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 11 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.
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 – Aubry
OVERALL: 1st (-)
NOAH RANK: 1st
COLIN RANK: 1st
IVAN RANK: 1st
JARROD RANK: 1st
NOAH: At this point Aubry is positioned as a frontrunner for the win. She has Joe as a loyal soldier and Michelle and Cydney are up there with her too. If she can make the end she probably won’t have all the jury votes but could probably swing enough in any combination of people sitting next to her. Tai would probably beat her and Cydney may give her a run for her money. She has been in control and smooth sailing for the past two weeks so if she can maintain this then she is set up well to go to the end. We will see if her neurosis gets the better of her in the end game or at the finals. If Aubry doesn’t win she will probably be a fourth place Wentworth type finish.
COLIN: A win is looking more and more likely every week. She needs to have the right people sitting next to her at the end, and luckily she’s thinking of that. I have doubts that she can handle a jury. The fact that she didn’t speak up once when Jason kept calling her and Joe as an unbreakable alliance was shocking. One sentence of “Joe and I rarely end up voting together” would have been a good start.
IVAN: Despite being #1 in the rankings, she’s in a precarious situation. It seems like it’s only a matter of time before attention shifts to her once again. Based on where the tribe stands right now, I don’t think she’ll be next to go unless things definitely don’t go her way. However, this next vote is an important one. Whether she votes out the easy option Jason or blindsides someone else, she has to find someone other than Joe who is willing to take her to the final 3 or 2, and the jury is still out on whether Cydney and/or Tai is that player.
JARROD: Aubry remains the Queen Bee right now with usable relationships with everyone. Joe is firmly in her pocket and Tai deferred to her on whether he should play his idol or not which should build even stronger trust between that pair. We saw the three girls bonding at reward and Jason is the only one acknowledging her as a threat right now. It’s going to take a major power shift to knock her out of the game.
2nd – Cydney
OVERALL: 2nd (-)
NOAH RANK: 2nd
COLIN RANK: 2nd
IVAN RANK: 2nd
JARROD RANK: 2nd
NOAH: Cydney has shown that she is willing to flip again but also seems pretty set on staying with Aubry now. However if it comes down to an Aubry/Joe/Michelle/Cydney final four she could very well get ousted. Tai’s idol/advantage could also screw her over as well. She could win if she makes the end but her best bet at this point is to not let Aubry or Tai in the final three. She is a front runner in winning a physical challenge going forward which could help her out a bit.
COLIN: She’s on screen, then she’s not, then she’s on again, off, on, etc. This is hardly what we expect as a “winners edit” but I’m convince the old rules don’t apply anymore. This is what it clear. Cydney has a lot of power, her biggest enemy is willing to work with her if need be, and the target is being moved off her and onto others. I can’t call a win, but I’d be shocked if she didn’t make the finals.
IVAN: It’s good to have options, but she won’t have them forever. At least Jason went from wanting her out to wanting her vote. Even though she’s pretty likeable from our perspective as fans, she can go either way in a jury situation. If she’s in a final 2 with Aubry, who knows whether she or her will be respected more or hated more. I feel like Aubry has marginally more going for her than Cydney does, but Cydney is definitely a contender to win this game.
JARROD: Cydney moves up this week courtesy of her renewed working relationship with Jason. She may not have taken him up on his offer to vote out Tai but Cydney made it clear that it’s good to have options and she seems to have plenty right now. She’s particularly tight with the other two females and if she can make it to the end she stands a legitimate shot of taking out the title.
3rd – Michele
OVERALL: 3rd (+1)
NOAH RANK: 4th
COLIN RANK: 4th
IVAN RANK: 3rd
JARROD RANK: 3rd
NOAH: Michelle is starting to gain some traction in her edit and she is starting to be shown as more important. Is that because she is a Natalie Anderson like character who will burst through at the end or is it because they are simply running out of players so now they have to show her? I don’t know. Not voting out Tai this week is a potential million dollar mistake for her as she would have a much better chance in a Michelle/Jason/Julia final three than a Michelle/Aubry/Cydney. Although the decision to stick probably also fell more on Cydney. Michelle doesn’t have a lot on her resume should she make the end.
COLIN: She has finally started playing the game. It’s SO late in the game for her to suddenly step up as a major player. To me that means it’s more likely the editors are setting her up as a relevant future boot and not a winner or finalist. The fact that she failed to convince anyone to keep Julia shows how little influence she really has.
IVAN: Like in many parts of the season, especially post merge, the woman have been playing the better games this season. However out of those left, even though I think Michele is a good player and a good person, she’s got her work cut out for her to usurp Aubry or Cydney. I feel like Michele did as good as she could do this episode after being left out of the previous vote. She got herself back in the majority’s good graces, and I get the feeling it’s not set in stone that she’s #5 in that group given Tai’s items and jury management. I don’t think blindsiding Julia will impress the jury, especially since they didn’t need Michele’s vote and I doubt Julia will be happy. She’s still got a chance, but not as much as #1 and #2 in my rankings.
JARROD: Michele feels like a solid middle of the road player right now. She’s received plenty of airtime about being in the numbers and making moves but we’ve yet to see her really take control of the game. She did a good job at hiding her disappointment at not being included in the Scot boot and she was quick to integrate herself back with the girls. Michele shared the power with Cydney the past week and that pairing could play a crucial role in the coming weeks.
4th – Tai
OVERALL: 4th (-1)
NOAH RANK: 3rd
COLIN RANK: 5th
IVAN RANK: 4th
JARROD RANK: 4th
NOAH: Tai will have to be pretty stupid not to make the final 4 at this point. Especially as no one else has an idol. With an idol and an advantage he has a big target on his back but if he uses both of these correctly he should make final 4. If he uses the double vote next tribal it is going to take 4 of the 5 other contestants to vote for him to get him out. Jason/Michelle/Cydney may vote for him but they will need Aubry there with them. All of this is assuming he doesn’t win immunity which he very well could and boost his position even more. Then at final five he can use his idol for a sure fire pass to four where it will probably be a case of win immunity or go home. All of this is assuming no other idols will be hidden at camp.
COLIN: He will need every idol, advantage, and good relationship at his disposal to survive to the end. With the luck he has had that may just be possible. If his head is in the game he will be smart and play the idol as soon as he can, and then leverage that extra vote the following tribal.
IVAN: Logic suggests Tai will use either his idol or advantage in the next vote and whatever he has left in the Final 5, barring any immunity wins. But the question is which to use when, and can he use them properly? Tai has said like 10 times he doesn’t want to go out with an idol in his pocket, so that’s definitely a likely possibility. While canonically and sequentially irrelevant, no one with the advantage has really benefited from it. It’s up to Tai to either break the chain or confirm that the advantage is really a disadvantage. There’s still hope that Tai can win, but even if he doesn’t him and Mark have proven to be super stars in their own right.
JARROD: You’d think somebody at the final 6 with an advantage and an idol would be in a great spot in the game but it’s difficult to see Tai’s exact position amongst the final 6. His only strong tie seems to be with Aubry and we haven’t seen him forge connections with the other members of his alliance. He’s expressed multiple times that he doesn’t want to go home with the idol in his pocket but could that be foreshadowing his demise. If he survives the next vote and keeps his idol he ensures himself final four but I’m not even certain he’s guaranteed to win a jury vote anymore.
5th – Joe
OVERALL: 5th (-)
NOAH RANK: 5th
COLIN RANK: 3rd
IVAN RANK: 5th
JARROD RANK: 5th
NOAH: Joe was referred to as a puppy this week.
COLIN: The FBI called. They have a former agent who is missing and presumed irrelevant. All jokes aside, what we have seen (or not seen in this case) makes him the perfect guy to take to the end. On top of that if he has gone against Aubry (or her against him) this many times and they’re not gunning for each other, maybe there is something to that unbreakable alliance.
IVAN: His screentime and his relevance to the story of this episode was not flattering for the former FBI agent. Thinking of the positives in his game, he’s in the majority alliance, he’s flying under the radar, and he’s mentioned his FBI status much less than Phillip Sheppard did at this point in his Redemption Island season. And that’s about it. If you would’ve told me preseason someone like him would be seen as a goat to take to the end, I would’ve disagreed with you. But you have to think the thought of going to the final 3 with Joe and Jason has crossed some player’s minds.
JARROD: Joe has received little to no screentime and that trend continues week to week. It seems odd that he’d be targeted over bigger threats moving forward especially as from what we’ve seen there’s nothing to suggest he could win the game.
6th – Jason
OVERALL: 6th (+1)
NOAH RANK: 6th
COLIN RANK: 6th
IVAN RANK: 6th
JARROD RANK: 6th
NOAH: Jason was on the bottom last week, on the bottom this week and will no doubt be on the bottom next week. He caught a lucky break this week but becomes an easy target if he doesn’t win immunity next episode. That being said he may not have the jury votes so he could be a good person to bring to the end. Jason’s best bet is to rally against Tai again while he still has the advantage/idol target on his back.
COLIN: He doesn’t have one solid ally left in the game, and a point was made this week that Jason actually has friends on the jury. At the point he probably has more friends than the majority of those left. Nobody will want him making it to the end. If he doesn’t win immunity he’s done for.
IVAN: It doesn’t matter if he’s in a powerful position or he’s in danger, he is keeping his torch lit anyway possible. Not sure if he did anything in particular to warrant keeping him in over Julia or if he was just at the mercy of the majority alliance. He almost found a way into the majority when I thought there wasn’t really one. His longevity in the game seems to be based on immunity wins and the Tai situation, because it will be tempting to flush out his idol and advantage. Or maybe Jason will survive for a completely different reason? Quite possible given this last episode.
JARROD: Jason is firmly on the outs right now and you’d think he’d require a string of immunity wins to get himself further in the game. We have seen a couple of scenes of players mentioning wanting to sit next to him at the end so he could still be brought to final tribal council. However, his fate appears to be out of his hands right now.
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