‘Survivor: Philippines’ Power Rankings: Round Two


Team Cooki3s and Russell Swan (CBS)

The Rules:Each week Kat and Gordon 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 Artis is voted out this week, Kat will receive 9 points and Gordon will receive 11 points. The person with the most points at the end of the season will be crowned the ‘Survivor: Philippines’ Power Rankings champion!

Last Week: “Survivor: One World” favorite Kat Edorsson had Roxanne in spot ten, while I nailed it, placing her in spot seventeen. So, the current score is Team Kat: 10, Team Awesome Thunder 17.

Before we get into this week’s rankings, let’s check in with this season’s challenger…

Gordon Holmes: Hey Kat, great job last week. I want to thank you so much for stepping up to the Power Rankings plate. What’ve you been up to since “One World”?
Kat Edorsson: I have been fantastic since “One World”! Finishing up college, last semester at UCF and just enjoying life with my girls (Kim, Chelsea, Alicia, and Sabrina). Our cast has continued to stay extremely close and we see each other pretty often so I can’t complain!

Holmes: This three-tribe format is much different from your “two tribes divided by sex living on the same beach” format. How would you have handled life with Matsing?
Edorsson: Wow, this season is going to get “weird.” I have a feeling they will not be as loving as “One World.” This season it is all about placing. I have social media skills so I highly doubt I would ever be on the “outs” of an alliance. However, with Matsing my favorite alliance of the season is Malcolm and Denise so I would probably wiggle my way in the twosome and make it a PG-13 threesome real quick!
Holmes: How about Tandang?
Edorsson: With Tandang I really enjoy watching Skupin and RC, I feel like they are dominant players.  I would team up with them until we made it to the merge.
Holmes: And Kalabaw?
Edorsson: Well, I like Dana and Katie but I haven’t seen much from them. I might have been the odd ball on this tribe, but Penner seems like he’s really playing the game. Right now it’s not just a one-man show, so these tribes are definitely different than “One World” and I wouldn’t feel as confident as I did with my five-woman alliance I had on Salani. It looks like when the merge comes there will be chaos which will be so exciting to watch!

Holmes: And finally, sometimes trash talk breaks out during the Power Rankings. It’s a shame. Do you think we can remain civil while I defeat you?
Edorsson: (Laughs) Very funny! Of course we will remain friends. I’ve never been good at reading the balls in the outfield, so don’t mind me if I get my butt kicked during Power Rankings on my own show! You would think we would be pros at this by now! Anywho let the best person win, Gordon my friend. Bring it on!

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Kat’s Current Score: 10

Any advice for Kat? Drop her a line on Twitter: @KatEdorsson

Gordon’s Current Score: 17

Any advice for Gordon? Drop him a line on Twitter: @gordonholmes

 1. Malcolm: Oh, Mr. Cuddles, don’t be alarmed! There is nothing wrong with finding warmth, for the record! Going into week three you would think Malcolm would be low on the totem pole because of the stunt they pulled last week. However seeing how Malcolm kept his composure during Tribal still keeps my faith! Also, I believe he will take his own advice and NOT be “Booty blinded” and cut those ties loose and get back into the game!  1. Malcolm: OK, I keep telling myself that Malcolm isn’t “Booty blinded,” being “Blinded by the headlights,” or in a “Booby trap.” I keep telling myself that he is sticking with Angie because she’s an easy vote. Either way, he’s safe for now. However, when they hit mergeville, his closeness to Angie could cost him.
 2. Michael: How many lives do you have, Skupin? If we can continue to keep him alive I believe he will be in great shape. Skupin is probably sitting in the best seat right now. His tribe is winning challenges and he is helpful around camp.  2. Denise: Did Denise make the smart move by sticking with Malcolm last week? Totally. Stuff like that will cement their alliance. Would she be smart to keep an eye on things and maybe distance herself if/when she makes the merge? Again, totally.
 3. RC: I’m really proud of RC. I do believe she is aligned with a loose cannon, however, she did great on the Immunity Challenge while keeping her composure. If her tribe continues to win I think she can go far. Keeping Abi in her back pocket and having Skupin and Pete in her four-person alliance, I believe she will continue to do well.
 3. Penner:  Yeah, I had Penner super low in the rankings last week, but the hidden immunity idol changes everything. I just can’t see the Kalabaw Five pulling a fast one on someone who’s played the game twice. The question is; can he make some inroads with the people on the bottom of the Kalabaw alliance? The idol can only do so much.

  4. Pete: Last week I didn’t get to hear much from Pete, but now I believe that’s a good thing. This week Pete made comments that were quite funny! With his four-person alliance and his strong tribe I believe he will go far as well.
 4. RC: The dominant alliance, the dominant tribe, and an immunity idol clue…everything was coming up RC. That is, until Abi-Maria’s unnecessary freak out. Such is the danger of a day-one alliance. RC’s next course of action should be reassuring Abi-Maria that everything’s cool while maybe figuring out a way to replace her with Lisa or Artis.

  5. Denise: I’m really enjoying Denise. I like how level-headed she is in the game, making strong decisions. Her alliance with Malcolm is still my favorite pair of the season so far, but I need Malcolm to get his head back in the game.  Plus, she is really strong in the challenges.
 5. Pete: Pete, what’s going on with you and Lisa in the preview for this week’s episode? Voting for Mike? I think it’s a little too soon for the big moves train to be leaving the station.
 6. Penner: So happy Penner found the idol! He deserves my player of the week award! It really looks like Penner could be on the outs with his tribe so he needs to focus now! PENNER, put on that smile and start showing some love to your tribe! With an idol in hand you are now sitting pretty at Tribal going forward, but be careful because there is never value to an idol when it comes to the old fashioned blindside!  6. Abi-Maria: Whoa whoa whoa there, Abi-Maria. It’s the second episode. Your tribe has yet to lose an immunity challenge. There’s no reason to go all cuckoo crazy on your main alliance.
 7. Jeff Kent: He is strong in challenges and getting along well with his tribe right now. I think he is in a good position to do well.  7. Michael: I’m hoping Pete’s little chat with Lisa in this week’s preview is some kind of editing trick or them testing her loyalty. Why? Because the only acceptable ways for Skup to leave this game is as Sole Survivor or accidentally being beheaded with a throw pillow.
 8. Abi-Maria: She needs to step her game up. Her alliance is strong but she is second guessing every move. Untimely. I’m hoping she will make it far with her tribe, but she needs to be more confident and not start drama on a winning tribe. If she refuses to follow this advice then I’m happy to watch the madness unfold.  8. Jeff Kent: With his performance in the first two immunity challenges, I think it’s safe to upgrade Jeff Kent’s knee from day-to-day to minor boo-boo. He also seems to be the top dog at Kalabaw and even looks like he’s having some fun. I like it.
 9. Artis: Pulling for Arits. His tribe is on a roll although we haven’t heard much from him. He seems to be lying low.  9. Carter: It’s still too early in this tiny tribe season to get rid of somebody who’s as good at challenges as Carter. Also, it’d be a crime to be voted out of the game before ever having a chance to speak.
 10. Dawson: Not too much out of Dawson this week, but she still has Jeff’s secret which is huge leverage in the game. Good to see Dawson creating an alliance with Carter as well.
 10. Dana: Man, it’s tough to figure out what’s going on at Kalabaw other than the five newbs against Penner and his idol. That’s what makes ranking them so difficult. If Kalabaw loses and Penner plays his idol, who goes home?
  11. Carter: I have a feeling Carter will be funny and likable. Haven’t seen much of him, but it’s nice to see him having an alliance with Dawson.
 11. Artis: I guess I need to give Artis some credit. He looked wiped out on day two, but here he is still in the game. I’m still not positive he’s super safe in Tandang though.
 12. Lisa: Pulling for Lisa, seemed to have a tough time this week. She is feeling the true meaning of solitude when it comes to “Survivor,” and it is tough. Being out there alone is the worst! Hoping she can bounce back. It is possible!  12. Lisa: Alright, Lisa…this is my last pitch. If you’re only comfortable on stage or in front of an audience it’s time to do a little full-time improv. You’re playing the role of a likeable, confident woman who can be trusted. And…action!
  13. Dana: Still have hope for Dana. I’m happy they were second place in the challenge which will keep her safe for now. This would be another player we have yet to see any form of an alliance for, but I’m hoping things will turn around. And, during the challenges she really helps. Pulling weight is important during these first few days.
 13. Dawson: It kills me to have Dawson this low in the rankings, but if Kalabaw loses Penner’s going to play that idol. The question is; who does he take out? We don’t know much about the tribe’s dynamics, but I do know Dawson sat out of the immunity challenge.
 14. Katie: Kalabaw again. I haven’t heard much from this tribe, so I have no idea what to think of this girl. She seems sweet, but if Kalabaw loses a challenge I believe she would be first because it looks like a free for all.
 14. Katie: Once again, I feel like we don’t know enough about Kalabaw to know who goes if Penner’s safe. Katie’s this low because the tribe will want to stay strong, and I don’t think Katie’s as close to everyone else as Dawson is.
 15. Russell: Sorry Russ, but it really is what it is. Matsing needs to step it up in the challenges or they are going to get wiped out!  15. Angie: Is there a single guy in Utah who isn’t walking around with a sleeve of Oreos just in case he runs into Angie? Anywho, I’m debating between Team Cooki3s or The Cookie Three for her alliance with Malcolm and Denise.
 16. Angie: Gosh do I hate this part! Little Angie is so sweet and I love cookies too, but last week the crazy Christian sealed your fate. I don’t believe Malcolm can or will save you, only because it’s a game. I hope this is false but we will see! Happy to see you step up in the challenge and go twice!  16. Russell: I like Russell a lot. He’s a nice guy. But, he’s blowing it. He knew being a leader would get him in trouble. He went out and led. He apologized up and down for taking control, then freaked out after the second immunity loss. Now, if Matsing loses again, Russell and Denise are going to have to decide between Russell’s challenge strength and Angie’s loyalty. My gut tells me loyalty will win the day.

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