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The Rules: Each week our two 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 Ryan is voted out this episode, Aubry will receive seven points and Gordon will receive six points. At the end of the season, the person with the most points will be named the “Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers” Power Rankings Challenge Champion.
Last Week: Aubry Bracco and I both had Cole in spot ten. The current score is Team Bracco 84, Team Holmes 90.
Quick Note: Rankings are not based on who the player thinks is most likely to win. The smart strategy is to rank the contestants based on who is the most likely to be voted out in the next episode.
Aubry’s Score = 84
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Gordon’s Score = 90
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|1. Devon: Whether the seven stays solid or disintegrates, Devon’s even temperament and presence in multiple people’s end plans will keep him safe.||1. Devon: Ben and Lauren want to work with you, Ryan wants to work with you, and Ashley and JP probably want to work with you…but…you’re super well liked. Bordering on too well-liked. I think you’re safe now, but you have a rough road ahead of you.
|2. JP: JP’s certainty not going to win, but he’s as laid back and inert as they get. This guy certainly seems safe as a reliable number on the majority’s army for the next couple weeks at least.||2. Chrissy: I hope that conversation with Ben was a wake-up call. Just because you guys became buddies after the first Tribal doesn’t mean you need to stay BFFs forever. The only way you’re going to win is if you get credit for steering the ship, and you won’t get that credit with Ben around.
|3. Lauren: Lauren’s trusted, a challenge beast and a stable, reliable force. At this point, stability is gold: Lauren’s sticking around.||3. Ashley: Could Joe have brought Ashley and Chrissy closer together? A Ryan/Chrissy/JP/Ashley alliance makes a lot of sense.|
|4. Ben: Ben’s got control of the group and the votes, which is what makes me nervous. Could he be peaking too soon? Only time will tell.||4. Lauren: Lookit the challenge competitor! Lauren isn’t an obvious target at this point, but her name could be dropped if someone wants to shake up the Round Table.|
|5. Ashley: Ashley’s starting to question the group, and that can go either way. Either she plots too soon to break up her alliance and gets hacked, or she plots just in time and can organize numbers to strike before the other 6 to her 7.||5. JP: You’re good at challenges, so you’re never really safe. That’s all I’ve got.|
|6. Chrissy: Chrissy’s responses to people trying to goad her and overt comments about who is and who isn’t in control of the game make me nervous for her chances. The second someone gets confident, complacent can sometimes follow just after.||6. Ryan: I’m not positive that you and Devon are on the outs because I don’t think Devon told Ben that he already knew about the idol. But, you’re on thin ice, buddy.
|7. Ryan: Ryan needs to slow down and keep it zipped. He’s giving too much away in sheer excitement to lock in an end-game. One piece of information to the wrong person could tear everything down.||7. Ben: I think the scene where Chrissy was telling you that you were steamrolling the Round Table and you continued to steamroll her is going to seal your fate. You’re a great player, but I think self awareness might be the missing ingredient.|
|8. Joe: I don’t care what it’s like living with him, all I know is Joe is in trouble (as always), yet he’s found a way to hang on by a thread. He came to play. He’s fun to watch. I dig it.||8. Joe: I have such a hard time believing this, “We can get Joe out whenever because he’s a pain,” line of thinking. But, it seems like Desi and Cole bought it. There is something likable about being a brash person who owns their brashness (maybe a word?) and Joe has it in spades. If they keep him too long, he can win this thing.|
|9. Mike: YES. Dr. Mike, you are an outspoken underdog and an a bright beacon. Did you put a massive target on your back at the last tribal? Without a doubt, but I love your style. Never change.||9. Mike: You made your big move last week and it didn’t work out. Plus, that move put a big target on your back. I think the doctor is out.