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‘Survivor’ Hall of Famer Rob Cesternino’s Top Three Tribal Councils

December 4, 2014

2012 'Survivor' Hall of Famer Rob Cesternino (CBS)

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The “Survivor” Hall of Fame is proud to have 2012 inductee Rob Cesternino as a part of the Executive Voting Committee. As a member of this exclusive committee, Rob (along with Host Jeff Probst, Challenge Producer John Kirhoffer, and other “Survivor” luminaries) will nominate his three favorite Tribal Councils.

Then, from Monday, December 8, 2014 at 10 am ET through Friday December 12, 2014 at 5 pm ET, the top three Tribal Councils will be chosen by a fan vote.

Editor’s Note: If you are missing out on Rob Cesternino’s “Rob Has a Podcast,” you are missing out on the best non-wrestling podcast on the Internet.

Rob Cesternino’s “Survivor” Hall of Fame Nominations…

It’s once again an honor to be included in this year’s proceedings for the “Survivor” Hall of Fame.  While there have been a plethora of amazing Tribal Councils in the storied history of “Survivor” – I’m going to focus exclusively on moments from the first couple of seasons.  I suspect you’ll get plenty of coverage from the recent seasons but I want to make sure that classic “Survivor” is well represented in the Hall of Fame.

“Survivor: Borneo” – Final Tribal Council (Snakes & Rats)

“But if I would ever pass you along in life and you are laying there, dying of thirst, I would not give you a drink of water.  I would let the vultures take you and do whatever they want with you with no ill regrets”

Sue Hawk’s speech at the final Tribal Council is a transcendent moment not only in the history of “Survivor” but also in the history of television.  It’s a moment where tens of millions of people could tell you where they were at the exact moment that she said it.  It’s amazing, it’s insane and it’s everything that we love about “Survivor.”

When I was in college, we forgot to pay the cable bill and our TV service was shut off.  I had a VHS tape of the finale of the first “Survivor” and we watched it over and over.  At one point, I had Sue’s whole speech committed to memory.  I got to play with Sue Hawk on “Survivor: All-Stars” and asked her about it every chance I got.  In a related story, she voted me off the first chance she got, but I’d like to think she’d still give me a drink of water if I was lying on the road, dying of thirst with vultures circling.

“Survivor: The Australian Outback” – Episode 7 Tribal Council (Jeff Varner Gets Screwed)

Back in 2001, people wondered if “Survivor” could do it again when the show launched its second season “Survivor: The Australian Outback.”  This time around, the players had seen the game before and both the Kucha and Okagor tribes knew they had to come in to the merge with numbers.  After Mike Skupin got burned in the fire, Kucha and Okagor came in to the merge with five members each.  Following an all-day immunity challenge, the merged tribe went to Tribal Council completely divided.

Each original tribe voted in unison with Kucha putting all their votes on Colby and the former Okagor members voting for Jeff Varner.  At this time in “Survivor,” a tie was broken based on previous votes and Jeff had a vote cast against him at the first Tribal Council by Debb Eaton.  Smartly, Tina Wesson asked Kucha member, Kimmi Kappenberg, about who Debb voted for and Kimmi revealed it was Jeff.  Tina filed that piece of information in her pocket and targeted Varner for the first vote after the merge.

After the tribes got to a stalemate at five votes a piece, Jeff Probst asked Colby and Varner to reveal their previous votes.  Colby had none and Jeff had one (that he knew of).  It was enough and Jeff Varner became the first player voted out after the merge.  This one vote sealed the game for Okagor as they controlled the numbers and picked off the rest of the Kucha tribe over the course of the season.  Props to Tina, Colby, and the rest of the Okagors but it was a great loss to lose Jeff Varner, who I think is one of the great underrated players.

“Survivor: Marquesas” – Episode 13 Final Four Tribal Council (The Purple Rock)

All through “Survivor: The Australian Outback” and “Survivor: Africa,” the prospect of a tie vote loomed over the game.  After this one Tribal Council, “Survivor” players would never think of tie votes in the same way.  In “Survivor: Marquesas,” they were down to only four players by Day 37 with Neleh and Paschal joined as a tight two, Kathy as the third member of their alliance and Vecepia on the outside looking in.  After Vecepia won immunity at Final 4, Neleh and Paschal realized the vote should be for Kathy and Kathy did too.

Kathy asked the now immune Vecepia to vote with her.  With nothing to lose, Vecepia agreed to work with her.  For Kathy, the strategy makes all the sense in the world.  Since Vee has immunity, and Paschal and Neleh won’t vote for one another, Kathy will be voted out of the tribe.  Kathy is willing to join Vee and risk her 100% chance of being voted out of the game in exchange for a 66.66% percent chance of STAYING in the game by picking a yellow rock.

For Paschal and Neleh, either of them could have guaranteed their own safety in the game by offering to join Vee and Kathy in voting the other one out.  Obviously, Neleh or Paschal don’t want to do that because of their friendship so instead they will gamble on the 33% chance that Kathy pulls the purple rock out of the bag.  Furthermore, if their gamble is correct and Kathy pulls the yellow rock, they’ll control the votes heading in to a final 3 vs. Vecepia.

Jeff instructed the three rock-pullers to take a rock out of the bag one at a time without looking at it.  He would have them all open their palm simultaneously for the results.  Neleh went first, then Kathy and finally Paschal.  “That feels like Purple, Jeff”, Paschal joked as he took his rock out of the bag.  However, Paschal soon found out that the purple rock was not a joke.  After 37 days, Paschal was voted out by picking the wrong colored rock.

The purple rock was a transformative moment in the game that would change the way players play going forward.  Sure, we’ll still have ties at the final four in a few seasons but other than the 2-2 stalemate, no vote will go to rocks again for another 23 seasons!  Ultimately, the fear of getting Paschal’ed (with all due respect to Katie Collins) will usually get one of the players to flip and avoid the purple rock scenario entirely.  It’s because of this, I think this Tribal Council deserves a place in the “Survivor” Hall of Fame.

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‘Survivor’ Hall of Fame 2013 Ballot – Rob Cesternino

December 6, 2013

2012 "Survivor" Hall of Fame Inductee Rob Cesternino (CBS)

UPDATE: Voting for the “Survivor” Hall of Fame Class of 2013 has ended. Please come back Wednesday, December 11, 2013 to meet the first inductee. And, follow @survivorhall on Twitter for up-to-the-minute updates.

The “Survivor” Hall of Fame is proud to have 2012 inductee Rob Cesternino as a member of the Executive Voting Committee. As a member of this exclusive committee, Rob (along with Host Jeff Probst and other “Survivor” luminaries) has accepted an awesome responsibility. The committee’s votes will make up 50% of the final tally for entry into the prestigious Class of 2013. The other 50% will come from “Survivor” fans like you.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: If you’re not listening to Rob’s “Rob Has a Podcast,” you should be.

Rob Cesternino’s 2013 Hall of Fame Ballot

As a member of 2012 “Survivor” Hall of Fame class, I take my job here very seriously.  I actually found this task to be incredibly difficult, but with the help of a magic 8-ball, I’ve arrived at my top three picks.

Kim Spradlin – (“Survivor – One World”) In my opinion, Kim is the most dominant female player in the history of the show.  Taking nothing away from Parvati and Sandra Diaz-Twine, but Kim’s game is totally different.  Kim controlled an alliance of five from early in the game, adapted to get through a tribe swap, and then systematically eliminated any of the threats in her way after the merge.  All of the players in the game who mattered thought she was on their side, until she slit their throats.

Kim Spradlin was so brilliant; she made her season boring because you knew nobody else had a chance to beat her.  She ended up winning four immunities, finding the hidden immunity idol, and getting seven of the nine jury votes to win.   I feel like Kim has not gotten the credit she deserves and I hope that gets corrected with her induction in to the “Survivor” Hall of Fame.  Here’s to you, Dynamic Kim!

Jonny Fairplay – (“Survivor: Pearl Islands” and “Survivor: Micronesia – Fans vs. Favorites”) Jonny Fairplay is the first person in the history of the genre who showed up on “Survivor” WANTING to be the villain.  Fairplay had a vision of how he wanted to be portrayed and played the part perfectly.  The grandmother lie is still one of the craziest hoaxes to ever be attempted considering he was risking a chance to win a million dollars if it got screwed up.

I’m nominating Jonny Fairplay not just because he wanted to be a villain… he actually had game too.  He had everybody fooled about him for much of the game (maybe not Sandra), he single-handedly took down Rupert and shifted alliances to get himself to the final three before losing the final immunity challenge.  Why does that last challenge have to be so tricky???

I know some people will reject Fairplay for induction to the Hall because many remember him “quitting” “Survivor Fans vs. Favorites”… but I urge you to go back and watch the tape.  Jonny Fairplay is in fact the first person voted out from the game.  He gets nine votes and Jeff Probst even snuffs his torch!  Can Osten, Purple Kelly, Naonka or Colton claim the same?

Whether you loved him or whether you hated him, he kept things interesting and he changed “Survivor” and Reality TV forever.

Brian Heidik  – (“Survivor: Thailand”) I know many of you won’t agree with this one… but I think Brian Heidik is one of the great “Survivor” players of all-time.  In “Survivor: Thailand,” Brian built on the strategy that Richard Hatch established in the first “Survivor” season and played one of the most lethal games in the history of the show.  He said “Survivor” was just a business trip for him and he systematically made alliances with everybody in the game.  On top of his excellent strategic and social game, he also won five immunity challenges.  He was a used car salesman who left everybody feeling ripped off, but not until after he won the million dollars.

I realize that there is almost no chance that Brian Heidik gets in to the “Survivor” Hall of Fame this year (or any other year for that matter).  After his win in “Survivor: Thailand,” he somehow made himself a persona non grata around “Survivor”-land and that’s a shame.  Brian should have been in the first all-stars but the show decided that he wasn’t likable enough to come back (many would agree).  Brian Heidik will probably never play “Survivor” again but I will always have tons of respect for the “Ice Man” and in my book, he’s a Hall of Famer.

Other Ballots:

‘Survivor’ Executive Producer and Host Jeff Probst

‘Survivor’ Producer Jesse Jensen

‘Survivor’ Challenge Producer John Kirhoffer

2010 Hall of Fame Inductee Parvati Shallow

2010 Hall of Fame Inductee Russell Hantz

2011 Hall of Fame Inductee Cirie Fields

Voting for the “Survivor” Hall of Fame Class of 2013 has ended. Please come back Wednesday, December 11, 2013 to meet the first inductee. And, follow @survivorhall on Twitter for up-to-the-minute updates.

‘Survivor’ Hall of Fame 2012 Inductee – Rob Cesternino

December 12, 2012

'Survivor' Hall of Fame 2012 Inductee Rob Cesternino

Fifty percent of the voting for the ‘Survivor’ Hall of Fame was based on the ballots of the Executive Voting Committee. This blue-ribbon panel consists of “Survivor” luminaries such as Host and Executive Producer Jeff Probst, Challenge Producer John Kirhoffer, Executive Producer David Burris, Producer Jesse Jensen, the current members of the “Survivor” Hall of Fame, the “Survivor” press corps, and XFINITY TV’s “Survivor” Guy Gordon Holmes. The other fifty percent came from “Survivor” fans like you.

Follow the “Survivor” Hall of Fame on Facebook or Twitter for updates.

The Class of 2010 included Parvati Shallow, Russell Hantz, Rob Mariano, Richard Hatch, and Sandra Diaz-Twine…

The Class of 2011 included Cirie Fields, Ozzy Lusth, and Tom Westman…

This past Monday, Amanda Kimmel was inducted as the first member of the Class of 2012…

And now, the “Survivor” Hall of Fame is proud to induct Rob Cesternino into the Class of 2012. Rob received the most fan votes out of any nominee.

We had a chance to speak with the newly crowned Hall of Famer to get his thoughts on this honor…

Gordon Holmes: Congratulations, Rob. How does it feel to be honored by a vote made up of your “Survivor” peers, the ‘Survivor’ production crew, the press, and the fans?
Rob Cesternino: Being inducted into the “Survivor” Hall Of Fame is an honor that I cannot begin to describe.  As many people know, I was a “Survivor” junkie going back to the first season.  It was my dream come true to get on the show in the first place and I’ve always been so grateful for that.  I cannot tell you how ridiculously flattered I was when I saw that I was on Jeff Probst’s ballot last month.  I also owe a huge debt of gratitude to the “Survivor” fans who have always been so amazing to me.  If you’re reading this and you helped to make this happen, I want to personally thank you.  If you didn’t and you voted for somebody else, I hope you did not become physically ill when you heard I was selected.  Also, I know that this honor would’ve meant a great deal to my Dad, as well, who passed away around this time last year.  He always got such a thrill out of the fact that I had actually made it on the show.

This month has also been exactly 10 years from when we played the game in the Amazon, so I’ve been thinking a lot lately about that experience.  I don’t believe that I’m the greatest “Survivor” player but I do believe that there was something about my game that contributed something to the overall collective thinking of future “Survivor” players.  Up until that time, people played “Survivor” in voting blocks.  You’d make an alliance and if that didn’t get you to the end, that was it and you’d go down with the ship.  It is my belief that “Survivor” players should always put their own self-interests first and vote with whatever players give them the best chance to get further in the game – whether they’re in your alliance or not.  Unfortunately, a majority of players still don’t think this way, but when it happens it’s a beautiful thing to see.

Holmes: What’ve you been up to since we saw you in “All-Stars”?
Cesternino: A few months after the end of “Survivor: All-Stars,” I moved to Los Angeles and began working in online content creation.  I’ve developed a number of web series on Youtube and I was co-executive producer of the first original web series on MySpace.TV.  In 2010, I married my amazing wife, Nicole whom I first started dating during the time “Survivor: The Amazon” was airing.  Around the time of the 10-year anniversary of “Survivor” and the premiere of “Heroes vs. Villains” I was overwhelmed with the desire to start posting my thoughts on the show again.  In February of 2010, I built a website and started up “Rob Has a Podcast.”.  The idea was to start doing interviews with former “Survivor” players to get their insights in to the current season.  Over the years, the show has continued to grow and grow and take on a life of its own.  I think the biggest reason for our success has been that there are so many people out there who love this show and there are not a lot of places to find intelligent conversation about it.  Maybe none of your friends watch “Survivor” or the people in your office aren’t fans but we’ve built a place to have these discussions.  Also, a lot of people scoff if you tell them that you’re a “Survivor” fan and what most people don’t realize is that it’s a very smart show and there’s a lot to be analyzed in every episode.  There’s also a lot of crazy stuff that happens in each episode, but that’s part of the fun too.  Having this community around the show has made “Survivor” as much fun for me as it’s ever been.

Holmes: Is it going to be hard to maintain your image as someone “Who Sucks” now that you’re in the Hall of Fame?
Cesternino: For any of your readers who don’t get the reference, as a Survivor named “Rob” I am often mistaken for my fellow “Survivor” Hall-of-Famer, “Boston Rob” Mariano.  When I was writing the “Survivor” blog on during “Survivor: Nicaragua” some readers were confused and thought “Boston Rob” had written the articles and were leaving him comments.  One reader took it upon himself to correct the other commenters by telling them “This isn’t Boston Rob, this is the Rob that sucks”.  I thought this was hilarious and I’ve embraced it ever since.

Now, I don’t think this necessarily means that I am a person that sucks, but I do think that if you were to compare my “Survivor” resume to that of Rob Mariano, you would probably say that mine was the more “suckier” of the two.  That being said, I don’t think this is anything to be ashamed of.  In my opinion, Boston Rob is the greatest player to ever play the game.  I recently had him on the podcast and he has seen it all in this game.  We went head to head in the All-Stars and he got me and I never saw it coming.  To paraphrase Pedro Martinez, I have to tip my cap and call myself “the Rob that sucks”.

Holmes: How’s “Survivor: Philippines” holding up for you? Liking it?
Cesternino: I’ve really enjoyed the Philippines.  With all due respect to Kim Spradlin, who I thought was amazing last season, “One World” felt like it was a coronation.  We watched each week to see if Kim could pull it off and eventually she did.  I believe the simple recipe for compelling “Survivor” consists of two ingredients: great characters and unpredictability.  This season has had both of those things so it’s been a lot of fun.  I was very sad to see Penner go two weeks ago, especially because I thought it was the wrong strategic decision, but with only five people left it’s really anybody’s game – except for Abi-Maria.  What more could you want with the finale coming up this week?  I may be in the minority on this but I think the future of “Survivor” is a bright one.  I think the changes that were made this season really helped the show and I can’t wait to see what happens next.

What the fans said about Rob…

“He changed the game for better and…had a bigger effect on the game than anyone except Richard Hatch. No longer was the gamer or the strategist the bad guy.” – Jamie

“The man constantly shifted his strategy and changed up the game, proving to be a savvy, adaptable player. Completely revolutionized the game.” – Alex

“Cleverly found out his place in his alliance and made sure he wasn’t at the bottom. Dominated Amazon and should have won.” – Sue

What the Executive Voting Committee said about Rob…

“His first appearance was a milestone.  “Survivor” had never before had someone who combined such an amazing knowledge of the game with a very clever wit and ability to tell a funny story at any time about any other player.” – Jeff Probst

“He was an aggressive strategic player who didn’t believe in loyalty. He was effective at switching alliances to keep himself in the game, and always had several deals on the table. He went with whatever benefited him and kept him alive in the game.” – Sandra Diaz-Twine

“He made gamers appreciate that getting to the final four with your alliance is not enough. That anyone on the bottom of an alliance who isn’t making moves to get to the top of a different alliance is setting themselves up for failure. Simply put; Rob made “Survivor” better.” – XFINITY TV’s Gordon Holmes

Be sure to check back Friday to meet the final member of the “Survivor” Hall of Fame Class of 2012.

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

Watch the ‘Survivor: Philippines’ Finale this Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

‘Survivor’ Power Rankings – Amazon and All-Stars Alumnus Rob Cesternino

April 5, 2010

The Rules: Each week a member of our “Survivor” All-Star team and your beloved “Survivor” recapper Gordon “Truth Seeker” Holmes 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 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 8 points. 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: Samoa’s “Good” Russell Swan underestimated Samoa’s “Evil” Russell Hantz and it cost the “Survivor” All-Star team dearly. Russell’s picks only racked up two points, while Gordon’s bet that either Russell or Boston Rob was going home scored him eleven points.

Before the Battle: Nobody saw this coming. After being humiliated two seasons in a row, Gordon has managed to build a huge lead over the “Survivor” All-Star team. That’s why they’ve sent in their big gun – the man Jeff Probst referred to as the “Smartest player never to win,” Mr. Rob Cesternino…

Gordon Holmes: Rob, thanks for taking part in the Power Rankings. What’ve you been up to since we last saw you on “Survivor: All-Stars?”
Rob Cesternino:
In 2006, I co-founded a small new media production company and have been busy writing and producing several different series for the web.  I’m also happy to say that later this summer I’m going to be getting married to my longtime girlfriend, Nicole.  In my spare time, I do a podcast about “Survivor,” “LOST,” and a bunch of other shows at

Gordon: The previous “Survivor” Power Rankings players have left you with a hefty 26-point deficit to overcome. Do you resent the other players for putting you in such a deep hole?
I would like to thank the other Survivors for the opportunity to be a hero.

Gordon: What was your take on the Boston Rob vs. Russell showdown?
I really loved watching the Boston Rob vs. Russell battle this season.  The thing that was great about it was that it was almost like this mini “cold war.”  Normally on “Survivor,” two people butt heads and one is gone by the end of the episode.  It was really fun to see it go on for several weeks on the show.  Though Russell may have been fortunate at times (especially with the Tyson vote), I think Rob became so infatuated with Russell he lost sight of the big picture.  If Boston Rob tries to get Parvati out last week, he surely would have kept Coach’s vote and possibly could have been able to convince Jerri to vote with him.  At worst, he’d have a 4-4 tie instead of being voted out.

Gordon: You’re known as the “Smartest player never to win ‘Survivor,'” what strategies would you have employed if you were on the Villains squad?
This is a difficult question for me since Parvati has pretty much stole my strategy of using all of my sex appeal.  With all of these major egos at play, I honestly believe the best strategy is just laying low.  These power players are going to target each other (See Rob and Russell) and after they all take each other out, the real game is going to begin.

Rob Cesternino’s Picks
All-Star Team’s Current Score: 56

parvati #1 Parvati: Parvati is the Survivor your wife or girlfriend loves to hate.  She may not ride coattails, but her game is set up very nicely with Russell taking 100% of the bullets for their alliance.  A few weeks ago on my podcast we talked about who is the greatest Survivor of all time.  If Parvati can keep it going and pull this thing out, she will become the undisputed heavyweight champion of all time.
russell(2) #2 Russell: Russell Hantz’s “Survivor” strategy is about one thing – chaos.  Whether it’s burning socks, hiding machetes, voting out strong-willed players, or creating confusion with the immunity idol – once Russell senses the fear in people he presents himself as someone who can be their savior.  Love him or hate him, the guy is so much fun to watch.
amanda #3 Amanda: We’re at the midway point in the game and Amanda is in a great position and in no danger of going home – what else is new?  I won’t be surprised at all to see Amanda making another speech to a jury who won’t vote for her.  Amanda is one community college debate class away from being one of the top players of all-time.
jt #4 J.T.: J.T. has flipped back and forth a number of times and has somehow managed to not become a target.  Furthermore, nobody seems to be worried about the fact that he’s already won the game.  If the Heroes can pull out a few more immunities before the merge, J.T. could make a serious run at two “Survivor” titles in three seasons.
rupert #5 Rupert: Did you notice last week how desperately Rupert wanted to take a break from the game during the reward challenge?  Do you think that Richard Hatch was ever looking for a break from thinking about the game?  Rupert’s in a good position for now but does anybody believe that Rupert’s got a plan past voting against the Villains at the merge?
danielle #6 Danielle: Three things we know about Danielle:  1.  Danielle is an alliance with Russell and Parvati.  2.  Danielle makes me happy I have an HDTV.  3.  Danielle isn’t getting voted out anytime soon.
jerri #7 Jerri: This is the third time I’ve watched Jerri play “Survivor” and last week’s vote was hands down the biggest strategic move she’s ever made.  As viewers, I know we were all sad to see Boston Rob go, but I’m very excited to see what Jerri 3.0 does next.
colby #8 Colby: I was glad to see Colby come back to life a little bit this week.  Nobody likes to see a depressed cowboy.  He wasn’t exactly LeBron James in the reward challenge this week, but in the land of airballs, he who makes two baskets is King.
coach #9 Coach: Poor Coach.  First Jerri hurts his feelings by deciding to go with Russell and then Boston Rob breaks his heart and calls him a “little man.”  Coach’s best move would be to start telling more crazy stories and stop thinking so much.  Seriously, Coach just pick one player and vote however they say to.   Being wishy-washy is a great way to get yourself in trouble on “Survivor.”
courtney #10 Courtney: I really felt like Courtney was in a great spot only two weeks ago, but now without Tyson and Boston Rob, she certainly will be feeling some heat.  Courtney is always a liability in the team challenges but that liability becomes a strength after the merge when immunity threats will be targeted.  Also, she’s a good person to keep around because she won’t eat too much of the tribe’s food.
sandra #11 Sandra: I went back and forth between Courtney and Sandra for this spot, but in the end, I just thought that Sandra was more likely to tell Russell off to his face.  Through one and a half seasons Sandra has done amazingly well on “Survivor” by seemingly doing everything wrong.  She’s a liability in the challenges and she makes no secrets about who she doesn’t like.  Apparently she knows something because she’s not only won the game but she’s never even received a vote at tribal council.
candice #12  Candice: My reason for putting Candice in this spot is only because she looks like a lock to go home should the Heroes go back to tribal council.  Though I was surprised to see her on this season, I actually have been impressed with how hard she is playing the game.  She’s been on the outs since day 1 but she’s been trying to make something happen the whole game.  I’m one fan who hopes that she can figure it out.

Gordon Holmes’s Picks
Gordon’s Current Score: 82

russell(2) #1 Russell: All hail the King of Samoa! That being said, I have to wonder if he’s setting himself up for an encore of last season’s finale. The people outside of his alliance (and even some of them in it) really seem to hate him. Could he be turning Parvati into Natalie White Version 2.0?
jt #2 J.T.: I think J.T.’s social missteps early in the season could come back to haunt him. But, he has to be the safest person in this game right now. The Heroes can’t afford to drop a single challenge at this point.
danielle #3 Danielle: It was nice to see Danielle talk a little strategy last week, but I have a feeling from my interviews with Boston Rob and Tyson that nobody is really taking her seriously. In a game where all of the big players have targets on their backs that might not be such a bad thing.
rupert #4 Rupert: I’ve given Rupert a lot of grief this season for his seemingly grumpy disposition, but I’ll give him credit for realizing that the time for politics within the Heroes tribe is over.
amanda #5 Amanda: Every season Amanda sticks around and makes it to the latter stages of the game, and every season I’m left shaking my head. It’s like that Justin Bieber kid. Sure, he’s popular, but nobody can really explain to me “Why?”
colby #6 Colby: With Colby tearing up challenges it felt like 2001 all over again. Almost made me want to bust out my Destiny’s Child and Lifehouse CDs. The Colbster (still hate that nickname) probably bought himself some time in case the Heroes go back to their challenge-dropping ways.
parvati #7 Parvati: Why do I have Parvati ranked so low? Because I don’t think the Jerri/Parvati feud is behind us. Could Russell vote Parvati out to appease the Dragon Slayer and the lovely Lady Slayer? I doubt it, but he did vote out Outlaw Ben to appease Jaison last season…
jerri #8 Jerri: OK Jerri, you made your move, now you have to stick with it. No more of this wishy-washy, back-and-forth, fear-of-commitment stuff.  Russell has voted people out for lesser slights than the ones you were dishing out last week.
coach #9 Coach: I’m putting Coach in the same boat as Jerri. They need to watch what they say around Russell. He has no problem booting anyone who questions his authority. And if Coach lets Boston Rob’s “Little Man” slight from last week’s tribal get the best of him, he could find himself in trouble.
sandra #10 Sandra: Russell wasn’t exactly subtle when he let it be known that he wasn’t happy with Courtney or Sandra’s challenge performances. If they’re both next on the chopping block, I can see Sandra tossing Courtney right under the bus. And with Courtney’s teensy frame, I’d assume finding room for her under a bus wouldn’t be too difficult.
candice #11 Candice: Unfortunately for Candice, she’s in the do-or-die position in the Heroes tribe. Either they win immunity or she’s on her way out of the game. She needs a merge in the worst way.
courtney #12 Courtney: Why a Villain in the last spot? Because losing Tyson and Boston Rob in back-to-back weeks is challenge death. Why Courtney in the last spot over Sandra? Because I think Sandra is more likely to play nice with Russell.

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