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‘Survivor’ Castaways Tina & Ciera: Why’d They Vote for Tyson over Gervase?

December 19, 2013

Tina Wesson and Ciera Eastin (CBS)

Quick Note: Be sure to come back throughout the week for interviews with the rest of the final seven. Follow me on Twitter (@gordonholmes) for up-to-the-minute news.

Two of the big questions Jeff Probst was hoping to answer this season were; would someone sacrifice themselves for a loved one? And on the other hand, would someone vote out their loved one?

Ironically, the answers to both ended up being eliminated from the game in back-to-back Tribal Councils.

I spoke with Tina Wesson and Ciera Eastin the morning after the “Survivor” finale and got some insight into Probst’s two questions, whether Tyson and Gervase were really even steven, and more…

Gordon Holmes: So, good news, Ciera. I spoke with your mother and you’re not disowned.
Ciera Eastin: (Laughs) Good news!
Holmes: Going into this I thought there was no way it would make sense for anyone to get rid of their loved one. And then it made total sense for you to vote out your mother. Walk me through the thought process.
Eastin: I totally agree with you. Coming in I said I’d vote my mom out, but I didn’t see a scenario where it would make sense. You have a built-in person you can trust and someone you can talk to. But then to be out there and to have a scenario where it made sense to me, it was so unreal. But, only one person can win this game. And I’d put so much energy into the relationships that I’d built with these people. And she was away at Redemption Island. She wasn’t able to do that. I had a fear that I’d keep her around and then when they’d want to split us up, she’d go on a challenge winning streak.
Holmes: Tina, what do you think about this? Was Ciera a cold-hearted snake?
Tina Wesson: Not at all. Ciera has definitely established herself as a player in this game. And to be so young and to have that savvy…everything she said about why she did it was spot on. She was out there to run the game. She wasn’t out there to ride her mom’s coattails.

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Holmes: Tina, you squared off against your lovely daughter a few times, and it seemed like you got the best of her each time. Is this something that will be brought up at family dinners forever?
Wesson: (Laughs) Oh never, Katie is not a competitive person at all. And she’s not the most athletic person. She did this for me. It was nothing she ever aspired to do. So, this is nothing I could rub in her face.
Holmes: Now, you asked Katie if it was OK if you won the challenge. And Katie did what most people would be expected to do and said, “Yes.” But, what if Katie had said, “No”?
Wesson: That would’ve been a toughie. But, her key was really deep in the sand. We would have been out there all afternoon. (Laughs) That’s why she said, “Mom, go ahead.” It wouldn’t have been close.
Holmes: Well, if that helps you sleep at night.
Wesson: (Laughs) Yes, thank goodness. Katie and I talked about it before we went out. And we agreed that our love transcends this thing. Nothing’s going to make us love each other more, nothing’s going to make us love each other less.
Holmes: You wouldn’t love Katie more if she had a million dollars?
Wesson: No I would not.
Holmes: Then you’re a better person than I am.
Wesson: Do you have a kids?
Holmes: I do not. I haven’t given my mother any grandbabies.
Wesson: (Laughs) Then just you wait, mister.

Holmes: Ciera, I think you impressed a lot of people, me included. You gave up a secure fourth spot and ended up going out fifth, but you gave it up for a better chance to win. My question is, why did you wait till final six? Did you just not appreciate your standing at that time?
Eastin: The only way I can answer is to say, you’re seeing an hour out of two or three days. When Hayden and Caleb came to me and said, “Let’s get rid of Tyson” I was all for it. But then the plan kind of shifted, and they weren’t really 100% on board. And then I’d see Hayden walk away with Tyson and paranoia hits you. I just felt like I wasn’t willing to show all of my cards unless it was something concrete. And it wasn’t, it was kind of a wishy-washy plan. And I don’t have any regrets of what I did. But you’re right, at sixth I didn’t come all this way to end up fourth. So, I’ll make a big move and maybe win some jury votes.
Holmes: The people behind the ads seemed to like the idea of you being a villain, but that characterization never clicked because everything you did made sense.
Eastin: Yeah, I totally agree. I definitely got flack for that. People were saying, “What heartless person could vote out their mom?”
Holmes: I would’ve.
Eastin: (Laughs) But strategically, I think maybe people would’ve thought differently.

Holmes: Tina, the last time you played “Survivor” was during “All-Stars.” That seems light years away from the new-fangled “Survivor” we’re seeing today. Did you have any trouble adapting?
Wesson: To be honest, I was not prepared for what they’re calling “new school.” I was still in the “old school” mode. So, adapting was very challenging for me. Also, it was physically harder for me. So, I have to say that it kicked my butt in ways I wasn’t prepared for.
Holmes: How grueling was that last challenge? It looked exhausting.
Wesson: Oh my gosh, my little legs were just aching. And up and down those stairs 1,400 times. When I walked into it I was like, “Oh dear, I’m in trouble here.”

Holmes: The big question going into final Tribal seemed to be; how mad are people going to be at Tyson? The only real knock against him was his comment to Katie. Was there ever any real ill will toward Tyson?
Eastin: I had none at all whatsoever. I think Tyson played an amazing game. I was going to vote for the person who deserved it the most, not the person who didn’t hurt my feelings. It was an easy vote for me to make.
Wesson: It was a little harder for me. I was stuck at Redemption Island for half of the game, so I didn’t see things that were going on. There were things that bothered me, because you have to vote people off, but you have to make them feel like there’s no animosity. It’s the hardest thing in the world to do. And I think Tyson did a few things out there that left a bad taste in people’s mouths. He was eating all the food. He was making a few comments here and there. And everyone that came through Redemption was a little upset. So, when I was at Ponderosa, I relied on Katie. I said, “I don’t want to vote for anybody. I don’t know what to do.” So, she walked me through why she thought Tyson should win. And it made sense. And then when I watched the game, I was so glad that I voted for Tyson. I thought he was so deserving.

Holmes: Gervase made the comment that he and Tyson were making choices together. Did it seem like they were both making the calls?
Wesson: Ciera was out there longer than I was. I would say, no. But I’ll yield to Ciera on that one.
Eastin: I’d say no. I don’t think it was 50/50. Watching Tyson and then rewatching on TV, Tyson was the one finding idols, being proactive. I didn’t have as strong a relationship with Tyson as I did with Gervase. And Gervase didn’t have a relationship with Hayden like Tyson did. So, from relationships alone Tyson really took the time.

Holmes: Ciera, you made it so far in the game and made some really big moves. Which is amazing considering how close to elimination you were in the early going. I feel like that story somehow got lost in the mix.
Eastin: Thank you. I knew in the beginning that I was going to be bad at challenges, so I tried to play under the radar until the merge. And then at the merge I knew I had to make big moves to win. I think I followed and executed my plan really well. So it sucks to make it that far and not make it to the final three. But, my family is so proud of me, and I’m proud of myself. It was fun and I’d do it again.
Holmes: I hope you do. And Tina, it was great to see you get so deep and to see you come out swinging after your short stay in “All-Stars.”
Wesson: “Survivor” has been such a long journey. I had to wait four years after Australia to do the second one. Then I had to wait eight years for them to call me back for this one.

Holmes: So, are you going to be ready to go in twelve years?
Wesson: I’m ready. They’re going to have to make those challenges wheelchair accessible, but I’ll be ready.
Holmes: Could you imagine a wheelchair on that slide?
Wesson: (Laughs) That sounds like something out of “Jackass.”

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‘Survivor’ Castaways Tina & Katie: ‘I May Have to Vote Her Off’

September 4, 2013

Katie Collins and Tina Wesson (CBS)

Quick Note: I had a chance to sit down with all twenty of the “Blood vs. Water” competitors before the game began. I’ll be posting exclusive interviews with each pairing in the days leading up to the September 18th season premiere. Be sure to follow me on Twitter (@gordonholmes) for those interviews, behind-the-scenes exclusives, and more…

Name: Tina Wesson
Age: 52
Relationship to Significant Castaway: Katie’s Mother
Previous Season: Winner of “Survivor: The Australian Outback” and “Survivor: All Stars” – first player eliminated.
Current Residence: Robbinsville, North Carolina
Occupation: Motivational Speaker

Name: Katie Collins
Age: 25
Relationship to Significant Castaway: Tina’s Daughter
Current Residence: New York, New York
Occupation: Hedge Fund Support
Personal Claim to Fame: Raising thousands of dollars for the American Lung Association by climbing 55 flights of stairs at Penn Plaza.
Pet Peeves: Grammar misuses and poor manners.

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Gordon Holmes: Tina, you I know. A former “Survivor” champ, a former “Survivor” Power Rankings participant. Tell me about this Katie person.
Tina Wesson: My daughter Katie is this amazing young woman. When they called and said they had this concept to bring out a loved one, she’s got a brother who’s 13 months younger than her, and so I had to pick who to bring out here with me. And, I chose Katie because Katie is one of those people who’s very social, everybody knows “Survivor” is a social game. So, I thought Katie would do great with that. She never quits. I don’t care what they throw at us, my daughter will never quit. She’s an adventurous, independent woman and I’m just so happy to be out here with her.
Gordon: Katie, I was going to give you the chance to agree or disagree, but how could you possibly disagree with such a growing assessment?
Katie Collins: I know! (Laughs) I would disagree if she’d said I was just a rotten child. It is very sweet, but I have her to credit for this adventurous spirit that I have. She told me to be independent and break the mold. We live in the south and you get out of high school and you get married and you have kids. You stay in the same town. She encouraged me to follow my dreams, which is why I moved. I went for a goal that I set for myself. If she hadn’t encouraged me, I don’t know if I would have.
Gordon: You had to choose between your son and your daughter? My mom would never hear the end of it if she took my sister to “Survivor” over me.
Tina: I know! It really was brutal. And you have to be so careful about hurting their feelings. And they have this sibling rivalry of who I love most…
Gordon: And which one do you love most?
Tina: (Laughs)
Katie: I think it’s obvious.
Tina: Oh my gosh…
Katie: Me and my brother have different qualities and we could both bring something to this game. But, me and my mom, we’ve done more together. We’ve gone on trips together, we’ve hiked in Peru. I feel like we know each other really well. We know each other’s strengths and weaknesses and we’re a really good team. It’s no knock to my brother at all; I think we’re better suited.

Gordon: How old were you during “Survivor: The Australian Outback?”
Katie: I was thirteen years old. I was in middle school, that awkward stage of your life.
Gordon: Were you embarrassed?
Katie: I was a bit…
Gordon: Or was everyone impressed when she got the rice from the river?
Katie: Oh, that was huge! We would watch the show and during the commercials she’d say, “OK, this is what you didn’t see.” It was cool to have her be the commentator.
Gordon: Numbers-wise that season was a monster. We’ll probably never see anything like that again.
Tina: 36 million viewers, we beat out “Friends.”
Gordon: Tina, what was that like for you? People recognize the cast of “One World”, but Colby (Donaldson), Jerri (Manthey), and Tina were household names.
Tina: It’s crazy. I am not here for the television part of this experience. Besides Katie, I’m one of the few people who are not a television person. So, for me to get that, I had to adjust to it. I wasn’t used to attention and not being able to go anywhere. It was sheer insanity. I kept a journal that documented my itinerary and everything I did, and I look back at it and I’m thrilled and honored, and what a privilege. I got to experience things that nobody else got to experience. Colby and Elisabeth (Hasselbeck) got to have these amazing careers, but nobody got to have a year like I had.
Gordon: And, you whooped up on them. Jeff Probst didn’t hand Colby or Elisabeth a million-dollar check.
Tina: (Laughs) That’s right.
Katie: It’s neat. There were very few reality shows when she was on “Survivor.” Now you have tons and tons of reality shows. But back then it was just starting out.

Gordon: Katie, it says here that your pet peeves are grammar misuses and poor manners.
Katie: I sound like a stick in the mud. (Laughs)
Gordon: Now, it are possible that you could run into some of that out there.
Katie and Tina: (Laugh)
Gordon: Can you let that stuff slide or will that be a problem for you?
Katie: I was thinking more along the lines of when I’m on a date. That’s what came to mind when I was filling out the application. And it’s not like I’m going to throw a table over because someone…
Gordon: You didn’t conjugate that verb properly!
Katie: Don’t end a sentence with a preposition! When someone sends me a text that says, “U R…”
Gordon: You freak right out.
Katie: I don’t freak out. But if I go on a date and the guy sends me a text that says, “U R awesome” without a period…
Gordon: That’s a deal breaker.
Katie: It’s a deal breaker, actually.
Tina: (Gasps)
Gordon: You send him packing.
Tina: No wonder I don’t have grandchildren!
Gordon: This process is meant to introduce the players to the fans, but I feel like Tina’s the one who’s learning.
Tina: I am going to…
Katie: And contractions… and poor manners? I can deal with burping and other things. But don’t fart in front of me.
Gordon: I hadn’t intended on it, but now that I’ve been warned…
Katie: I know there’s going to be ten of us spooning under a shelter and someone’s going to do it. Maybe it’ll even be me, who knows?
Tina: Oh my…

Gordon: Nobody knows this better than you, Tina…winners have automatic targets on their backs.
Tina: I think that in All-Stars I got a really good taste of no winners allowed. I think that the fact that I won so long ago and some of the people were so young, that I’m hoping that I won’t be seen as this person who is a former winner. The bigger threat to me is that I’m an older woman. I’m the oldest woman, I’m almost 53. And when you first go out there you’re playing as a team and if you’re not contributing to help win that challenge, you’re out. So, that’s the thing that I feel more threatened about.
Katie: I’ll give her credit. We trained a little bit…well…we trained for one day before we got out here.
Gordon: That is a little bit.
Tina: One day together, we trained by ourselves before.
Katie: (Laughs) We were running side by side. We had one earbud each.
Gordon: That’s adorable.
Katie: We ran a couple of miles, we went kayaking. I think she’s going to be active until she’s almost 100.

Gordon: Francesca Hogi just set a “Survivor” record by being the only person to be voted out first in two seasons. Does that concern you that you could match that feat?
Tina: Absolutely. If I am first voted out, I don’t even want to say the words because that’s what Francesca did, that would be rough for me. I’m a very competitive person, but more so, I love this game. I love this game.  I feel sorry for every single person who’s ever been voted out first, not because they were voted out first, but because they don’t get to experience “Survivor.” I like that we starve and we’re miserable because it gives us the opportunity to see what so many other people go through. We’re never tested to see what our true grit is. “Survivor” gives us that gift. Katie is going to find out exactly what she’s made of.

Gordon: This is the first time that people are entering the game as pairs. What strategies have you two been discussing?
Tina: We’re not real sure what’s going to happen. We don’t know if we’re apart or separate or what.
Katie: We could be on completely separate tribes. They haven’t told us one way or another.
Tina: I’ve talked to Katie about who to trust, who not to trust. I’ve seen every episode of every season. I love this show. Katie hasn’t had cable since she was in high school. If we’re together, I’ve got her under my wing and we can work together. She can go to the young people, because usually the young people don’t migrate to the older folks. Then, when we’re apart, she’s on her own.
Katie: We have to have two strategies; one as a pair and one as individuals. We don’t know, Probst could throw in 100 different elements.
Tina: It’s not like “Amazing Race” where you’re trying to go deep into the game as a team. There’s only one winner. She may have to vote me off, I may have to vote her off. And I told her, “Katie, don’t get so emotionally attached in this game because it ruins it. If you’re so engaged that you get voted off and you’re so mad, you don’t get to experience everything ‘Survivor’ is. And our love transcends this game. If you can go farther by voting me off, sister? Knock yourself out.” And I mean that.
Katie: Our relationship is not going to hinder our game. What we have to do on the game of “Survivor,” it’s not going to be taken personally.

Gordon: What do you think of the cast so far?
Tina: I think this cast is very interesting. Gervase is here from season one. I haven’t seen him in years. I’m so happy to see him. And then there are people who are villainous…Tyson…
Katie: There are some old-school and new-school people.
Gordon: Is there anyone in particular you’d like to align with?
Katie: We talked about it before we came out here. There are a few people, Aras and his brother. We think they’ll be good to have on our side. They seem like they’re trustworthy.
Tina: Which is so important in this game.
Katie: We’ve talked about Monica and Brad being on our side. And I’m going to try to reel in the younger crowd. I’m great at talking, and I can relate, and I’m hoping I can make some friends out here.

Gordon: Anyone you’re wary of?
Tina: Yes!
Katie: Tina.
Tina: (Laughs) Tyson! Tyson’s one of those guys that I don’t feel like you can trust at all.
Katie: I wonder how his girlfriend is going to be…
Tina: She dates him. That should tell you something.
Gordon: I don’t know. My girlfriend dates me and she’s a wonderful person.
Tina: (Laughs) Oh, stop it.
Katie: They had a stare-off at the airport.
Gordon: Wait…what?
Tina: He was looking at me with that very mean, serious stare and I wasn’t going to back down.
Gordon: Already, yikes.
Tina: But we could get out there on the beach and we could form an alliance. That’s what’s crazy about this show.

Gordon: What is it like when you guys fight?
Katie and Tina: We’ve never had a fight.
Katie: And I know that’s hard to believe.
Gordon: I don’t believe one word of it.
Tina: She was a great child.
Katie: I was terrified, because in the south you can still get spanked with the wooden spoon or the belt. It’s not like, “I’m going to take away your Nintendo DS.”
Tina: Katie was so easy growing up. It’s her brother that was the troublemaker.
Gordon: That’s why he’s not here.
Tina: (Laughs) That’s right.

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

Don’t miss the special 90-minute premiere of “Survivor: Blood vs. Water” on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 8 p.m. ET.

‘Survivor’ Power Rankings – ‘Survivor: Australia’ Champion Tina Wesson

February 16, 2010

An 0-and-2 record in the “Survivor” Power Rankings Challenge isn’t something to brag about. But, whenever I start to feel too down about it, I’m reminded of a quote from a great American…

“Face your fear. You have a fear of heights? You go to the top of the building. You’re afraid of bugs? Get a bug.” – Joey Tribbiani, “Friends”

So here I am facing my fears. Instead of facing off against a single former “Survivor” contestant for this season’s Power Rankings Challenge I’m facing an entire All Star team full of them.

Who’s first? None other than the winner of “Survivor: The Australian Outback,” the lovely and gutsy Tina Wesson.

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 Stephenie is voted out this week, Fancast’s “Survivor” All Star Team will receive 3 points and Gordon will receive 15 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.

But before we get into the battle, let’s check in with my brave opponent…

Gordon Holmes: Tina, you’re the first female champion, you’re the first champion who could be considered a hero. Why weren’t you asked to be on the Heroes team?
Tina Wesson:
I must admit I was heartbroken that CBS put Amanda, Sugar, and Candice on the show as heroes before me (though I never had a vote cast against me on my season).  I realize I don’t make for as good T.V. with body or personality as those three.  I do however have the strongest will and no one but Colby knows how deep my competitive nature goes. But unless you’re eye candy or a good character for T.V. you get stuck at home watching pretty people play a game while you mourn their adventure!  But no sour grapes, I had an amazing time on my two times up at bat and am thankful for the chance to play and for the challenge, and for the adventure.

Holmes: What’d you think of the premiere?
Not a shocker that Sugar was the first to go.  Sweet girl but on this tribe of “heroes” where Stephanie is getting her shoulder re-located, there is no room for weakness.  Tears on day three won’t fly.  You are in battle, girl. Come on! This is “Survivor” HEROES not kindergarten!

Tina Wesson’s Picks:

Rank Last Week Contestant Comment
1 james James: Congrads ole’ boy.  You are crazy strong so that will keep you safe the entire first part of the game. (A huge advantage most players don’t have). You are personable so people like you, that helps in the end. You have a strong work ethic and don’t tick people off.  You would have a hard time winning against Tom or JT but since they won’t make it to the end due to their prior wins, I believe all things considered you will take it all.
2 russell(2) Russell: Once again always the bridesmaid never the bride.  Russell thinks he is the greatest player ever, but he totally neglects the most important aspect of the game, human relationship.  You CANNOT win if you are out there hoo dooing everyone on the island.  Dummy!  He didn’t learn it the first time (even with Jeff trying to tell him why he lost) and until he does, his game play will take him far but NEVER as soul Survivor.
3 stephenie Stephenie: I think in the end James and J.T will ax her because she doesn’t have another strong female to align with.
4 jerri Jerri: I think she will form the right alliances and go far but she can’t beat Russell.
5 coach Coach: Coach will go before Jerri because she will sell him out.  Remember, she isn’t called “Man Eater Manthey” for nothing.
6 colby Colby: Though it BREAKS my heart, he can’t win.  Because he is too nice!  If the villains have any numbers they KNOW they can’t win against someone as HEROIC as Colby.  He is unbeatable against any villain!  Don’t think they don’t know that!
7 jt J.T: For the same reason Tom has to go, so do you.  You could have won if you hadn’t already.
8 tom Tom: The only reason why you won’t win is because you already have.  A previous winner cannot win “Survivor” when played with non-winners.  I’ve seen how much non-winners don’t want previous winners to win.
9 sandra Sandra: GREAT player, love the woman power, but Coach, Jerri, and Russell won’t let you stick around.
10 bostonrob Boston Rob: Rob or Sandra?  I’ll go with Rob because Sandra will outwit you!
11 tyson Tyson: Maybe you and Parvati could hook up and just lust yourselves into oblivion since you both think you’re so hot!!!
12 parvati Parvati: Regretfully she’ll last longer than I want.   I’d rather watch Sandra and her sneaky ways go further in the game than a girl selling sex to advance.  I’d like to think we have evolved a little since those days.  She reminds me we have a long way to go still!
13 rupert Rupert: Rupert will last a while as long as he is producing.  But he isn’t aggressive enough with his “game” to win.  He just waits on people to come to him to form alliances (I found that out on “All-Stars”).  You aren’t aggressive enough and that is going to cost you.
14 randy Randy: He doesn’t have a chance because he simply doesn’t know how to relate to people. A huge part of “Survivor” is about your ability to be relational.  That is why Russell will NEVER win “Survivor!”
15 candice Candice: She is up a creek because she formed an alliance with the wrong people.  She will be left without the numbers on her side.
16 danielle Danielle: She’ll go pretty early.   I didn’t even remember who she was.  How can someone I can’t remember have a chance with Villians like Russell, Jerri, and Rob?
17 cirie Cirie: She goes if the Heroes lose because she has a target on her back.  People know she will cut your throat and don’t trust her.  She won’t last long because she plays at all cost.
18 amanda Amanda: Amanda will go early because she formed alliances with the wrong people.
19 courtney Courtney: She’s next to go if Villains lose.  There is no room for 1/2 pints in the beginning of the game.  It is all about strength early on!  If you can’t advance as a tribe you can’t advance as individuals and she has nothing to offer to help her “team” advance.

Gordon Holmes’s Picks:

Rank Last Week Contestant Comment
1 james James: Right now I’m feeling James is the safest guy in Samoa. The only real risk he has right now is if some people are afraid of a Micronesia alliance. But, if that’s the case, Cirie or Amanda will go well before he does.
2 coach Coach: Coach really proved his worth last week when he was able to utilize his Dragon Slayer chi to get the best of Colby. He might not be everybody’s favorite person, but right now he’s too useful to send home.
3 jerri Jerri: I think Jerri’s in a great position in this game. Everyone knows her from the ratings monster Australian season, but nobody is particularly afraid of her game play. However, if she becomes the Slayer’s Sweetheart all bets are off.
4 tom Tom: Tom and the other winners are always in trouble when they come back. I’m sure he won’t have a chance to get too far into this game. But, they’ll want to keep the tribe strong for challenges, so he’ll be safe for a while.
5 jt JT: If you remember from Tocantins, JT is a challenge monster. He’ll be safe for a while, but unless there’s some kind of millionaire alliance I can’t imagine a former winner winning again.
6 sandra Sandra: After watching the premiere, I’m starting to think that Sandra is an extremely underrated winner. Did you see her buddying up to Boston Rob? She could make a run in this thing.
7 colby Colby: Colby is in the same boat with Jerri. He’s a “Survivor” legend, but he was marginalized during “All Stars.” This gives him more room to maneuver. Being slain by Coach may have been the best thing that ever happened to him.
8 tyson Tyson: Tyson is young, strong, good at challenges, and he knows when to keep his mouth shut. He’ll be safe for a while. Unless he busts out the Tocantins loin cloth, then he may be in trouble.
9 danielle Danielle: I still don’t think Danielle deserves a spot on an all-star season, but in her favor, the last person to win an all-star season didn’t belong there either. Sorry, Amber.
10 parvati Parvati: Some people like to think that Parvati’s dumb, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. She doesn’t know anything about Randy, but she can read him well enough to know that she doesn’t want to cross him.
11 randy Randy: People hate Randy for what he says during his confessionals, but the fact is he must be a likable guy. The former Onion Alliance in Gabon was crazy about him. I expect him to play under the radar for a while and adopt an “Anyone but me” strategy.
12 russell(2) Russell: I don’t know if Russell’s bullying tactics are going to fly with people who aren’t excited just to be on “Survivor.” If he’s too aggressive and makes too much noise he could find himself out early.
13 candice Candice: In a tribe that seems to be digging for swing votes, Candice may be the most likely candidate. She has no prior show-oriented affiliation with any other players, so she can pick and choose her alliances.
14 bostonrob Boston Rob: Boston Rob seems very off this season. I think he’s a tremendous player, but is his heart in the game? That, and next week’s preview points to him having a serious medical situation. I hope everything turns out alright.
15 stephenie Stephenie: She might have a target on her back for the sole reason that she was in Palau with Tom. If that’s the case, she’d better hope that Tom, JT, and Colby argue the case that she’s tough as nails and great in challenges.
16 rupert Rupert: I think Rupert is in big trouble. He doesn’t seem like himself ever since he broke his toe. He’s down on himself, he couldn’t start the fire. Maybe he senses that he’s not long for this game?
17 amanda Amanda: There are four players this season that were on “Survivor: Fans vs. Favorites” together; Amanda, Cirie, James, and Parvati. You can rest assured the other players know this and want to split them up as soon as possible.
18 cirie Cirie: See Amanda.
19 courtney Courtney: I’m putting Courtney at the bottom of this list for one reason: I don’t think she’ll be willing to play along when Russell swings over and gives her his “I want to go to the final two with you” speech. That always spells trouble.

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