and the best part about me is if you’re not laughing with me, you can laugh at me.
Holmes: I think it’s very cool that you own that. What’s the reaction been like from the fans?
Edorsson: I have a lot of love. OK…from the Kim fans I’ve received a little bit of negativity and some of the Troy fans. They’re really strategic players. People that have been watching the game for 12 years, they’re very into the strategic part of the game and they didn’t think that I was very strategic. They thought I was just being ridiculous and that hurt my feelings because I was very loyal to my alliance. I made those decisions like everybody else did in my alliance.

Holmes: What do you think the motivation was behind Troyzan’s “Do it” pep talk. Were you close enough that that meant something to you, or was he trying to make a statement?
Edorsson: That meant something to me. We had a very close bond. It’s funny because my closest bond in the game was with Kim and Troy. I have a great alliance with these women, but Kim and Troy both really believed in me. They were like a part of my family. And Troy really wanted me to win. He wanted to vote for me. I know he had great intentions behind it.

Holmes: What was your relationship like with Chelsea?
Edorsson: Chelsea was always picking on me. I think she was a little threatened by the relationship that I had with Kim. And every time it was me and Kim, I think Chelsea got a whiff of that. Kim said this was her final three (with Kat and Alicia), which was the truth. We made that alliance on day three. Inside our five I always had my three. Even when Alicia went to Manono, I still protected her.

Holmes: Was it weird listening to Kim say that she wanted to take you to the end because she thought you were the kind of person who’d blow the million dollars in a year?
Edorsson: Kim said that?
Holmes: Yes, to her sister.
Edorsson: I didn’t actually see that part. When I was watching it I was having a moment to myself.  I’m pretty sure I heard it, but I didn’t want to believe it. That really does affect me. It really hurts to hear things like that. If I don’t have anything else, I have common sense. That really just bothered me. I felt I was belittled when I’d watch Kim and Alicia say stuff like that and when Chelsea said I didn’t deserve to be in the final three.

Holmes: Alright, let’s do some word association. We’ll start with Sabrina.
Edorsson: Intelligent.
Holmes: Troyzan?
Edorsson: Incredible.
Holmes: Chelsea?
Edorsson: Ugh…there are things I want to say, but I’ll say “hero.”
Holmes: Tarzan?
Edorsson: Very strange.
Holmes: Really?
Edorsson: (Laughs) Yes.
Holmes: Christina?
Edorsson: What game are you playing? Clueless.
Holmes: Alicia?
Edorsson: I want to say “margarita!” Firecracker.
Holmes: Let’s finish with Kim.
Edorsson: Genius.

Holmes: Troyzan seemed to be staring holes through you guys from the jury stand. What was going on there?
Edorsson: (Laughs) He was so angry. He looked like he was going to kill Kim.
Holmes: And of course, Kim’s an old lady, right?
Edorsson: (Laughs) I feel so bad for calling her old! Actually, I called her an “old hag.”

Any Questions? Drop me a line on Twitter: @gordonholmes

‘Survivor: One World’ Recap – When the Kat’s Away…

May 2, 2012

'Survivor: One World' (CBS)

Last Week: Kim picked people to join her on reward and clearly blew it, Christina was the back-up boot and Sabrina made sure she knew it, and on his way out of the game Troyzan told Kat to “do it.”

39 Days, 18 People, 1 “Survivor” Blog

Let’s see where the tribe currently stands…

The Tikiano Tribe (wearing black)
Alicia –  25, Special Ed Teacher
Chelsea – 26, Medical Sales
Christina – 29, Career Consultant
Kat – 22, Timeshare Rep
Kim – 29, Bridal Shop Owner
Sabrina – 33, High School Teacher
Tarzan – 64, Plastic Surgeon

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Troy’s farewell proclamation to Kat is the talk of the camp after Tribal Council. Kat claims to not know what he was talking about. In her defense, she doesn’t know what a lot of people are talking about.

Alicia thinks Tribal proved that Christina isn’t terribly bright and that’s a reason to keep her around. Oh, so she shouldn’t throw herself in the fire like Colton had suggested? Good to see attitudes can change.

The next morning, Tree Mail arrives in the form of a Sprint EVO 3-D phone. Uh oh…family members can’t be far behind.

True to form, the phone is loaded with videos from their families. We’re treated to footage of Sabrina’s brother, Alicia’s sister, Chelsea’s dad, Christina’s dad, Kim’s sister, Kat’s cousin, and Tarzan’s wife who are all apparently on the island.

Sure enough, all of the family members show up at the reward challenge. Oh man, Christina’s dad recently had a kidney transplant and has only been give five-to-ten years left to live. It’s gettin’ dusty up in here.

Sabrina’s brother is jacked. If this is a team challenge, look out for them.

When Kat’s cousin comes out, she crawls toward him like a dog for some reason. She’s hilarious. I’m starting to love her.

Things get uber-emotional when Tarzan’s wife comes out, and everyone recognizes it. Sabrina even says that she’s playing for herself and Tarzan.

Reward Challenge: The players and their loved ones will be attached to a rope that is wound around a series of obstacles. First team to get to the end wins a barbecue with their loved one.

Team Kim, Team Alicia, and Team Chelsea jump out to a big lead while Team Sabrina can’t even get out of the starting gate. So much for my pre-game prediction.

It gets close at the end, but Kat and her cousin manage to come from behind and win.

Probsty allows her to take someone with her, she chooses Kim. Seriously?!

He allows her to bring one other person and she goes with Alicia. Even more seriously?!

This is normally where I’d say, “Does she even watch this show?” But, she was literally a part of this exact situation three days ago.

Kat explains her decision by saying that she has been meaning to get drunk with those two. That’s some strategy…I guess. Everybody else agrees that she should have taken Tarzan and his wife.

Later at the reward, Kat pitches the idea of booting Sabrina before Christina because at least Christina knows she isn’t in a final alliance. The others seem on board with this plan.

Kim tells her sister that she thinks taking Kat and Alicia to the final three is her best bet. Her reasoning is that Alicia isn’t well liked and that Kat is someone who would squander the million dollars in a year. Wow, so Kat really is the female Fabio.

Back at camp, Sabrina is furious that Kat didn’t pick Christina and Tarzan for the reward. They even go so far as discussing a side alliance that boots Kat next.

Quick Aside: I’d be pretty annoyed if my girlfriend took the super-long flight to Samoa only to get to spend 20 minutes with me.

Immunity Challenge Time: The players will lean over the water on a ledge while hanging onto a rope. As the challenge goes on, the rope will extend. The last person standing (er…leaning) wins immunity.

Sabrina is the first one to go, and Kat does a not-so-subtle happy dance. Tarzan falls a minute or so later.

Alicia drops out next.

This challenge seems like it’d be unfair to people with longer arms, right?

Chelsea is the next to go, she’s followed by Christina. It’s down to Kat and Kim.

At the one-hour mark, Kat finally drops. Kim wins immunity.

Back at camp, Kat talks about how embarrassing it is to lose to a 28-year-old. As a 35-year-old with an impressive immunity challenge record, I think I love her less now.

Politicking around camp centers around Sabrina vs. Kat. Alicia was originally on board the boot-Sabrina bandwagon, but Kat’s strong challenge performance has her considering switching sides.

Kim, however, thinks Sabrina is more likely to win over a jury.

That night at Tribal Council, Probst calls Kat out for picking Kim and Alicia for the reward challenge. Kat thinks it was the toughest choice she’d ever made in her life.

Kat then says she chose Kim and Alicia based on who she’d have the most fun with.

Sabrina thinks Kat will look back on that choice and regret it.

Chelsea thinks Kat uses her age as an excuse every time she messes up.

Tarzan says the pick didn’t bother him because he appreciates that Kat is young and naïve.

Alicia was shocked with what a challenge threat Kat has become.

Sabrina says that her jury vote wouldn’t necessarily go to the best player.

Kat thinks blindside votes are fun and exciting. Yeah, Michael said something similar right before he was blindsided.

Voting Time: Kat votes for Sabrina, Sabrina votes for Kat, and the rest of the votes aren’t shown.

J-Pro tallies and returns. We’ve got one vote for Sabrina, three votes for Kat, and the twelfth person to leave “Survivor: One World” is…Kat.

Whoa…Kat’s in tears as she walks away. So much for fun and exciting…

Verdict: It seems like the only real drama left is; who’s Kim going to take to the final three? That usually doesn’t lead to thrilling TV.

Who’s Going to Win: There’s no way Kim doesn’t walk away with the big check.

Power Rankings Update: Sophie Clarke had Kat in spot six while Andrea Boehlke had her in spot five. Therefore, Sophie has earned a spot in next week’s finals against Dawn Meehan.

Any Questions? Drop me a line on Twitter: @gordonholmes

‘Survivor’ Power Rankings Semi Finals: Andrea Boehlke vs. Sophie Clarke

May 1, 2012

Andrea Boehlke vs. Sophie Clarke (CBS)

In honor of “Survivor: One World’s” men vs. women theme, XFINITY TV’s “Survivor” guy Gordon Holmes captained a team of “Survivor: South Pacific” guys against a team of “Survivor: South Pacific” gals.

However, the Power Rankings imitated life and the women’s team ran away with the game. In fact, the men were mathematically eliminated with three weeks still left to go.

So, the executive “Survivor” Power Rankings committee decided that the Power Rankings should continue to imitate “Survivor,” and the women should be forced to compete against each other until one sole Survivor is left standing…er…ranking.

Note: The “Survivor” Hall of Fame coffee mug was disqualified for failing a drug test.

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The Rules: Each week a pair of the remaining women 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 Tarzan is voted out this week, Andrea will receive 6 points and Sophie will receive 7 points. The person with the most points will advance to the next round.

Got any advice for Andrea? Drop her a line on Twitter.



Got any advice for Sophie? Drop her a line on Twitter.


1. So apparently everyone and their mom’s cat’s gardener’s cousin is drinking the Kim Kool-Aid. From what I can gather, every person still playing “Survivor: One World” must think they are going to the end with Kim. Heck, I’m not even playing this game and I’m wondering whether I might have an alliance with her.  Do I? Clearly, we are all fighting to be Kim’s SBFF (Super Best Friend Forever) but from my own personal experience with SBFFs, I know you can only truly have one. So, who will Kim’s be? 1. K’impossible’ or Kim’possible’? I think the latter.
2. Chelsea APPEARS to be Kim’s SBFF at this point. I can’t really see Kim getting rid of Chelsea, and I think Chelsea is planning on riding the Kim train to the end. If Kim takes the heat for the inevitable backstabbing that is about to go down, Chelsea could come out as the sweet sidekick-turned-millionaire. 2. Chelsea stands in Kim’s shadows. She is less athletic. She is less well liked. She is less strategic. Soon she is going to be less rich.
3. Kim chose Alicia to come on the reward, which tells me that Alicia may be closer to Kim than I originally thought. Is she BFF #2 over Sabrina? Time will tell, but Alicia may be a better choice to bring to the end than the rest, only because it seems as if she may have rubbed some people the wrong way. 3. Alicia is the dark horse. I don’t think the jury considers her to be the head of the hated and, in Troyzan’s words, “cocky” girl alliance but she is also not completely strategically inept like Christina. The tribe switch at the beginning of the game forced Alicia to make decisions in her own self-interest, and we saw her flourish. After the merge, however, Alicia seemed content as just another member of Kim’s Kult.  I hope this girl remembers the mischievous fun she had when Colton was around and forges her own path to the end before it is too late.
4. If you have not seen Troyzan’s secret scene (the one involving ‘fuzzy squares’ and Alicia riding the pig) please do so now. I’ll still be here when you’re back. Annnnnnnd okay—you saw it? The Sabrina dance was all I needed to remind me why I’m a Sabrina fan. Not sure where she falls in line in the Kimber-rankings, but I feel that she is safe over Christina, Tarzan and Kat. Sabrina seems pretty game savvy too, so maybe she will be the one to stir the pot soon? 4. I can’t really tell where Sabrina fits into this game. Who is her closest ally? What is her end game plan? Why doesn’t she work at camp? What does the jury think of her? Does she have any say in her alliance? If the jury is equally as confused and ambivalent about her game, Sabrina doesn’t have a shot to win. However, “Survivor” juries have very short-term memories, and Sabrina still has time to make her mark. I hope this girl wins a challenge, orchestrates a blindside, and fetches some water… all in one episode!
5. I’ve been rooting for Kitty Kat all season, but if she wants to not be seen as a follower she needs to act fast. Maybe she will take Troyzan’s advice and “Do it” this episode, even though I’m not exactly sure what that entails. Do what? Kill the pig? Pull a blindside? Just keep dancing?  I hope Kat can find a way to shimmy her way to the end, because her little Kat dances are probably the highlight of each episode for me. 5. Christina has missed her chance to make a move and is at the mercy of Kim. You might think that would make Christina safe for a while – she and Tarzan are the perfect end game goats. However, Kim will win—hands down—if she makes it to the end. It doesn’t matter against whom. Now is not the time for Kim to ruin her reputation as “someone you would trust with your life” by backstabbing her closest allies in favor of the nut jobs.
6. Who would have guessed that the kooky plastic surgeon would be the last zan standing?! I’m not sure what planet Tarzan is on. I’m not sure what alliance Tarzan thinks he’s in. I’m still not sure what was on Tarzan’s shorts back in the day. Some things will always be a mystery. However, since Tarzan is so out there, he could be *that* guy you drag with you to the end. Gosh, I hope not. 6. If the girls need to make a move against anyone, it is Kat. I hope Troyzan’s parting words of encouragement to Kat set off some bells in Kim’s brain. Underdog Kat could win this game! She performed well in challenges, didn’t directly orchestrate any of the jury boots, and seems to be relatively sweet and likeable. This Female-Fabio might be Kim’s biggest end-game threat with a biter jury.
7. The fact that they split the vote between Troyzan and Christina instead of just splitting votes between the zans makes me think that the rest of the Tikiano girls see Christina as disposable. I feel that the end is near for sweet Cha Cha. 7. Kim has established herself as the fair, merciful ruler of the Tikiano tribe. She is unflinchingly sending people to their deaths, but in an order and manner that appears just and even compassionate. If she booted Tarzan, she would uphold the status quo with the rest of her tribe, and probably even get Tarzan’s vote at the end.

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