XFinityTV is blowing up their coverage of “Survivor: Philippines.” Every Tuesday I’ll be squaring off against “Survivor: One World” favorite Kat Edorsson in this season’s Power Rankings challenge. Every Wednesday briefly after the show we’ll have a full episode recap and every Thursday we’ll have an interview with the latest eliminated player. Follow me on Twitter (@gordonholmes) for all the updates!
The Rules: Each week Kat and Gordon will create separate Power Rankings. The ranking of the person who is voted out of the next episode will determine the number of points the two players will earn. For example, if Malcolm is voted out this week, Kat will receive 5 points and Gordon will receive 4 points. The person with the most points at the end of the season will be crowned the ‘Survivor: Philippines’ Power Rankings champion!
Last Week: Kat’s still cutting down on what was once a monster lead. She had Penner in spot six while I had him in spot five. So, the current score is Team Kat: 122, Team Awesome Thunder: 123.
|Kat’s Current Score: 122
Any advice for Kat? Drop her a line on Twitter: @KatEdorsson
Gordon’s Current Score: 123
Any advice for Gordon? Drop him a line on Twitter: @gordonholmes
| 1. Michael: This could be a long shot but “Survivor: Philippines” is anyone’s game right now. And today, just because Skup’s got seven kids, I’m picking him for the win this week! I know, I know, I know… but what do you want from me? I have too many favorites! We have powerhouses playing in this game right now and it could go any which way. Skupin is a veteran, and since he’s the only one left he can definitely swing votes. For crying out loud, give it to the man! He’s playing a great game and I love how everyone has forgotten he can be a potential threat to this game.
|| 1. Denise: Sooo…the only thing standing between Denise and the money is her buddy Malcolm. She’s got to get rid of him, hopefully in a way that doesn’t kill her jury chances. Now, she can’t do it now because we’re at even numbers. But, he has an idol and I think final five is the last time he can use it. Even worse, Lisa is not cool with breaking her word and as she goes, so goes Skupin. So now the only shot to send him packing is at final four? The more I look at this, the more I think Malcolm is the champ.
| 2. Denise: She’s just incredible and I love watching her. I don’t want to keep repeating myself because everyone knows I am a Denise fan, but I believe she has what it takes to make it to the final three. Naturally, this is really anyone’s game and depending on who wins immunity, decides who will stay and who will go home.
|| 2. Lisa: Oh Lisa… I love you. Jo and Tootie should be very proud of you. You’re a fantastic person, but this game clearly is not for you. Everyone who signed up to participate in this fiasco knew they were going to be lied to at some point. Don’t get me wrong, honesty can work in your favor, but the wishy-washy crying probably isn’t earning you any brownie points.
|3. Lisa: Lisa would be final-three gold! She will be clueless to how she got there and it’s going to be an outer-body experience for her. But, that is what happens when you’re final-three gold. The family visit is coming up and I am so excited to see her interact with her family because you can tell she needs a hug from a loved one to keep her sanity in this game.||3. Michael: Nobody was more psyched than I was when it was announced that Skupin was coming back. He’s been a ton of fun to watch and he’s destined for at least the final four. Sadly, the end story for “Survivor: Philippines” won’t be a phoenix rising from the ashes with a million-dollar check In his beak. There are just a few too many broken alliances in his wake for that to happen at this point. Unless…what if he can get Denise to be the main reason Malcolm’s torch meets the business end of a snuffer…?|
| 4. Abi-Maria: Give it up to this girl!!! Yes, it’s happened; I’m an Abi fan! How did this happen you might ask? Did you see last week’s episode? This girl #TurnedUp the heat! She played the game and won immunity fair and square and I have nothing but respect for her. I think she has burned too many bridges to ever win the title sole survivor, however I tip my hat to those who give it all they have. When I played I was too delusional to understand the nature of the game, my social game was on point but I didn’t know when to pull back. So, I am happy to see Abi make such a comeback. Did you see how she made up a second clue during the challenge in case she needed to create chaos back at camp? Priceless #Villain
||4. Malcolm: Penner thinks Lisa and Skup’s decision to send him packing was like writing a million-dollar check for Malcolm or Denise. I think he’s right. And between the two of them, Malcolm’s the obvious choice. Booting Malcolm has become a necessity. First, he probably won Abi’s vote last week, which could earn him Pete and Artis’s votes. He’s a Matsing survivor, and he’s a challenge threat. If they don’t stop him soon, they won’t stop him.|
|5. Malcolm: With Malcolm’s idol and his dynamic duo still going strong he definitely still has what it takes to make it to the final three. However, did you see the previews? I’m nervous his brother might make a mess of things. Malcolm needs to fly under the radar while everyone still believes Abi and Carter are the biggest targets.|| 5. Abi-Maria: Umm…I’m starting to kind of like Abi again… My least favorite thing in “Survivor” is when somebody’s number is clearly up and they don’t try to do anything about it. Nobody can accuse Abi of this. Her auction move kept her safe last week and might keep her safe this week. Of course, Penner said that he didn’t think anyone believed her about the idol clue, but she might’ve planted enough doubt that they might split the vote or target Carter first.
|6. Carter:Carter DOMINATES in challenges! Total disadvantage to the norms on the rest of his previous tribes. The man teaches crossfit in case you didn’t know. He’s a beast! Anywho, without an idol Carter would be the next obvious choice. It would be dumb to take out Abi now when you know Carter’s a bigger threat and he’s not in the final-four alliance, so he is playing this game alone and he’s in it to win it. The only problem is he has a 1-in-6 chance to win immunity or he’s going home.|| 6. Carter: Carter has one path to victory, and it involves a Lusth-esque challenge run. Is it possible? Of course. Carter clearly has Lusthian skills. Is it probable? Doubtful. You just never know when challenge producer (and foosball superstar) John Kirhoffer is going to make you do something weird like stack tiles or balance balls on a platter. So, when the immunity wins come to an end, so too will Carter’s time on this show.