‘Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers’ Power Rankings Round 5 – Broken Ali-ance Edition


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The Rules: Each week our two 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 players will earn. For example, if Mike is voted out this episode, Aubry will receive one point and Gordon will receive three points. At the end of the season, the person with the most points will be named the “Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers” Power Rankings Challenge Champion.

Last Week: Aubry Bracco had Roark in spot 8, I had her in spot 14. The current score is Team Bracco 42, Team Holmes 51.

Quick Note: Rankings are not based on who the player thinks is most likely to win. The smart strategy is to rank the contestants based on who is the most likely to be voted out in the next episode.​

Aubry’s Score = 42

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Gordon’s Score = 51

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

1. Mike: I don’t care what social or strategic game he may or may not have. If someone pulls idols from the Earth that easily, they’ve got the Tai touch, and that instantly means they’re going deep. 1. Ryan: You were between a rock and a hard place last week. I’m not sure there was a right decision. So, what’s your post Tribal play? How do you get Ali back after you’ve sided with someone she didn’t know you were working with?
2. JP: He’s sweet, great at challenges and follows people’s instructions/blatant attempts to win him over. No, it’s not a golden retriever, it’s JP! I mean that with all the love in the world. Do I think he can win? No. But power rankings are all about safety, and the way things are going, JP is setting himself up as an A+ goat. 2. Chrissy: The female alliance ruse was a stroke of genius. And JP fell for it hook, line, and sinker. You’re gonna have so many options if you make it to the merge.
3. Ben: People relate to Ben or have reverence for the fact they can’t totally relate to what he’s feeling. In short, this guy has empathy coming his way and not in the “you’re a threat” way. Great news for Ben. On a personal note — I really appreciate how he opened up and was able to communicate his emotions so clearly. Keep fighting the good fight, Ben. 3. Mike: Dr. Mike! Your idol discovery last night was yet another example of Cole’s mouth causing him trouble. And, if you can prove to Jessica that you can be trusted over Cole, you could be the new power couple.
4. Chrissy: Chrissy’s got an army behind her. All the better for her as she steamrolls toward the merge. She should beware, however, that getting into courtroom-like debates isn’t going to work every Tribal. This isn’t Redemption Island, and there are no appeals. 4. Jessica: I hope Cole is alright, because I hate to see people leave the game with an unsnuffed torch. But, if he is gone, you’ve got a new bestie who has an idol.
5. Ryan: Ryan’s got Chrissy and JP locked in with him after the Roark vote. The only trouble ahead? Placating Ali after he betrayed her — the good thing for Ryan? Ali doesn’t have any other allies, so the kiss-and-make-up could be easy peasy. 5. Ben: Who doesn’t love Ben? There’s no way he’s the first person voted out of swapped Yawa tribe.
6. Lauren: Lauren’s quiet, but I think that’s a good thing for her. She’s picking up on other social cues (she notices Ben’s reaction during Cole’s Winnie The Poo moment) and she was in tune with Ben’s personal moment after the bamboo pops. Great work by Lauren. 6. Desi: The only thing that’s for sure about the Levu tribe is that Desi is safe. If they go to Tribal, she’ll have a lot of options.
7. Jessica: Good on Jessica — she’s made a concerted effort to distance herself from Cole, and it seems to be working. Now that she and Mike share a secret, she may find some calmer waters in her “Survivor” social circles. 7. JP: Girls alliance?! I’m not a girl!
8. Devon: Devon’s in a potential 2-2 deadlock. The good thing is he’s just the guy in the middle who had his vote stolen the Tribal prior. No blood on his hands = more potential options for Devon down the road. 8. Cole: Oh, buddy…I hope you’re OK. I talk a lot of smack in my coverage, but you seem like a nice guy and I’d hate to see you go home like this.
9. Desi: It’s hard to tell where exactly Desi is, but the good part is she has an original Healer, Hustler AND Hero vying for her vote. It’s good when people want you on “Survivor.” 9. Devon: There is no reason to partner with Ashley. The merge is right around the corner and you’re just inviting trouble. If anything, I boot Ashley, then convince Desi to jump over if there’s a three-person Tribal.
10. Ashley: Ashley, on the other hand, is in the position of having to scrap up from the bottom. It’s good Devon wants to work with her, but she’s hanging on by the skin of her teeth. The good news? If there’s a merge, I think she has the chops to integrate — especially because JP is in so good with Ryan and Chrissy. 10. Joe: Mike and Jessica proved that there’s a uniform idol hiding strategy, so why aren’t you excavating the Levu water well?
11. Joe: Joe seems to be a potential target like Ashley if the tribe goes to tribal next. From what we can see, Joe is status quo, but his inner Tony could rear its head (for better or for worse) at any time. 11. Lauren: You don’t deserve to be this low on my list every week. Your social game is fine and you do your best on challenges. But, you’re always kind of the odd woman out.
12. Ali: Oh, Ali! Be still my heart. Like me, you are the grim reaper of this season (don’t you feel strangely powerful)? 12. Ali: Oof…this hurts. I believe the song goes, “Make new friends, but keep the old.” Here’s hoping you and Ryan can patch things up.
13. Cole: Oh no, Cole. First, he’s dipping into the sugar (way more than Michaela, for the record) and pissing people off…then the preview shows him passing out Russell Swan style. Survivor in love to medevac would not be a good arc for Cole, but it’s looking likely. 13. Ashley: It feels like you’ve been fighting from the bottom the whole season. Nobody needs a merge more than you do.

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