‘Survivor: Philippines’ Power Rankings: Round Twelve


'Survivor: Philippines' (CBS)

QUICK NOTE: All this week we’ll be inducting new members into the “Survivor” Hall of Fame. We named our first member yesterday, and will be adding members on Wednesday and Friday.

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 Malcolm is voted out this week, Kat will receive 2 points and Gordon will receive 3 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 and I both nailed it. We both had Carter in the sixth position. So, the current score as we head into the final round is Team Kat: 128, Team Awesome Thunder: 129.

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Kat’s Current Score: 128

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

Gordon’s Current Score: 129

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

 1. Michael: As a viewer, player, and a fan of “Survivor,” I tip my hat to this man. Coming back as a veteran and making it to final five isn’t as easy as it looks. There are only a few ways this can happen but I feel like he has one of the best shots to be our next Soul Survivor. As of now the heat seems to be shifted towards Abi and Malcolm. If he makes it to the final three I think he could be our winner, however if anyone else wins immunity my whole hypothesis will be wrong, but that’s why this season is so exciting to watch!! Anyone could win with this final five!  1. Lisa: Penner wasn’t subtle when he let Lisa and Skupin know that they couldn’t beat Malcolm or Denise at a final Tribal. So, it isn’t lost on Team Lupin (better than “Skisa”) that a Tandang reunion is their only shot at the big check. The only problem here is that Lisa has shown an inability to make a big move or break her word. The closest she ever came was when she ratted out Malcolm to Pete. Maybe she’d be willing to sacrifice him again? Anywho, Lisa’s the safest person on this show.
 2. Malcolm: Was it really the best idea to take Lisa and Skupin who have been plotting against you over Denise who has had your back since day one?! These family visits always stir up trouble. It looks like this man will be playing his idol regardless. He would be insane not to. Not to mention this next tribal is the last time you can use it! If this takes place he will guarantee his spot in the final 4 and use his immunity! I definitely see him as a final three. And I suggest he starts giving Denise some love because that’s supposed to be his closest ally, so he can work the, “Don’t vote for me, we’ve been loyal to each other” as opposed to the, “We’ve got to take him out if we want to win” perspective. What I’m hoping for is for Malcolm to pull a “Fabio” and win every immunity until Day 39!!
 2. Michael: Same deal as Lisa, except Skup might have a bit more motivation to make a move because I think he’s capable of beating Lisa at a final Tribal Council. Let’s do the math; Skup and Lisa team with Abi to get rid of Denise. Then Malcolm would be in a do-or-die situation at the final four immunity challenge. If Malcolm wins it, game’s over and he’s a millionaire. If anyone else wins Malcolm is sent packing. At final Tribal, Skup can play on the fact that Lisa hasn’t done much and Abi’s been tough to get along with. Maybe it’s a long shot, but it’s the only way I see him pulling this off.
 3. Lisa: Lisa, Lisa, Lisa. You have always been the sweetest person to watch this season and I really enjoyed watching your family visit. Brought me to tears and right back to the day I saw my loved one playing in this game. I think it was really smart of your brother to explain to you to take your heart out of the game and play with your head. But in your case it might be too late.  3. Malcolm:  Malcolm plays his idol and goes to the final four. Piece of cake, right? Wrong. If Lisa and Skupin realize that Abi is their last chance to win the money, his running buddy Denise is going to be in serious trouble. Or, if Abi somehow manages to pull off a miracle immunity win Denise is in trouble. Does Malcolm get cute with his idol Hantz/Shallow-style and hand it to his pal in the hopes of keeping the Matsing dream alive? Probably not. Either way, I’m tossing aside all illusions of journalistic impartiality and am now openly rooting for Malcolm.

  4. Denise:  WOW! What an incredible moment we got to see during her “loved one” visit. Denise has been such a strong player during the enter season that it was so refreshing to see the other side to her. I don`t think Malcolm would give up his idol for anyone at this point, which means if Skupin and Lisa were smart they would take out there biggest competitor and his right-hand man, which would be Denise.
 4. Denise: Let me make this perfectly clear, I think Denise is safe. I don’t think Lisa and Skupin have it in them to keep Abi along. The only reason Denise is this low is the one-in-a-million shot that Lisa and Skup make a move or the one-in-a-billion shot that the immunity challenge is some kind of Brazilian history quiz.

  5. Abi-Maria: This girl is amazing! I like her more and more each week!! This is why I’m really hoping that it was strategy instead of lack of momentum and lack of gameplay as to why she was so terrible at the Immunity Challenge! Hello!! These are the challenges that matter most!! However, if she’s smart like she has been she would have laid back on this challenge so Carter would look like the bigger threat, and what do you know… it worked!! NO one’s really buying her idol speech and if the tribe believes in never breaking their word then Abi will be going home.
 5. Abi-Maria: OK, there are great reasons to keep Abi around. Of the final five, she’s the only one I can’t see winning. (Lisa’s a longshot, but stranger things have happened). As I mentioned above, Lisa and Skupin could use her to get rid of the rest of Matsing. Malcolm and Denise could team up with her to get rid of any doubts of making the final three. However, I don’t think Lisa and Skup have it in them. And, I don’t think Malcolm and Denise want to risk upsetting the jury by keeping an obvious goat. So, barring any immunity challenge upsets, I think Abi’s time is finally up.

Tune in to “The Jeff Probst Show” Wednesday, December 12, 2012 to see a special reunion of the final five players competing in “Survivor: Philippines.” Check your local listings for the channel and time.

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