Survivor: Kaoh Rong - Power Rankings
By Jim Van Nest
April 26, 2016
4) Julia - Julia moves up a spot this week because Kyle's game just blew up in his face, and Tai seriously weakened himself. Still riding the middle, it was Julia's idea to force Tai to play an idol, and it would have worked if Aubry hadn't had a better plan. Again, Julia is playing a pretty solid game and an amazing one for someone of her age. Problem is, she's starting to be seen as part of the Kyle/Scot alliance, which paints her as a villain and I'm not sure people will want to vote for her in the end, regardless of the quality of her game.
5) Kyle - It's true, that Kyle's game went up in smoke last week. But that could turn out to be a great thing for him. With Scot gone and the main power couple broken up, the rest of the group may start setting sights on Aubry or Cydney or Tai, leaving Kyle just hanging out on the side of things. He might be seen as "no longer a threat" and people could kinda forget about him out there while they focus on the bigger fish. If he can put away his pride and try to reconcile with Tai this week, he could find himself back in a power position before this game ends. I think there's a way that Kyle can win, but it will take a lot of work, some pride swallowing and a little luck for it to happen.
6) Tai - Tai pulled off one of the most epic moves in the 32 season history of Survivor last night. And I guarantee that somewhere, Yau Man stood up and cheered. But when you break this down, it was a likely game-ending move for Tai. On the surface, he comes out smelling like a rose. He has the game's only idol and he has an advantage. The problem is, everyone knows he has both. With Scot out of the game and Kyle no longer a factor, there's a super duper huge glowing target right on Tai's back. Honestly, I could see him going home as soon as next week. He's not at the bottom of the list because he can still win the game. In fact, if he gets to the end, he's probably a shoe-in to win the game. I just think his chances of making a Final Tribal are so incredibly small that they're almost non-existent.
7) Joe - And that leaves Joe. Joe is just a non-factor this season. Great guy. Amazing guy. But a non-factor nonetheless. He just tends to the fire and waits to be told who to vote for. There was a time when he was part of the decision making, but his blind loyalty and unbending nature make him little more than a vote in Aubry's pocket right now. He's not a threat to win immunity and he's not a threat for a sudden jump to blindside someone. He's a serious threat (almost a lock) for the final four. He may even make the Final Tribal - but he has done nothing in this game to justify a spot there or an eventual win. Again, love me some Joe, but not as a Survivor player. Not this season.
And there you have it, kids, the Power Rankings for week 11 of Survivor: Kaoh Rong. Would love to hear your thoughts...hit me up on the Tweet Box: @vannestjc. And be sure to come back later this week for the Episode 11 recap! 'Til then, take care!