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‘Survivor’ Castaway Kat – ‘Hayden Did Not Break Up with Me’

October 31, 2013

'Survivor: Blood vs. Water' (CBS)

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One of Reality TV’s dirty little secrets is that “Survivor” is responsible for way more relationships than “The Bachelor.” You’ve got Boston Rob and Amber Mariano, Keith Tollefson and Whitney Duncan, Jaime Duggan and Erik Huffman, and so on.

But with the new “Blood vs. Water” twist, there was a little concern that “Survivor” could have actually ended a relationship.

I spoke with Kat Edorsson the morning after her “Survivor” elimination. And after getting an update on her relationship with Hayden, I also had a chance to ask about cheating at puzzles, her fight with Colton, and other reality TV opportunities.

Gordon Holmes: My mother is very worried. Please tell her that you and Hayden are alright.
Kat Edorsson: Hayden and I are fantastic. And no, Hayden did not break up with me.
Holmes: Thank goodness. She sent me a very concerned email.
Edorsson: Aww…poor thing.
Holmes: It was funny to me though, because they used your comment about dumping someone for not making the merge as a tag on the last episode. It was like a joke. But last night you seemed really concerned about it.
Edorsson: Hayden and I live in two separate states and we had been dating for a little bit less than a year. And, we’re not married. He’s already won half a million dollars on “Big Brother.” I’m coming into this game and I’m thinking, “I don’t know where our lives are going to go after this.” And I don’t think there was one couple that really wanted to be there as much as Hayden and I individually. He really would have done anything to stay and I would have done anything to say. And there was so much pressure. I didn’t know. And “Survivor” makes you go crazy. Not only am I losing it, but I hadn’t seen my boyfriend for longer than four days in my life, so the fact that I got to see him for seventeen days and couldn’t say one word to him? It was intense. I didn’t know what he was thinking. I didn’t know if he was disappointed.
Holmes: I honestly think it says a lot that you guys probably really smelled bad at Redemption Island.
Edorsson: (Laughs)
Holmes: And you still wanted to hug each other. I think that speaks volumes.
Edorsson: That speaks a lot of volumes.

Holmes: You seemed annoyed that Laura M. was peeking at John’s puzzle. My understanding is that “Survivor” doesn’t have an official rule against that. Was it really bothering you, or were you trying to throw Laura off her game?
Edorsson: Honestly, it was a little bit of frustration. I wasn’t trying to throw her off because I was already thrown off. I was all the way on the left side, Laura was in the middle, and John was on the other end. So, when John finished his puzzle all the people on the tribe were like, “John, knock down your puzzle so Laura can’t keep looking at it.” There was a part in the challenge where her and I were at the same pace, but then POOF she went on a rampage. But, it doesn’t matter. Laura is a puzzle dominator. I thought I was going to get smushed by the MD and the challenge dominator. But, it’s “Survivor.” If I was Laura I would’ve done the same thing.

Holmes: It looked like Vytas was set to go when they flipped and went after you. This all stemmed from you raising concerns with Tina about Monica. Did you know Tina was the one pulling the strings at new Galang?
Edorsson: At the time, no. Tina was my biggest ally in the game. I would have rolled over in my grave for Tina. I wanted to stay with the winners. I thought if Hayden was a winner, the winners would want to stay together. But, the winning part never mattered. I really stuck with Tina. So, when she threw me under the bus, it was like nothing I said could be trusted with anyone in the game. I wasn’t blindsided though, because I knew I was going home.

Holmes: You and Colton had a very loud tiff during the rowing portion of the first immunity challenge. We could hear it from the beach. What exactly happened there?
Edorsson: Colton wasn’t putting his paddle in the water. And when you have to paddle you have to put it in the water.
Holmes: That is how a paddle works.
Edorsson: Exactly. So, I was saying, “Colton, paddle dude. For real.” And I guess in competition I got a little loud. He doesn’t like it when you yell at him so he flipped out at me. And then, right when we won I apologized and he wasn’t having it. Then he went on a rampage. That’s just how he is. That’s Colton Cumbie.

Holmes: Alright, let’s do some word association. We’ll start with Tyson.
Edorsson: Genius.
Holmes: Aras?
Edorsson: Yoga.
Holmes: Monica?
Edorsson: Wife…mother.
Holmes: Laura B.?
Edorsson: A little delusional.
Holmes: Laura M.?
Edorsson: Incredible.
Holmes: Tina?
Edorsson: Cats.
Holmes: Colton?
Edorsson: Next comment.
Holmes: Katie?
Edorsson: Sweet.
Holmes: And we’ll finish with some guy named Hayden.
Edorsson: Love of my life.
Holmes: Aww…

Holmes: Now that you’re watching this season, how livid are you that Gervase and Tyson are sneaking coconuts?
Edorsson: Who gives a (expletive deleted). If they want to eat, let them go eat. I did the same thing. We all did. Me, Tyson, Gervase, and Laura M. snuck off and ate a pineapple all by ourselves. In “One World” I would do the same thing. It’s “Survivor.”
Holmes: So you’re a Pineapple Bandit?
Edorsson: Yeah, we were Pineapple Bandits.
Holmes: I don’t know who to trust.
Edorsson: (Laughs) You and me both, kid.

Holmes: Hayden won “Big Brother.” He’s well on his way to winning “Survivor.” When are we going to see you lovebirds tearing up “The Amazing Race”?
Edorsson: That is the big question. I think we should play as soon as possible. I’m spelling better. I’m graduating. I’m counting. I’m going to figure out my left and right. I’ve got this all taken care of. I hope so. I hope America will get to see Team Hat play together because that’s the one thing we didn’t get to do. And I don’t want to blow smoke up my own butt, but we’re pretty funny when we’re together. As a team, we’re unstoppable.

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‘Survivor: Philippines’ Power Rankings: Round Eight

November 14, 2012

'Survivor: Philippines' (CBS)

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

The Rules: Each week Kat and Gordon will create separate Power Rankings. The ranking of the person who is voted out of the next episode will determine the number of points the two players will earn. For example, if Malcolm is voted out this week, Kat will receive 7 points and Gordon will receive 6 points. The person with the most points at the end of the season will be crowned the ‘Survivor: Philippines’ Power Rankings champion!

Last Week: Kat’s streak continues! She had Jeff Kent in spot ten while I had him in spot nine. So, the current score is Team Kat: 101, Team Awesome Thunder: 104.

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Kat’s Current Score: 101

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

Gordon’s Current Score: 104

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

 1. Lisa: By no means is Lisa the Ultimate Survivor or will ever be known for it, but after the train wreck of a Tribal Council last week I think Lisa for the win can be fair game. Lisa, I understand you want your tribe to come together and play nice with one another…but let’s face it that ship sailed LONGG AGOO. Mama Goose, right now you need to be on damage control and clean up that mess you made with Malcolm and Denise.  1. Abi Maria: It’s been a week since that crazy Tribal Council and I’m still not sure what the heck happened. I don’t know why Skup flipped back to Tandang, I don’t know why Penner voted for Abi, and I sure don’t know why Abi let everyone know she has an immunity idol. But, now that the immunity cat is out of the bag, Abi should feel free to use it if she feels threatened.
 2. Abi-Maria: Did you see Pete’s face when Abi ripped out their idol? Priceless Tribal Council glory! Abi`s on a high this week and we all know why. Even though people dislike her, she still has the idol and is in a good place.
 2. Michael: Maybe Skup’s flip was a Sandra Diaz-Twine-eque “anyone be me” maneuver? Maybe he caught Jeff Kent talking about getting rid of returnees? In hindsight, sticking with Tandang is probably a smart move. He’s probably Tandang’s biggest immunity threat and the only Tandanger that could beat him at a final Tribal is Lisa.
 3. Malcolm: Just because I show my idol at Tribal doesn’t mean I have to use it!! #FREASH I’ve never been so excited to watch a Tribal Counsil, so thank you for showing your idol and getting everyone fired up! Strategically Malcolm could be in a lot of trouble if Tandang comes back together, however, I highly doubt that will happen so I’ll hope for the best.  3. Lisa: You’ve got to give Lisa credit, she could have easily coasted along and gotten to at least the final four as the “nice mom.” But, she’s proven that she’s going to do her best to win this thing. Now, while her moves last week do put a target on her back, I’m thinking after last Tribal’s craziness that Tandang sticks together for a little while longer.

  4. Denise: She seems to be flying by the competition and letting everyone destroy themselves. Hopefully Denise will calm down Lisa and bring her back to the tripod or whatever is left of it before they ruin my premonition of total domination.  4. Malcolm: Gah…last week’s big loser was probably the Matsing alliance. They were both under the radar next to the more abrasive Abi/Pete/Artis alliance. Now, they’re in some trouble. The good news for Malcolm is that he still has Matsing’s immunity idol. The bad news is you can only say you’re going to play it and then not play it once.

  5. Michael: Skupin, don’t get played! I’m happy you’re always keeping one eye open when it comes to the votes. Stay in the majority, but be careful…the only thing that is going for you right now is winning immunity.
 5. Denise:  Denise is on the wrong side of the numbers right now, but she still has a lot of time to maneuver. Fortunately, she hasn’t rubbed anyone the wrong way, so she shouldn’t be first on anyone’s hitlist. Unfortunately, she hasn’t rubbed anyone the wrong way, so nobody (Malcolm included) will want to go to the final Tribal with her.
 6. Pete: I think it might be time to cut the head of the snake, and I can’t wait to see Abi and Pete in an argument! This will be interesting. (Expletive deleted), if that was me I would have killed her after Tribal for ripping out the idol. But, we’ll see how things unfold.
 6. Artis: Out of all the people left in the game, I feel like I know the least about Artis. It doesn’t seem like he’s getting along with anyone outside of Pete and Abi. And even those three seem to hate each other at times.
 7. Artis: Again, weird place in the game…  If Penner wins immunity I think Artis could be toast! How could they think people on the jury would vote for them if they’re not that friendly? Come on, guys!
  7. CarterThings never turn out well for the right hand after a power player is eliminated. If Carter is going to stick around it’s going to take either an immunity run (which Carter is capable of), or some Penner brilliance (which Penner is capable of).
 8. Carter: Carter, you should be at the bottom because you just sent home your closest ally! But, I have a feeling if you get with the right people you will have the numbers and you can really turn this game around. Out of Kent’s shadow let’s see this kid create his own path. Besides he’s doing great in these challenges!
 8. Pete: I love me some Malcolm. That guy cracks me up. But he gave an Ozzy Lusth at Redemption Island-level terrible acting performance when Pete asked if he had an idol. And Pete believed it. That can’t be good. Also, if Penner is able to pull off another miracle, it’s going to be directed at poor Pete.
 9. Penner: Penner, if you do not win immunity I believe the Snake “Pete” will come after you. He is a mastermind and is really good flopping the votes. The odds of winning again are against him, because if Pete, Abi, Artis, or Carter win, I think Penner will be out.  9. Penner: I still don’t quite get why Penner voted for Abi last week. I guess he thought if he had his six, it wouldn’t hurt to try to set off Abi’s crazy meter. Either way, what’s done is done, it’s time to look forward. Can Penner convince a Tandanger to flip? Who’s their weakest link? Now that Kent is gone, would Skupin be open to changing sides?

‘Survivor: Philippines’ Power Rankings: Round Seven

November 6, 2012

'Survivor: Philippines' (CBS)

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

The Rules: Each week Kat and Gordon will create separate Power Rankings. The ranking of the person who is voted out of the next episode will determine the number of points the two players will earn. For example, if Malcolm is voted out this week, Kat will receive 2 points and Gordon will receive 1 point. The person with the most points at the end of the season will be crowned the ‘Survivor: Philippines’ Power Rankings champion!

Last Week: Kat is on a roll. She has picked the last six eliminated players perfectly. Kudos. She had RC in spot eleven, while I had her in spot ten. The current score is Team Kat: 91, Team Awesome Thunder: 95.

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Kat’s Current Score: 91 

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

Gordon’s Current Score: 95

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

 1. Denise: I know, I know, I know… Stop judging….from last week’s rating, 8th place to 1st is intense, but I have reasoning! Denise is someone I would like to call “The Dark Knight.” At this point in the game, her odds are becoming greater for a final three and after my experience of Kim Spradlin`s total domination from “One World,” you should never underestimate these women that play the game. Denise will compete when necessary and fall back when necessary and not to mention LISTENING will make her gameplay solid and under the radar. I’m so proud to see my girl win immunity!! Besides, if this group is as bitter as we all think they are she will dominate! 

 1. Malcolm: Tandang splits up, Kalabaw splits up, and Malcolm was barely there. That’s an amazing spot for someone who’s such a big challenge threat. With all of the splinter groups that are floating around right now, Malcolm and Denise should be able piece together the perfect combination to help them get to the end.
 2. Malcolm: So proud this man did NOT win immunity! Way to play with your head! Thata boy!  Malcolm needs to watch his back now. Play smart, dude…not kidding. This is the time where you watch the game PLAY IN FRONT OF YOU. We all know you’re as bad as a honey badger, but please don’t remind your tribe mates. Take it from personal experience; wait till the very last days of the game to beast in the challenges. If you don’t win them all your alliance could turn on you, and we can’t have that!  2. Denise: “Andy crawled to freedom through five hundred yards of (expletive deleted) smelling foulness I can’t even imagine.” Red, “Shawshank Redemption”

Yup, that was Denise. She survived the Matsing implosion, she survived the Kalabaw mini-implosion and now she’s sitting pretty at the merge. And with all of the bizarre mistrust and in-fighting, her and Malcolm can write their own ticket.

 3. Lisa: “Facts of Life” is still in great shape. She did well in the challenge. She is not a normal “Lamb” final three. She wasn’t the first one out, and never is. She understands the nature of the game, and she has heart. I’m happy she is now a part of my dynamic duo and with that being said I hope Malcolm gave her his word.

 3. Lisa: You know what makes me think Lisa is playing this game the right way? When Malcolm discovered that she’d found his idol, his first instinct wasn’t, “That sneak! She’s snooping around trying to get an advantage.” It was, “Oh Lisa, she’s so motherly she slipped up while doing my laundry.” That makes me think people don’t view her as much of a threat. Well played, Whelchel.

  4. Pete: Give credit when credits due….. #TeamPinkSweater lives to see another day. Pete has aligned himself with Abi, Artis, and the remaining Kalabaw tribe. He was able to blindside RC and now seems to be manhandling once again teaming up with Kent. I don’t know how safe this alliance will be after Penner goes ape (expletive deleted) on them. Besides Penner is a returning player and I bet he has a lot of miles left on his tires.

 4. Abi-Maria: The game feels very weird at this point. In fact, I wouldn’t be shocked if anyone from this spot down goes home on Wednesday. Of those folks, I’m putting Abi at the top because she still has an idol and she isn’t as much of a challenge threat as Pete or Artis.

  5. Abi-Maria: Nothing too exciting about Abi this week, she got RC out, what else is new? That was the goal, now I’m excited to see her actual play the game.
 5. Michael:  My first instinct was to have Skup near the bottom of this ranking because he seems like a man without a country. But, with all these weird little factions it might not be such a bad thing to be a lone vote. Hopefully his Penner vote last week is a sign that someone trusts him enough to bring him in.
 6. Carter: Carter does not feel like a threat to me, more like a pawn in the game. Not a winner and as you can see he is speaking now, which is great, and clearly he’s not a loser because he is still very much in this game. I enjoy watching players like Carter strive to the top because everyone is too busy blaming each other for some other bull (expletive deleted). I hope he understands how to play the game before “Survivor” plays him.
 6. Pete: It can’t be awesome to see your name come up for the first time at Tribal Council, but Pete had better get used to it. If he and Abi are considered to be the leaders of the former Tandang alliance, and he’s the bigger immunity threat of the two, the groups on the outside are going to be gunning for him. Fortunately for him, he now knows this and he and Abi can use their idol if they feel threatened.
 7. Artis: I feel like Aritis is an old movie that keeps replaying and I can’t find the remote to change the channel. Sorry, bud, but whose game are you playing? Kent’s? The old Kalabaw tribe is not going to save you when your butt is on the line, but it’s nice to see your social game is getting better. Now when you fly off the handle, Kent will take the blame, not you! So great job, you’re safe for another week!
 7. Artis: RC’s exit interview made me a little sad. You’re a nice guy, but you’re clearly not enjoying yourself on the island. With the kind of numbers the majority alliance is boasting right now, it wouldn’t blow up their game to get rid of someone who’s being a real Grumpy Gus around camp.
 8. Michael: I can’t decide who will be going home this week. I feel like Skupin is in deep waters after his whole plan went flying out toward the Pacific Ocean with him left there on his raft with holes in it!!! All fingers point to Skupin being eliminated, but after you watch the previews you see Penner shifting all the attention to him, which is fantastic for Skupin. Ultimately, I’m hoping they team up and take over quickly!
 8. Carter: Welp…whatever move Kent made last week to rid the game of one of those horrific returning players has put you in a bad spot. Your best shot right now might be to try to create some kind of youth alliance. But, the odds of that working out for you are slim. 
 9. Penner: I want Penner to WIN IMMUNITY! I have a soft spot for this situation because my little brother “Troyzan” had the exact thing happen to him. Penner against the world right now, and I know I don’t do this often but I’m rooting for the underdog! Let’s go Penner! If he doesn’t win, he’s in serious trouble.

 9. Jeff Kent: What the what, Jeff?! To steal a baseball metaphor, it’s like you blew out your pitching staff to win game one of the World Series. You’re now in a terrible position to pull out those other three wins. It Team Tansing sticks together, you and Carter are as good as gone as soon as Penner is sent packing.
 10. Jeff Kent: If Penner wins he’s coming after you and do you blame him? Great gameplay, but I’m hoping to see this happen!
 10. Penner: As the highest profile member of the tribe that was down numbers, you knew you would be in serious trouble. So, kudos for recognizing that and playing the idol at the right time. But now what? The preview makes it look like you’re going to employ some kind of Randy Bailey-esque burn-down-the-camp policy. It probably won’t work, but I’m sure it will be entertaining to watch.

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

‘Survivor: Philippines’ Power Rankings: Round Six

October 30, 2012

Michael Skupin and Jonathan Penner (CBS)

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

The Rules: Each week Kat and Gordon will create separate Power Rankings. The ranking of the person who is voted out of the next episode will determine the number of points the two players will earn. For example, if Artis is voted out this week, Kat will receive 10 points and Gordon will receive 8 points. The person with the most points at the end of the season will be crowned the ‘Survivor: Philippines’ Power Rankings champion!

Last Week: Blam! Kat and I called it as we both had Katie in spot twelve. The current score is Team Kat: 80, Team Awesome Thunder: 85.

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Kat’s Current Score: 80Any advice for Kat? Drop her a line on Twitter: @KatEdorsson Gordon’s Current Score: 85

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

 1. Malcolm: This guy might not be the almighty sole Survivor, but I’ll tell ya in this crowd he sticks out like a sore thumb! Malcolm I believe is still in the best position as of right now in Tandang.  His idol, Denise in his back pocket, and Pete`s loyalty give me reason to believe his chances on winning the million only multiplie each day. At the immunity challenge the man was a BEAST! I’m assuming he learns well from “Mama Bear” (Denise).
 1. Malcolm: I seriously don’t know how to act. I’ve never had my pre-game pick be in such a good position at the merge.  Much like Jessie Spano after she took too many caffeine pills, I’m both “So excited” and “So scared.” Excited because Denise and Malcolm can team up and be the likable part of the constantly feuding (yet dominant) Tandang alliance. Or, they can snag RC and Skup and bounce over to the Kalabaw Crew. Scared, because what they do this next episode will have a huge impact on how they finish. Fingers officially crossed.
 2. Lisa: Again my beautiful “Lamb” is strictly on “CRUISE CONTROL.” When I see this strategy it dawns on me how some of our finest “Survivor” legends love playing this role. I refuse to mention by name the following who favor this, but it is a fantastic strategy. Ultimately this is what I would like to call the “Why should I play ‘Survivor’ when I’m having too much fun watching these bozos play it for me?” Keep it up, Lisa!  2. Penner: Penner’s another one who has a ton of options at the merge. If he sticks with his buddies in Kalabaw, he could work on the Matsingers. He also might have a previous relationship with Skup (all the former “Survivor” players meet each other during charity events and other get-togethers). Best of all, he’ll have a little longer to figure out his plan thanks to his idol. The question is; would he use it to save Kent or Carter? I’m thinking no.
 3. Abi-Maria: God, I hate this…. Okay, Okay, Okay, I’m just kidding. That was mean. But seriously I’ll tell ya this; I don’t care for taking players like Abi to the final three just because you know there’s a 100% GUARANTEE that nobody will vote in their favor. No offense Mamasita, but have you played in a challenge yet? Lisa is understandably on “cruise control” but she still killed it in the last challenge.  I would really like Abi to step up, chill out, and give someone a hug or someone hug her for crying out loud. Strategically she is playing and Pete is on her side but once “Jeff Prosit” starts to call you out, that’s usually a sign to GET IT TOGETHER!
 3. Abi-Maria: If I’m Malcolm, I’m trying to come up with ways to get to the end with Abi-Maria. If that’s the direction he chooses, then known Abi-haters RC and Skupin are probably destined for the jury. Add her ability to go off on people at a moment’s notice and her lack of challenge prowess and you have the perfect goat.

  4. Pete: Hi Pete, I enjoy watching you manhandle Tandang and you’re putting the work in, I’ll give it to ya. But, I only have two things; #1. They always chop the head off the snake. #2 Take off my sweater!
 4. Pete: Pete’s been playing a pretty solid game up to this point. The only thing I’d question is how quickly he gave up all of that info to Malcolm. If the Tandang alliance sticks together through the merge, it probably won’t hurt his game. But if Malcolm swaps sides it could be a disaster.

  5. Penner: Come on Bud, I think someone was really hungry during that reward challenge. Do you think it was really worth it? I am no all-star and I’m probably one of your biggest fans, however…#DUMBMOVE. In “One World” the ladies and I lived solely off rice because catching fish was never a guarantee and when you know your challenges are so many days apart how could you possibly think that was the best idea? I mean the real question is, since when is Jeff Probst stopping a challenge? I’ll admit, I totally understand you guys would have been there for hours, people really will never understand how much energy it takes to open a coconut, let alone sit up in the morning when you’re starving. I just hope this doesn’t decimate Kalabaw based on this decision.
 5. Denise:  Alright, so does Malcolm join Denise with the Kalabaw guys or does Denise join Malcolm with the Tandangers? Malcolm swapping alone won’t put Kalabaw in charge, they’d have to turn some other Tandang folk. The call with the least number of variables is Denise swapping sides, then trimming people like RC and Skup when the numbers support it. This isn’t ideal for Denise as this will put some Kalabaw people on the jury, but in her defense, she wasn’t aligned with them for very long.
 6. Carter: Sweet Carter is making a breakthrough after all! He doesn’t seem too intimidating so I believe he should be safe. But, I don’t recall Penner and Kent telling Carter they have an idol so ultimately I believe he is still on the outs in his own alliance. But, if he makes it to the merge he looks strong enough to hold his own. Well, if he stops complaining about his stomach! Poor kid, you could tell he was against Penner’s decision about the rice disaster but we will see how things unfold.
 6. Lisa: Is it going to blow everybody’s minds to see Blair Warner sitting at the final Tribal Council? Now that Lisa has made the merge, it feels like she’s going to be able to coast for a long while. If she can do it without making too many enemies, she could find herself with that million-dollar check. It’ll be weird…
 7. Jeff Kent: My three amigos seem to be as strong as they can be for the situation at hand. But if you ask me, I think Kalabaw was just “Low Balled.” Did anyone believe the immunity challenge was MADE FOR KENT!! Catching slingshot balls in the outfield??? Come on! I was really pulling for Kalabaw, after losing the rice and the immunity I hope they can still stay strong.
 7. Jeff Kent: Kent has a little bit of wiggle room, but only because I don’t see him being the first Kalabaw boot after the merge. However, he’s in some serious trouble if things don’t change soon. Every member of Tandang has seen Upolu and Ometepe stick together to get to the end. Maybe it’s time to out himself as a millionaire? That’d make me think twice about voting him out.
 8. Denise: Not too much to say about Denise this week. She busted her ass in the challenges. Her + Mud X take down Lisa = “Survivor” Gold. Denise might be the one to go if Kalabaw loses but I’m hoping for the best.
 8. Artis: A good rule of thumb on “Survivor” is to ask yourself “What do I have to gain from this?” Whenever you do something, think of the consequences. What did Artis have to gain from blowing up at Jeff Kent at the reward challenge? It shows Skup that he doesn’t approve of the move and shows everyone else that Artis is hot-headed. He belongs in the same category as Abi. They’re both going to make too many enemies.
 9. Michael: Angel Face Skupin! Don’t be down in the dumps because Artis is picking on you. He’s just grumpy and hungry. If the challenge was going to be ending that way anyway, you made the right decision. Taking their rice will make them weaker and adding…let me rephrase…“fixing” your problem that ultimately looked like the excuse why the rest of the tribe was targeting you about cooking all the rice, YOU FIXED! You added more rice to your tribe and you’re handling all of this tension very maturely. Wish I knew how to do that on the island. You’re down this low on the totem pole because the odds are against you. Fix this problem and you’ll sail to victory!
 9. Michael: I’m going to stand by my belief that the food swap was a good move for Tandang. They traded something they didn’t have for something that Kalabaw did. Not only that, but it could have crippled Kalabaw if the merge took longer than expected. That being said, I’m not sure if it was a good move for Skupin. RC and Artis seem to be hanging on to every reason they can find to send the Australian Phoenix home.
 10. Artis: Dude, we need to lighten up! I love your background, I love where you came from and what you have been through. That’s where people like you and I strive, from what we have overcome! But now you have shown Kalabaw your aggression at the challenge and no one will work with you with that attitude. Please try to work with your tribemates. You don’t have to be angry if you’re in the majority, they will probably go home anyway. Right now you need to work on your social game like asap!  10. RC: Nobody needed a merge more than RC. Abi and Pete have been trying to get rid of her for what seems like a couple on months now. Maybe her and Skup can make something work with the Kalabaw guys?
  11. RC: Wahh…sorry RC, but I think it might be one of those days. It looks like Abi and Pete are after you and it seems like Tandang is shaken up a little. I would rather lose points against Gordon knowing you would be safe this week then me be right and see you sent packing! Sometimes things just don’t work out the way they are planned. I still think you’re awesome though!
 11. Carter: Things never turn out well for challenge studs that are on the tribe that is down numbers when they get to the merge. Combine that with the fact that Carter was clearly rubbing some of the Kalabawians the wrong way and you have a recipe for disaster. Carter is going to need an individual immunity run if wants to stick around.

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‘Survivor: Philippines’ Power Rankings: Round Five

October 23, 2012

'Survivor: Philippines' (CBS)

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

The Rules: Each week Kat and Gordon will create separate Power Rankings. The ranking of the person who is voted out of the next episode will determine the number of points the two players will earn. For example, if Artis is voted out this week, Kat will receive 10 points and Gordon will receive 9 points. The person with the most points at the end of the season will be crowned the ‘Survivor: Philippines’ Power Rankings champion!

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

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Kat’s Current Score: 68

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

Gordon’s Current Score: 73

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

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

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

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

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‘Survivor: Philippines’ Power Rankings: Round Three

October 9, 2012

'Survivor: Philippines' (CBS)

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

The Rules: Each week Kat and Gordon will create separate Power Rankings. The ranking of the person who is voted out of the next episode will determine the number of points the two players will earn. For example, if Artis is voted out this week, Kat will receive 11 points and Gordon will receive 8 points. The person with the most points at the end of the season will be crowned the ‘Survivor: Philippines’ Power Rankings champion!

Last Week: Kat called it. She had Angie in spot sixteen while I had her in spot fifteen. So, the current score is Team Kat: 26, Team Awesome Thunder 32.

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Kat’s Current Score: 26

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

Gordon’s Current Score: 32

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 1. Malcolm: During the challenge this week Malcolm showed great potential. His alliance with Denise as a pair is growing stronger by the minute, and I believe if they both stay together they will take it to the end. They were the only two who completed the challenge in a tribe of four which is very impressive.
 1. Penner: An idol and a tentative alliance with the guy who seems to be the most powerful person on your tribe…everything’s coming up Penner. Why am I OK with this less-than-rock-solid alliance? Because both guys are going into it knowing what’s up. Who knows, maybe the fact that they’ll have to reevaluate it occasionally will make it stronger.
 2. Denise: Really enjoying this determined duo. Seems to be the only true pair out of all three tribes as of right now. Hopefully Denise being such a beast at challenges will keep them strong if they can make it to the merge.  2. Abi-Maria: Last week I gave Abi grief for getting a little too crazy before going to her first Tribal Council, but I may have to take that back. Her move to bring Pete in by sharing RC’s secret was smart and using RC’s clue to find the idol for herself was inspired. And by aligning with the less threatening third of her tribe (Artis and Lisa), she may have set herself up perfectly for a big post-merge run.
 3. Michael: Bleeding from the face, Skupin?! I’m really enjoying watching him play. Unfortunately, he did not find the idol, and now it looks like Peter is going to use Abi with the remaining tribe mates to blindside Skupin and RC. I still have faith, because he is one of our veterans and I feel like Peter and Abi together might be a train wreck.  3. Jeff Kent: Jeff Kent seems to be getting along with his entire tribe, he’s making sound strategic moves, and he’s a challenge beast. If all celebrities would play the game the way Kent does, then I;s be all for it. (No offense, Jimmy Johnson.)

  4. Penner: Finding the idol and telling Jeff could have increased or decreased his chances of playing in this game. Ultimately this was the only card he had to play, because like I said in the beginning, you can’t play this game alone especially before the merge. Jeff and Penner can be a strong pair, however, Jeff has a secret that could put Penner in the hot seat as the game continues.
 4. Pete: Well, the big moves train has left the station. Still seems like an early departure to me. That being said, he has Abi in a good place. After betraying RC, she can’t possibly go back to her. And, Lisa doesn’t seem to have any other options than to play Edna Ma to his Coach.

  5. RC: Still one of my favorite girls in the game. She killed it in the swimming challenge. I feel like the more the game pushes against RC and Skupin the better they will align which would be my second favorite pair in the game. Their tribe seems to be doing well, and I’m happy to see her keep her cool during her disaster of an alliance with Abi.
 5. Carter:  Oh, Carter. You are definitely a person who is on this show. A person who wears a red buff and seems to perform well in challenges. You smile when other people say things and…that’s it. I’m out of Carter stuff.
 6. Pete: I don`t believe a Rottweiler and a Chihuahua should ever be on the same team, but hey, if it works for you it makes great TV for me! Abi completely sells out RC to Pete which ultimately gives Pete great leverage in the game. Being a good competitor with options is “Survivor” GOLD.
 6. Lisa: I heard an interesting “Survivor” strategy a while ago; you need one person that you need and one person that needs you. Well, right now Pete needs Abi-Maria and Lisa needs Pete. Color me fascinated to see where this new alliance is headed.
 7. Abi-Maria: Abi is up high this week because she deserves it. Finding the idol is impressive. I hate to admit it, but she is playing the game. Her weakness is not competing in challenges, and she happens to be a loose cannon so I could be biting my tongue sooner rather than later.  Confiding in Pete and having an inside secret alliance within her alliance with RC could be completely brilliant or absolutely stupid.
 7. Dana: Man, Dana really went for it in that challenge. She dove into the water like a champ. That kind of effort had to be noticed.
 8. Jeff Kent: I enjoy watching Jeff strive. He did well in the challenges, and he seems to be the top dog over in Kalabaw. Having options in this game is so powerful and given his new side alliance with Penner just increased his odds from 0 to 10. Not to mention Penner shared the secret of his idol to prove his loyalty. So, Jeff seems to be in a great position right now.  8. Artis: Really, Artis? You’re mad because Skupin broke the mask? That seems random. (Quick Aside: The best part about Skup shattering the mask wasn’t that it was Mike’s 4th consecutive “Survivor” episode with an injury, it’s that he handed the broken mask to RC and she put it on. Hilarious.)
 9. Carter: Carter SPOKE!!! Love those pants! Looks like Kalabaw is completely well aware that Penner has the idol, so they could team together. He did great in the challenge, pretty impressive. He should be safe going into next week.  9. Malcolm: From #1 to #9…that’s quite a drop. But, he’s not down here because he’s doing anything wrong. He’s down here because there’s a very real possibility that Russell could finally find that idol. Sadly, that would make my favorite alliance go poof.
 10. Lisa: Lisa could possibly be the new Christina Cha from “One World”, (aka “The Lamb”). Being a floater, I repeat “FLOATER” is very useful in the game. Also, they make it to the end before they realize how they got there. This “go with the flow” attitude can really make an impact on this game and in “Survivor” you need all the help you can get.  10. Denise: See Malcolm.
  11. Artis: He seems to be upset with Skupin because of miscommunication about diving into the water with the mask on. But come on, in the heat of the moment people do stupid things, like jumping in the water consistently when you’re not supposed to. Anywho, I think he’ll be safe.
 11. Dawson: Gah…I still have no clue what’s going on with the non-Penner, non-Kent members of Kalabaw. All I really have to go on is challenge prowess, and you’ve been sitting out quite a bit.
 12. Dana: Poor Dana, I don’t want you on the bottom, honest! But as of now, Penner has the idol and pairing up with Jeff leaves you, Dawson, Katie, and Carter on the bottom. Hopefully you guys will come together and flush the idol out. She is consistent in challenges though which is great.  12. Katie: See Dawson.
  13. Dawson: Dawson you have the secret, USE IT! If necessary she has a backup plan that can throw Penner and Jeff’s ideal duo in the dumps!  13. Michael: Last week I introduced the Michael Skupin Injury Tracker to keep an accurate record of all of his many injuries. Here’s hoping this week’s entry doesn’t include “Stabbed In the Back.”
 14. Katie: Katie, Katie, Katie, you’re such a beautiful girl and I’m really hoping for the best for you in this game! If Penner uses his idol I believe you could be the first to go.  14. RC: Wait, what does “RC” stand for? Robbed Clue? My favorite hoop roller has definitely backed the wrong horse. Let this be a lesson to all future first-day alliance makers.
 15. Russell: Russell, it’s been fun while it lasted but I think this will be the end of your “Survivor: Philippines” experience. You are a stronger competitor than Angie, that is for sure. But, if Matsing fails to pull out the win, I don’t believe your tribe will come together to save you once again. This really is a shame, but unless you find the remaining idol in your camp this might be the end!  15. Russell: C’mon, Russell! Ever since Samoa all you’ve been asking yourself is “What if?” What if I didn’t pass out? What if I could’ve stopped Russell Hantz’s reign of terror? You need to turn that camp upside-down and find that idol.

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‘Survivor: Philippines’ Power Rankings: Round Two

October 2, 2012

Team Cooki3s and Russell Swan (CBS)

The Rules:Each week Kat and Gordon will create separate Power Rankings. The ranking of the person who is voted out of the next episode will determine the number of points the two players will earn. For example, if Artis is voted out this week, Kat will receive 9 points and Gordon will receive 11 points. The person with the most points at the end of the season will be crowned the ‘Survivor: Philippines’ Power Rankings champion!

Last Week: “Survivor: One World” favorite Kat Edorsson had Roxanne in spot ten, while I nailed it, placing her in spot seventeen. So, the current score is Team Kat: 10, Team Awesome Thunder 17.

Before we get into this week’s rankings, let’s check in with this season’s challenger…

Gordon Holmes: Hey Kat, great job last week. I want to thank you so much for stepping up to the Power Rankings plate. What’ve you been up to since “One World”?
Kat Edorsson: I have been fantastic since “One World”! Finishing up college, last semester at UCF and just enjoying life with my girls (Kim, Chelsea, Alicia, and Sabrina). Our cast has continued to stay extremely close and we see each other pretty often so I can’t complain!

Holmes: This three-tribe format is much different from your “two tribes divided by sex living on the same beach” format. How would you have handled life with Matsing?
Edorsson: Wow, this season is going to get “weird.” I have a feeling they will not be as loving as “One World.” This season it is all about placing. I have social media skills so I highly doubt I would ever be on the “outs” of an alliance. However, with Matsing my favorite alliance of the season is Malcolm and Denise so I would probably wiggle my way in the twosome and make it a PG-13 threesome real quick!
Holmes: How about Tandang?
Edorsson: With Tandang I really enjoy watching Skupin and RC, I feel like they are dominant players.  I would team up with them until we made it to the merge.
Holmes: And Kalabaw?
Edorsson: Well, I like Dana and Katie but I haven’t seen much from them. I might have been the odd ball on this tribe, but Penner seems like he’s really playing the game. Right now it’s not just a one-man show, so these tribes are definitely different than “One World” and I wouldn’t feel as confident as I did with my five-woman alliance I had on Salani. It looks like when the merge comes there will be chaos which will be so exciting to watch!

Holmes: And finally, sometimes trash talk breaks out during the Power Rankings. It’s a shame. Do you think we can remain civil while I defeat you?
Edorsson: (Laughs) Very funny! Of course we will remain friends. I’ve never been good at reading the balls in the outfield, so don’t mind me if I get my butt kicked during Power Rankings on my own show! You would think we would be pros at this by now! Anywho let the best person win, Gordon my friend. Bring it on!

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Kat’s Current Score: 10

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Gordon’s Current Score: 17

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 1. Malcolm: Oh, Mr. Cuddles, don’t be alarmed! There is nothing wrong with finding warmth, for the record! Going into week three you would think Malcolm would be low on the totem pole because of the stunt they pulled last week. However seeing how Malcolm kept his composure during Tribal still keeps my faith! Also, I believe he will take his own advice and NOT be “Booty blinded” and cut those ties loose and get back into the game!  1. Malcolm: OK, I keep telling myself that Malcolm isn’t “Booty blinded,” being “Blinded by the headlights,” or in a “Booby trap.” I keep telling myself that he is sticking with Angie because she’s an easy vote. Either way, he’s safe for now. However, when they hit mergeville, his closeness to Angie could cost him.
 2. Michael: How many lives do you have, Skupin? If we can continue to keep him alive I believe he will be in great shape. Skupin is probably sitting in the best seat right now. His tribe is winning challenges and he is helpful around camp.  2. Denise: Did Denise make the smart move by sticking with Malcolm last week? Totally. Stuff like that will cement their alliance. Would she be smart to keep an eye on things and maybe distance herself if/when she makes the merge? Again, totally.
 3. RC: I’m really proud of RC. I do believe she is aligned with a loose cannon, however, she did great on the Immunity Challenge while keeping her composure. If her tribe continues to win I think she can go far. Keeping Abi in her back pocket and having Skupin and Pete in her four-person alliance, I believe she will continue to do well.
 3. Penner:  Yeah, I had Penner super low in the rankings last week, but the hidden immunity idol changes everything. I just can’t see the Kalabaw Five pulling a fast one on someone who’s played the game twice. The question is; can he make some inroads with the people on the bottom of the Kalabaw alliance? The idol can only do so much.

  4. Pete: Last week I didn’t get to hear much from Pete, but now I believe that’s a good thing. This week Pete made comments that were quite funny! With his four-person alliance and his strong tribe I believe he will go far as well.
 4. RC: The dominant alliance, the dominant tribe, and an immunity idol clue…everything was coming up RC. That is, until Abi-Maria’s unnecessary freak out. Such is the danger of a day-one alliance. RC’s next course of action should be reassuring Abi-Maria that everything’s cool while maybe figuring out a way to replace her with Lisa or Artis.

  5. Denise: I’m really enjoying Denise. I like how level-headed she is in the game, making strong decisions. Her alliance with Malcolm is still my favorite pair of the season so far, but I need Malcolm to get his head back in the game.  Plus, she is really strong in the challenges.
 5. Pete: Pete, what’s going on with you and Lisa in the preview for this week’s episode? Voting for Mike? I think it’s a little too soon for the big moves train to be leaving the station.
 6. Penner: So happy Penner found the idol! He deserves my player of the week award! It really looks like Penner could be on the outs with his tribe so he needs to focus now! PENNER, put on that smile and start showing some love to your tribe! With an idol in hand you are now sitting pretty at Tribal going forward, but be careful because there is never value to an idol when it comes to the old fashioned blindside!  6. Abi-Maria: Whoa whoa whoa there, Abi-Maria. It’s the second episode. Your tribe has yet to lose an immunity challenge. There’s no reason to go all cuckoo crazy on your main alliance.
 7. Jeff Kent: He is strong in challenges and getting along well with his tribe right now. I think he is in a good position to do well.  7. Michael: I’m hoping Pete’s little chat with Lisa in this week’s preview is some kind of editing trick or them testing her loyalty. Why? Because the only acceptable ways for Skup to leave this game is as Sole Survivor or accidentally being beheaded with a throw pillow.
 8. Abi-Maria: She needs to step her game up. Her alliance is strong but she is second guessing every move. Untimely. I’m hoping she will make it far with her tribe, but she needs to be more confident and not start drama on a winning tribe. If she refuses to follow this advice then I’m happy to watch the madness unfold.  8. Jeff Kent: With his performance in the first two immunity challenges, I think it’s safe to upgrade Jeff Kent’s knee from day-to-day to minor boo-boo. He also seems to be the top dog at Kalabaw and even looks like he’s having some fun. I like it.
 9. Artis: Pulling for Arits. His tribe is on a roll although we haven’t heard much from him. He seems to be lying low.  9. Carter: It’s still too early in this tiny tribe season to get rid of somebody who’s as good at challenges as Carter. Also, it’d be a crime to be voted out of the game before ever having a chance to speak.
 10. Dawson: Not too much out of Dawson this week, but she still has Jeff’s secret which is huge leverage in the game. Good to see Dawson creating an alliance with Carter as well.
 10. Dana: Man, it’s tough to figure out what’s going on at Kalabaw other than the five newbs against Penner and his idol. That’s what makes ranking them so difficult. If Kalabaw loses and Penner plays his idol, who goes home?
  11. Carter: I have a feeling Carter will be funny and likable. Haven’t seen much of him, but it’s nice to see him having an alliance with Dawson.
 11. Artis: I guess I need to give Artis some credit. He looked wiped out on day two, but here he is still in the game. I’m still not positive he’s super safe in Tandang though.
 12. Lisa: Pulling for Lisa, seemed to have a tough time this week. She is feeling the true meaning of solitude when it comes to “Survivor,” and it is tough. Being out there alone is the worst! Hoping she can bounce back. It is possible!  12. Lisa: Alright, Lisa…this is my last pitch. If you’re only comfortable on stage or in front of an audience it’s time to do a little full-time improv. You’re playing the role of a likeable, confident woman who can be trusted. And…action!
  13. Dana: Still have hope for Dana. I’m happy they were second place in the challenge which will keep her safe for now. This would be another player we have yet to see any form of an alliance for, but I’m hoping things will turn around. And, during the challenges she really helps. Pulling weight is important during these first few days.
 13. Dawson: It kills me to have Dawson this low in the rankings, but if Kalabaw loses Penner’s going to play that idol. The question is; who does he take out? We don’t know much about the tribe’s dynamics, but I do know Dawson sat out of the immunity challenge.
 14. Katie: Kalabaw again. I haven’t heard much from this tribe, so I have no idea what to think of this girl. She seems sweet, but if Kalabaw loses a challenge I believe she would be first because it looks like a free for all.
 14. Katie: Once again, I feel like we don’t know enough about Kalabaw to know who goes if Penner’s safe. Katie’s this low because the tribe will want to stay strong, and I don’t think Katie’s as close to everyone else as Dawson is.
 15. Russell: Sorry Russ, but it really is what it is. Matsing needs to step it up in the challenges or they are going to get wiped out!  15. Angie: Is there a single guy in Utah who isn’t walking around with a sleeve of Oreos just in case he runs into Angie? Anywho, I’m debating between Team Cooki3s or The Cookie Three for her alliance with Malcolm and Denise.
 16. Angie: Gosh do I hate this part! Little Angie is so sweet and I love cookies too, but last week the crazy Christian sealed your fate. I don’t believe Malcolm can or will save you, only because it’s a game. I hope this is false but we will see! Happy to see you step up in the challenge and go twice!  16. Russell: I like Russell a lot. He’s a nice guy. But, he’s blowing it. He knew being a leader would get him in trouble. He went out and led. He apologized up and down for taking control, then freaked out after the second immunity loss. Now, if Matsing loses again, Russell and Denise are going to have to decide between Russell’s challenge strength and Angie’s loyalty. My gut tells me loyalty will win the day.

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

‘One World’ Fave Kat Edorsson Accepts the ‘Survivor’ Power Rankings Challenge

September 25, 2012

Kat Edorsson (CBS)

XFinityTV is blowing up their coverage of “Survivor: Philippines.” Every Tuesday, I’ll be squaring off against “Survivor: One World” favorite Kat Edorsson in this season’s Power Rankings challenge. Every Wednesday briefly after the show we’ll have a full episode recap and every Thursday we’ll have an interview with the latest eliminated player. Also, starting October 1st, we’re bringing back the “Survivor” Question of the Week where Jeff Probst and I tackle a wide variety of “Survivor” topics. Follow me on Twitter (@gordonholmes) for all the updates!

The Rules: Each week Kat and Gordon will create separate Power Rankings. The ranking of the person who is voted out of the next episode will determine the number of points the two players will earn. For example, if Artis is voted out this week, Kat will receive 4 points and Gordon will receive 14 points. The person with the most points at the end of the season will be crowned the ‘Survivor: Philippines’ Power Rankings champion!

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Kat’s Current Score: 0

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Gordon’s Current Score: 0

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 1. Michael: I hope he will be our sole Survivor. I feel like his team will be very competitive in challenges and will slide their way to the merge, putting him in a good position this early in the game.  1. Malcolm:  One of the keys to successful Power Ranking is this simple bit of strategy; you’re not ranking people based on whether or not you think they’ll win. You’re ranking them based on how safe they are that week. That being said, Malcolm’s the safest guy on this show. I think Matsing is in big trouble and they can’t afford to lose any challenge strength. That, and he seems to be in the middle of whatever alliance is going on there.
 2. Malcolm: He happens to be my favorite besides Skupin. Being a new player, I feel like he’s laid back with the ladies and hopefully he goes far. The fact that he has a pair inside their alliance, and it doesn’t look fake with great potential, I believe he could be in my final three. However, will you win against my Skupin? This will be interesting!  2. Michael: It’s super risky to put Skupin this high in the rankings considering the very real possibility that he might accidentally blow himself up while setting a trap for a road runner. But, Skup actually finds himself in an awesome position. He’s comfortable in an alliance that someone else is driving. All he has to do is be useful at camp, good in challenges, and figure out a way to keep Lisa around.
 3. Denise: Denise and Malcolm are my favorite pair of the season after one episode! I love her background and what she’s about. The fact that she really wanted to get to know Zane shows her true colors and now that she is a pair with Malcolm I can only hope for domination! Also, you would have no idea how important it is to let the game play in front of you and step back. Ultimately being a sex therapist will help her with this and get her to the merge!  3. Denise: If Matsing can string together some challenge wins, Denise and Malcolm could have a nice little foursome with Roxanne and Angie. However, they’ll have a tough choice to make if they lose. Do you bounce someone as strong as Russell who could cause strategic problems later?

  4. Artis: He hasn’t been fully introduced yet, so I am hoping for the best! I feel a connection with him fighting through cancer and beating it. I have high hopes for him and he’s a “Survivor” Super Fan. He reminds me of my Silver Fox “TroyZan the Great.” I’m hoping he will go far in the game!  4. RC: If we were ranking based on who we thought was in the best position to win the whole thing, RC would be at the top of my list. She leading the dominant alliance in what I think is the dominant tribe. RC is as sharp as a tack and is somebody I’d want on my side. But, I’d be sure keep an eye on her at all times…for strategic reasons, of course.

  5. Dana: Love this girl and I hope she makes it to the end!  5. Abi-Maria: Speaking of keeping an eye on people, RC would be smart not to buy into Abi-Maria’s super-sweet façade. Those two should be interesting.
 6. Abi-Maria: I feel like she is in for a rude awakening. However, it looks like this tribe is the only one that could really make it far and play the game.  6. Pete: Hopefully Pete has learned a lesson from Zane’s exit and realizes that big moves aren’t always necessary. He’s a strong dude, on a strong tribe, in what seems like a strong alliance. Ride it out for a bit and see where it goes.
 7. RC: She might be the only one taking the game seriously on her tribe. Trust is important in this game, and who you trust is more important. I don’t believe her alliance of two is the best from the start, but we will see what happens.  7. Carter: Yes, there’s a kid on Kalabaw’s tribe name Carter. And he’s got to be the safest person on that tribe. While Kent and Penner are jockeying for position, Carter’s content to sit back and prove his worth in challenges. Right now, he seems like someone who won’t make any waves until he’s forced to.
 8. Pete: He didn’t really talk much the first episode. But, this could be a good thing!  8. Dana: Dana’s another one who might be best served letting the Kalabaw power struggle work itself out. Let the Kent/Penner showdown happen, then cozy up with the winner.
 9. Penner: As a returning player I put him higher then the others who don’t understand the game. However, he is putting a target on his back by not being a team player! I’m hoping things will turn for him and his tribe doesn’t take him out for being too sneaky! Great gameplay though!  9. Dawson: What’s the first thing someone inevitably does when they find an idol? Run off and tell someone. I’ve never understood that. It’s nice to have a little, personal, get-out-of-jail free card when you need it. That’s why I’m loving Dawson. She’s knows Jeff’s million-dollar secret and appreciates the value of it.
 10. Roxanne: Love her military background and at Tribal she held her own. I respect that.  10. Jeff: Kent’s knee has me worried. Nobody knows their bodies as well as professional athletes, and if he thinks something’s wrong, then something’s wrong. Here’s hoping the fact that he was OK pushing that boat across the sand was a sign that Mr. Kent won’t be carted off during the sixth episode.
  11. Katie: Again, too soon to know!
 11. Angie: A lot of people had Angie pegged as an easy first vote, but she seems comfortable in the Malcolm/Denise alliance. On another note, here’s hoping we learn more about these alliances this week so we can come up with sone clever alliance names.
 12. Angie: I like the scene she made. It’s good to stick up for yourself. She was right about Russell however, if she doesn’t make the merge and latch on to a boy, or someone she’s toast!  12. Katie: Miss Delaware might find herself in some trouble if Kalabaw decides to keep Penner’s puzzle ability and surviving skills around. Other than that, she’ll probably coast for a while.
  13. Dawson: She’s an under-the-radar player.  13. Russell: Russell and Penner both find themselves in a bit of a pickle. The funny thing is, both guys had plans to avoid the exact situations they now find themselves in. In Russell’s case. He swore up and down that he was going to do everything he could to avoid a leadership role. I don’t think it’s too late for him to turn things around, but he’s gotta be someone who’s hoping for a tribe swap.
 14. Carter: I didn’t see too much from him. I don’t think he’s playing the smartest game right now.  14. Artis: I like Artis, but when I was out there the weather was kicking this dude’s butt. If Team RC is going to stick together and Skup is going to play Coach to Lisa’s Edna Ma, then Artis is the one who’s going to be sent packing if Tandang loses immunity.
 15. Russell: Returning player. I love the guy, but here are my issues with him; how many times do you need to come back and play the game to understand you need to change! I’m happy his tribe gave him a second chance because like myself we all need one of those. However, Russell being so demanding and not using his experience in the game to his advantage will hurt him. Everyone knows LESS IS MORE in the beginning of “Survivor.”  15. Penner: Penner, you said the last thing you wanted to do was fall back into the “Penner and Probst Show” and yet, there you were during the marooning giving him grief. It’s too early in the game to be relying on idols. Find out who’s on the bottom of the Kent alliance and start working them.
 16. Jeff: If I made as much money as he did playing pro ball I bet it wouldn’t be easy for me to “follow the leader,” if you catch my drift! If this tribe loses I believe Jeff might be put on blast, especially after Sarah Dawson knew who he was from the start!! Come on Kent, motocross?  16. Lisa: I’m rooting for you, Lisa. Tandang is strong enough that it’s possible they could run the table between now and the merge. And if they don’t, you should be doing everything in your power to make sure Artis goes before you. And…you’ve got Michael Skupin in your corner, use him to your advantage!
 17. Lisa: It really is a shame! And it’s unfortunate I wasn’t born when “The Facts of Life” first kicked off because I am a huge Lisa fan! However, its looks like she has the case of the (Nina) from “Survivor: One World.” Jeff Probst is right, “Sometimes, it really is about luck and where you are placed.” I believe if this tribe loses she might be the first to go.  17. Roxanne: Matsing is in serious trouble. If they lose this next challenge, (which involves dragging heavy sleds) they will not be able to get rid of someone as strong as Russell. Angie and Denise are tight with Malcolm. Is Roxy? We certainly didn’t see it last week.

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

‘Survivor: One World’ Castaway Interview – Kat Edorsson

May 3, 2012

Kat Edorsson (CBS)

It’s easy to take knowledge for granted when you’re watching “Survivor.” We know Kim is running the show because she looks right into a camera lens and tells us.

Kat Edorsson didn’t have the same luxury. She thought she was in charge of things at Tikiano beach all the way up until Jeff Probst read her name four times.

I spoke with the blindsided beauty the day after her elimination and got her take on Troyzan’s inspirational aside, her quirky characteristics, and Kim’s hurtful words…

Gordon Holmes: You seemed really upset after last night’s blindside. Can you walk us through what you were feeling?
Kat Edorsson: During that moment I didn’t have words to express how upset I was. During the walk back I was babbling to myself, I was just so upset. That was the biggest blindside. I had no idea it was going to happen. I just felt so hurt.
Holmes: But I thought blindsides were fun and exciting.
Edorsson: (Laughs) They’re not fun and exciting! I want to make that completely clear. I was completely blown away. In the game you have to trust somebody and the only part that was naïve about my experience is that I trusted my alliance with my whole heart instead of keeping my eyes open. What we said always went so I thought it was completely OK.

Holmes: When you were voted out you mentioned that you would be perceived as the most naïve person to ever play, and earlier you had expressed concern that you’d be perceived as a follower. Were you more worried about the perception of the jury or of the viewing public?
Edorsson: It was more of how America was going to view me. When I came out to play “Survivor” I had all of these goals as to how I wanted to be perceived. And the entire time, I felt like I was making all the moves. I felt like it was all me, that Kim was following me. I wanted to make sure that America thought I was doing a great job and making all of these strategic alliances. I thought I was a leader. I didn’t think the jury would ever see me as not a good player.
Holmes: And how did things like, pardon my bluntness, farting on other players or crawling toward your cousin play into America’s perception of you?
Edorsson: (Laughs) That’s just me. That’s 100% Kat. I took the experience and I went with it. I was never afraid to show who I really was. I love to laugh, and the best part about me is if you’re not laughing with me, you can laugh at me.
Holmes: I think it’s very cool that you own that. What’s the reaction been like from the fans?
Edorsson: I have a lot of love. OK…from the Kim fans I’ve received a little bit of negativity and some of the Troy fans. They’re really strategic players. People that have been watching the game for 12 years, they’re very into the strategic part of the game and they didn’t think that I was very strategic. They thought I was just being ridiculous and that hurt my feelings because I was very loyal to my alliance. I made those decisions like everybody else did in my alliance.

Holmes: What do you think the motivation was behind Troyzan’s “Do it” pep talk. Were you close enough that that meant something to you, or was he trying to make a statement?
Edorsson: That meant something to me. We had a very close bond. It’s funny because my closest bond in the game was with Kim and Troy. I have a great alliance with these women, but Kim and Troy both really believed in me. They were like a part of my family. And Troy really wanted me to win. He wanted to vote for me. I know he had great intentions behind it.

Holmes: What was your relationship like with Chelsea?
Edorsson: Chelsea was always picking on me. I think she was a little threatened by the relationship that I had with Kim. And every time it was me and Kim, I think Chelsea got a whiff of that. Kim said this was her final three (with Kat and Alicia), which was the truth. We made that alliance on day three. Inside our five I always had my three. Even when Alicia went to Manono, I still protected her.

Holmes: Was it weird listening to Kim say that she wanted to take you to the end because she thought you were the kind of person who’d blow the million dollars in a year?
Edorsson: Kim said that?
Holmes: Yes, to her sister.
Edorsson: I didn’t actually see that part. When I was watching it I was having a moment to myself.  I’m pretty sure I heard it, but I didn’t want to believe it. That really does affect me. It really hurts to hear things like that. If I don’t have anything else, I have common sense. That really just bothered me. I felt I was belittled when I’d watch Kim and Alicia say stuff like that and when Chelsea said I didn’t deserve to be in the final three.

Holmes: Alright, let’s do some word association. We’ll start with Sabrina.
Edorsson: Intelligent.
Holmes: Troyzan?
Edorsson: Incredible.
Holmes: Chelsea?
Edorsson: Ugh…there are things I want to say, but I’ll say “hero.”
Holmes: Tarzan?
Edorsson: Very strange.
Holmes: Really?
Edorsson: (Laughs) Yes.
Holmes: Christina?
Edorsson: What game are you playing? Clueless.
Holmes: Alicia?
Edorsson: I want to say “margarita!” Firecracker.
Holmes: Let’s finish with Kim.
Edorsson: Genius.

Holmes: Troyzan seemed to be staring holes through you guys from the jury stand. What was going on there?
Edorsson: (Laughs) He was so angry. He looked like he was going to kill Kim.
Holmes: And of course, Kim’s an old lady, right?
Edorsson: (Laughs) I feel so bad for calling her old! Actually, I called her an “old hag.”

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