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‘Survivor’ Andrea – “I Want to Be More Low-Key Aggressive.”

February 21, 2017

Andrea Boehlke (CBS)

QUICK NOTE: The good folks at XFINITY sent me deep into the Fijian wilderness to bring you an exclusive look at “Survivor: Game Changers.” While I was there I conducted interviews with “Survivor” host Jeff Probst and the entire 20-person cast. I also captured exclusive photos and other behind-the-scenes tidbits. So, be sure to follow me on Twitter (@gordonholmes) for up-to-the-minute updates.

Name: Andrea Boehlke
Age: 27
Hometown: New York, NY via Random Lake, WI
Previously Played On:
“Survivor: Redemption Island” – Finished 5th and Jury Member
“Survivor: Caramoan” – Finished 7th and Jury Member
Best Known For: Being the first woman to come back from Redemption Island.

Gordon Holmes: Alright, you know the deal, anything you say here stays here.
Andrea Boehlke: Right. Wait, stays here?
Holmes: Well, until January or whenever I publish it. I mean I won’t repeat anything you say to any of the other players.
Boehlke: (Laughs) You didn’t come out here just to catch up?
Holmes: I came out here for some us time. I brought pictures of my wedding. I’ve got to tell you about this house we’re trying to sell…
Boehlke: (Laughs) Nice of you to fly all the way out here for that.

Holmes: Also, Random Lake is my favorite hometown ever.
Boehlke: It’s just some Random Lake.

Holmes: It seems like you’ve turned to the dark side. You’re now a part of the press.
Boehlke: (Laughs)
Holmes: And People Now just gave you the summer off to come out here and starve?
Boehlke: It was a hassle. But, when I told them about it they were thrilled. They can use it, we’re starting to work on this relationship between People and CBS. And they just renewed my contract for another year for when I get back. It’s kind of all coming together.
Holmes: I’d imagine their fear is you aren’t going to come back after you win a million bucks.
Boehlke: (Laughs) But after taxes…
Holmes: And living in New York…
Boehlke: And after I give you $100,000…
Holmes: Which I totally deserve.
Boehlke: (Laughs) How long will half a million last?
Holmes: You joke, but I’d say I deserve that money because your experience as an XFINITY “Survivor” Power Ranker is probably going to put you over the top this season.
Boehlke: Exactly.
Holmes: It’s a level of training that you can not buy.
Boehlke: Right.
Holmes: Actually, that’s a lie. You can buy it for $100,000.
Boehlke: It’s opened a lot of doors. But, that $500,000 isn’t going to go far in New York.

Holmes: You left the game with an idol in Caramoan. Does it still work?
Boehlke: I have it with me. No, it’s actually sitting at work. I work with a lot of “Survivor” fans. So, I brought it in and they were overjoyed. They like to make fun of me though. They said, “We hope you’re voted out first.” And I said, “What?!” And they said, “Well, either first or win, I just think it’d be funny.”
Holmes: Thanks, guys.
Boehlke: No, it’s not funny! But, I guess my plan is to not get voted out with an idol.
Holmes: Smart.
Boehlke: And to not get blindsided.
Holmes: Smart.
Boehlke: And if neither of those things happen, I will have improved.
Holmes: How mad would you be if that idol was still eligible and it was sitting on a desk in New York.
Boehlke: (Laughs) Pretty mad.

Holmes: Yesterday you learned that theme for this season is “Game Changers.” How have you changed the game of “Survivor”?
Boehlke: Hmm…
Holmes: I bet you’ll have a better answer than a lot of people.
Boehlke: (Laughs) I’d say…game changers can mean a lot of different things. How did Caleb change the game?
Holmes: He didn’t die.
Boehlke: Yeah, he passed out in a reward challenge. I guess for me, I stick out because I was the first woman to win a duel and come back into the game. I believe I invented the puppy dog, following someone when they’re looking for an idol technique. Did that happen before me?
Holmes: They tried to chase down Russell when he was looking…
Boehlke: But not puppy-dog style.
Holmes: That’s true.
Boehlke: Puppy guarding. But after that there was a slew of people doing it. And I plan on doing a lot of that.

Holmes: I was wondering if it meant that people would be changing their personal games.
Boehlke: Oh?
Holmes: But it’s not. I asked Probst. But, are you going to change your personal game?
Boehlke: For me, my first season I was 21 years old. I was scared to make moves. The second season I went the other way. I was very aggressive and way too paranoid. I think this time is going to be a meshing of the two together and learning from my mistakes. I can’t be too paranoid, I can’t be scared. And then also, this game is not going to be the traditional big alliance, us vs. them. There are going to be voting blocs. It’s going to be more secret alliances and sub-alliances. I’ve never played a game like that. I’ve played where you see me strategizing on the beach with my big alliance. We don’t talk to the other people. This game is going to be very different. I’m excited because I don’t have to work with a Boston Rob or a Philip. I’m excited to explore the side alliances.

Holmes: What do you think of this cast?
Boehlke: There are a lot of threats, there are some winners. The people are way more threatening than I am. I hope other people see that.
Holmes: I’m sitting here feeling a little threatened.
Boehlke: (Laughs)
Holmes: I don’t want to say the wrong thing.
Boehlke: Well, in past seasons I felt like I could only go so far. I could win the game because I could win challenges and I was in a good alliance. But, I could only get to seven or five. But there are a ton of people who could win this game. I think we’re on an even playing field.
Holmes: So, with all of these threats it gives you room to maneuver because they won’t be targeting you immediately.
Boehlke: Yes. But I have to know exactly what’s going on. I want to be more low-key aggressive. I don’t want people to see me strategizing on the beach.

Holmes: Anyone you’re looking forward to working with?
Boehlke: I’m kind of thinking of maybe a girl thing this season. The last few seasons I got in trouble with my showmances. My show-mantics.
Holmes: I’m stealing that.
Boehlke: (Laughs) But I’m stoked to see people like Ciera. I loved watching her, I feel like I’d get along with her. And the other Sierra and Hali…I think there’s a good group of girls that I can work with who aren’t too strategic. I think it’d be fun to have a little girl group, but with something on the side with someone like a random…I don’t know…maybe Brad Culpepper. I don’t know. Looking at this group, there’s nobody I’m opposed to except for maybe Tony.
Holmes: What’s wrong with Tony?
Boehlke: He’s just so scary. I rewatched his season right before I came out here and I was reminded of what a lunatic he is. He’s one of the most dangerous people in this game. He’s better to get out right away.
Holmes: Who else is an early target?
Boehlke: Maybe Brad Culpepper because in his season he wasn’t very likable. He is kind of abrasive. I don’t see people targeting the non-offensive girls early. I think the big personalities will be first to go.

Holmes: You played with Malcolm in Caramoan. What’s your relationship like with him?
Boehlke: Eh…I don’t know! In Caramoan we were against each other the whole time. We tried to vote each other our four or five times in a row. And I really don’t know where he stands. My feeling going in is; why would we go after each other immediately when there are bigger fish to fry? My plan is to have a conversation with him and say, “Hey, let’s get on the same page or one of us is gone.” I just don’t know because we don’t trust each other. I feel like he’s my long-lost brother and we know each other too well. The thing about Malcolm is I know when he’s lying. So, if I do find myself in an alliance with him, I think I’ll be able to sniff out when he’s lying.
Holmes: Does he have a tell?
Boehlke: Yes. If he’s serious about something his voice is very low and he talks very fast. Malcolm is very smart. He’s one of the smartest people out here. But when he’s lying, he perks up and his voice gets high and he starts nodding. Like “Yeah, yeah, yeah, OK!”

Holmes: When Malcolm played in Caramoan, you didn’t know anything about him because his first season hadn’t aired yet. There’s something similar this season with Michaela and Zeke. How do you approach them?
Boehlke: It’s tricky. I think they’re going to be safe for the first couple of rounds. People are going to look at them as numbers, as an easy grab. Because they don’t have anybody. They’re probably really scared coming in, but I think they’re in a great position. If I have people I’m working with and then there’s Zeke, I’m going to be like, “Hey, come with us.” Once we learn more about their stories, that might change. But, I’m not too worried about them.

Holmes: You returnees love your pre-season chatter. Are you a part of any pre-season alliances?
Boehlke: So, I’m not going to give you a lot of information.
Holmes: Nobody is going to know until January.
Boehlke: I don’t think I want to comment on any pregame stuff.
Holmes: (Silence)
Boehlke: (Silence)
Holmes: This is my puppy dog face.
Boehlke: (Laughs)
Holmes: I learned it by watching you.
Boehlke: The thing is, I don’t think I did as much as some people have. That can really get you. You hear the stories of people who pre-game too hard and then they’re gone, like Varner.
Holmes: The fact that you’re not talking about it makes me think something is going on.
Boehlke: There’s actually a pretty big thing.
Holmes: Really?
Boehlke: But, I’m going to keep quiet about it.
Holmes: Fine…whatever.
Boehlke: (Laughs)
Holmes: Have you heard of any other alliances?
Boehlke: There are a lot of connections. Like, Malcolm used to date So Kim who was on a season with Hali and Sierra. I’m sure he’s met them. And even meeting them gives you a connection. I feel like Troyzan is talking to a lot of people. It’s the people who reach out randomly that you have to worry about. I’m pretty sure Troyzan and Brad are close. I’m sure Varner is talking to a lot of people.

Holmes: You’re in lockdown now, so you’re not allowed to talk. But winking and smiling happens. Are you doing any of that?
Boehlke: I’ll be pleasant and if I’m alone with someone I’ll give a little smile. But JT, what is he doing? You’ll be in line for food and he’ll hand you a plate.
Holmes: What a monster.
Boehlke: (Laughs) No. I mean everybody saw you do that.
Holmes: I’ll get my own (expletive deleted) plate, dude.
Boehlke: He’ll make toast and be like, “Oh, there’s one for you too.” Everybody is seeing you do that, weirdo.
Holmes: So, say JT makes the final three and you’re on the jury; will that piece of toast sway your vote?
Boehlke: (Laughs) Yeah, probably.

Holmes: Does it concern you that there are four people from Kaoh Rong?
Boehlke: It’s very concerning. Even though Aubry got Debbie out and Debbie didn’t vote for Aubry…they’re going to work with each other. Especially in the beginning. I think that’s a good case for getting them out early.

Holmes: If there is a twist aside from game changing, what do you think it could be?
Boehlke: Maybe it’s going to be…another island? We’ve seen Exile Island and Redemption Island, this island will be different and something magical will happen there.
Holmes: “Survivor: Magic Island.”
Boehlke: Yes!
Holmes: I know you’re a unicorn girl.
Boehlke: (Laughs) I would die of happiness if it was unicorn island.
Holmes: You’d never come back.
Boehlke: Snuff my torch, I’ll spend the rest of my days there.
Holmes: That’ll be fun to explain to People.

Holmes: Alright, I’ll give you a twist. You tell me if it’s awesome or awful. Hidden immunity idol?
Boehlke: Awesome.
Holmes: Redemption Island?
Boehlke: Awful! So bad.
Holmes: Nobody knows that like you do. Exile Island?
Boehlke: That’s so tricky. I think awesome. I liked it on Micronesia.
Holmes: Extra votes?
Boehlke: Awful.
Holmes: Stealing a vote?
Boehlke: Awful.
Holmes: Eliminating a juror?
Boehlke: Awful.
Holmes: Unicorn Island?
Boehlke: Awesome!
Holmes: That’s what I thought.

Holmes: Alright, I’m not just here to chat, I’m here to prepare you. You’re a former Power Ranker, so you’re one of my super faves.
Boehlke: Yeah, but you like Malcolm better.
Holmes: I do love that guy.
Boehlke: What did he say? Is he against me?
Holmes: Can’t say.
Boehlke: Seriously?
Holmes: Can’t say.
Boehlke: I would be miserable if I went out first because of Malcolm.
Holmes: Can’t…say.
Boehlke: He wouldn’t be gunning for me early? That’d be silly.
Holmes: Can’t say.
Boehlke: Your voice got high.
Holmes: That’s my tell. OK, I’m going to give you a reason why someone should get rid of you. You have to counter it.
Boehlke: OK.
Holmes: Andrea can get it done in challenges…
Boehlke: Are you kidding me? I feel like compared to these people I am nothing. I’m bad at swimming. I hate swimming. Look at Caleb? He’s the Beast Mode Cowboy. Malcolm is still here, Tony is still here. They’re all bigger and better in challenges.
Holmes: Yeah, but she won her way back from Redemption Island…
Boehlke: By balancing a vase!
Holmes: Against so many people…
Boehlke: Against guys who are notoriously bad at balancing!
Holmes: She eliminated three people in one challenge!
Boehlke: By balancing a vaaaaaase!

Holmes: I didn’t expect this to get so heated.
Boehlke: (Laughs)
Holmes: Andrea is very crafty. She invented the puppy guarding method.
Boehlke: (Laughs) What good did that do me? I ended up with an idol in my pocket when I went home. I’ve been voted out three times. I’ve been blindsided twice. I’m not that crafty.

Holmes: I’m going to apologize for this one in advance; Andrea Boehlke? More like Andrea Smell-ky.
Boehlke: (Laughs) That’s true. But we all smell out here.

Holmes: Alright, I hold in my hand a deck of cards that has all of your competition in it. Well, except for Zeke and Michaela because we don’t know them yet. I’ll hand you three at random. You tell me who you’ll vote out first, who you’ll work with but eventually eliminate, and who you’ll take to the end.

Round One: Brad, Tony, and Hali
Boehlke: This is pretty easy. I’m going to vote Tony out first…the three idol thing, the spy shack, winning… He’s such a wild card. Even just watching his antics. He’s like Philip, but he’s really smart.
Holmes: Smart Philip.
Boehlke: Exactly. The thing is, I love watching him. I’ll align with Hali. I don’t know why she would come after me. We’ll get along, she seems like a down-to-Earth chick. And I’d love to bring Brad to the end. I’d die of happiness. I just feel like of anyone here, he’s the least likely to win. He’s offensive, people usually don’t like him. I don’t see him being some strategic mastermind. I actually might really like the guy, I just don’t think he can win.

Round Two: Cirie, Aubry, and Ozzy
Boehlke: This one is hard. I’m going to vote out Cirie first. As much as I love her, she’s just so smart and cunning. I’d be worried about her not liking me. Ugh…I think I’ll align with Aubry, but I’ll take Ozzy to the end. Aubry should’ve won last season, so if she gets to the end she’s going to win. Cirie, if she gets to the end, she’s going to win. Ozzy, I think viewers like him, but I don’t think the players like his as much. And he’s never played a strong strategic game. It’s not like he’s going to become some kind of mastermind. It’s his fourth time.
Holmes: Do you hold that against people?
Boehlke: If you’ve played four times you should be damn good.
Holmes: Says the girl playing her third time.
Boehlke: (Laughs) Fast forward three years and I’m saying, “Five times. If you play five times you’d better be good!”

Round Three: Tai, Debbie, and JT
Boehlke: This is tricky. I’d take Debbie out. I can’t get a read on her. I don’t know if she likes me. She’s gone. I’d align with JT. He probably feels like he was really stupid in his last game, which he was. So, I think he’ll probably try to play more a straight-forward game. He’ll try to overcompensate. And, I’ll take Tai to the end, because I don’t think he’s very strategic. You just have to control his flip-floppy ways.

Round Four: Sandra, Jeff, and Sarah
Boehlke: Oh gosh…Sarah Lacina. I don’t know what it is about her. There’s something about her pre-game that freaks me out. I just feel like she hates me for some reason. First out. I could be wrong.
Holmes: Part of the gig is being able to read people.
Boehlke: It’s crazy. Of all these people I’m scared of her? First out. I’ll align with Sandra and take Jeff to the end because if you take Sandra to the end she’ll win.

Round Five: Sierra, Malcolm, and Caleb
Boehlke: I’m going to do this first…I love Malcolm. He’s one of the smartest guys out here. But if I get a chance to get rid of him, I have to. I’d align with Caleb for a little bit. Then I’d take Sierra to the end because she didn’t really have strategic chops the first time around and I can outplay her.

Holmes: Two left. Align with one and boot the other.

Round Six: Ciera and Troyzan
Boehlke: I like them both. I’ll take out Troyzan because I think he’s talking to people. And Ciera is my girl crush of all time. I’ll keep her.

Don’t miss the two-hour season premiere of “Survivor: Game Changers,” Wednesday March 8, 2017 at 8 p.m. ET.

Any Questions? Drop me a line on Twitter: @gordonholmes

‘Survivor’ Castaway Interview: Andrea Boehlke and Reynold Toepfer

May 2, 2013

Andrea Boehlke and Reynold Toepfer (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 Michael Skupin. Be sure to follow me on Twitter (@gordonholmes) for up-to-the-minute news and info.

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He was on the bottom since the fans’ first vote. She was pulling the strings of the favorites’ dominant alliance.

He knew his time was up. She was sent packing with an idol in her pocket.

He’s good at carnival games. She’s good at balancing on weird buoyant dog houses.

It didn’t matter that Reynold Toepfer and Andrea Boehlke were on opposite ends of the “Survivor” spectrum, because they were both eliminated in the same episode. (“It’s like rain on your wedding day.”) I spoke with them the next morning to find out about Dawn and Cochran’s alliance, Andrea’s blindside, and if Eddie is really a secret genius…

Gordon Holmes: Good morning, guys.
Reynold Toepfer: Good morning.
Andrea Boehlke: Meh…
Holmes: So rude. I know you have much better things to do today that talk to me.
Toepfer: And I don’t?! I’m hurt.
Holmes: See what you did, Andrea?

Holmes: Alright, we need to address last night’s shocker right off the bat. Reynold, what’s the deal with the mustache?
Toepfer: (Laughs) You never get a chance in your life to grow your facial hair for two months. I didn’t even recognize myself in the mirror, so I figured I might as well have some fun with it. We had a lot of laughs about it.
Holmes: That’s something girls can’t appreciate. When you lose a beard, you don’t have to chop it right off. You can go with crazy sideburns and a goatee and then whittle your way down. But, I did appreciate the pornstache.
Toepfer: (Laughs) It’s getting some rave reviews on the internet. But, my mother is pretty embarrassed by it.

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Holmes: It seems like one of the big trends this season is that people don’t appreciate how close Dawn and Cochran are. Did it shock you how tight they were when you were watching it on TV?
Boehlke: Dawn seemed like she was close to everyone. She’d be crying, then you’d comfort her, then she’d say, “You’re my best friend in the game.” She did that to me and I believed her. Meanwhile, she’s plotting behind your back. She’s a great actress. I guess I should have realized that they were a lot closer. I knew they were close, but I thought Cochran wouldn’t want to be up against Dawn in the finals, so I thought at some point they’d have to turn on each other.
Toepfer: I knew they’d played together so I figured they were probably close. But, Dawn was playing everybody. She’d come up to me, and pet my ego and tell me all these things about how much she liked me. And then she’d totally dog me behind my back. People would come up to me and be like, “Dude, Dawn hates you.” And I’d say, “What?!”
Boehlke: (Laughs)
Toepfer: It was too hard to tell with Dawn, she was playing everybody.
Holmes: See, I know that’s not true because Dawn is incapable of hatred.
Toepfer: Yeah…I don’t know, the jury’s still out on Dawn.

Holmes: Matt Bischoff made it sound like you were shocked that the game was as cutthroat as it was. Did you not expect everyone to be going for the jugular?
Toepfer: My point from day one was a helicopter came in and we’re playing against ten returning players that are really good. So, on the fan tribe, I thought if we don’t have numbers going into a swap or a merge, we are dead in the water. We’re going to get picked off and maybe one of us will be a goat that gets to the end. So, I was surprised that all of the fans wanted to play against each other so hard, so soon. I guess I was optimistic early on that people would see things the way I would.

Holmes: Andrea, you took a lot of heat early on because of the Francesca vote. Most former players will look at an elimination and say, “It’s just a game,” but things seemed to get really personal in that specific situation. However, when you were blindsided you seemed to have a good sense of humor about it.
Boehlke: I guess people are different. Being blindsided when I had an idol, I thought it was great. I mean, obviously it sucked, but it was a great move on their part. That’s the game. I love everyone that I played with. It was so much fun. It’s too bad that other people react differently. It was very shocking some of the things people said about me early on, but it doesn’t really affect me. It probably makes me stronger.
Holmes: At that point in the game, what was your dream final three?
Boehlke: I think it was probably Erik and Sherri. Erik wasn’t really doing any strategy. I’m pretty sure there’s a secret scene where he said, “No strategy is the best strategy.”
Holmes and Toepfer: (Laughs)
Boehlke: (Laughs) There were votes where I just pointed to a name on a flag. They showed it once, but I did it for four or five votes and Erik voted the way I said. That’s probably why I thought I was more in control than I was. That’s probably why I got overconfident.
Holmes: You played with Phillip and Francesca before. How does that come into play when you’re entering a game with someone you have a previous relationship with?
Boehlke: It’s so hard. If I was playing with my mom I probably wouldn’t backstab her, but anyone else is fair game. It’s a game. But, I knew at one point I had to choose between Phillip and Francesca. I didn’t think they could co-exist. We created an alliance of six, the Caramoan version of Stealth R Us. And when you have six on four, why would I go the other way? I hadn’t talked strategy with Erik, Brenda, or Brandon.
Holmes: If you take nothing else away from this experience, I want you to take away that you’re a better person than I am. Because I would vote my mother off in a heartbeat.
Boehlke: (Laughs) I would never vote my mom out.

Holmes: Reynold, you were really on the bottom from that first fans Tribal Council on. How was dealing with a month on the edge?
Toepfer: It’s a lot of stress. But also, when Malcolm finally was exposed as one of us, Eddie said, “Hey, it’s not that bad on the bottom.” (Laughs) And really, it wasn’t. Eddie and I knew what it was. We knew everyone was against us so there wasn’t as much work to do with running around and colluding. We could just kick back and laugh about it. I’m proud that I made it through that experience without any breakdowns.

Holmes: Last night my initial reaction to Eddie quitting the challenge in exchange for some donuts was, “This kid is the worst player ever.” Now I’m reconsidering. This is the fourth vote where he should’ve gone home. Malcolm saved him with an idol, then Malcolm was the biggest threat and he went home, Reynold last night you were the biggest challenge threat and you got the boot, then Andrea, you stick up for him and you were blindsided. So, is this kid the best player ever or the worst?
Toepfer: (Laughs) You know I’m going to say best player ever. If you think Erik is a good strategist, then you can say the same thing about Eddie. He has a really likable personality. I was much more abrasive. I think everyone really warmed up to Eddie. He was like this big stuffed animal, where I was someone they definitely wanted to kill.
Andrea: He’s definitely not the best. (Laughs) He’s not really doing anything. He’s always on the wrong side of the vote. But, he’s very likable. He’s this happy-go-lucky kid and you think you can always get rid of him later. But he keeps sneaking by.

Holmes: OK, word association. Let’s start with Dawn.
Toepfer: Neurotic.
Boehlke: Actress.
Holmes: Eddie?
Toepfer: Brother.
Boehlke: Happy-go-lucky.
Holmes: Brenda?
Toepfer: Graceful.
Boehlke: Fierce.
Holmes: Cochran?
Toepfer: I’m ambivalent about Cochran.
Boehlke: Fixture. (CORRECTION: Andrea actually said “Trickster.”)
Holmes: Erik?
Toepfer: Damaged.
Boehlke: Harmless.
Holmes: Malcolm?
Toepfer: Cunning.
Boehlke: Fighter…but not like in a violent way.

Holmes: Andrea, a few weeks ago we saw two seconds of you taking down Brandon in some kind of side headlock. No context, no nothing. Just “Survivor” WWE-style. What was that all about?
Boehlke: (Laughs) I know! They just gave us a little glimpse of that. Brandon and I would do all of these weird games. We would wrestle, we would play the game where you try to hit each other’s knuckles. It was really fun. I actually really liked Brandon out there. We’d always be doing weird things together.

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‘Survivor: Caramoan’ Fave Andrea: ‘We Can Stomp on (Fans’) Dreams’

February 1, 2013

Andrea Boehlke (CBS)

I had a chance to sit down with all twenty of the “Fans vs. Favorites” competitors the day before they left for the Caramoan Islands. I’ll be posting exclusive interviews with each contestant every weekday until we get through all of them. Be sure to follow me on Twitter (@gordonholmes) for tons of updates.

Name: Andrea Boehlke
Age: 23
Hometown: New York, NY
Occupation: Entertainment Host and Writer
Previous Finish: Andrea came in 5th place in “Survivor: Redemption Island”
Memorable Moment: Andrea is the only woman to ever come back from Redemption Island.
Fun Fact: Andrea loves unicorns more than you love anything.

Note: The “Survivor: Caramoan” pre-game interviews are unlike the pre-game interviews we’ve done in the past. Usually, the interviews take place on location, this time they took place in Los Angeles before the players flew out. At this point, all the “Favorties” know is that they’re flying out in the next few days. They have seen each other, but haven’t seen the new players.  They don’t know for sure where they’re going, and they don’t know any of the season’s twists.

Gordon Holmes: Why do you think you were brought back for this season?
Andrea Boehlke: I think I was called back because in my season I felt really stuck. I had a lot of potential to do things but it was a tattletale season. I did well in the challenges and I was so close to breaking out and doing really good things. But, it just didn’t pan out for me. I don’t like my season. I’m over my season.
Holmes: Boston Rob’s buddy system worked like magic.
Boehlke: It did, it really did.
Holmes: But I feel like it would never work again.
Boehlke: I couldn’t even talk to people on the other tribe without putting a target on my back. I couldn’t even talk to people in my alliance alone. It was really ridiculous. But I think people saw that I wasn’t really a follower even though it looked like that. And when I came back from Redemption Island I was trying my hardest. I was like, “C’mon guys!” (Andrea puts her thumbs up and smiles.)
Holmes: Is that how you did it? With your thumbs up?
Boehlke: (Laughs) Yes! With my thumbs up.
Holmes: That’s so positive. How could they resist?
Boehlke: I don’t know. But I think I deserve a second chance.

Holmes: The members of Ometepe who weren’t Boston Rob were tagged with the follower label. Is that something you’re going to try to combat this season or is it something you can use to your advantage?
Boehlke: I’m hoping people see me as a follower instead of remembering me only for betraying Matt. I plan to come in and play more aggressively this time. If they think I’m a follower I can pull the strings and hopefully nobody will see. Then, I’ll just coast to the end.
Holmes: Like in “Inspector Gadget” you just see this evil, secret hand petting a cat. You’re Dr. Claw.
Boehlke: (Laughs) Yeah.  Well, like Kim this past season. Having all of these relationships with people so they have some kind of trust with me. That if my name is being thrown around they would come to me. “I really like Andrea, so I’m going to tell her that I found this idol. Or, that they’re talking about her.” Whereas last time, people didn’t really bond with you so they didn’t want to save you. With Kim, everyone thought she was best friends with them. So, I want to have a lot of really close bonds.
Holmes: But, “Survivor” is very much a product of the last season the cast saw. Everyone just saw Kim rocking that strategy.
Boehlke: Yeah, you have to be careful. They might be worried about girls teaming up. Or, however people were voted out, they might want to do the exact opposite. Like Erik Reichenbach, he was tricked by a bunch of girls.
Holmes: Girls are the worst.
Boehlke: (Laughs) Girls are the worst. I’m actually scared of the girls, to be honest. So, I don’t want people to see me hanging out with other girls and get nervous. It’s going to be nuts.

Holmes: You were a Power Rankings…pimp. I don’t know why “pimp” was the first word to pop into my head. Bad ass, superstar, juggernaut…
Boehlke: (Laughs) I’ll take pimp!
Holmes: Pimp it is. Do you think looking at the game in that manner is going to help you your second time out?
Boehlke: Yeah. I was hoping you were going to be here because I actually do think it will help me. Because, if I had returned right after my season I don’t think I would’ve done very well. But, after watching two other seasons I analyzed it totally differently. If I had been thinking of the Power Rankings in my season, I would have known what was up. It gives you a view from up top.

Holmes: What’ve you been up to since “Redemption Island”?
Boehlke: I moved to New York. I’ve been living there almost a year, trying to get on to the Broadway. (Laughs)
Holmes: The Broadway?
Boehlke: Or the Off Broadway.
Holmes: I feel like you’re making words up.
Boehlke: I’m not.
Holmes: Do you sing?
Boehlke: I can sing, but I don’t like musicals as much. I like straight theater and improv.

Holmes: You played with returnees, now you are a returnee. What did you learn from playing with them?
Boehlke: Going in, I’m not worried about my edit, how I look in a swimsuit. All of that is gone. I had a boyfriend at the time and I was worried if they were going to put me in a showmance on the show. I was so paranoid over these things that didn’t matter.
Holmes: You kicked that guy to the curb so you could win “Survivor”? That’s messed up.
Boehlke: (Laughs) He’s gone now. And the first time playing, I was all about the adventure, which, if there are fans playing, they’re going to be so stoked to be here. They’ll all be these happy bunnies and kittens and we can stomp on their dreams because they’re all starry eyed. But, they might be pissed that we’re there and try to get rid of us first. Now I don’t need the adventure, I need a million dollars.
Holmes: “Screw the Adventure” is going to be the headline of this interview.
Boehlke: “Adventure, Adschmesure.”
Holmes: If there is a twist, what do you think it is?
Boehlke: There are a lot of crazy people here.
Holmes: Present company included?
Boehlke: (Laughs) Yeah, I thought, “Is this to get me to realize I’m a kooky person?”
Holmes: I wasn’t going to say anything, but…
Boehlke: I’m assuming it’s some kind of second chancers, maybe a Fans vs. Favorites II. There is one random guy. Have you seen him yet?
Holmes: I can’t say.
Boehlke: It’s all of these favorites and maybe one crew guy. There will probably be new people too because I only see ten people here.
Holmes: I’m psyched to see you back.
Boehlke: Aww…did you do this? (Raises the roof).
Holmes: That’s exactly what I did.

Holmes: Alright, what are your opinions of the cast thus far?
Boehlke: Have you seen the people here? (Laughs) At this point I’m hoping we’re able to make a shelter. I kind of expected some of them. I expected Phillip, I expected Cochran. I’m really surprised that Francesca is here. I can really see myself getting between a lot of this because I am friends with a lot of them or at least on good terms. I know that Francesca and Phillip can’t stand each other. And I’m pretty good with both of them. I don’t really know Corinne. I’m really leery of Brenda and Corinne and they’re probably leery of me. Who else, Brandon? Him with girls? You’re not sure if you should be wearing short shorts around him. I think it’s going to be nuts. I already know building the shelter, everyone’s going to be going off, there’s going to be so much paranoia. It’s going to be ridiculous. Hopefully I can form relationships with each person and be in the middle of all of that.

Holmes: How did you do with the elements in Nicaragua?
Boehlke: I did OK. I’m not worried about that, actually. I think I’ll do a lot better than a lot of people here. Francesca only made it six days. I made it to day thirty seven and I know how my body reacted. I’m ready for all of that. I lived with Phillip for thirty seven days, so I’m not worried about him getting on my nerves. I think some people are going to go crazy if they’re with him for that amount of time.

Holmes: What was it like getting the call to come back?
Boehlke: It was exciting, but I almost went back right after my season.
Holmes: For “South Pacific”?
Boehlke: Yeah. But I think now is a good amount of time for me. If I went back right away I never would have done the Power Rankings.
Holmes: And your life would be empty and sad.
Boehlke: I’d have this void that I needed to fill. But, I don’t think I would have been ready. But I have to win this.
Holmes: You will. Is the million dollars going to change you?
Boehlke: No, I’ll still do the Power Rankings, I’ll just have my assistant fax them over.

Don’t miss the two-hour premiere of “Survivor: Caramoan – Fans vs. Favorites,” Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

‘Survivor’ Power Rankings Semi Finals: Andrea Boehlke vs. Sophie Clarke

May 1, 2012

Andrea Boehlke vs. Sophie Clarke (CBS)

In honor of “Survivor: One World’s” men vs. women theme, XFINITY TV’s “Survivor” guy Gordon Holmes captained a team of “Survivor: South Pacific” guys against a team of “Survivor: South Pacific” gals.

However, the Power Rankings imitated life and the women’s team ran away with the game. In fact, the men were mathematically eliminated with three weeks still left to go.

So, the executive “Survivor” Power Rankings committee decided that the Power Rankings should continue to imitate “Survivor,” and the women should be forced to compete against each other until one sole Survivor is left standing…er…ranking.

Note: The “Survivor” Hall of Fame coffee mug was disqualified for failing a drug test.

Set Your DVR to Record “Survivor: One World”

The Rules: Each week a pair of the remaining women 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 Tarzan is voted out this week, Andrea will receive 6 points and Sophie will receive 7 points. The person with the most points will advance to the next round.

Got any advice for Andrea? Drop her a line on Twitter.



Got any advice for Sophie? Drop her a line on Twitter.


1. So apparently everyone and their mom’s cat’s gardener’s cousin is drinking the Kim Kool-Aid. From what I can gather, every person still playing “Survivor: One World” must think they are going to the end with Kim. Heck, I’m not even playing this game and I’m wondering whether I might have an alliance with her.  Do I? Clearly, we are all fighting to be Kim’s SBFF (Super Best Friend Forever) but from my own personal experience with SBFFs, I know you can only truly have one. So, who will Kim’s be? 1. K’impossible’ or Kim’possible’? I think the latter.
2. Chelsea APPEARS to be Kim’s SBFF at this point. I can’t really see Kim getting rid of Chelsea, and I think Chelsea is planning on riding the Kim train to the end. If Kim takes the heat for the inevitable backstabbing that is about to go down, Chelsea could come out as the sweet sidekick-turned-millionaire. 2. Chelsea stands in Kim’s shadows. She is less athletic. She is less well liked. She is less strategic. Soon she is going to be less rich.
3. Kim chose Alicia to come on the reward, which tells me that Alicia may be closer to Kim than I originally thought. Is she BFF #2 over Sabrina? Time will tell, but Alicia may be a better choice to bring to the end than the rest, only because it seems as if she may have rubbed some people the wrong way. 3. Alicia is the dark horse. I don’t think the jury considers her to be the head of the hated and, in Troyzan’s words, “cocky” girl alliance but she is also not completely strategically inept like Christina. The tribe switch at the beginning of the game forced Alicia to make decisions in her own self-interest, and we saw her flourish. After the merge, however, Alicia seemed content as just another member of Kim’s Kult.  I hope this girl remembers the mischievous fun she had when Colton was around and forges her own path to the end before it is too late.
4. If you have not seen Troyzan’s secret scene (the one involving ‘fuzzy squares’ and Alicia riding the pig) please do so now. I’ll still be here when you’re back. Annnnnnnd okay—you saw it? The Sabrina dance was all I needed to remind me why I’m a Sabrina fan. Not sure where she falls in line in the Kimber-rankings, but I feel that she is safe over Christina, Tarzan and Kat. Sabrina seems pretty game savvy too, so maybe she will be the one to stir the pot soon? 4. I can’t really tell where Sabrina fits into this game. Who is her closest ally? What is her end game plan? Why doesn’t she work at camp? What does the jury think of her? Does she have any say in her alliance? If the jury is equally as confused and ambivalent about her game, Sabrina doesn’t have a shot to win. However, “Survivor” juries have very short-term memories, and Sabrina still has time to make her mark. I hope this girl wins a challenge, orchestrates a blindside, and fetches some water… all in one episode!
5. I’ve been rooting for Kitty Kat all season, but if she wants to not be seen as a follower she needs to act fast. Maybe she will take Troyzan’s advice and “Do it” this episode, even though I’m not exactly sure what that entails. Do what? Kill the pig? Pull a blindside? Just keep dancing?  I hope Kat can find a way to shimmy her way to the end, because her little Kat dances are probably the highlight of each episode for me. 5. Christina has missed her chance to make a move and is at the mercy of Kim. You might think that would make Christina safe for a while – she and Tarzan are the perfect end game goats. However, Kim will win—hands down—if she makes it to the end. It doesn’t matter against whom. Now is not the time for Kim to ruin her reputation as “someone you would trust with your life” by backstabbing her closest allies in favor of the nut jobs.
6. Who would have guessed that the kooky plastic surgeon would be the last zan standing?! I’m not sure what planet Tarzan is on. I’m not sure what alliance Tarzan thinks he’s in. I’m still not sure what was on Tarzan’s shorts back in the day. Some things will always be a mystery. However, since Tarzan is so out there, he could be *that* guy you drag with you to the end. Gosh, I hope not. 6. If the girls need to make a move against anyone, it is Kat. I hope Troyzan’s parting words of encouragement to Kat set off some bells in Kim’s brain. Underdog Kat could win this game! She performed well in challenges, didn’t directly orchestrate any of the jury boots, and seems to be relatively sweet and likeable. This Female-Fabio might be Kim’s biggest end-game threat with a biter jury.
7. The fact that they split the vote between Troyzan and Christina instead of just splitting votes between the zans makes me think that the rest of the Tikiano girls see Christina as disposable. I feel that the end is near for sweet Cha Cha. 7. Kim has established herself as the fair, merciful ruler of the Tikiano tribe. She is unflinchingly sending people to their deaths, but in an order and manner that appears just and even compassionate. If she booted Tarzan, she would uphold the status quo with the rest of her tribe, and probably even get Tarzan’s vote at the end.

‘Survivor: South Pacific’ Power Rankings – Week 12

December 13, 2011
'Survivor: South Pacific' (CBS)

'Survivor: South Pacific' (CBS)

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 two players will earn. For example, if Albert is voted out this week, Andrea will receive 4 points and Gordon will receive 3 points. Also, each player will pick who they think will win at Redemption Island. If they choose correctly they will receive a bonus point. At the end of the season, the person with the most points will be named the “Survivor: South Pacific” Power Rankings Challenge Champion.

Last Week: Andrea picked it again last week. Both players had Edna going home. However, Andrea had Ozzy winning at Redemption Island while Gordon chose Cochran. The current score is tied; Team Boehlke 152, Team Holmes 152.

Wanna Play? Tag Gordon (@gordonholmes) in your own Twitter Power Rankings. If you do better than Gordon does, (like @SherriErwin, @the_timgilmore, and @JohnSActon did last week) he’ll give you 25 “Survivor” Points*.

* “Survivor” Points have no cash value and cannot be redeemed for anything, ever.

teamboehlke . TEAMHOLMES
Current Score: 152 Got any advice for Andrea? Drop her a line on Twitter.
. Current Score: 152 Got any advice for Gordon? Drop him a line on Twitter.
#1 Coach: And then there were five! Not just any five.  The CRABS alliance has prevailed and Coach appears to be a lock for the finals. So far nobody has brought up targeting him, he seems to have everyone buying into the ‘loyalty’ gig, and he also has an idol. Although I give him props for keeping his CRABS intact, I’m very curious to see who he thinks he can beat in the end. . #1 Coach: When I interviewed Coach before the season started, I told him I didn’t want to interview him again until after the finale. It looks like he has accomplished that feat. There’s no way he’s going home next unless he does it Ozzy-style with an idol in his pocket. But speaking of Ozzy; why would Coach make him a final-three promise? To sway Ozzy’s vote if he doesn’t make it back from Redemption? Seems risky.
#2 Sophie: Sophie has done great this season and has been a consistent Power Rankings Goddess. She seems to be pretty aware of her surroundings and may just slip into that Final 3. I have been a Sophie fan the entire season, so I’d be satisfied if Sophie was the ‘winner, winner, chicken dinner.’ . #2 Sophie: So, if Cochran is to be believed; Albert keeps coming up with ways to shake up the game, and Sophie keeps shooting them down. I think when it’s all said and done, Sophie’s going to be remembered as the silent manipulator of this game. And if she can get to the end, she can win if she convinces people she wasn’t a coattail rider.
BRANDON . albert
#3 Brandon: At this point, I can’t see anyone on the jury voting for Brandon—I actually don’t see a scenario where he could win. Who wouldn’t want to bring him to the Final 3? His FTC speech would be epic; I’d bring him there just to see what he pulls out. . #3 Albert: I have to admit, I have this Ozzy-to-the-finals thing stuck in my head. Is Coach determined to take the best to the end? Does that mean staying loyal to Sobert? Is he willing to cast Brickdon aside and incur the wrath of Lil’ Hantz on the jury? Well, let it never be said that the Dragon Slayer is dull.
albert . BRANDON
#4 Albert: As much as a SAC final three would make my day/season, I don’t know that anyone would want to bring Albert to the finals over Brandon/Coach/Rick. However, Albert is smart and aware and he also could go on an immunity run. . #4 Brandon: In any other season, Brandon would have been a shoo-in to make the finals. But who knows what’s going to happen with Coach getting all noble. However, you do have to admit that Brandon as a jury member would be five-star hilarious.
#5 Rick: All we have gotten from Rick this season are a few comments about Prince Albert and a butt grab, so I’m not really sure how to rank him anymore. My instinct is telling me that his days are numbered. Maybe he will have a break out episode and we will hear him talk, maybe even yell? I don’t know if I could handle that, I might faint. . #5 Rick: What does it say about someone when their biggest move all season is groping their own wife? Oh well, at least he was entertaining…for once. Good luck at Redemption where you’re sure to face…Edna?
Redemption Island Pick – Ozzy: I have faith in Ozzy. I would personally rather have a Final 6 of the COBRAS than the BRACES. Let’s be real. . Redemption Island Pick – Edna: Um…did last week’s preview really show Edna winning? That can’t be right, can it? Editing tricks? Hollywood magic? (Man, if I lose this season by one point…)

‘Survivor: South Pacific’ Power Rankings – Week 5

October 18, 2011

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 two players will earn. For example, if Sophie is voted out this week, Andrea will receive 1 point and Gordon will receive 2 points. Also, each player will pick who they think will win at Redemption Island. If they choose correctly they will receive a bonus point. At the end of the season, the person with the most points will be named the “Survivor: South Pacific” Power Rankings Challenge Champion.

Last Week: The Cardinals beat the Brewers in the NLCS, and St. Louis’s Gordon Holmes beat Milwaukee’s Andrea Boehlke in the Power Rankings.

(Milwaukee? Isn’t that Algonquin for ‘The Good Land?’)

Gordon had Elyse in spot fourteen, while Andrea had her in spot twelve. Both participants predicted Christine would keep her Redemption Island run going. The current score is Team Boehlke 61, Team Holmes 64.

Wanna Play? Tag Gordon (@gordonholmes) in your own Twitter Power Rankings. If you do better than Gordon does, (which is highly likely) he’ll give you credit in his weekly recap.

teamboehlke . TEAMHOLMES
Current Score: 61

Got any advice for Andrea? Drop her a line on Twitter.

. Current Score: 64

Got any advice for Gordon? Drop him a line on Twitter.

SOPHIE . albert
#1 Sophie: As the merge approaches and crazy things start to happen, I must mix up my rankings a bit. Today’s big winner is the Sophster! Sophie is a proud member of several highly imperative organizations within the Upolu tribe. She’s in the C.R.A.B.S. and now the S.A.C. (Sophie, Albert, Coach) alliance. We found out last week that the S.A.C. is running the C.R.A.B.S. with Sophie being less of a merge target than her buddies Coach and Albert. It sure is a good week to be a Sophster! . #1 Albert: Whether you’re solidifying your alliance with Coach by helping him find a hidden immunity idol or leading the St. Louis Cardinals to the World Series, I’m all about dudes named Albert. Although, it does seem a bit odd that Coach gets to be the idol holder…
albert . SOPHIE
#2 Albert: Although I will miss having Albert on top, all good things must come to an end. He has just been exposed as Coach’s right hand man, and has “merge target” written all over him. Like I said in my bloggy-blog (which you all read, right?!) he is the poster child for merge targets. He still will be safe for a hot minute within his alliance and sub-alliance, but I will have to bring him down slowly but surely, even if it breaks my heart. . #2 Sophie: What was Sophie doing while the editors weren’t showing much of her? Apparently she was working her way into the dominant alliance within Upolu’s dominant alliance. Genius. Loving her. Whatever is she going to do with a million dollars?
#3 Coach: Coach has the idol. Coach has C.R.A.B.S. Coach now has a S.A.C. alliance as well. Although the merge is indeed drawing near, Coach seems to have a firm grip on his S.A.C. and C.R.A.B.S. and I don’t think they are turning on him anytime soon. (Oh boy, these alliance names—what have I done?! I promise I’m not this perverse in real life.) Note that the S.A.C. tops the Power Rankings, IN ORDER. Bam. See what I did there? . #3 Jim: Jim finally made a big “Survivor” move, and it’s probably the right way to go. If the “Three Plus Two” alliance got deep into the game, he’d have had a tough time beating them in challenges. Now he has to worry about what to do with Ozzy. Could Ozzy be sent packing with an idol again?
#4 Rick: Rick is one of my favorites, probably because we always want what we can’t have. I want more Rick and every week I continue to be Rick deprived! Rick does have good things going for him–he is an important part of Coach’s S.C.A.R. If anyone is getting sick of these alliance names, you should probably stop reading the Power Rankings. Or just read Gordon’s side, he is less obnoxious and less creative. (Kidding Gordo, I kid because I love!) Tune in this week to see what happens in part six of The Silence of the Ricks. . #4 Coach: Coach 2.0 is having an almost Mariano-esque run at Upolu right now. He’s in the key alliance, he has an immunity idol, and he has a wild-card sub-alliance with Edna. A tribe of newbies wouldn’t gift-wrap another win for a returning all-star, would they Dre?

(I also kid because I love.)

#5 Jim: Jim had a great power move last week and may be in control over at Savaii at this point. That being said, Savaii alliances are a bit wonky right now with a scorned Ozzy, floaters Keith and Whitney and a potential strong three of Jim, Cochran and Dawn. Predicting the next Savaii boot and order has been the hardest thing I’ve done all day. I also haven’t gotten out of bed yet, but still. This is all your fault, Jim! . #5 Keith: Keith voting for Dawn to keep from voting for Elyse is the equivalent of asking your wife if she slept with someone else, and she says “no” because technically they didn’t “sleep.” Yeah, it’s correct, but it is going to kill all trust in the relationship.
#6 Brandon: Brandon is still safe with Mikayla and Edna as buffers. I also want to take this time to say I think Brandon is probably a sweet guy just trying to play that silly little game of “Survivor” that we love to pick apart. I know he is getting a lot of harsh words, so I hope he realizes that most of us aren’t attacking him personally in blogs or comments. At least I’m not. I appreciate anybody with the courage to sign up for such a crazy game, and I never mean anything personal when I poke fun at people. Keep your head up, Brandon! . #6 Rick: You know how I know Rick is in this game to win it? The dude pulled pork out of Brandon Hantz’s teeth with his mouth. Now that’s “loco.”
#7 Keith: After the awkward Dawn float-vote by Whitney and Keith (Kitney? Wheith? I wish they had a better couple name) I’m not sure how things are going to fall in place over at Savaii. Do they side with Ozzy or with Jim? And is the Wheith bond going to be targeted soon just like Ozlyse was? I’m thinking yes. . #7 Whitney: Elyse’s blindside was probably bad news for Whitney. The two of them could’ve cruised into the merge while the “Three Plus Two” guys took all the bullets. Now Keith and her have to be wondering if they can trust Jim.
#8 Dawn: I really hope that the Dawnminator and her fierce headband stay in the game. Now that Savaii has experienced a little shake-up, Dawn may just find a way to creep up these Power Rankings… in style . #8 Brandon: Brandon’s crazy train seems to have hit a bit of a rest stop last week. But, it looks like we’re in for more fun soon. I think Coach is dedicated to keeping him around at this point. Maybe he thinks Brandon will make a good Federal Agent Phillip.
#9 Whitney: Even though Purple Whitney is finally talking, now what? One couple was already targeted and broken up on Savaii so could Whitney’s fate be the same? . #9 Ozzy: This week’s preview is leading us to believe that Ozzy’s on his way out. But, he still has an immunity idol and Savaii still needs to stay strong for challenges. Jim’s gotta realize that he’s going to be in a world of trouble if he goes into the merge down numbers and Ozzy comes charging back from Redemption Island looking for revenge.
#10. Cochran: I was so happy that Cochran stayed over Elyse last week in that amazing blindside. Now that Jim has reached out to him, Cochran may actually find his way in to an actual “Survivor” alliance. Oh my! Personally, I would never vote out someone that had so many fun facts about herpes. . #10 Cochran: It may seem weird to have Cochran and Dawn this low in the rankings after they were a part of last week’s blindside, but the fact remains that Savaii still needs to be strong for the challenges. And I love me some Cochran, but the kid’s as intimidating as a wet kitten.
#11. Edna: When it comes down to Edna or Mikayla things get complicated. I still do think Edna has a bit of an edge because she actually knows what the alliance lines are (cough, cough thanks, Brandon ) and she has a little something-something going on with Coach. Whether or not she hunts buffalo is still irrelevant but that could come into play later. . #11 Dawn: See Cochran.
#12. Ozzy: Hell hath no fury like an Ozzy scorned? I’d love to see Ozzy find a way to fight back, but when I hear words like “lone wolf” and “free agent” I start to lose hope. I kind of feel like a goober putting Ozzy so low considering the fact he has the idol, but perhaps the Savaii shake-up has made me a little delusional. . #12 Edna: The lower part of the Upolu totem pole comes down to one question; what does Coach value more at this point? If he wants to have some wiggle room when it comes to alliances down the road, he’ll keep Edna…
Mikayla . Mikayla
#13 Mikayla: She’s not in the C.R.A.B.S. or the S.A.C. or the S.C.A.R. or even the B.R.A.C.E.S (semi-fake alliance with an attached Edna). Apparently there isn’t room for someone with an “M name.” If Upolu loses this week, which I think they will, I’m banking on Mikayla going before Edna.  It’s too bad since she is a strong asset to her tribe and picks up meat with her mouth, but in a game about numbers things aren’t looking up for Mikayla. . #13 Mikayla: If Coach wants challenge strength in the stretch run before the merge, he’ll keep Mikayla. I’m thinking he’ll keep Edna.
Redemption Island Pick – Christine: Once upon a time Christine said she was going to “pull a Matt” and I scoffed. I’m not scoffing anymore. This mama is on a roll and I’m not putting anything past her! She took away my Spoken Word and Boom-Pows so chances are she can handle an Elyse. . Redemption Island Pick – Christine: Elyse might have a slight physical edge, but never bet against a winning streak. Christine takes it again.

‘Survivor: South Pacific’ Power Rankings – Week 3

October 4, 2011

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 two players will earn. For example, if Sophie is voted out this week, Andrea will receive 3 points and Gordon will receive 4 points. Also, each player will pick who they think will win at Redemption Island. If they choose correctly they will receive a bonus point. At the end of the season, the person with the most points will be named the “Survivor: South Pacific” Power Rankings Challenge Champion.

Last Week: Andrea came back swinging, picking Papa Bear in spot sixteen while Gordon had him in spot fifteen.  Both players earned a bonus point for picking Christine to win the duel. The score is now Team Boehlke 32, Team Holmes 33.

Before we dive into this week’s rankings, let’s take a moment to check in with Andrea…

Gordon Holmes: Andrea, thank you so much for being a part of this season’s Power Rankings. What’ve you been up to since your time on “Survivor”?
Andrea Boehlke:
The biggest change for me was that I up and moved to New York City! I graduated with a BFA in theatre, so I moved out here from Wisconsin three months ago. I am now doing a lot of random things and I love it. I’m a hostess at a restaurant in the meatpacking district called The Standard Grill, I joined a new theatre company started by Vincent Pastore from “The Sopranos.” It is my dream to eventually begin my own production or theatre company with a few of my best friends, so being a part of Vinny’s theatre company is a great learning experience. There are a lot of working actors and directors in the group, many who were on “The Sopranos” with Vinny as well as current projects. I’m also an assistant to a director/acting teacher in Manhattan where I keep track of all the students’ tuitions/billings/class schedule. I am also blogging for this season and am a co-host for a website called SuperPass where we podcast about the “Survivor” episodes. I also audition. Basically, I’m pretty busy but I’m finding time to enjoy myself out here too. It is so very different from Wisconsin as I’m used to being surrounded by either my family or friends in a college setting. So, sometimes I feel alone out here, but I have the “Survivor” family and some good friends out here to pick me up. NYC really is a blast.

Holmes: How are you feeling about this season so far?
I LOVE watching this season, especially when I get to watch it with the NYC “Survivor” crew. I thought it would be hard to watch a new season since I would miss being on the show myself—however it is a huge relief to not be in the spotlight or paranoid about editing! I also think it is a pretty solid season so far with a bunch of good characters. I really want to see more of the invisible characters, so I hope we see more of them as time goes on.

Holmes: You picked up your first Power Rankings win last week. Was it everything you dreamed it would be?
Yes, I must admit that it felt great to beat THE Gordon Holmes after coming up short the week before.
Holmes: Don’t get used to it. In honor of your big win, I’m leading the article with a picture of Albert. But fair warning, on weeks when I win I’m going to lead with a picture of Mikayla. Do you think this is the only way I can get guys to root for me over you?
Boehlke: See—I just thought you had a tiny crush on Mikayla. Now I know you have other motives! Is this some sort of popularity contest?!  It all goes back to Holmes vs. Boehlke.

Wanna Play? Tag Gordon (@gordonholmes) in your own Twitter Power Rankings. If you do better than Gordon does, (which is highly likely) he’ll give you credit in his weekly recap.

teamboehlke . TEAMHOLMES
Current Score: 32

Got any advice for Andrea? Drop her a line on Twitter.

. Current Score: 33

Got any advice for Gordon? Drop him a line on Twitter.

albert . albert
#1 Albert: I was very tempted to bring Albert down a notch this week. Then I realized it would have been only because he didn’t accept my friendship request on Facebook.  Albert: so strong, so Albert, so C.R.A.B.S. . #1 Albert: The future Mr. Andrea Boehlke will have wait for that new moniker, because right now his true nickname is Safey T. McSaferton. Between his challenge prowess, closeness to Coach, and not being Brandon Hantz, he’s set for a while.
#2 Keith: Keith seems to have a decent grasp of his game at this point. He is clearly convincing enough to make Ozzy think he is trustworthy. He seems to have a close bond with Whitney and a good relationship with the other tribe members. So far, Keith is in a good position. . #2 Keith: Strange things seem to be afoot at Savaii beach. If Jim and Cochran are working together, that could be bad news for the Alpha Betas after the merge. Keith might want to consider letting Jim know about Ozzy’s idol. That should help him get in good with the new pairing.
#3 Sophie: Sophie seems smart, savvy, surprisingly sincere, sassy, sharp, slick and stunning. SAFE. Annoying alliteration aside, Sophie is safe in her alliance of 5 and seems to be building some smart sub-alliances. . #3 Coach: All star or not, the Dragon Slayer is running the show over at Upolu beach. Yeah, leaders don’t have an awesome record for longevity on this show, but Coach has a lot of options. He has options for next on the chopping block (Stacey, Lil Hantz) and he has options for alliances (CRABS, Edna).
#4 Rick: I think I saw Rick once this episode, which tells me he is safe. He was twirling his mustache. Fitting. . #4 Sophie: Who do I have to talk to about getting more Sophie in my “Survivor”? Every time they cut to her she has something insightful or entertaining to say.
#5 Coach: Coach continues to keep his C.R.A.B.S. intact, and now he also seems to have upgraded to B.R.A.C.E.S. with an Edna on board! (Darn—I can’t take credit for that. B.R.A.C.E.S. was a David Healy creation.) . #5 Whitney: I think Whitney might be a secret genius. Semhar, however, poked some holes in my theory. Either way, she’s Keith’s confidant and Keith is super safe until the merge.
#6 Whitney: Good hammock swinging skills. Good grappler. Fierce jungle hair. Whitney apparently has Keith’s trust and now knows about the idol.  If she has Keith wrapped around her finger and a good relationship with Elyse and Jim, Whitney could be a key player down the road. . #6 Elyse: We don’t hear much from Elyse. That’s probably because she gets along with everyone. In a tribe that seems to be heading for some turbulence, that’s probably a good place to be.
#7 Elyse: If Ozzy trusts Keith and Keith trusts Whitney, we have a three that could turn on Elyse and Jim down the line. However, for now, Elyse’s ancestors have her back and I don’t see her going anytime soon. . #7 Rick: Yes, there’s somebody on this show named Rick. Yes, I’m positive.
#8 Jim: We didn’t see Jim too much this episode, but for now he is one of the ‘Jungle Bros’ and therefore safe. I sense a Jim breakout episode soon! Maybe he will sense that he is on the low end of his alliance and mix something up. . #8 Jim: The “Two Plus Three” alliance is a terrible deal for Jim. I’m betting he realizes this and is now looking for ways out of it. Ozzy’s idol could be just the reason Jim needs to convince people to send the All star packing.
#9 Ozzy: Ouch. Ozzy trusted the bromance he had with Keith and this could very well bite him in the booty. Now that Keith, Whitney and probably the rest of the tribe know Ozzy has been hiding the idol from them, they may very well want to pounce on this opportunity to blindside him, idol in hand. . #9 Edna: Edna seemed to rebound from what we’ll call “The Most Transparent Lie in ‘Survivor’ History.” Best of all for her, there’s plenty of drama around Upolu camp and none of it involves her.
BRANDON . Mikayla
#10. Brandon: Welcome to Confessions of a Teenage Drama King! Last episode, Brandon took off his shirt and now everyone knows he is a Hantz. Although it may not hurt him immediately, it could down the road. Some things just aren’t meant to be spilled on “Survivor”! . #10 Mikayla: Kudos to Mikayla for taking Brandon aside and trying to have a rational discussion with him. Unfortunately for her, the “Loco” tattoo on his neck was not meant ironically. Her best bet now is to make sure Coach and crew realize how much Loose Cannon Brandon can mess up their post-merge plans.
#11. Edna: I’m not a huge fan of visors, but props to Edna for still wearing the frumpy looking tree-mail visor two episodes in a row. Whenever I made some cool accessory out on the island, it only lasted a day. I either lost it or ate it. With that being said, if Upolu loses, Edna will eventually be targeted if they are looking to keep the tribe strong physically. . #11 Brandon: No lie, I rewound Brandon’s speech from last week three times and still couldn’t figure out what the dude was saying. If his breakdown took place later in the game, I’d say he was a lock for a Phillip-esque final three trip. However, he’s just too dangerous to trust this early in the game.
#12. Dawn: Although she did amazing at the last challenge, I’m afraid Mama Dawn is still not a part of the Jungle Barbie Clan. Dawn needs to find a way to stir something up! . #12 Cochran: If the previews are to be believed (and sometimes they are misleading) it looks like Cochran is finally going to get an opportunity to make “A ‘Survivor’ move.”  It’s time Cochran earns that last-name nickname.
#13 Cochran: Part of me thinks Cochran will go far. I’m just not sure how he is going to do it. I sincerely hope that the Coch-reign is just beginning, but he really has to dig deep and break up the Ozzy clan. . #13 Ozzy: Fun Fact: When you find a hidden immunity idol, you don’t have to tell anyone. Crazy, right? Maybe Ozzy can use this idol and his previous unused idol as bookends when he’s sent home.
Mikayla . DAWN
#14 Mikayla: I hate that I have Mikayla so low, but I don’t have a choice at this point. She doesn’t seem to have any substantial alliance, and although people find Brandon’s targeting of her ridiculous, she is on the wrong side of the numbers. . #14 Dawn: It looks like Cochran might be making moves with Jim. What does that have to do with Dawn? Normally the fall of an alliance sees the leader (Ozzy) going home, however, Savaii can’t afford to lose challenge strength right now. That puts a target on Dawn’s back.
#15 Stacey: Despite an awesome full-body reaction to the reveal of Little Hantz, Stacey doesn’t seem to have many allies in this game. If Upolu loses, she is going to be dueling her sista friend Christine on Redemption Island real soon. . #15 Stacey: Stacey will stay in the game as long as Upolu can keep winning immunities. She’s an easy boot and will give Coach and crew time to sort out this whole Brandon/Mikayla mess.
Redemption Island Pick – Christine: Christine is determined to “pull a Matt” and go on a R.I. streak. Although I don’t think she will be able to pull a full on Matt, she may be able to pull a half-Matt or a quarter-Matt.  She will at least beat Papa Bear this week. . Redemption Island Pick – Christine: Sorry, Papa Bear…this porridge is too hot for you.

‘Survivor: South Pacific’ Power Rankings – Round 2

September 27, 2011

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 two players will earn. For example, if Sophie is voted out this week, Andrea will receive 4 points and Gordon will receive 3 points. Also, each player will pick who they think will win at Redemption Island. If they choose correctly they will receive a bonus point. At the end of the season, the person with the most points will be named the “Survivor: South Pacific” Power Rankings Challenge Champion.

Last Week: Gordon nailed his first pick, placing Christine in spot seventeen, while Andrea had her in spot fifteen.

Wanna Play? Tag Gordon (@gordonholmes) in your own Twitter Power Rankings. If you do better than Gordon does, (which is highly likely) he’ll give you credit in his weekly recap.

teamboehlke . TEAMHOLMES
Current Score: 15

Got any advice for Andrea? Drop her a line on Twitter.

. Current Score: 17

Got any advice for Gordon? Drop him a line on Twitter.

albert . albert
#1 Albert: Albert is safe and nestled in Coach’s C.R.A.B.S.  (Alliance of Coach, Rick, Albert, Brandon and Sophie).  I predict he is safe until merge and therefore I can continue to swoon over him for weeks to come. . #1 Albert: The other coach keeps the top spot this week for three reasons. First, he’s Upolu’s strongest challenge competitor. Second, he’s in the dominant alliance. And third, he came to the primary Coach’s defense at Tribal Council. Albert isn’t going anywhere.
#2 Keith: Keith is another hottie…I mean Keith is safe this week. They need this young strapping lad for challenges and he is also a part of the cool kids’ alliance over on Savaii. . #2 Keith: Keith and Albert are in the same boat in my book, except replace the Amazon-trekking, symphony-conducting, soccer coach with a marijuana-dispensary-owning, business-creating, poker player. (Actually, those two would make quite a sitcom pairing.) Anywho, Keith’s super safe until mergeville.
#3 Coach: Let’s face it, Coach has his C.R.A.B.S. intact. He also has a little something…something going on with Edna. I could be taking a risk by putting him so high, but I honestly think Coach has got a lock-down on his tribe. . #3 Sophie: Didn’t see much from Sophie last week. I’m sure she was off somewhere being brilliant. Surprised me a bit that she got a vote at tribal though, that makes me think that she’s more subtle with her alliances than others are. Genius.
#4 Sophie: This strong, smart member of the C.R.A.B.S. is too valuable to be going anywhere soon. Plus, watch her insider clips, she is doing some alliance building of her own that hasn’t made the show yet. . #4 Jim: I’m not sure if I’m on board with Jim’s “Three Plus Two” strategy. (Although, I’m always on board with players giving their alliances and strategies cool names.)  Does he hope to get to the final five then cut Keith and Ozzy? Those guys are immunity monsters. Does he want to go to the final three with Keith and Ozzy? Why’d he win a jury vote? Seems messy to me.
#5 Elyse: In an extra clip, Ozzy says Elyse is doing very well in the challenges. She is also a part of the savvy Savaii cool kids’ alliance. But Elyse has something extra going on—Native American ancestors. If great-great grandfathers can keep Phillip Sheppard safe on “Survivor,” I have faith they can do the same for Elyse. Go find your feather, girl! . #5 Rick: I have a theory that it’s pretty hard to be the first person voted out of “Survivor.” If you can contribute around camp and in challenges you should be safe for a bit as long as you keep your mouth shut. Rick is a perfect example of this.
#6 Whitney: She isn’t doing anything wrong. According to the edit she also isn’t doing anything besides laundry, but I think we will be seeing more of Whitney soon. . #6 Whitney: Oh Whitney…what can I say about Whitney? Um…I hope the inevitable Chase Rice/Whitney Duncan country cover of “Islands in the Stream” is nice. There, I’ve probably written more words about her in this blurb then she’s said on the show so far.
#7 Rick: Rancher Rick was pretty invisible last week, but he is in the majority alliance on his tribe and isn’t causing any waves. Yep, that’s about it. Cricket. . #7 Elyse: See Whitney.
#8 Jim: Maybe I’m reading too much into it, but I sense a power struggle brewing between Jim and Ozzy. Like, real soon. Call me loca, but I think Jim is going to come out on top. Also, don’t be so hard on yourself, bro—you ARE a cool kid! Embrace it! . #8 Coach: I dropped Coach a bit this week because I’m worried about the leadership role he seems to be taking on at Upolu beach. I hope that prominence doesn’t make it too easy to pull off that “Vote All Stars Off After the Merge” strategy.
#9 Edna: Edna may not be in the C.R.A.B.S. but she has a secret alliance with Coach and is smart enough to know she needs to use him and vice versa. Coach could always switch her with somebody from the main alliance down the road. . #9 Edna: Oof…you’re lucky Coach likes you, because that obvious lie you told Stacey and Christine would land you in serious trouble on a more strategically competitive tribe.
#10. Brandon: This kid is all over the place. Hiding his tattoo. Selectively showing his tattoo. Being tempted. Making confessions at Tribal Council. Did you see Coach’s eye roll when Brandon spilled that he was the one gunning for Mikayla at Tribal Council? His wish-washy good vs. evil stint might be enough for his tribe mates to want him gone. . #10 Ozzy: You Hantzed an immunity idol and you’re in the dominant alliance. Good times for Ozzy, right? Maybe not. Ozzy was in a similar dominant position in Micronesia and was sent home. Here’s hoping he’s learned from his mistakes.
#11. Ozzy: I do think Ozzy will be safe this week. He will probably be safe next week. I just have this daunting feeling that Ozzy won’t be lasting on Savaii forever with Jim in the picture so I am slowly pulling him farther down on my list. Storm’s a coming! . #11 Brandon: Wow. Just wow. You gave Coach a nice “I’m not a liar like Russell” speech then followed it up by lying. You remind me of Dreamz from “Survivor: Fiji” in that your erratic behavior makes you a very dangerous alliance partner.
COCHRAN . Mikayla
#12. Cochran: It is probably in his (and his mother’s) best interest that Cochran doesn’t go to Redemption Island to fare for himself. I hope the new Cochran finds a way to stay safe, channel his inner genie and get some sort of awesome alliance going. Ozzy and Keith recognized that Cochran may be good at puzzles, so this could help him stick around a bit longer. . #12 Mikayla: You’re low on the list, but not because of anything you’ve actually done. Hopefully Coach and crew can talk Brandon out of his bizarre vendetta against you. Or, maybe they can send Brandon back to Hantzylvania and bring you on board.
Mikayla . DAWN
#13 Mikayla: I definitely had a mini-freak out last week when I had Mikayla so high and watched her name be tossed around. For some reason, Brandon wants Miki GONE, and unless she stops fishing and ‘wingleing’ around in her panties she may be yet again an underserving target. Maybe she can weave together a burlap sack. Might help. . #13 Dawn: The bottom of the Savaii totem pole was nicely laid out by Jim. The question is; what’s the order? I’m thinking Dawn can find ways to keep herself useful and avoid the chopping block for a while.
#14 Dawn: We didn’t see much of Dawn last week, so I get the sense she is pulling it together. There is an insider clip where Dawn says she isn’t as tight as the others with Ozzy. If Ozzy is the one pulling strings, this mama could be in trouble soon. . #14 Cochran: So, it looks like they took care of last week’s puzzle without you. That can’t be good news. Unless somebody sees you as a vital piece of their strategy, you’re going to be expendable until the merge. You need to find an angle and find it quick.
STACEY . papabear
#15 Stacey: With her friend Christine gone, Stacey has to do work to be spared this week. Although I loved Stacey’s sassy little comments at Tribal Council, I don’t think they helped her get on Coach’s good side. . #15 Papa Bear: OK, you lasted another week, so I held up my end of the bargain and updated the name on your image. That being said, I still think you’re going to be the first person sent packing when Savaii loses immunity.
papabear . STACEY
#16 Papa Bear: I feel that Papa Bear’s days are numbered and it saddens me. If Savaii loses this week they are going to be looking for a way to keep their tribe strong physically and unfortunately Papa Bear is low on the totem pole. . #16 Stacey: It’s probably not fair that you’re going to pay for Christine’s missteps, but here we are. For your sake, I hope Christine shared that immunity idol clue with you.
Redemption Island Pick – Christine: I think Christine has a bit more feistiness left in her, whereas the poet Semhar may be calling it quits. I’m not even sure if Semhar will wake up. That’s the first step. . Redemption Island Pick – Christine: When two competitors are evenly matched physically, I’ll go with the player who wants it more. Christine definitely wants it more.

Andrea Boehlke Accepts the ‘Survivor’ Power Rankings Challenge

September 19, 2011

Last Season: In a performance matched only by “Boston” Rob Mariano’s dominance over the Ometepe tribe, Matthew “Sash” Lenahan took an early lead over Gordon “Can’t Decide on a Nickname” Holmes and never gave it up. This defeat brought Gordon’s professional Power Rankings record to two wins and three losses.

This Season: Gordon’s Twitter followers were given the opportunity to pick this season’s challenger. The overwhelming choice was a contender who is as cunning as she is lovely, the last Survivor to return from Redemption Island, Andrea Boehlke. Will the Green Bay beauty get the best of XFINITY TV’s “Survivor” Know-It-All?

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 two players will earn. For example, if Sophie is voted out this week, Andrea will receive 2 points and Gordon will receive 4 points. At the end of the season, the person  with the most points will be named the “Survivor: South Pacific” Power Rankings Challenge Champion.

teamboehlke . TEAMHOLMES
Current Score: 0

Got any advice for Andrea? Drop her a line on Twitter.

. Current Score: 0

Got any advice for Gordon? Drop him a line on Twitter.

albert . albert
#1 Albert: Albert is a challenge beast and I don’t think he is going anywhere soon unless he gets Matt Elrod-ed. Whoops..that sounds dirty. He is a crucial part of the Upolu first-night alliance, which I like to call Coach’s CRABS. (Coach, Rick, Albert, Brandon, Sophie—See what I did there?) I’m in love with this alliance if it sticks together. . #1 Albert: Something that may have been glossed over during Wednesday’s premiere episode was the Ballad of Albert and the Wall. The dude scaled it by himself. Then lifted Brandon up using only his arms. Dude’s a monster.
#2 Sophie: Sophie is smart, aware, and strong. She also seems to be in the majority alliance of her tribe at this point, so she will be safe for a while. Most importantly, she speaks Russian! . #2 Keith: He’s laid back, he’s an asset in challenges, everyone seems to like him. Keith is beyond super safe…until the merge.
#3 Keith: We didn’t hear much from this hottie, but Savaii seems to be the physically weaker tribe, so they need to keep Keith around for challenge purposes. He seems to be going with the flow and not ruffling too many feathers. . #3 Coach: Warrior Alliance 2.0, baby! It seems like the Upolutians realize that Coach is a good guy, who really isn’t that big of a challenge or strategic threat. Who knew that Coach’s biggest asset could be some humility.
#4 Jim: Jim’s tribe needs him for challenges. I also predict Jim emerging as a possible leader and challenging Ozzy for power of the tribe. This stepping up to the plate could be dangerous, but Savaii can’t really afford to lose a strong man like Jim this early in the game. You also can’t vote out a man with such great one-liners! . #4 Sophie: Loving her. It feels like she’s already three steps ahead of everybody else on her tribe. And now she’s like Nancy Drew in the Hunt for the Hantz Tattoo.
Mikayla . RICK
#5 Mikayla: Watching Mikayla’s extra clips I find her to be charming and game savvy. She may not be in the Coach’s CRABS at this point, but she is way too strong and social to be voted out any time soon. Delilah is here to stay. . #5 Rick: Rick is not a Coach fan. He made that much clear during our pre-game interview. However, Coach is a solid part of Upolu’s dominant alliance right now. If Rick’s smart (and I think he is) he’ll ride that alliance till the merge, then try to boot Coach.
#6 Brandon (aka Hitler’s Nephew): I am on the fence with this dude. It seems as if Coach is taking Brandon under his wing — but when do we find out he is a Hantz? And is this going to hurt him? For now he is safe, he is important for challenges as well as camp life. Props to this kid for fishing, helping out, and not burning socks. . #6 Whitney: Whitney is beautiful, quiet, and inoffensive. We’ll probably hear from her as much as we heard from Purple Kelly Purple.
#7 Coach: Although Coach seems to have an early alliance of five, it is still new in the game and his tribe could very well turn on him a la Russell Hantz. He seems to be coming in with a much more humble approach and so far it seems to be working. So far so normal. . #7 Edna: We didn’t see much from Edna after she helped Coach with his gear. I’m sure she’s safe for now, there are a few people below her on the totem pole.
#8 Whitney: We hardly heard from blonde cutie, which tells me she isn’t going home. I think Whitney could definitely pull a Natalie White and coast to the end.  She is too athletic and sweet to vote out pre-merge and she is not enough of a threat to be worried about post-merge. . #8 Elyse: Not too much from Elyse in the first episode, but she seemed to be getting along with everybody. Right now she’s in the same boat with Edna; if Savaii heads back to Tribal Council, there are many people lined up for the chopping block before her.
#9 Elyse: I love this bubbly ball of joy. She is strong enough to keep around for now, but if Savaii goes on a losing streak she will really have to prove herself as a crucial tribe member to keep around. . #9 Brandon: Brandon’s a hard worker and he’s very valuable in challenges. My only concern about him is the bizarre non-reason he has for targeting Mikayla. Such flaws in strategy and logic could put a target on his back.
#10. Ozzy: I’m worried about Ozzy. I think Jim will be gunning for Oz soon, however at this point it would be ridiculous to vote out such a challenge beast. He has some politicking of his own to do now that Semhar is gone. He will be safe for a few rounds but watch out for Jim! . #10 Jim: So, it looks like we could be seeing a Jim vs. Ozzy power struggle. I’m saying “could be” because Ozzy obviously trusted Jim enough to float the idea of getting rid of Cochran. I’ll rank Jim higher when we have more proof that he’s pulling the strings at Savaii.
RICK . Mikayla
#11. Rick: Did you see Rick chop those ropes?! Rick proved himself with his rope-hacking skills, but he still is lower on the totem pole when it comes to being a physical asset. Nice mustache though.  He is the R to the CRABS. . #11 Mikayla: It would be a crime if Brandon tried to get rid of Mikayla because she’s attractive. Besides, if Mikayla is Delilah, Brandon has nothing to worry about, he already doesn’t have any hair.
#12. Edna: She doesn’t seem to be “IN” with the CRABS but I think there may be a side alliance going on between Coach and Edna. They made a point to show Edna stay back and help Coach and him take note of that. . #12 Ozzy: Ozzy should be perfectly safe until the merge, but people have sacrificed challenge strength for tribal unity before. If a power struggle does go down between Ozzy and Jim, my money’s on Jim. However, if anybody’s capable of making an Elrod-esque run at Redemption Island, my money’s on Ozzy.
#13 Dawn: Dawn seems so sweet and I would have loved to have her as a “Survivor” mom! With that being said, Dawn needs to get it together and channel her inner Holly Hoffman and emerge as the lovable mom figure. She needs to start building relationships with the younger kids and do what she does best: Momming. Yes, I like to make up words. . #13 Cochran: I love this kid, but he scares me. You find out Ozzy’s gunning for you and you buckle? Jim warned you, Papa Bear was with you. You just needed two more votes to keep the numbers. If you love “Survivor” so much, you’ve got to fight when you’re in trouble.
#14 Cochran: Even though I have a nerd crush on Cochran and really want him to do well, he is not in a safe position this week. It is well known that he isn’t the most athletic, is not great with “walls,” and was a bit of a paranoid hot mess last week.  I do have faith he is going to turn it around, but for now he has some work to do and has to build a strong alliance stat. . #14 Stacey: Oh, Stacey. If there’s a tree near your camp with a hole in it, odds are something important is inside. Also, why are you buddying up with Christine? Weren’t you around when everyone caught her wandering off to look for the idol?
#15 Christine: She reminds me a bit of Kristina from my season, looking for idols right out of the gate. It is one thing to look for idols, it is “Survivor” suicide to be caught looking for idols. It would be pretty bomb if she finds an idol this week and does something crazy with it. . #15 Dawn: Sometimes all people need is a reason. Dawn’s meltdown on day two was a perfectly good reason. If she can survive the next vote she should be fine. After all, her little freak out was only a .2 on the Holly Hoffman Scale. Everyone’s shoes are safe…for now.
#16 Ozzy Lusth: We didn’t see a lot of Stacey — we just know she doesn’t have the Hantz (or Ralph Kiser apparently) secret power of snatching idols. She may be first to go on Upolu just because of the physical aspect. . #16 Papa Bear: Does everyone in Savaii like Papa Bear? Probably. What’s not to like other than the blatant self-nicknaming? But, if they drop the next challenge they’ll be down by two. That’s when personalities and tribe unity take a backseat to challenge strength. I’ll make him a deal though; if he’s not voted out this week, I’ll update his image to say “Papa Bear.”
17. Papa Bear: I can’t wait for the day I inevitably get to meet and hug Papa Bear. I hope somehow he can find a way to last longer, but his tribe will probably see him as a weak link for challenges on Savaii. I really want Papa Bear to stay, maybe he can start something up with Dawn, Jim, Keith, Cochran and target the girls? I do predict a Savaii loss this week though unfortunately. . #17 Christine: Did Christine watch “Redemption Island?” Francesca was voted out for bad mouthing returning All Stars and Russell was voted out for focusing on finding the hidden immunity idol instead of gathering wood. Give my best to Semhar when you get to Redemption Island.

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