Survivor: Heroes, Healers and Hustlers - Season Preview 3

Part 3 - The Hustlers and Season Predictions

By Jim Van Nest

September 27, 2017

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Patrick Bolton (24 - Small Business Owner) - And now we've come to the guy that Ali knows from college. To his credit, he never mentions knowing her in any of his pregame press. In fact, he does talk about her, but no different than anyone else. Does that mean he's already playing the game? Or does he simply not remember her? I suppose either is possible. One thing I have learned about him, he burns easily. He doesn't like the heat and has no problem letting you know about it. I worry that he might actually burn to death out there, he's THAT fair complected. It's feast or famine with the other players. They either think he's really funny and want to hang with him, or think he's annoying and want him to be the first out. There doesn't seem to be a lot of middle ground here. I think Patrick has definite first boot potential here. Especially since he's already landed on Ali's radar. When a tribe loses that first challenge and is faced with the looming Tribal Council - they will latch onto anything that keeps them in the game. So if Ali really wants him gone, I can see the Ryan's and Devon's of the Tribe being just fine to roll with that and send Patrick home. Another Hustler non-merge maker, in my humble opinion.

Ryan Ulrich (23 - Bellhop) - Next up is Ryan. He's a Survivor Superfan. He's skinny, he's self-deprecating and it's really hard not to make the John Cochran comparison. He plans to trade in Cochran's sweater vest for a red turtleneck. Why wear a turtleneck in 100 degree heat? Why not, I guess? Ryan has a handle on the game and I think he has the potential to do well. However, if the Hustlers lose challenges like I think they will, he could be in trouble as the weakest guy on the tribe. I think what will save him, though, is that he'll make the relationships needed to stay in the game. I think Lauren, Patrick and the yet-to-be-discussed Simone will be more likely to go before Ryan. Before the game even starts, people are getting a good vibe from Ryan and want to work with him. I think that's going to end up working in his favor. Overall, I see Ryan making the merge. Once that happens, the little skinny guy who won't win challenges might easily slip through the cracks. He definitely has David Wright upside here, but as the numbers dwindle, he'll start to be seen as a threat to get votes at the end and that could spell the end of Ryan's game.

Simone Nguyen (25 - Diversity Advocate) - The last of our 18 players, is diversity advocate, Simone. All through the interviews and articles I've read, Simone comes off very snarky and borderline "mean-girl". She's very judgey about the appearance of all the other players. And I get that right now appearance is all they have, but none of the other people are taking shots at how the other players look. Some of the other players look at her and think that she's already playing the game hard - too hard to some of them. And that's never a good thing. Personally, I don't think she'll be able to keep her thoughts in check. At the end of the day, when the Hustlers lose a challenge, whether it's the first one or later - I feel Simone will be the first one off this tribe. And as you've already heard me say, I think the Hustler tribe is in trouble. So, my pick for first one out is Simone. For her sake, I hope she proves me wrong. But ultimately, if she's anything like she's been in her interviews, I'll be fine to only get 1 episode of her.


All righty, kids, there you have it. All 18 players and all 3 tribes are now accounted for. So, with all of that in the books, it's time to make some predictions!

First up, let's talk merge. In this 18 person season, I'm expecting a 12 person merge. So, with that being said, I have 6 people that I do not think will make the merge. They are Heroes Ashley and Katrina. I think both ladies will have trouble gaining traction. For the Healers, I'm only thinking Roark will have trouble making the merge this season. That leaves 3 of the Hustlers to not make the merge, in my predictions. Patrick, Simone and Lauren I think will have some issues on this tribe. And honestly, I could see more of them out early if they're as dysfunctional as I think they're going to be.

So, of the 12 people that are left, my pick for the Final Four will be (oddly enough) Hustler Devon, Healers Desi and Cole, and Hero Alan. I think Devon will be seen as a major threat at Final 4 and when he doesn't win the challenge, he'll be sent out of the game. That will put Alan, Desi and Cole in the final 3, vying for the votes and the title. And when the dust settles, no one is going to be able to deny the credentials of Healer Desi Williams. That's right everyone - put your money down now. Desi Williams will be the winner of Survivor: Heroes vs Healers vs Hustlers. Maybe.

And there you have it, kids! Thanks so much for hanging with me through the 3 part season preview. Please be sure to check out the premiere of Survivor: Heroes vs Healers vs Hustlers Wednesday Night at 7pm central time on CBS and then check back tomorrow for the recap of episode #1 and see if my Simone first boot prediction comes true. Until then, take care!

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