For the 32nd season of Kaoh Rong we will be once again bringing you our weekly POWER RANKINGS as Noah is joined by Ozlets Colin, Ivan & Jarrod to rank the contestants each week based on performance and strategy and where they are perceived to be in the game! We continue our rankings for another week with our episode 6 rankings, which we are sure will cause speculation and debate as we get closer to next weeks episode!
HOW THE RANKINGS ARE CALCULATED
Each week Noah, Colin, Ivan & Jarrod will rank the remaining contestants based on their opinion of where they stand in the game, with the four totals being tallied to produce a total score. The lowest total score will be ranked at the top, with the second lowest in second, third lowest in third and so on and so forth. Each week the overall list will be published, separated into two tribes. It will combine into one list once the tribes merge.
Once again during Kaoh Rong we will be scoring who gets the closest each week with the POWER RANKINGS LEADERBOARD! The ranker who gets closest in predicting the previous weeks eliminated contestant will score a point. If they predict the exact finishing position then they will score 2 points. If there are two or more rankers on the same prediction/number, they will both get the said points amount. Here is the leaderboard after this weeks episode:
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1st – Cydney
OVERALL: 2nd (-1)
NOAH RANK: 4th
COLIN RANK: 3rd
IVAN RANK: 4th
JARROD RANK: 2nd
NOAH: Not much from Cydney this week but we can assume she is still super tight with Jason and Scot, who may bring over some new friends from Gondol. Debbie also seemed pretty keen on working with her. Cydney’s only struggle might be that she is perceived as a challenge threat in the merge.
COLIN: Not even a part of the game this week, but everything she has done prior to this holds up. She has one of the best chances of winning. She could be viewed as a physical threat going forward, but her alliances on both sides should be strong enough to protect her.
IVAN: She is set up to do well for a while but I don’t see a path for her near or to the end without some immunity wins. That’s thinking a little far ahead, but at least she likely won’t be targeted for being a physical threat.
JARROD: Cydney has been playing a solid game up until this point and there seems to be no suggestion that she’ll be the casualty come the merge. She gets along well with Debbie and that could be a useful link to the Brains if she decides to go that way. I fully expect her to sit back and play it smart next week, weighing up her options and going with the safest group.
2nd – Debbie
OVERALL: 4th (-3)
NOAH RANK: 2nd
COLIN RANK: 1st
IVAN RANK: 8th
JARROD RANK: 5th
NOAH: Not a whole lot from Debbie this week but once again she is the one of the players given the most attention in the edit. She is continuing to push for a female winner which could be foreshadowing. Debbie has had the perfect mix of strategy, getting to know her, entertaining moments and emotional depth.
COLIN: She’s setting up all these sub alliances while not jeopardizing her original Brains alliance. Peter was the only player who was out for her blood, and he is now out of the game. Nobody has more options going forward than she does, and still she isn’t being pegged as a target. Could be clear sailing to the finals.
IVAN: The brains seem like they are in a precarious situation come the merge, but at least few players take her seriously as a threat. She’ll have more recruiting and hustling to do but she’s only made good moves so far. She’ll need to keep it up.
JARROD: Survivor has somewhat of a tradition of losing big characters at the merge which may spell trouble for Debbie but from what we’ve seen she continues to do a great job at forging alliances in the game. She’s severely underestimated by her tribemates and looks to have pulled the wool over Nick’s eyes and found herself Michele’s good graces. She’ll likely team back up with the Brains at the merge but her fate could be out of her hands next week.
3rd – Jason
OVERALL: 5th (-1)
NOAH RANK: 7th
COLIN RANK: 10th
IVAN RANK: 2nd
JARROD RANK: 3rd
NOAH: An invisible week from Jason but not something that should be read into too much. He could become a major target come the merge but with his idol and Tai’s idol, he could be in the game for a subsequent number of weeks going forward.
COLIN: I give Jason a great chance of making the finals. I give Jason less than 1% of a chance of winning a final vote. His social game is awful, and he hasn’t had to work hard or scramble in the way Scot has.
IVAN: Going into the merge with an idol and likely access to a second idol will give Kyle plenty of options. That’ll mean Kyle should be sticking around for a few votes. But depending on which option he chooses and how he plays will determine his success from there. Will we see a cooperative Kyle or will he lose his patience and try to horde the power? Could go either way.
JARROD: Debbie could be gunning for Jason given her comment to Michele in the last episode and he’s once again been shown to be lazy around camp but with an idol in his pocket and crucial pre and post swap relationships it’d take a major blindside for him to go home.
4th – Neal
OVERALL: =7th (-4)
NOAH RANK: 5th
COLIN RANK: 7th
IVAN RANK: 11th
JARROD RANK: 7th
NOAH: A silent week from Neal but he does still have his idol that no one knows about and going in to the merge he is tight with the other three brains.
COLIN: I’m very interested to see what comes of the original Brains tribe next week. The tribe swap hasn’t shown us that Neal and Debbie are particularly tight, nor did we see that Joe and Aubry are. This could come down to a showdown of the Brains voting blocs. Neal has an idol, which helps his chances if it ever comes to that. Doesn’t that sum up Neal to a T. Has an ally in Aubry and has an idol. That is all.
IVAN: If the Brains aren’t unable to find a majority, I get a feeling Neal will be the first brain to be busted. It’s a shame because he’s played a good game, but this is a brutal game physically and mentally. We’ve seen promising players get their torched snuffed and Neal might be next, but hopefully that’s not the case.
JARROD: Neal was Mr Invisible this week but he has an idol in his pocket should he get any hint of danger. We haven’t seen Neal do the leg work that Debbie has done to build relationships and as such he’ll be glad to be paired back up with his partner in crime Aubry next week.
5th – Michele
OVERALL: 9th (-)
NOAH RANK: 10th
COLIN RANK: 9th
IVAN RANK: 6th
JARROD RANK: 6th
NOAH: Michele also had a spike in her edit but we still know next to nothing about her and the editors haven’t gone out of their way to show her story. However of the three non Tai beauties, I have the most sense that Michele could be a break out merge character. Time will tell.
COLIN: I am very aware that Nick is condescending and arrogant, but he did make one really good point to Michele this week. You can’t jump at the first person who throws a very loose offer of aligning your way. Debbie is talking to everyone, and Michele needs to weigh her options, and maybe work with someone like Nick for now who needs an ally. Not going to tribal has hurt the strategic game of most of the former Beauties, and there’s no time left to play catch up.
IVAN: The more we see of Michele the more I think she will be a strong player moving forward. A bit fortunate she didn’t go to Tribal Council yet in this game, but going into the merge I think she’ll make herself a strong alliance and if the first vote goes her way she’ll be going deep.
JARROD: A real standout episode for Michele as she goes from letting her tribe down in the reward challenge to slipping straight into strategy mode and trying to sure up her position in the game. She’s clearly focused on biding her time before making a major move and can easily hide behind the much more outspoken Nick to avoid being the target.
6th – Nick
OVERALL: 11th (-)
NOAH RANK: 11th
COLIN RANK: 11th
IVAN RANK: 7th
JARROD RANK: 10th
NOAH: Nick is just getting the most negative edit since…Peter. He had an increase in airtime this week but that was only more of an increase on portraying him as even worse. It looked like he would have a basketball redemption storyline but that also fell flat. Nick could potentially be THE merge boot but one thing is for sure, he will not win.
COLIN: The only thing going for him is Debbie’s desire to keep him around, and he’s far from the only person Debbie has expressed interest in keeping. He’ll be viewed as too big of a physical threat come the merge, and other than Debbie he doesn’t have a single working relationship in the game.
IVAN: His social game is showing its ups and downs. He won’t be able to dodge Tribal next week so we will finally see if he can walk the walk instead of talk the talk. However even if he gets any sort of power, people tend to get tired of his antics quickly. He may be a good choice to bring to FTC.
JARROD: It looks like Nick is being set up for a major fall, the big question is when precisely that will happen? He showed some awareness to the fact that Debbie may be playing him but he seems more inclined to believe she’s genuinely interested in working with him. Members of his own alliance don’t particularly like or respect him so it’ll be interesting to see how he gets along with a bunch of players he’s yet to live with.
1st – Scot
OVERALL: 1st (+4)
NOAH RANK: 1st
COLIN RANK: 2nd
IVAN RANK: 1st
JARROD RANK: 1st
NOAH: I am sceptical if Scot can win this thing based on his past profession but he has had a pretty strong game so far. He has a new bond with Tai which could be crucial in joining two alliances together in the merge. He knows where two of the three idols are but won’t get targeted for it as he hasn’t got either. Scot’s biggest challenge will be avoiding becoming a challenge threat come the merge.
COLIN: I know Alecia fans would love to argue this point, but I honestly am seeing Scot as a brilliant social player. On top of that he’s not threatening or sketchy in the way Jason is, and his alliances on both sides are full of people who will be bigger targets come the merge.
IVAN: He handled the situation on his tribe very well and has obtained some new allies. If Beauty and Brawn come together Scot definitely seems like the center piece to that alliance. He’s playing subtly yet effectively, and that’s the most successful formula for Survivor. Barring a power trip or shift Scot may continue to have things go his way.
JARROD: Scot’s in control of Chanloh and with the merge next week it feels like the Brawn players will be the crucial numbers if we see original tribe alliances reform. Scot’s got the information to piece together a super idol and looks to have no shortage of allies moving forward.
2nd – Tai
OVERALL: 3rd (+5)
NOAH RANK: 3rd
COLIN RANK: 4th
IVAN RANK: 3rd
JARROD RANK: 4th
NOAH: Tai’s game really has done a 180 from the beginning of the season. He has the idol and a close alliance with Scot. Normally showing other people the idol can be dangerous but with the unique super idol twist this will be beneficial. He may be a threat down the line to take to the end but he should be able to fly under the radar in the early part of the merge.
COLIN: Now we know for sure that Tai and Scot are a solid team, and they easily controlled the vote this week against the 3 person majority of the former Brains. Joe had the best idea, Aubry dragged her feet on making a decision, and Tai and Scot came out looking stronger than anyone. Add to that an idol and Tai has turned into a real front runner.
IVAN: It was a good week for him. Last week he was at his tribes mercy and had to take a leap of faith to keep his idol. But now the focus shifted away from him and allowed him to make more moves and he ended up making the right one. If his game continues to have a Yau Man storyline, he’ll have challenges to come but he should be doing well in the beginning of the merge.
JARROD: Everybody loves Tai and he does well at presenting himself as more of a follower than a leader. We’ve seen that he’s willing to adopt the Sandra strategy of “as long as it’s not me” which should serve him well moving forward. Expect him to win even more people over at the merge and stick close to his buddy Scot.
3rd – Aubry
OVERALL: 6th (-)
NOAH RANK: 6th
COLIN RANK: 5th
IVAN RANK: 9th
JARROD RANK: 9th
NOAH: Somewhere in the middle feels about right for Aubry. She made a move where she was damned if she did, damned if she didn’t. There were advantages and disadvantages to keeping Peter and she may make other players weary of her. On the flipside she avoided a rock draw and seems to be tight with the other three brains. Going into the merge with 4 Brains instead of 5 takes the target off slightly. Only time will tell how much Aubry’s decision will pay off and whether or not she is a master strategist or flying by the seat of her pants.
COLIN: This week showed us that she is a go to person for strategy, but in my opinion she messed up this week. Peter was the right choice to vote out, and she was the last one on board with it. By the time she made the decision Joe all but refused to go with his original choice, and the others on the tribe got the impression Aubry wasn’t someone worth working with. She has a chance to move forward in the game, but she needs to be more decisive and more approachable.
IVAN: Despite her low position, I think she has played well and made a good move voting for Peter. However from what we’ve seen so far the Brains seem like the most likely to suffer going into the merge because the signs point to Beauty and Brawn joining forces. Hopefully for Aubry she won’t be out of ideas though.
JARROD: It’s very up in the air whether her move to flip was a good or bad one but with the merge upon us it’s probably a blessing to have a loose cannon like Peter gone. Her obvious changed vote could very well cause distrust between her and the new Gondol crew but she’s done well in challenges before and I could see her being an unexpected individual immunity threat moving forward.
4th – Julia
OVERALL: =7th (+5)
NOAH RANK: 9th
COLIN RANK: 8th
IVAN RANK: 5th
JARROD RANK: 8th
NOAH: Julia was lucky to survive this week but luckily for her she can probably go unnoticed at the merge. We are slowly beginning to learn more about her but so far her only story is about how young she is. I don’t see Julia as the winner of this season.
COLIN: She receives a decent bump this week due to not being the obvious vote following Anna’s exit. She rebounded from being outside of Gondol’s initial vote following the tribe swap, and she seems tight enough with Scot and Tai. She needs a partner to play with in the merge though, so hopefully she and Michele are tight without Anna’s presence. Seeing as we never saw them go to tribal on the Beauty tribe it’s tough to tell how they are.
IVAN: So much for last hired first fired. She helped turned a hopeless situation into one full of opportunity. She’ll have options going into the merge and I doubt anyone will be going after her. Let’s see how the reunion between her and Michele affects the game.
JARROD: She did a good job of blending into her new tribe and she’s likely to stick with the people who saved her this week. Along with the merge the Beauty girls’ alliance will likely be back in action (albeit minus their leader) and Julia should be able to go back to flying under the radar.
5th – Joe
OVERALL: 10th (-3)
NOAH RANK: 8th
COLIN RANK: 6th
IVAN RANK: 10th
JARROD RANK: 11th
NOAH: I still think Joe will be another medivac this season. Last episode he had his finger examined by Peter and this week he took a bleeding visit to the Survivor doctor. This seems to be foreshadowing but it could of course be misdirection. Joe will probably re-join with Aubry but he now has an ally that didn’t vote with him. He should be able to join back with the three Brains at the merge and is a player who can fly under the radar. I don’t believe Joe will be the winner.
COLIN: Despite the fact that Joe ended up as the only person outside of the vote, I think he played his cards well this week. By standing his ground with Aubry he showed her that he wasn’t going to be the kind of player that you can change the vote with at the last minute. He probably knew Aubry was going to flip and stubbornly wanted to stand his ground. I really don’t think this hurts Joe and Aubry’s relationship going forward, but at the same time I’d feel a lot more comfortable for him if he were back on Debbie’s side.
IVAN: He has shown he’s capable of playing the game, but he hasn’t exactly shown he’s a solid player. He had a point that it’s not good to be wishy washy but he’s not doing a great job being flexible either. Despite his good intentions he doesn’t come off as approachable and that can’t bode well for him.
JARROD: Joe was viewed as too loyal to be approached regarding voting out Peter and his inflexibility could be his downfall. Was on the outs of the vote and who knows what his reaction to Aubry’s flip will be next episode.
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