Survivor: Heroes, Healers and Hustlers - Season Preview 3
Part 3 - The Hustlers and Season Predictions
By Jim Van Nest
September 27, 2017
Hello, good people and welcome back to Part 3 of the Box Office Prophets Preview series of Survivor: Heroes vs Healers vs Hustlers. If you're just finding these now and have missed the other parts, you should check them out: Part 1 - Heroes and Part 2 - Healers. Go ahead...we'll wait.
All righty - now that everyone is back with us, it's time to check in with the 3rd and final tribe this season, The Hustlers. The Hustlers will be called Yawa and will wear the red buffs to start the season. Before we talk about the 6 people on this tribe, let's discuss the meaning of the word "Hustler" as Survivor defines it. They are using this as a positive. As in, "That girl really hustles." These people apparently work their butts off and are always out there to get the job done, no matter how much it takes. No one will ever accuse these people of laziness or not being willing to do what it takes to complete a task. With that in mind, let's get to the 6 people that Survivor is labeling "Hustlers". After we discuss all the players, I'm going to give you my "sure to be wrong" predictions for this season, including who makes the Merge, the Final 4, the Final Tribal and who will ultimately be crowned the Ultimate Survivor for Survivor: Heroes vs Healers vs Hustlers.
Alexandrea "Ali" Elliott (24 - "Celebrity" Assistant) - First up on the Hustler tribe is personal assistant, Ali. She works as an assistant to a YouTube star. Someone called Glozell Green. It would seem I can now pinpoint when I got old. It's this moment right here - when I learn that YouTube "sensation" needs a personal assistant. Anyway, I like Ali and I think she has some real potential here. She's a go-getter and used to being told what to do all the time, as an assistant. I don't think she'll have an issue with people telling her what to do. To a person, the other players all want to work with her. Healer Joe has even said that she's in his "alliance in my head". So, whatever she's putting out there, everyone else is picking it up. There's one kink in her game, however. She actually knows one of the other tribemates. She and Patrick Bolton attended Auburn University and were neighbors. They weren't tight, but they ran in the same circles and definitely know each other. This is the biggest concern for her going into the game. What does that mean? Will he tell people? Will they work together? Or go after each other to keep their past lives out of the mix altogether? Honestly, I don't think this will affect Ali. I do, however, worry about it for Patrick. Ali makes the merge no question, but my prediction of a weak Hustlers tribe has me worried that she'll find herself on the wrong side of the numbers once everyone gets together. But, if she hustles, she might find herself in an ok spot overall.
Devon Pinto (23 - Surf Instructor) - Our next Hustler is surf instructor, Devon. When you hear him talk, he reminds you of Millennials vs Gen X lover, Taylor. But when you listen to what he actually says, he sounds much more like Jay from the same season. While he's just fine to play the "dumb surfer", he's anything but. He knows the game and he's come to play. Devon strikes me as a guy who will easily go with the flow of the tribe and the game itself. I think he'll be a beast in the challenges which will make him increasingly more important as I expect the Hustlers to struggle overall in that department. Devon plans to be out hunting for idols and he thinks anyone not doing the same is pretty dumb. He knows it can put a target on his back, so he plans to be stealth about it, but he will be looking. Overall, Devon just seems like a guy who will excel in all facets of the game. I see a deep run in store for Devon this time out.
Lauren Rimmer (35 - Fisherman) - I don't have a very good read on Lauren, despite hearing a few interviews and reading her bio. She's a commercial fisherman (fisherwoman?) so I have no doubts that she's a tough lady. Tough enough to handle the survival aspect of the game. I worry, though, that she could possibly have social issues when dealing with her millennial cast-mates. If anyone will find themselves on the outside of the tribal alliance, I fear it could be Lauren. The other players aren't sure what to think about her either. They say she sleeps a lot and doesn't have a lot of personality throughout the pre-game. As I keep saying, I think the Hustler tribe is primed to be a hot mess, which could put them behind the eight ball, early and often. I don't think she'll be the first one out, but I could see her being the second boot with first boot potential. Definitely not making the merge.