Ranking the Survivor Seasons

The 24th season of Survivor has come to an end with Kim Spradlin taking home the win in a 7-2-0 vote. Kim absolutely dominated this game strategically, socially, and physically, something which I thought was extremely fun to watch. Going back to regular format (and not redemption island) made this season a breath of fresh air for me and each episode brought the excitement that Survivor is known to bring.

It was almost as if the editors gave us the strong woman winner we’ve been waiting for and decided to do it no holds barred. People complained that Sophie didn’t get enough air time last season, well Kim was the opposite. The final 5 were all women, so the editors were probably like ‘crap, we actually have to show at least one of them!’

I like Kim a lot and hope to hear and see a lot more from her in the future.

Instead of doing a big strategy recap (as Kim just destroyed everything) I am going to rank all 24 Survivor seasons from worst to best.

It should be known that some seasons I didn’t watch live (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 17, 18) but went back and watched them after they aired where I already knew who the winner was. This gave me a different way of viewing the season (why …. won) so I may have a different perspective than some of you on them. Some I have watched both live and again afterward (6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15) and some I have only seen live week-by-week (16, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24).

SPOILERS ALL OVER THE PLACE!!!

24. Redemption Island-The worst season due to its complete lack of drama. Sure Boston Rob played a perfect game and it was fun to watch him do it, but thinking about players like Steve, Mike, Julie, Natalie, and Ashley just makes me want to fall asleep. Matt made the Redemption Island twist interesting at first and Phillip always stirred the pot, but really there is little to redeem it.

23. All Stars-Watching the greats go at it was cool when they were in it, but a final with Jenna Lewis, Rob Mariano, and Amber Brkich is not what anybody wanted to see. It started as great fun, but turned into an oppressively angry and bitter season of Survivor. Post merge was not only kind of boring, but each person was so angry to be voted out that it sucked all the fun out of it.

22. Thailand-I really liked Brian, thought he was fun to watch and an amazing player. I even liked Ted, Helen, and Clay, but the rest of the cast was boring and the season entirely too predictable.

21. Marquesas-I may be underrating this season a bit as there are some absolute game changing things that take place that changed Survivor. The final 9 vote where John gets taken down by Paschal and Neleh flipping was one of the greatest moments ever and the first time anybody had really flopped. This was Boston Rob’s debut and Sean was hilarious throughout, but the 3 weeks where Zoe, Tammy, and the General get voted out was just so boring. Vecepia is underrated as well, but just overall not that thrilling, just like this season.

20. Nicaragua-This is a season where everything that is supposed to happen happens. Anyone who complains about people at the bottom never taking out those at the top should not complain about this season, because that is exactly what happened. They got rid of big threats like Brenda and Marty early on, letting the underdogs make it to the end and eventually letting someone who did little win the million dollars. The underdogs were also not that exciting which is why this ranks so low.

19. Gabon-There are a lot of solid characters and big moments throughout this season. I loved watching Kenny sneak and maneuver and the “onion alliance” was pretty solid gameplay-wise. Despite how entertaining the beginning was, I cannot rank it higher because of how terrible the final 4 was. I don’t think that any of them would have been satisfying winners and it was such a disappointment to watch them make it that far.

18. South Pacific-Redemption Island was even more unbearable the 2nd time around, but the cast for this season was pretty solid. Coach, Sophie, and Albert all played great games, making for a very competitive final 3 and John Cochran deserves to be ranked among the great Survivor characters. His move is really what saved this season from being a complete disaster as it added excitement that we had not season since Heroes vs. Villains.

17. Palau-A lot of people really loved this season because of the awesome location, challenges, and likable winner, but looking back who can you remember in this season? Do you remember anyone besides Tom, Ian, and Stephanie? Anyone in the ill-fated Ulong tribe? Sure one tribe destroying the other is a kinda cool factoid, but leads to nothing dramatically post-merge. Overrated by the masses.

16. One World-I think I might be a bit biased on this one. For one, there was no redemption island which automatically made there be so much more drama within each episode than the past two seasons, causing much more excitement. The other reason I’m biased is that I cheered for Kim from the very first episode, hoping that she would win. When I saw that she was capable of this (which I started saying on episode 2), I jumped completely on her bandwagon, so it was very satisfying to watch her absolutely decimate the competition. Kim played the exact way I would want to play if I was out there (and certainly better). This one will probably sink a little when the Kimsanity dies due to lack of surprise, but I honestly did feel tension throughout each episode.

15. Panama-This might be the funniest season in Survivor history. The Casaya tribe is the most dysfunctional yet successful tribe in Survivor. Courtney, Shane, Bruce, Aras, and Danielle all fighting with each other with Cirie providing hilarious commentary makes for a great season. Casaya’s success has got to be one of the great storylines. Aras and Danielle were a kind of disappointing final 2 compared with all the other options, but the humor makes it great.

14. Guatemala-I really loved most of the cast on this one. Players like Brian, Gary, Amy, Judd, and Brandon were all really fun to watch. There were a couple of epic blindsides, one of which resulted in the best post-voteout reaction ever (“I hope you all get eaten by a frikkin’ crocodile”). Danni was a subtle winner, but rewatching it, you can certainly see that she is deserving.

13. Cook Islands-Yul the diplomat defeated Ozzy the challenge beast in one of the most deserving finals ever. Yul’s overpowered idol lead to a lack of drama late in the season, but it certainly caused some great moments with Jonathan’s flip at the merge. Cheering on the Aitutaki 4 after Candice and Jonathan’s mutiny was extremely fun and satisfying when they remained as the final 4.

12. Africa-Extremely likable cast, I think I would have been satisfied if any of the final 9 had won. Big Tom gave us some of the funniest moments ever, Lex was a control freak who was extremely successful, and Ethan was the laid back dude who made sure things went his way when they had to, leading him to victory. I would have to say this was the harshest location Survivor has ever had, probably leading to a more boring camp life than usual. The season is also pretty straight forward, which is why it isn’t higher.

11. Samoa-Russell Hantz helped bring me into Survivor superfandom. At this point I am tired of all the hoopla surrounding him, but his first season he was extremely fun to watch. He approached the game in an all-in fashion and in a way I had rarely seen before (sabotaging your tribe!? Brilliant!). 3 seasons and a nephew later it feels really old, but at the time it certainly felt like a new, unique, and viable way of playing. Those first few post-merge weeks were as exciting as they come as the Foa Foa magically worked their way from 4 down to taking 4 of the final 5 spots. I think that Natalie worked as a winner, though it definitely was a little disappointing.

10. Australia-The first half of this season is really fun and exciting. Mike is goin’ all crazy, Alicia is waving her finger around, and Jeff Varner is providing the best commentary we’d seen in Survivor. After the merge it gets pretty boring (I blame Jeff’s being voted out as part of this) and the editors chose to show the absolute minimum strategy talk possible. I understand that the show has shifted nowadays and that back then they wanted to show more of their life on the island than the game aspect, but they could show us a little as to why they’re voting the way they are! At the final 6 Amber looks to be somewhat in the majority alliance, only to be voted out with little mention as to why! Even Colby didn’t vote for her! What conversations took place to make this happen? It’s frustrating. I think Tina would be considered a far better winner if there was more strategy shown. She totally controlled and outplayed Colby, but it just wasn’t shown.

9. Heroes vs. Villains-This was a great season, with the most epic of returnees being brought back to compete against each other. The theme was perfect and added interesting dynamics to how the season played out. There were some moments that will go to live on forever in Survivor lore (Tyson flopping to vote himself out, JT giving up the idol, Parvati playing 2 idols) and that’s what makes it great. What doesn’t make it great is the huge number of Hidden Immunity Idols. Now I am a proponent of the hidden idol; I think that it adds tons of excitement and gives those at the bottom a chance to keep playing. But when they put 5 idols into one season, it is a little over the top.

8. Fiji-Oh the most hated of seasons is one that I really enjoy watching. I find the characters so entertaining and it endlessly dramatic. There were quite a few people out there truly playing the game, leading to moves and countermoves in each episode. Earl played such a wonderful game leading his group of people without any of them knowing it. Yau Man was one of the best characters the show has ever had, making fake idols before it was cool to do it. The Four Horsemen actually were all pretty competent if you go back and watch, but it is oh so fun to watch their downfall. Sure there are a couple of dumb twists (like Michelle’s boot), but I find it hugely entertaining in so many aspects.

7. Borneo-The very first one will always be a top 10 season. I think most of its merits are nostalgia-based and a lot of what happens is really not all that exciting or well edited, other than because it’s the first time its ever happened. All that said, it probably is the best cast they’ve ever had and that is not coming from rose-colored glasses. Each player out there is so unique and so special and there is not one that is boring. There are people from opposite walks of life forced to work together and figure it all out and that is what makes it a top 10 season. Plus Richard is wonderful to watch figuring it all out and move each piece that he needs to in order to win.

6. Vanuatu-I love Chris Daugherty and don’t really understand why he never became a popular Survivor player. I feel the same way about this entire season. From the start the votes are unpredictable (what you need from a good season) and it all pays off with the best (yes, the best) blindside in Survivor history at the final 7. Chris lied his way through the whole season and ended up winning it all despite this. He fought back as the only man, one who nobody considered a threat and took down the girl power alliance fronted by Ami and Leann. Players like Rory, Chad, and Sarge are all underrated and I also think that Twila is a great character, one I wish that they would’ve brought back (I’m looking at you Danielle Dilorenzo).

5. Pearl Islands-This season features the ultimate hero (Rupert) vs. the ultimate villain (Fairplay) in an epic battle, which at first makes it look like the hero has got it, but the villain emerges as victor (at least of the 2) in a way that I absolutely loved! When watching this season, my whole family cheered on lovable Rupert, but hated on sneaky Johnny Fairplay. But not I. No, I cheered for Fairplay as he made deals and broke them and jumped alliances and backstabbed people. I thought he was brilliant and to watch him blindside the season’s hero was the ultimate story for me. Not to mention, his lie about his grandma’s death is probably the most famous moment to ever happen in Survivor. We haven’t even talked about Sandra, who is the loudmouthed under the radar winner who perfected the “anyone but me” strategy in a great way.

4. Tocantins-This season has everything you could want from Survivor. It has crazy characters (Coach, Sierra), funny people (Tyson), likable players (JT, Brendan, Taj), strategy (Stephen), blindsides (Brendan followed by Tyson followed by Sierra followed by Debbie followed by Coach followed by Taj), drama, and in the end a great winner who made good alliances and dominated in challenges. If I were to create a season, this would be it.

3. China-If Borneo has the best cast, China has got to have the 2nd best one. Courtney, Denise, Todd, Amanda, Jean Robert, and James all were on the same tribe together, creating probably the best tribe in Survivor history (character wise). It was great watching Todd piece together his victory little by little making moves and manipulating whenever he had to, but it was also never obvious that he would win. Amanda was right there providing strategy along with him until she blew it on day 37 and screwed herself out of a million bucks. There are plenty of epic moments and great challenges and it really is so much fun to watch.

2. Micronesia: Fans vs. Favorites-While both of the other all star seasons seemed to slow down after the first few episodes, this one only gained speed leading us to the most epic string of tribal councils to ever take place. From Eliza having a “f***ing stick”, to Ozzy getting blindsided with an idol to Jason being backstabbed to Amanda playing an idol to save herself, to Erik giving up immunity only to be got by the Black Widow Alliance there was no way you could watch and not love what was happening. Sure the fans were all kind of lame and some great favorites went early (Fairplay, Yau Man), but I wouldn’t change anything about what happens come merge time. Parvati proved herself as one of the best with her flirt to the top strategy and in doing so created the 2nd best Survivor season ever.

1. The Amazon-When I was a young boy, I had had a few experiences with Survivor but had never seen a full season. Come 7th grade my family decided to jump onto the bandwagon to watch Survivor: The Amazon. This is likely because it was men vs. women and I wanted to root for the guys to beat the girls (hey, I was a jr. higher). After watching the Amazon I was blown away! This season is for me what Borneo or Australia is to a lot of others. It was my first one and I am a nostalgic mess about it. I also think objectively, it still ranks as or among the best (check out other lists, it will almost always rank in the top 10). While Micronesia had the greatest string of episodes, I think Amazon had the 2nd best post merge episodes. It started with Rodger getting ousted in what is probably the funniest episode ever, then Deena got blindsided, then Alex got blindsided by his best pal, then Christy trying to make a power move also gets blindsided. The person behind all those blindsides? Rob Cesternino. Rob C. is my favorite Survivor player ever (and now he leads the reality tv related podcast Rob Has a Podcast which is great) and he changed the way that Survivor was played. Rather than sticking with his original alliance, he chose to flip and flop individually between several blocks of people in order to advance himself further. On top of his strategy prowess, he is also one of the funniest Survivors ever, feeding lines to the cameras whenever possible, but never in an insulting manner. The end result was disappointing (with Jenna defeating Matt), but as time goes on I am seeing Jenna as a better and better player (the only thing that holds her back was her desire to quit). The Amazon is and will probably always remain my favorite season.

Check back soon for my ranking of every Survivor winner.

Survivor: One World Episode 13

This week the editors let us on to a lot more than we had learned the previous few episodes.  While this ended up doing nothing to what we’ve been shown to be the power trio (Kim, Chelsea, Sabrina), it was still eye opening to the kind of game that both Kim and Alicia are playing. Tarzan tried his best to solidify himself as a final 3 contender, but in the end Kim had her way.

Alicia Does Have Some Skills

The girl’s alliance had been shown to be a solid group of 5 with Kim and Chelsea at the top and Christina at the bottom. This week Alicia was shown to be at the head of a different alliance, one featuring Christina, Tarzan, and the biggest surprise of all Kim. Strategically speaking Kim was not only at the head of 2 alliances, but 3. She truly has had her “hooks in everyone” (as she said during the tribe swap) and left her options open as much as possible.

While giving yourself several options to take is a great strategy, eventually it leads to a decision that will her whichever side you don’t pick. This week Kim was forced to pick between Chelsea/Sabrina and Alicia/Tarzan/Christina. On one side she chooses 2 girls who have been with her since day 1, knowing that if she breaks their trust it could lead to a bitter seed being spread throughout the jury. On the other, she goes along with 3 people who she will annihilate in the final jury vote. It’s kind of a lose-lose (or maybe win-win) for her.

Little does Kim know that both Tarzan and Alicia are starting to think of getting rid of her once they get rid of Chelsea. They will have 3 people in their alliance and either of them would have a good shot of beating the other and Christina in the final vote. With this prospect, the 3 do not look as dumb for not choosing to flop over with Troyzan who they would have no shot of beating at all if he were to make it to the finals. Alicia does have some savvy gameplay within her even if she is a bit delusional and overbearing at times.

Kim Always Gets Her Way

None of this is really too big of a problem for Kim however, as she devises a plan wherein everyone gets their way. She plays this absolutely brilliant and is not forced to make her toughest choice in the game (she said she would have voted Chelsea out if she had to). Instead, she convinces Alicia that Tarzan is playing the both of them and is actually trying to make it to the finals with Christina and Sabrina! She does this in a moment where she seems so full of genuine discovery, that she nearly convinced me she was telling the truth.

The edit made it seem like they might end up voting out Chelsea, but in the end, Kim was victorious and it was a 5-1 vote for Tarzan.

By revealing all this new information to us this week, the producers really did do a good job of keeping us on our toes. If we hadn’t seen such a strong edit all season for the Kim/Chelsea/Sabrina I might’ve 100% believed she was going to flop to the other side. I am sure that we will see this temptation appear again Sunday at the final 5, with Kim again being the swing vote (while simultaneously being at the head of each alliance. Amazing.).

Who’s Gonna Win?

I really believe it will come down to a Chelsea vs. Kim final in which the jury must decide between the girl who played with her heart (but at least showed her heart) against the girl who played all of them (but they might not really know).

My prediction for the finale is: Christina gets out 1st. Chelsea wins the final immunity and they choose to vote out Sabrina at 4. The final 3 is Kim, Chelsea, and Alicia. Kim wins in a 5-3-1 vote. The votes go this way: Jonas, Michael, Jay, Leif, Sabrina vote for Kim. Troyzan, Kat, Christina vote Chelsea. Tarzan votes for Alicia. I will be way off, but its worth a try.

If Kim wins, I think I would put her as the best female player in a season and maybe all time. If its Chelsea, she’s more middle of the pack. I don’t think it will be Sabrina or Alicia and it certainly won’t be Christina.

After the finale, I plan on doing a recap, as well as making lists ranking both the seasons of Survivor and the winners from worst to best.

Survivor One World Episode 11

Dumbest Episode of the Season

This season has had a number of strategic errors made by various players. At the top of the list would be the men giving up an immunity in order to go to Tribal Council. Despite the impossibly ridiculous lack of common sense it took to make that move, I think that this week’s episode had the most strategic errors of the entire season.

The episode started off with Kim vowing to get rid of Troyzan no matter what it took, something that made me nervous from a editing perspective, especially with all the previews I had been seeing all week. Usually when someone states that their goal for that episode is to do …. it means that goal will probably get screwed around with and they will have to figure out something else to do. For Kim it did not work out this way, but good job by the editors to put this doubt in my mind (and really all season has been unpredictable despite the guys getting Pagonged).

The reward challenge this week was one that they have nearly every season in which players answer a series of questions, with each question that they get correct they can attempt to eliminate another player from the challenge. It takes 3 hits to eliminate someone from a challenge. This is one of the great Survivor challenges, because it often reveals the pecking order of those in the majority. Most notably in Survivor: Marquesas this challenge completely flipped the game as the bottom 5 realized that they were at the bottom and decided to work against those at the top.

It was obvious that the production team wanted to give Troyzan every opportunity to stay in this game by throwing out this challenge (one that I feel is usually played with 9 or 7 people left and not 8). They didn’t make it an immunity challenge either, likely because there is no way Troyzan would have won it.

Troyzan was the first one out, but the girls did a good job of mixing things up and didn’t show their hand hardly at all during the challenge. When Kim won she got to pick 2 people to come with her on the reward. She chooses Alicia and Chelsea leaving a heartbroken Kat behind (can she get a more Fabio-esque edit?) with a majority 4 others (production really wanted Troyzan around).

This is where Troyzan really picked up on his strategy this week. Although it was his boot episode he really played it nicely and better than anyone else did this week (which is refreshing when the season has been so dominated by Kim). He starts pecking away at Kat telling her that she is just a follower and that Kim doesn’t want her in the finals and this pecking really does seem to work. Sabrina tries to calm her, but Kat is really upset over what happened. Sabrina also uses this time to see who is with them and who is willing to work against them by asking Troyzan what his plan was. Christina takes the bait and says she likes the plan. This really was a good move on Sabrina’s part, probably the best we’ve seen her make all season. I was impressed with it.

Can Anyone Figure Out these Reward Challenges?

Why is it so hard to pick the right people on reward challenges? Yes I get that it would be hard to decide who to pick only portions of your alliance, but don’t promise people things that you don’t follow through on! If I was out there, I would almost choose to throw any reward challenge in hopes that I wouldn’t have to pick. Either that, or I would just make a point to take whoever got 2nd just to play the “fair” card. Seriously, Ian screwed it up in Palau and it basically cost him the game, Chase screwed it up in Nicaragua and it partially cost him the game, and now Kim makes a move off of emotions rather than strategy.

By Kim deciding she wants to take her friend she left an angry alliance member with the bottom 3 on the totem pole, with only Sabrina to try to keep things from going wild. She played things okay by coming back, but really it was a pig showing up at their camp that ended up helping her maintain control of her alliance. Survivor really is a lot of luck, because if that pig didn’t show up and take everyone’s mind off of the game, then anything could have happened (though I doubt it).

The immunity challenge was one of the ones where they oil themselves up and slide down it in order to throw rings around a baseboard. This was probably the most boring version of this challenge I’ve ever seen. It was elimination based and there was almost nothing to look at visually. Troyzan got eliminated in the first round by Tarzan, something that had almost no build up to it at all, a strange anti-climactic turn for something I assumed would seal Troyzan’s fate. Kim won her first immunity, showing that she really is a triple threat in this game (social, strategy, physical).

The threat of a hidden immunity idol has nearly become the most powerful tool in the entire game. Anyone who is ever close to the bottom and being voted out should always pretend like they have an idol. Doing this brought Troyzan 1 vote from saving himself, which is just unbelievable.

The girls are freaked out at the prospect of this idol and decide to split the votes, a risky but almost necessary move. They decide to let Christina receive the votes and Sabrina decides to join the dumb-strategy club by telling her that she is the one who will get the split vote. Normally this would be a HUGE mistake to make, but Christina seems pretty okay with it and even tells Troyzan that they are splitting the votes with her!!!! At the beginning of this season I almost picked this girl to be the winner, instead she joins the ranks of the worst players of all time. Not only does she do this, but she also decides to flip her vote to Chelsea (to try and work with Troyzan I guess) leaving Troyzan to find one more person to vote for Christina and save himself.

When it comes down to it, he cannot get Kat to flip and he gets voted out 4-3-1 something that was a lot closer than it ever should have been and leaving Tarzan as the last man standing.

The Rise of Kat

We got a strange edit for Kat this week that ended with Troyzan coming up to her after being voted out and telling her “DO IT”. Is this the rise of Kat? I have always thought that she was in a good spot alliance-wise and her desire to not be a follower certainly puts her ahead of past players like Natalie Tenerelli or Cowboy Rick. Is this what will empower her to make a big move? Will she make it to the end and get the sympathetic male vote? Next week’s preview seems to show Kat gaining even more momentum.

Kim made her first mistake of the game, but it was ultimately something that did not seem to cost her too much. It will be very interesting to see how the women go after each other and just how ugly it will get.

If I was Tarzan I would throw myself out there for anyone who wanted to use me, playing up the fact that I am not a threat in any aspect of the game whatsoever. The girls should not take him to the end though, for fear of the men wanting another man to win.

It was a really good episode and continues a really good season. Each remaining player has their own arc and that makes it really fun to follow, as well as unpredictable.

Survivor One World: Ranking the final 10

We are down to the final 10 in Survivor: One World, which until recently was often the time of the merge, where Survivor really began. This season has definitely been a solid one, with equal parts strategy and craziness, the perfect combination for any Survivor season, but we will have to wait to see how this season plays out before giving it a final ranking.

Today I will rank the final 10 players in their likeliness to win. This ranking will not be in the order of who is playing the smartest, but who has the best chance of winning.

10. Tarzan-We are at the point where I am pretty sure there is no way Tarzan can win this game. Sure, he will likely make it to the final 3, but if people think you are a joke, there is no way they will hand you a million bucks, admitting that you outplayed them. As much as everyone hated being played by Boston Rob in Redemption Island, they hated losing to Phillip even more and there is no way they would ever hand him a victory. Not only is Tarzan a joke, but he gets on everyone’s nerves and talks condescendingly toward others. That combination=jury goat.

9. Jay-Jay is actually a really smart player. Going in I did not expect to say those words, but I think that next to Kim, Jay has his head in this game. He flips when he needs to flip, keeps his mouth shut when he needs to, and leads when he has to, however, Jay is in a terrible position, which is mostly not his fault. He didn’t want to go to Tribal when the guys gave up immunity, which caused the guys to be down in numbers and now he is facing a 6-4 deficit. Plus he is a HUGE immunity threat, which could make him the next target to go. Unless he wins immunity every time or he can pull off something drastic, he is gone the next couple weeks.

8. Leif-Leif has absolutely no idea how to play Survivor, which might actually help him a couple more weeks. Plus, I could see the girls going after themselves before getting rid of Leif. I just don’t see him being allowed to make it to the finals. He will be voted out once all the bigger threats take each other down.

7. Alicia-Alicia thinks she’s in a better position than she actually is. Though all this could change if she continues to insult people and is seen as a potential jury goat. She seems a little too conniving to be allowed to make it that far though. I think people will be smart and not take her along for the ride.

6. Christina-The girl everyone hates is probably in the most unique position of anyone. Will she continue to be passed along in the voting queue, will she make a move, or will she be taken out 6th? All of these are possibilities considering everyone hates her for little to no reason. Is she so hated that she would lose any final 3? Or could she possibly sneak by as a come-from-behind winner? I could see the editors painting her as someone overcoming adversity and beating those who made fun of her all along, but it hasn’t started yet.

5. Kat-Could she be our Fabio? The “dumb” one who sneaks by, wins some immunities and wins for a lack of backstabbing. However, there are quite a few differences between the two. Fabio was always on the outside of the alliances being made, whereas Kat seems to be in the top 4 of the female alliance. She has been at the center of several important conversations and surprisingly never seems too far out of the loop. I don’t see her overcoming the Sabrina/Chelsea/Kim big 3, but if any of them go after each other she could sneak in.

4. Sabrina-She is in a great spot, but as the out-in-front leader of the girls tribe she is also  the out-in-front pick to either win over them or be backstabbed by them. Out of the three  I could see her being taken down first. If any of them are smart, they will not let their final 3 consist of the other 2.

3. Troyzan-Maybe Troyzan is a little too high for this list, but he is toward the top of the most capable men out there and is not as high of a target as Jay. Plus he could potentially use his idol to make his way to the finals.

2. Chelsea-Though Chelsea seems to be attempting to completely destroy the girls’ shot of winning this game, I still see her as a favorite to win. Eventually Kim and Sabrina could both be taken down by the others, leaving Chelsea standing as quite the likeable winner. She is a little too hotheaded and doesn’t quite think things through, but if she ends up in a final 3 without Kim and Sabrina she has a good shot at taking it.

1. Kim-Kim is tearing this game a part. There are others who are playing well, but Kim is a step ahead of everyone out there. Not only is she playing a multi-layered strategic game, but everyone seems to have her best interests at mind. During the immunity challenge both Kat and Sabrina were cheering her on. Everyone loves her and thus far she has made no mistakes. Her game and edit almost seem too perfect. Has anyone had this flawless of an edit this far into the game? Earl comes into mind, which is a great sign for her. The only way she goes in the next couple weeks is by an idol and the only way she doesn’t win, is if she takes Sabrina to the finals, or the others realize she is the power player. The only thing is, I can’t see a girls alliance successfully existing without her at the center pushing and pulling each of the chess pieces in her hand.