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The Rules: Each week our combatants 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 players will earn. For example, if Dan is voted out this episode, Reem and Aubry will receive eleven points and Gordon will receive eight points. At the end of the season, the team with the most points will be named the “Survivor: Island of the Idols” Power Rankings Challenge Champion!
Last Week: Reem Daly and Aubry Bracco had Jack in spot fourteen, while Gordon Holmes had him in spot two. So, the current score is Team EOE: 52, Team Holmes 47.
Quick Note: Rankings are not based on who the player thinks is most likely to win. The smart strategy is to rank players based on how safe you think they are in the upcoming vote.
Reem and Aubry’s Score: 52
Gordon’s Score: 47
Any questions for Gordon? Drop him a line on Twitter: @gordonholmes
Reem: Karishma is not a threat right now — she may go far!
Aubry: I agree!
|1. Karishma: It’s so obvious that you’re going to hop to classic Vairo, that I doubt any classic Lairo members will be surprised or upset.|
Reem: Noura is so underestimated, I can’t wait to see her breeze by some of these people.
Aubry: I love her, and I totally agree. What’s encouraging is people will explicitly talk about their one-on-one relationship with her in open water aka Tribal.
|2. Janet: There’s just no reason to target Janet at the merge unless Dean wants some kind of mega-delayed payback for when she called him out at Tribal Council.|
Aubry: Dean has some options – he’s got original Lairo AND Kellee who is banking on some loyalty from him right about now.
Reem: Dean can go both ways at the merge and is in a good spot.
|3. Elizabeth: I would not want to square off against her in any kind of swimming immunity challenge, but the majority of the early post-merge challenges are going to be of the stand-here-and balance-this variety.|
Reem: I’m sure Tommy is glad the merge is coming because it was a slippery slope.
Aubry: It was rough sailing for Tommy, but I think he’s righted the ship. Let hope for his sake he stays out of the “physical threat” designation.
|4. Lauren: I think Lauren and Tommy played their partnership the wrong way last week, but it probably won’t matter too much headed into the merge. There are much bigger fish to fry.|
Reem: There has to be more to that story for him to cough up an idol for Noura because that’s pretty gutsy.
Aubry: I’m concerned he might have put a target on his back now that he’s shown himself to be 1. Capable of finding an idol. 2. Keeping it secret. 3. Playing it for someone else. He might try to be the person they try to “flush” at every vote now.
|5. Noura: You did fall for Kellee’s scheme. And, I bet you’re…honest…enough to own up to that Jack vote. But, nobody is worried about you beating them in the end, so you should be safe for a while.|
Aubry: I’m hoping the hard work she’s put in making relationships pays off because she fits into that merge threat category.
Reem: That chick is dope. I hope her relationships carry through because she’s amazing and very fun to watch. Don’t even try to play my girl Missy. She is smart, dude.
|6. Kellee: A work of art last week. However, I’ll never quite understand why you put your neck on the line for somebody you don’t fully trust. That being said, there’s no reason for Dean to turn on you at this point. As long as you’re keeping him safe…that is.|
Reem: I’d like to see her stick around.
Aubry: I agree. It’s around the time people start picking off threats.
|7. Dean: Not only did Kellee save you last week, but now she has an incentive to save you going forward. Lucky you.|
Reem: He’s low on numbers and he may seem like a threat, but you don’t know what’s really going on on original Vokai because there’s a disturbance in the force over there.
Aubry: Merge threat!
|8. Dan: All I know about your game is that you dig through people’s bags and you touch them when they don’t want to be touched. Not a good look.|
Aubry: Her band is back to together and she’s got more than Tommy to play sweet “Survivor” strategy music with now.
Reem: If her tribe stays in the majority and doesn’t pull a Kama, then she’s good.
|9. Missy: If people started comparing notes, they’d realize they should be scared to death of Missy.|
Aubry: I think playing the “Matriarch Card” can be a powerful tool at this point in the game.
Reem: If Janet realizes who broke up the band (and kicked out Jack), she is going to be pissed.
|10. Jamal: I get why you thought Dean would be targeting Noura, but I don’t think keeping Noura around is worth losing an idol. And now, people know you’re capable of finding idols and keeping them a secret. The target on your back got a lot bigger.|
Reem: Whose hand was being all touchy?
|11. Elaine: Before your Tribal shocker, everyone figured you were too simple to make a move. You proved them wrong, but also let everyone know that you’re here to play.|
Aubry: If one peep comes out about how she played the idol last week (let’s hope she can trust Dean), she’s in trouble.
Reem: You better hope mom and dad don’t find out what you did at that Tribal party last week.
|12. Tommy: You’re going to get your numbers back unless there’s something to Missy and Lauren’s women’s alliance. Also, challenge threats are never safe post-merge.|
Reem: She’s showing herself to be smarter than people thought, and they might start to see her as a social threat.
Aubry: Bingo. I think Elaine is fine early merge, but might proactively have to start assembling an army if she wants in for the long term.
|13. Aaron: Classic Vokai is heading into this merge with a numbers advantage and I’m sure Tommy would love to get revenge on you for sending Jason home.|
Any Questions? Drop me a line on Twitter: @gordonholmes