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‘Survivor’ Power Rankings Round 6 – Jeweler Needs Necklace Edition

April 7, 2015

"Survivor: Worlds Apart" (CBS)

Quick Note: We’re going to be bringing you all kinds of “Survivor” fun this season including episode recaps, exit interviews, and Power Rankings with Josh Canfield and Reed Kelly. Be sure to follow me on Twitter (@gordonholmes) for up-to-the-minute news and info.

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The Rules: Each week our three combatants 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 three players will earn. For example, if Carolyn is voted out this week, Josh and Reed will each receive one point and Gordon will receive two points. At the end of the season, the person with the most points will be named the “Survivor: Worlds Apart” Power Rankings Challenge Champion.

Last Week: The Power Rankers were way off. Josh had Kelly in spot four, Reed had her in spot three, and Gordon had her in spot two. The current score is Team Josh 51, Team Reed 55, and Team Gordon 55.

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Josh’s Score = 51

Any questions for Josh? Drop him a line on Twitter: @joshuacanfield

Reed’s Score = 55

Any questions for Reed? Drop him a line on Twitter: @thereedkelly

Gordon’s Score = 55

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

 1. Carolyn: She and Tyler decided on Blue instead of No.  As much as I would have preferred them teaming up with the No Collars, because I find them more like-able, I think she made the right decision, as the Blue Collars are bound to implode. #queen   1. Carolyn: Glad for her that she sees the importance of keeping the appearance of social distance from Tyler.  She seems to have a really good handle on the game right now; I hope she can maintain that clarity while keeping Tyler loyal.
 1. Sierra: Nothing would surprise me this week. With another idol floating out there and Jenn knowing just how to play them, anything could happen. So, I’m putting Sierra this high because she seems like the least threatening person on the alliance that has numbers.
  2. Sierra: She is nestled in the dominant alliance nicely.  I would have a hard time seeing her go anytime soon. #positionpositionposition
 2. Tyler: I think both Tyler and Carolyn have a clear grasp on how scary it is to be seen as a power pairing in their season of oust-the-duos.  They need to keep theirs really covert to make the most out of it.
 2. Carolyn: Yeah, Carolyler (Tylerolyn?) backed the wrong side last week. But, they’re gonna be alright because their side still has numbers. And if anything, it’s better them to have one less alliance member to worry about.
  3. Will: I really want to know why it was so easy for Will to swap and go with Rodney.  Maybe because Rod was the first person to ever approach him about being in the finals.  Well, he chose right apparently because he voted with the numbers. #swithcheroo   3. Shirin: What she has going for her is that there appear to be bigger threats to take out.  If she can keep the abrasive behavior to a minimum, she may be able to continue deeper into this game.  She needs to not over-play strategy right now.
 3. Tyler: How can anyone be psyched to work with Tyler? The dude is cold blooded. I’d be worried that he’d be ready to jump to anyone who offers him a better deal. He’s fine for now though, what with the Nos and the Blues butting heads.
  4. Dan: Dan is still here.  He’s in the numbers.  He has major shields in his alliance.  He is not a challenge threat.  He’ll most likely be safe. #stillhere
  4. Sierra: Appears to have (smartly) stuck with the Blue Collar collective for now.  Would like to see her to start subtly branching out and strengthening new relationships to help propel her forward when her alliance crumbles under pressure.
 4. Will:  Yeah, it seems like you got the fuzzy end of the lollipop last week. But, it’ll probably swing in your favor. At least the dominant alliance now thinks you can be trusted.
 5. Tyler: What is he doing?  Staying quiet.  What has he done? Smartly kept himself in the background to continue in this game.  I want to see him do something that will push me to root for him. #sly
 5. Will: Proved his loyalty to his alliance by voting for Hali, but will that make him feel disenfranchised enough to try to look for new numbers?  I doubt it.  He’s being kept around because there are bigger fish to fry and currently has the makings of a goat.  5. Shirin: If my teeny alliance just pulled a fast one on the big alliance, I would not be tossing high fives around. I’d give myself a little golf clap, quietly…in the back…while whistling…and wearing sunglasses.
 6. Shirin: On the wrong side of the numbers again, but why?  Couldn’t she have voted with the Blues and Whites? With all the craziness that is sure to ensue, she may find herself a much needed vote for someone. #wrongside
 6. Dan: Rough, gruff Dan.  He’s another one that kind of just needs to not be too outwardly bothersome to others.  This will keep the focus off him and let him ride the numbers a bit.
 6. Dan: Dan is in a good spot safety-wise, but what is his legacy so far? Wacky misadventures in the water? Mike’s right-hand man? (Right-hand Dan?) It seems like he’s playing for third place right now.
 7. Hali: She better be thankful that Jenn is a bigger threat, or it wouldn’t have been her taking the walk of shame at the tribal treehouse.  She’s on the weak side, but she isn’t a big target…yet. #stayquiet
 7. Hali: Sits behind the bigger threat Jenn at the moment, she needs to very subtly play into the perception that Jenn is more dangerous than her.  I’d like her to stay approachable and open to opportunity in order to have true longevity in the second half of this game.
 7. Rodney: I originally had Rodney much lower in the rankings, but now that I think about it; why get rid of Rodney? The Blues need his vote and he isn’t the biggest threat to the Nos. And, if I’m in this game, he’s my dream person to take to the end.
  8. Mike: He seems to be the head of the dominant alliance. He needs to watch out for Rodney.  He needs to take a backseat so that his own alliance doesn’t turn on him for being too much of a finals threat. #strongside
 8. Mike: He’s doing his best to wrangle all these folks who don’t really like one another (which ends up monopolizing most of your time spend on the island).  It’s a tenuous and time-consuming task keeping this type of alliance together.  It always feels like it’s built on sand.  8. Hali: I don’t think Hali is some big threat, but I could see a situation where Joe wins immunity and they’re afraid to target Jenn again.
 9. Rodney: I have to give him credit for really trying to play this game, but I don’t think he realizes how big of a target is on his back. I think he has already ruined his chance of winning.  Who will vote for him at FTC if he makes it? #noone
 9. Jenn: Played her idol perfectly and it was so fun to watch.  Hoping she doesn’t go back to camp and act too smugly about it.  If she plays her cards right, the majority alliance may focus on taking out someone else before her.  9. Mike: Merica? Seriously, Mike? Aww…I can’t stay mad at you. You’re a fun guy who is proving to be a savvy game player. You’re the first one to talk to somebody and reel them in after you’ve stabbed them in the back. But, that’s got to put a big target on your back.
 10. Jenn: A perfect idol play.  I love to see an idol used well! She knew there was trouble brewin’ and she did something about it.  She wounded the strong numbers, but with no idol now, is she their main target? #idolintuition
  10. Rodney: I admire the fact that he’s trying to take the game into his own hands.  I just am not sure he’s socially capable enough to pull it off; all of this may all turn on him quickly.  Extra credit: every time he says he’s like Tom Brady, take a shot.
 10. Jenn:  People might have thought you were dangerous before last week’s Tribal. Well, now they know you’re dangerous. Unfortunately, you’re still way down in the numbers. If Joe loses immunity, your number could be up.
  11. Joe: So happy my pre-season pick won the first individual immunity.  He knew he needed it, and he dominated.  He is still the biggest target in the tribe.  Can he find a way to get out from the bottom?  I hope so. #winnerthreat  11. Joe: So happy for him that he won that individual immunity, it’s such a badass moment.  Unfortunately, when your tribe is calling you a challenge beast, it also strengthens their resolve that you need to go home if you don’t win again.  (Been there.)
 11. Joe: He can solve puzzles, he can paint, he can grasp poles…but can he find hidden immunity idols? If the immunity challenge is something the Blue Collars excel at…like disc golf…he could be in big trouble.

‘Survivor’ Castaway Kelly – “That Vote Was Personal”

April 2, 2015

"Survivor: Worlds Apart" (CBS)

Quick Note: We’re going to be bringing you all kinds of “Survivor” fun this season including episode recaps, exit interviews, and Power Rankings with Josh Canfield and Reed Kelly. Be sure to follow me on Twitter (@gordonholmes) for up-to-the-minute news and info.

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When one side has eight votes and the other side has four votes, the side with eight votes can usually just split their numbers and send an opponent packing.

So why was Kelly sent home when she had seven other votes to work with?

I spoke with the latest castaway the morning after her elimination to find out why she was targeted, why they didn’t split the votes, and who she was really loyal to…

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Gordon Holmes: I have some good news for you.
Kelly Remington: Talk to me.
Holmes: When we were out in Nicaragua you said you had a fear of commitment, then here you are with Mike…
Remington: (Laughs)
Holmes: It’s seems like you two hit it off.
Remington: (Laughs) We did. We sure did. I was committed to him.
Holmes: It had to mean a lot when you were struggling with that challenge and he wanted to throw it to keep you around.
Remington: I was completely in awe. I was amazed that they were going to throw a challenge for me. I knew that he had my back 110%. It was an incredible feeling. And I couldn’t tell anyone!

Holmes: Did you know you were going to be a target at last night’s Tribal?
Remington: No, I had no idea. They mentioned my name, but I thought, “They’re not going to vote for me. I’m not a threat. I’m not a strong player, I’m friends with everyone. That’d be a waste of an idol.” But that vote was personal.
Holmes: Jenn and Hali had a personal issue with you?
Remington: I told them that the Blue Collars weren’t that tight and I didn’t like the Blue Collars. And they trusted me to be with them and then once we merged they went to the wayside. They took it personally.

Holmes: With Will, Carolyn, and Tyler on your side…I know that’s a lot of potential loose ends…but was there any talk of splitting the vote?
Remington: We discussed it, you never know if there’s an idol out there. But, we didn’t think any were in play at this point. It wasn’t a big concern. We thought; let’s not split them, let’s test Will’s integrity.
Holmes: So the good news is; Will is with you. The bad news is…
Remington: I’m gone.  (Laughs)

Holmes: When you were on Nagarote you were originally with Max and Shirin. Was Carolyn the person who convinced you that to reconsider that move?
Remington: Yes. Carolyn said, “Sit back, watch, you’ll make your own decisions. Just see how they act together.” You get rid of the annoying people around camp.  We wanted to get rid of Max. He thought he knew how to play the whole “Survivor” game. He thought he knew everything about it. He’d sleep wherever he wanted to sleep in the shelter. He was just very egotistical out there.

Holmes: The one alliance that really took me by surprise was you, Carolyn, Rodney, and Will. How did that happen?
Remington: I had a couple of different alliances at this point. I had Mike’s and I had this going on. I think that was more of Rodney trying to get everyone on board because Rodney and Mike were not seeing eye to eye. Rodney was mad at Mike for getting rid of Joaquin. He was trying to form another alliance to go to the end without Dan and Mike and Sierra.
Holmes: How seriously were you taking that foursome?
Remington: I wasn’t taking that foursome too seriously yet. It was still early and I knew I wanted to stick to the Blue Collars.

Holmes: I visited the Blue Collars on day two and it seemed like you, Lindsey, and Sierra were very tight. What happened between that time and when you voted Lindsey off?
Remington: Sierra and Lindsey became very close. It worried me that if we got rid of Rodney and I’m with the girls, would Sierra and Lindsey still have my back? I didn’t feel like I could trust them. If you’ve got pairs out there you’ve got to split them up.

Holmes: Alright, word association time. We’ll start with Mike.
Remington: My rock.
Holmes: Rodney?
Remington: He’s a beast at challenges…strong personality.
Holmes: Joe?
Remington: Good-looking, cute mama’s boy.
Holmes: Hali?
Remington: Space cadet.
Holmes: Jenn?
Remington: Doesn’t really care about anything.
Holmes: Shirin?
Remington: She’s another wingnut.
Holmes: Carolyn?
Remington: Strong.
Holmes: Tyler?
Remington: He’s a thinker.
Holmes: Dan?
Remington: He’s over the top.
Holmes: Sierra?
Remington: Like a lightning bolt.
Holmes: Let’s finish with Will.
Remington: Laid back.

Holmes: What’s been to the reaction from the police force?
Remington: They’ve been amazing. So much support. “Looking good, you’re doing good, you’re representing us well.” Everything has been great.
Holmes: Any of them surprised that you became besties with a Texas oil driller?
Remington: (Laughs) They didn’t like Mike in the beginning. You didn’t see how tight we really were.

Holmes: Were there any long-term effects from your injury during the blindfold challenge?
Remington: No.
Holmes: Did you at least get a cool scar?
Remington: Oh, I got a cool scar. (Laughs) Everything else is fine. Except for that memory challenge. I think I was having a little after effect at that point.
Holmes: For real or is that the excuse you’re using?
Remington: (Laughs) That’s the excuse I’m using.

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‘Survivor: Worlds Apart’ Episode 7 Recap: Merican Idol?

April 1, 2015

"Survivor: Worlds Apart" (CBS)

Quick Note: We’re going to be bringing you all kinds of “Survivor” fun this season including episode recaps, exit interviews, and Power Rankings with Josh Canfield and Reed Kelly. Be sure to follow me on Twitter (@gordonholmes) for up-to-the-minute news and info.

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Last Week: Shirin had to eat a little crow, Sierra was pulled to and fro, Mike let a challenge go, and Rodney lost his favorite bro.

39 Days, 18 People, 1 “Survivor” Blog…

Let’s take a look at these tribes as they currently stand…

The Escameca Tribe (wearing blue)
Dan – Postal Worker, 47
Joe – Jewelry Designer, 25
Mike – Oil Driller, 38
Rodney – General Contractor, 24
Sierra – Barrel Racer, 27
Tyler – Ex-Talent Agent Assistant, 33

The Nagarote Tribe (wearing red)
Carolyn – Corporate Executive, 52
Hali – Law Student, 25
Jenn – Sailing Instructor, 22
Kelly – State Trooper, 44
Shirin – Yahoo Executive, 31
Will – YouTube Sensation, 41

We kick off the evening’s fun after last week’s shocking Tribal with Tyler congratulating the others on the blindside. So polite.

Then, Mike and Rodney go off on a little walk. Mike says he was worried that Joaquin was starting to play Rodney. Rodney says that wasn’t going to happen because he was acting and putting on his Deniro. Yeah, but like DeNiro on ”SNL.”

The next morning brings news of the merge. The final twelve are greeted by a catered lunch and new purple buffs. They’re also told they’ll be staying at Escameca beach…hmm…where there’s still an idol..

During the meal the former Escamecans explain that Joaquin was booted because of his bromance with Rodney. This worries Carolyn because couples are targeted and she’s close with Tyler.

Back at camp…there’s…no…camp! Production totally took all of their stuff! Probst is so mean. Oh man, all of Mike’s firewood…gone…

While Mike and Kelly are rebuilding Mike’s fire empire, they agree that the five blue players should stick together. Jenn and Hali see them talking and realize that Kelly probably isn’t with them anymore.

Later, Rodney somehow makes an alliance with Will, Carolyn, and Kelly. They’re going to infiltrate the Blue Collars and then kick them out to become the final four. Huh…what a random little group.

My head is spinning with all of the alliances and sub-alliances and de-alliances and pre-alliances in the last three minutes. Some White Collar should put together an org chart.

Next up, Dan is stung by a jellyfish in the foot. Jenn tells him to put it in boiling water. Well, that only works if you have plantar warts.

Also, Dan should consider staying out of the water.

The group starts discussing tribe names, and Mike wants to be called “Merica.” Well, it’s better than Augaracin.

Shirin hates it because it seems like a redneck way to say “America.” Dude, that’s why I love it. “Merica…(Expletive deleted) yeah!”

After the flag-painting ceremony, Mike tells Rodney that he wants to target Joe. Rodney agrees, saying this is their “make-up sex” and that he’s putting on his “hustle pants.” This guy is a hashtag machine.

Immunity Challenge Time: Players will climb up a  pole and hang on to it. Last person on their pole wins immunity.

Meanwhile in Philadelphia, Gordon reaches into his “Survivor” joke file cabinet and removes a giant folder marked “’Survivor’ pole grasping jokes.” He then thinks better of it and puts it back.

We start off and Dan, Tyler, and Will are out of it quickly. Aww…Tyler forgot to congratulate the pole for eliminating him.

Sierra, Shirin, and Kelly are out next.

Rodney asks Carolyn if she’s got it. She says she does, so he drops out. Mike’s gone too.

We’re down to Joe, Carolyn, Jenn, and Hali.

Ummm…it seems like Jenn was stung in a…sensitive…area… She manages to hang in there though. Probably wishing she had some boiling water.

Hali’s out next, and then it starts raining. Well done, challenge producers.

Jenn is finally out fifty five minutes into it.

Joe and Carolyn battle it out for a while, with Carolyn eventually falling off. Joey Amazing wins immunity.

Back at camp, Mike gives everyone permission to talk strategy. That’s nice of him.

The former Escamecans want to target Jenn or Hali to get rid of a power couple. The plan is to tell Will they’re voting for Hali, then to vote for Jenn to see if he’s loyal.

Kelly thinks Carolyn will partner with them because she doesn’t like the No Collars.

Meanwhile, Shirin, Jenn, and Hali want to target Kelly because they’re worried about Blue Collar having the numbers. Yeah, but why Kelly? Mike and Rodney are probably bigger challenge threats.

Also…no talk of idols? At all? Not even a little bit, Jenn? This might be a big vote.

And just as I type that, Jenn tells Hali that they need to know who’s being targeted so they can use her idol. Atta girl.

That night at Tribal Council, Probst marvels that there are twelve people at Tribal.

Will jokes that things are so crazy that Probst might be voted out. Not funny, Will. How many Emmys do you have?

Kelly thinks that everyone is nervous and nobody is safe.

Joe says it’s a game and there shouldn’t be any hard feelings. Says the guy with immunity.

Will says his vote will tell people that he can be counted on. Says the guy who promised everyone sandwiches.

Tyler is trying to figure out where he fits in.

Carolyn says that the line will be drawn tonight.

Shirin doesn’t think she’s a swing vote. That’s a smart move. Let your alliance know you’re tight.

Rodney claims that he doesn’t know who has an idol.

Voting Time: No votes are shown. I’m giddy.

JPro tallies and returns. He asks if anyone wants to play an idol and…Jenn does! She doesn’t say “Hold up, bro” but she does play it for herself.

We’ve got one vote for Hali, seven votes for Jenn, three votes for Kelly, and the seventh person to be eliminated from “Survivor: Worlds Apart” is…Kelly.

Verdict: Wow. What a mess. But, a very entertaining mess. It’s nice to see everyone swinging for the fences.

The question now is; did Jenn’s move turn the tide like Russell’s did in “Heroes vs. Villains” or did it just delay the inevitable? If the votes stay the way they are, it’s still seven to four.

Who’s Going to Win? I’ve had Jenn as my pick for while, but it’s going to be an uphill battle. It doesn’t help that  everyone knows she’s a player now.

Power Rankings Results: We were way off. Josh had Kelly in spot four, Reed had her in spot three, and I had her in spot two. The current score is Team Josh 51, Team Reed 55, and Team Gordon 55.

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