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‘Survivor’ Power Rankings – ‘Survivor: Samoa’ Champion Natalie White

February 23, 2010

She braved the violent storms of the Samoan wilderness, she overcame the dominant Galu alliance, and she became the only person to ever get the best of Russell Hantz.

And now she’s facing her toughest test.

The brave, beautiful, rat-assassinating champion of “Survivor: Samoa” Natalie White has accepted the “Survivor” Power Rankings challenge.

The Rules: Each week a member of our “Survivor” All-Star team and your beloved “Survivor” recapped Gordon “Truth Seeker” Holmes will create separate power rankings. The ranking of the person who is voted out of that Thursday’s episode will determine the number of points the two combatants will earn. For example, if Jerri is voted out this week, Fancast’s “Survivor” All-Star Team will receive 7 points and Gordon will receive 1 point. At the end of the season, the person (or team) with the most points will be named the “Survivor: Heroes Vs. Villains” Power Rankings Challenge Champion.

Last Week: Stephenie was verbally and vote-ally (not a word, I know) abused by “Hero” James Clement. This earned the “Survivor” All Star Team three points while Gordon scored an impressive fifteen points.

So, before our two combatants throw down, let’s check in with last season’s winner…

Gordon Holmes: Thanks for playing, Natalie. How have things been since Jeff Probst announced you as the winner of “Survivor: Samoa?”
Natalie White:
My life has not changed much since I won “Survivor.” I still live in the same place, eat and shop at the same places, and hang out with the same friends, (although I did make many new friends, which is awesome!) I have gotten the opportunity to do some public speaking, which I have really enjoyed.

Holmes: How are you enjoying “Heroes Vs. Villains” so far?
I have been a fan of many of these players for a long time, so I am very excited to see them all play again and against each other! Since I have gotten the opportunity to play the game, I look at it from a completely different perspective. I realize that there is so much more going on than what we actually see. When I saw how miserable everyone was in the rain, I could not help but feel their pain! It was as if I were out there all over again, freezing and feeling tortured by the relentless rain with no control. I am actually surprised that the Heroes have lost two challenges in a row and that they are already self-destructing. If they do not come together, they may be making more trips to tribal council sooner rather than later.

Natalie White’s Picks
All-Star Team’s Current Score: 3

bostonrob #1 Boston Rob: I am ranking Boston Rob in the number 1 position for several reasons. First, the entire tribe recognizes how strong he is in challenges and they realize they need him to win. Additionally, he is one of the best strategic players of all time and contributes more to camp life than anyone else.
jt #2 JT: Not only is he great at challenges, but he is in the core alliance on his tribe (James, Amanda, Rupert) and playing much more aggressively. I do not see him going anywhere for awhile.
russell(2) #3 Russell: I think Russ has a huge advantage…no one has seen his gameplay. He has already started making alliances with Parvati and Danielle, and I can see Courtney voting with them. Additionally, Russell has been far less aggressive this season and that is working for him so far. Glad to see he can let Boston Rob be in control, if they could work together they could go all the way to the end.
parvati #4 Parvati: She made a deal with the devil (Russell), which she wants on her side. She is a great social player, but has a strategic side as well. Between her social game and Russell’s strategic game, they could be dangerous if they stick together.
amanda #5 Amanda: She is in the primary alliance (JT, Rupert, James) on her tribe, so I think she will probably make it to the merge and she seems to be doing pretty good in the challenges.
danielle #6 Danielle: She seems pretty scrappy in challenges even though she is small. Not only is she possibly in with Russell, but she also seems to be in with the girls (Parvati and Courtney) from the looks of it.
jerri #7 Jerri: She was not shown a ton, but I think she is tough and pretty good in challenges. I cannot even begin to imagine how scary it must have been to walk up on Boston Rob when he was passed out!
rupert #8 Rupert: He is in the main alliance (JT, Amanda, James), which is a good place to be if they can stay together.
sandra #9 Sandra: I have not gotten to see enough of Sandra, but I think she can hold her own and she knows the importance of being in the majority.
coach #10 Coach: He really impressed me during the first challenge against Colby…great job! I think he is there to play.
candice #11 Candice: She does well in challenges, seems to assess the situation and her options well, which could help her in the future.
#12 James: Wow, after last episode, I am a little concerned for James. That negative attitude and yelling at people can get you voted out really quick. However, James has two things working for him: his physical strength and he is in the main alliance with JT, Rupert, and Amanda.
courtney #13 Courtney: I really like Courtney and I think she is hilarious! The only reason I am ranking her this low is because she is so tiny and has not participated in the last two challenges. I am afraid that if the Villians start losing and want to keep the stronger players, then they may want to vote her off.
cirie #14 Cirie: I am concerned that she is on the bottom of the primary alliance (JT, Rupert, Amanda, James) with Candice and will be viewed as being the weakest in challenges as well as a strategic threat.
tyson #15 Tyson: I am thinking he is probably in pretty good with Coach since they were on the same season, but not sure if he has any other alliances.
colby #16 Colby: Things are not looking very good for Colby at this point…the lines have been drawn and he is on the outs. I would like to give him a thumbs up for speaking up for Stephenie, although it was probably not the smartest.
tom #17 Tom: Like Colby, I am afraid that he put his head on the chopping block even more by speaking up for Stephenie and saying that the lines have been drawn. It was great to see him defending her, but she was more than likely going home, so for his sake in the game, he would have been better off to keep his mouth shut. If he does not do something quick, he could be gone.
randy #18 Randy: He is so entertaining to watch; he will say all those things that others are thinking, but won’t say. I think the first time the Villians lose, they will probably send Randy home…they will view him as the weakest and will want to try to keep the tribe as strong as possible.

Gordon Holmes’s Picks
Gordon’s Current Score: 15

jerri #1 Jerri: Is Jerri the mom of the Villains tribe? Could she be running an angle similar to the one Tina Wesson performed so well in Australia? I wouldn’t be shocked to see Man Eater Manthey become the Man Eater Millionaire.
coach #2 Coach: We still don’t have a good idea of what’s going on alliance-wise over at the Villains tribe, but I could see a Coach/Jerri/Tyson alliance causing some trouble. That is, unless Tyson’s still upset over that “Assistant Coach” nickname from Tocantins.
jt #3 JT: JT’s looking really good so far. There’s all kinds of tension in the Heroes camp, but he’s far away from it.
tyson #4 Tyson: Outside of his dig at Colby, have we heard a word from Tyson? Can I get a DVD of Tyson’s unaired confessionals when this is done? I’m betting he’s safe for a while.
sandra #5 Sandra: Is it possible for a former winner to win an all-star season? Probably not. But Sandra might have the best shot. She’s not seen as a threat. If she can get to the merge she could cruise.
#6 James: Whew…what a difference a week makes. If James was looking to make us forget about him being voted out with two immunity idols, mission accomplished. Now we’ll remember him as the guy who chewed out a woman half his size.
danielle #7 Danielle: As much as it pains me to say it, this non all star could be in this for the long run. She’s currently residing under the radar in the strongest tribe which is a fantastic place to be.
russell(2) #8 Russell: Sure, people don’t know that Russell is pure evil, but could it really take them that long to figure it out? They brought him back immediately and put him on a tribe labeled “Villains.” The only surprise he has for them is his ability to discover immunity idols. That is if there are any this season…
bostonrob #9 Boston Rob: After passing out, Boston Rob let us know there’d be no more Mr. Nice Guy and that it was time to whip the Villains into shape. That’s nice, but that also goes against Survivor 101’s “Don’t be a leader” rule.
colby #10 Colby: Dumping Colby over the Stephenie/James incident would be team suicide from a challenge standpoint. I think Colby’s safe for the time being.
rupert #11 Rupert: Rupert is really letting his toe get the best of him. From the sound of it all he’s doing is complaining and messing up their flint. He’d better pull it together or he’ll be the most popular player at Ponderosa.
randy #12 Randy: I stand by my belief that Randy is well liked over in the Villains tribe. He’s smart enough to read a situation and know when to keep his mouth shut.
parvati #13 Parvati: There was a lot of talk headed into this season about eliminating the Micronesia players. Being placed on the Villains tribe away from Amanda, James, and Cirie may have been the best thing to happen to Parvati.
candice #14 Candice: Candice is on the lower half of a super shaky alliance. If I were her I’d be keeping my options very open.
amanda #15 Amanda: James’s outbursts aren’t good for him, but they’re even worse for Amanda. They need him around for strength in challenges, but if they’re looking to send him a message it will be by booting Amanda.
tom #16 Tom: Would the Heroes dare vote off Tom when they’re in the midst of an immunity challenge losing streak? I doubt it, but stranger things have happened and he and James are not BFFs.
cirie #17 Cirie: Cirie’s “Anybody but me” strategy may not be noble, but it works for her. She’s someone who could hit the merge and make a strong run. However, she needs to get there first. The Heroes could still view her as a challenge liability.
courtney #18 Courtney: Courtney was annoyed that the Villains tribe don’t have a stable of studs like the Heroes do. But, at least they can figure out a puzzle. If the Villains lose and don’t go into take-out-the-threats mode immediately, Courtney is in trouble.

More “Survivor” Fun: Check out our exit interview with Stephenie LaGrossa and exclusive commentary from “Survivor: The Amazon” winner Jenna Morasca.

‘Survivor: Samoa’ Sole Survivor Interview: Natalie White

December 21, 2009

Some call Natalie White’s “Survivor” strategy “Flying Under the Radar,” others call it “Riding Russell’s Coattails.” She doesn’t care what you call it, because it landed her a check for one million dollars. I had a chance to chat with “Survivor’s” newest millionaire to get her take on the popular belief that Russell was robbed, how she maintained her religious faith while being involved in such a cutthroat game, and how her hair stayed so nice in the Samoan wilderness…

Gordon Holmes: Now that you’re a millionaire…what are you going to buy me for Christmas?
Natalie White:
(Laughs) What do you want?
Gordon: I’ve been very good this year.
Natalie: What do you like? Do you want electronics? Do you have a favorite restaurant?
Gordon: I like “Survivor” buffs.
Natalie: I think we can get you one of those.

Gordon: What’s it like for Jeff Probst to pull out that final parchment and it has your name on it?
It is the absolute craziest, most amazing feeling. I’ve watched so many seasons and it’s so different watching it than actually being there. But with your name on it? It’s surreal. I didn’t want to count any of my eggs before they hatched, I had a one-in-three shot. And we’re not supposed to talk about the vote, but I’d heard a few little things here or there. And I thought “You know, they could still be lying me.” Or, they still wanted to blindside someone. But I was thrilled.

Gordon: Something you’re going to hear a lot is “Flying Under the Radar,” and that’s something you’ve owned up to. You said aggressive people were being voted out so you took a different approach. How do you respond to people who say that  that’s a less-admirable approach to “Survivor?”
That’s fine, everybody has their own opinions. Here’s the thing, there’s been so many winners in the past who have done the exact same thing. I had to play with what I’m equipped with. I’m just not equipped to play the game how Russell did. At the end of the day I get to go to the bank and put my million dollar check in it.

Gordon: Russell seemed to be visibly shaken last night. His eyes seemed to be a little glassy. Did you expect him to be that emotional?
I really didn’t know what to expect from him. He really feels that he played the best game and that he deserves it. Clearly, he asked me to give him the title. I guess when you really want something and it doesn’t work out, you’re expected to be emotional.
Gordon: Did you and Russell patch things up?
Natalie: I didn’t have any hard feelings either way. Russell is a great person, we have this weird friendship. I never had any hard feelings. I felt like I got to know who he was other than the character he was playing.

Gordon: Last night Erik gave Mick some grief over not being much of a player and not taking a dominant stance. Then, he kind of backhandedly praised you for similar gameplay. Do you know why Mick was viewed differently than you were?
Probably the primary reason is that Mick was elected the leader. And as a leader, I think that he (Erik) probably felt that he (Mick) should have taken a stronger stance. Now, I don’t know if this is what he thought, but I’m just thinking that maybe he thought that Mick should have stepped up more to help us win more challenges.

Gordon: OK, let’s talk about the rat homicide that took place. Did you ever think that your hunger would get you to that point?
(Laughs) Oh gosh…no, I have a huge love for animals. And I thought never in a million years could I kill anything. I don’t do the hunting thing. But really, you are so hungry, and you could see how skinny I was, but you’ll do what it takes to survive.
Gordon: What was your family’s reaction to that?
Natalie: My parents are outdoors people, so they were really proud of me. They were really excited that I was willing to do what it took to feed myself.

Gordon: You mentioned how much weight you lost, do you have an exact number?
Since I was in the end, I ate that huge breakfast before I weighed in. So when I weighed in it was somewhere around 17 pounds. I wanted to say I weighed in around 90-91 pounds. But, the medical team decided that I got as low as 85 pounds.
Gordon: There was a point last night during a testimonial where you were kind of turned to the side, and your waist looked about five-to-six inches wide.
Natalie: Shambo for some reason knows that from her index finger to her thumb is a certain amount of inches. She measured my waist and she said it was 18 inches. It was tiny.

Gordon: A lot of players with strong religious faiths have some problems with the more deceitful parts of “Survivor.” Others just view it as a game. What approach did you take?
I knew that it was going to be a struggle for me. In the pregame interviews I said I wasn’t sure about all the lying, but I’ll never say never. It’s not anywhere in the rulebook that you can’t lie, cheat, and steal. It’ll come down to the situation. I just tried really hard not to solidify things with people. I’d try to avoid people if they were going home. But, my faith was so important to me because it is so brutal out there.

Gordon: During the first tribal council last night, my girlfriend asked me, “How does her hair still look so nice?”
That is so kind. That’s refreshing to hear because I’m thinking, “Ugh…look at my roots.” But that is so nice of her. I have no idea. I put it up in a bun a lot of times. I did have the shower at the auction.

Gordon: When you watched the episode where Russell referred to the “Dumb A— Girl” alliance, what was your reaction to that?
Initially, I was like, “Wow, that was really mean.” But I feel like it’s more of a character thing. We had talked about it, he said, “Don’t listen to things I say, you’re probably going to hate me forever.” And I said, “No, I won’t.” We have a great relationship. We really do.

Gordon: Aside from a big, fat, million-dollar check, what was the best part about your time in Samoa?
Wow, so many things. It was a humbling experience. It’s the most amazing experience you can have in your entire life. You realize what’s important to you. Your health, cause I was in bad shape when I came home. Your family and friends, I missed my boyfriend dearly. It helped take our relationship to the next level. I will be forever thankful, and so blessed. And the basic hygiene items? Coming out of the game and being able to brush my teeth? The most amazing feeling.
Gordon: (Laughs)
Natalie: And I had four cavities when I got home. I ate so much candy on the flight home.
Gordon: A million dollars will pay for a lot of dental work.
Natalie: My boyfriend’s uncle is a dentist, so that kinda helps too.

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