‘Survivor: Philippines’ Power Rankings: Round Five


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XFinityTV is blowing up their coverage of “Survivor: Philippines.” Every Monday Jeff Probst and I will tackle a wide variety of topics with the “Survivor” Question of the Week. Every Tuesday I’ll be squaring off against “Survivor: One World” favorite Kat Edorsson in this season’s Power Rankings challenge. Every Wednesday briefly after the show we’ll have a full episode recap and every Thursday we’ll have an interview with the latest eliminated player.  Follow me on Twitter (@gordonholmes) for all the updates!

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 10 points and Gordon will receive 9 points. The person with the most points at the end of the season will be crowned the ‘Survivor: Philippines’ Power Rankings champion!

Last Week: Kat killed it last week. She had Dana in spot fourteen and Dawson in spot thirteen for a total of twenty seven points. I was right behind her with Dana in fourteenth and Dawson in twelfth for a total of twenty six. The current score is Team Kat: 68, Team Awesome Thunder 73.

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Kat’s Current Score: 68

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Gordon’s Current Score: 73

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 1. Malcolm: Champ, Champ, Champ!! And the crowd goes wild!! Really enjoying watching Malcolm strive for victory within his new tribe. During the immunity challenge Malcolm proved to be a great asset and in addition to this, Pete tells Malcolm about his idol solidifying an alliance within the remaining six tribe members. His chances are looking great right now!
 1. Malcolm: Welcome back to the top, Malcolm. You probably would have been in good shape no matter which buff you pulled out of the bag, but Tandang is probably the best situation for you. Add an idol to that equation and you’ve got an impressive turnaround in the game.
 2. Lisa: Nothing out of the ordinary to say about Miss “Facts of Life”.  She is my “Survivor: Philippines” Lamb and I can’t tell you how important it really is to cruise under the radar at this point in the game. Still looking beautiful!  2. Pete: Wow, I was a little shocked at how quickly Pete spilled the beans to Malcolm. Malcolm doesn’t need to know that you guys have the idol. He just needs to know how to vote.
 3. Pete: Right now, Pete seems to have his tribe wrapped around his fingers. Believing Malcolm has joined his alliance, Pete seems to be sitting pretty. However, can someone please tell the man the “pink hoodie” has already been trademarked…by me!  3. Abi-Maria: Are we seeing a situation where Pete is going to make all the decisions while fiery Abi takes all the bullets? That’s a good way to get to the end, but not a good way to win.

  4. Abi-Maria: Her alliance and her idol will get her far, but pulling a “Hantz” will never give you the win. People have to eventually like you. Hopefully she will warm up soon, if not there is no hope! With her temper she would be great to take to the finals!  4. Jeff Kent: The power struggle in the red tribe is over and the Kalabros have won. Although, I’ll have to rename them now that Denise is on board. However, if Penner is already making moves toward some kind of returnee alliance with Skup, Kent will have to nip that in the bud. I bet he’ll have the votes he needs, too.

  5. Penner: How I love these three amigos! This tripod containing Penner, Carter, and Jeff Kent is fantastic, no offense, ladies, but I’m happy to see some strategy going on. I’d like to see how Penner wiggled his way out of being the first boot to now the strongest alliance with an idol and my favorite Denise!
 5. Carter:  We haven’t heard much from Carter on the show, but Dana had sure heard more than enough from him. That makes me wonder if he doesn’t have a great grasp on the way people view him.
 6. Jeff Kent: Jeff is making the moves and playing the game! Pulling Denise in was great strategy and just their luck, two girls were eliminated!  6. Lisa: Mark my words, Lisa Whelchel is going deep into this game. If Tandang hits the merge with numbers (and it looks like they’re gonna) she’s going to coast for a long time. Tootie would be so proud.
 7. Carter: Good Morning Sweet Carter, welcome to “Survivor”!! How in the world did he get to the safety zone! He could possibly have a shot at this game! Did you see how fast he hit that immunity challenge; they probably could have won if Katie wasn’t dragging that tail! I have high hopes for this kid if he makes the merge for individual immunity. However, his only downfall seems to be how gullible he is. This kind of a player might need a second round of “Survivor” to really understand the game. “Survivor” is mentally challenging, don’t forget! But it’s nice to finally meet you!
 7. Denise: Denise is going to have to walk a bit of a tightrope. It’s probably pretty safe to assume that Katie is going home the next time Kalabaw loses immunity, but then what? Can she relate to Kent and Penner better than Carter? She’d better hope so.
 8. Denise: This is my hands-down favorite woman in this game, and I believe she will come out harder and stronger than any competitor because of how self motivated she is. She never complains, keeps her head up, and is given her spot on Kalabaw that she so rightfully deserves. She has an alliance with Malcolm with an idol plus she has been invited to the three amigos alliance making it a newly found quad. So, I believe she will be safe and continue to play this game.
 8. Penner:  Oh boy, it looks like Penner and Skupin might share loving looks during this week’s immunity challenge. Not smart. Whenever it looks like you’re cozying up with the enemy it never turns out well. (See Elrod, Matt)
 9. Michael: Skupin, you’re still my favorite and I love how big of a competitor you are! But, with Pete with the upper hand you might need to look out! As of now the tribe remains strong and I’m hoping to see if Malcolm comes to you with some new information to cause a flaw and give you and RC a fighting chance!  9. Artis: Malcolm pulling the yellow buff was great for him, and less great for some of the other guys. If Pete trusts Malcolm enough to share the whole gameplan, what does he think of Artis? And, what’s going on with Artis flipping out in this week’s challenge?
 10. Artis: I still stand by how I felt last week. Artis might be on the strongest tribe which could be the only reason why he is still in this game. Let’s say it together . One, Two, Threeeee “SOCIALIZE!!!” Please before you’re out of this game!! Outwit, outplay, outlast!! Play the game and hurry!  10. Michael: Now that Malcolm’s playing for Team Tandang, the young ‘uns can send Skup packing without really losing any challenge strength. The only thing working in his favor right now is how badly Abi wants to boot RC.
  11. RC: Come on RC, do something! Anything! What a shame, RC is a great competitor and I’m sad to say but I think she’s a goner. Abi gives her the stink eye if she even looks at Malcolm which means they will be coming for her if their tribe loses this week. It will be RC hands down. Pete and Abi are in control and these are the times I feel lucky to have been blindsided because feeling isolated in “Survivor” like “TroyZan” is something I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy.
 11. RC: Sorry, RC…I can’t imagine Malcolm being “booty blinded” twice in the same game. You need a merge in the worst way.
 12. Katie: You’re so cute and I’m happy I was able to hear you speak last episode, but your tribe is targeting you as their weakest link. And, you’re the only girl because let’s face it; Denise is not a chick, she’s a beast and she’s rolling with the fellas!
 12. Katie: Dana’s illness really turned the tide of this game over at Kalabeach. If she sticks around and Dawson is right about Denise joining the ladies, then the Kalabros are in the minority. From there it’s up to Penner to pick the right person to protect with his idol. Instead, Denise joins the guys, and Katie and Dawson are lined up on the chopping block. I’ll be sorry to see my fellow Delawarean take the long, lonely walk.

Watch ‘Survivor: Philippines’ every Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

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