Welcome back to Week 2 of our 2017 Australian Survivor Power Rankings!
Your three Power Rankers for this season are superfans – aka #SurvivorAU megafans, James ‘I’ll get on the show one day’ Rowland, the easily confused Jonathan Sloan, along with first-time watcher Josh Willett.
We’ll look at the contestants tribe by tribe, ranking in terms of who we think is the favourite to win at this point. All three of us are unspoiled so don’t stress about this ruining the outcome for you lovely souls.
This season, three of us will take a weekly look at each player left in the game, ranking them in order from most likely – least likely to win the game as of the end of the weeks’ action.
The scoring system is pretty simple; each ranker receives points correlating to the Survivor’s ranking the week they are voted out. For example, if the next person voted out was Anneliese, James would score 6 points, Jonathan would score 8 and Josh would score 5. At the end of the season, the highest scorer wins.
This segment, and this website in general, is all about feedback, so please comment/tweet about who you agree with, and make this a real discussion between the fan community.
Competition Standings (Up until the end of episode 5) – Tarzan and Aimee voted out this week.
1. James – 14 Points
2. Josh – 12 Points
3. Jonathan – 10 Points
Why not listen to this week Podcast Recap with Jennah-Louise hosted by Ryan while you read the rankings. 🙂
|1||Jarrad Seng||Jarrad Seng||Jarrad Seng|
|2||Aaron ‘AK’ Knight||Peter Conte||Aaron ‘AK’ Knight|
|3||Tessa O’Halloran||Nicola ‘Ziggy’ Zagame||Nicola ‘Ziggy’ Zagame|
|4||Nicola ‘Ziggy’ Zagame||Locky Gilbert||Peter Conte|
|5||Peter Conte||Aaron ‘AK’ Knight||Anneliese Wilson|
|6||Anneliese Wilson||Tessa O’Halloran||Locky Gilbert|
|7||Locky Gilbert||Tara Pitt||Tessa O’Halloran|
|8||Tara Pitt||Anneliese Wilson||Tara Pitt|
- Oh Jarrad. Jarrad you are the apple of my survivor eye and you have just gone from strength to strength this week. You chose the right time to make the big move and dismantle Lockys’ alliance. The deftness you used in allowing Peter to naturally suggest voting out Aimee without pushing him into it was masterful.
- Flamin’ heck A.K. How in the bloody hell have you managed to become in such a position of power. You are proving that survivor fans can truly do well once they settle themselves. Watch out for Tara this week, she will be targeting you, but you’re smart enough to already see that coming.
- The fighting spirit of Tessa was pretty inspirational. When you become the last member from a minority it does allow for you to be used as the swing vote. You didn’t push A.K into the move but rather let him come to you. More subtle play like this will be awesome.
- Ziggy is an obvious challenge beast and her decision to flip on the so called ‘misfits’ has shown you have strategic chops also. The blindside went undetected so you played it well.
- Peter was the swing in this situation and the last approached for the new alliance. I think it was a smart move and he is not necessarily at the bottom as per his relationship with Jarrad. I just think Jarrad is tighter with A.K at this point.
- Okay so Anneliese may be perceived as the weakest tribe member and being in the new minority will not help her case. I think she’ll survive as she will be smart enough to not cause many waves and there will be bigger fish to fry in Locky and Tara.
- Locky, the leader always gets turned on mate. You should of seen this coming. To be fair, you did. Just not quickly enough. Could be safe for one more vote for challenge purposes.
- Tara is gonna FLIP her shi* when she gets back to camp (see what I did there). She will scramble to find a new majority but I cannot see it happening. Saltiness will be her undoing.
- Jarrad – Jarrad still has the most influential voice in the tribe and was the true catalyst behind the Aimee blindside. Playing incredibly well
- Peter – Finally got some airtime and successfully read the room and moved with the numbers. Could be the start of a strong outing for Peter.
- Ziggy – Haven’t heard Ziggy basically at all, but I don’t hate that for her. Has been in the majority since her mistake on the Adam vote and is clearly the strongest woman in challenges.
- Locky – Numbers wise, Locky is screwed, but they’re not going to vote him out while they keep losing. In severe danger if there’s a swap soon.
- AK – The show tried to make it seem like the Aimee blindside was your idea, but I’m not really buying it. I just can’t see anyone trusting you fully.
- Tessa – Through the grace of Tarzan, Tessa is still in the game, but she’s definitely at the bottom of the new majority at Samatau. I can see Tara making it her personal mission to get Tessa out.
- Tara – Tara’s not the subtlest woman ‘youse’ have ever met, and that’s going to be her downfall. She’s not going to be able to lie to save her life.
- Anneliese – On the wrong side of the numbers and already been targeted for being the weakest member. Should Samatau lose again, I think Anneliese is the clear target.
- Jarrad is in a strong spot. He’s become well liked all round without anyone feeling like he’s being overly threatening. He managed to quietly organise the knifing of Aimee. He’s clearly a very smart player.
- AK is still very dangerous in this game. If he can remain in some kind of control then he’ll be a difficult one to deal with going forward.
3/4. Ziggy and Peter were key members of Locky’s majority and seem to be switched on, voting with Jarrad and potentially signalling a shift of power within the tribe. If they can avoid any major flak for the blindside they should be switched on for now.
- Anneliese is a strong player, but her credentials took a hit when their alliance did. She should be safe for now.
- Locky remains a crucial part of Samatau’s physical game, but his majority is looking shaky after the last tribal council. He was genuinely caught off guard when his move against AK failed, he could be vulnerable depending on what AK decides to do next.
- Tessa has had more lives than Taylor Swift has had hit singles, but someday soon her luck will change. Having said that, she’s still a chance if she can leverage her position as a “free agent”. Either way, she’s one to watch.
- Tara seems to be the most vocal of what used to be the strong majority alliance. May find herself in trouble if she continues to ruffle feathers.
|1||Jacqui Patterson||Henry Nicholson||Henry Nicholson|
|2||Henry Nicholson||Jacqui Patterson||Mark Wales|
|3||Sarah Tilleke||Jericho Malabonga||Jacqui Patterson|
|4||Jericho Malabonga||Sarah Tilleke||Jericho Malabonga|
|5||Luke Toki||Luke Toki||Sarah Tilleke|
|6||Odette Blacklock||Mark Wales||Luke Toki|
|7||Mark Wales||Ben Morgan||Michelle Dougan|
|8||Michelle Dougan||Odette Blacklock||Odette Blacklock|
|9||Ben Morgan||Michelle Dougan||Ben Morgan|
|10||Kent Nelson||Kent Nelson||Kent Nelson|
|11||Sam Gash||Sam Gash||Sam Gash|
Jacqui seems to still be in control with Henry and is pulling her weight in challenges.
- So absolutely zero explanation post Henrys’ attempted challenge throw in episode three. Asaga had no problem winning this week with Henry and Mark being the two to pull through for the win. Probably the smarter move to be honest.
- Did we see anything from Sarah this week? She got a cookie from Jericho.
- Jericho is a cheeky lil’ devil and I love it (No christianity puns intended). When I first saw the cookie dilemma I thought it had zero upside. The way Jericho used the cookies in telling Henry, Luke and Sarah that they were the only people he was sharing them with was pretty smart. Jericho is willing to adapt and play the game in different ways to push himself forward.
- Luke has skyrocketed up my rankings this week. He just seems so lovable that he is in no immediate danger. He is also strong in challenges. His bond with Jericho is so smart as people just look at them as goofballs. With Luke’s off the cuff play combined with Jericho’s wit of the game to hone those moves in, I believe Luke can do quite well.
- Odette looks like a very strong tribe member in the challenges. Can’t see her going soon.
- If Mark loses Sam I think he will be seen as just the strong guy in this tribe. As long as he doesn’t spit the dummy, which I think he is smart enough not too, He should be okay.
- Michelle and Ben have probably had about three confessionals between them. They seem like smart enough players to not cause waves which is indicative of their quiet edits.
- Still not convinced that Kent isn’t expendable if the tribe is to lose a few challenges. Let’s not forget that he was the other option at the first vote.
- Sam is next to go if Asaga lose a challenge (that’s a big if by the way). Henry knows she is a threat and I think he has the sway (and idol) to make that happen.
- Henry – Henry gave up on his dumb ‘throw the challenge’ plan, plus he has an idol. Ticks all round so far.
- Jacqui – Off the radar and in a tight pair with Henry. Jacqui should be safe for a while.
- Jericho – Jericho established himself as the Rupert Murdoch of the cookie world this week. He’s built up his empire, but I don’t know if you can believe a word he says.
- Sarah – It says a lot that Jericho picked Sarah to bring into his alliance, but it also says a lot that Sarah couldn’t tell she was the only one.
- Luke – Luke might not be getting the recognition he deserves from
Adam Ridacertain commentators because he doesn’t fit the super-fan archetype, but he’s learning quickly.
- Mark – Mark was in a showmance with Sam last week, so I guess that’s a problem. Is he still in this showmance? Is he still lying about his job? No clue.
- Ben – Ben was my winner pick, mainly because he took up my demographic in casting. But also he’s the only player in this cast to follow me on Instagram, so #teamBen (I’m easily bought)
- Odette – Odette’s good in challenges, I think. I don’t really know.
- Michelle – There’s been five episodes of this show and I’m genuinely confused, because I have no recollection of anybody named Michelle.
- Kent – Somebody really should have suggested a better choice of swimwear to you before you left mate.
- Sam – Apparently, Sam’s been Henry’s target for ages and I feel like he’ll have the most sway at a vote, provided they ever actually attend another tribal council.
- With his immunity idol still in play, Henry is still in a very strong position. He has a tight alliance with Jacqui and his plan to oust one of Mark or Sam still seems to be ticking away in the background. If he can keep his subtle game play going, he’s still got a long way to go.
- Mark is still important for Asaga in challenges, which was obvious in his (and Henry’s) domination of the endurance challenge. His alpha role at the head of the tribe may be an issue once we get deeper in to the competition, but I think he’s safe for the time being.
- Jacqui’s pairing with Henry is working well in her favour. She appears to be staying under the radar socially while maintaining a very strong position within the tribe, and could be dangerous as the game progresses.
- Jericho played his cookie jar to perfection. He managed to cement close relationships with Henry, Luke and Sarah without being obvious. I think he’ll be more than happy to consolidate his position and just keep chipping away in the background.
- Sarah seems like a strong competitor in challenges who is switched on socially. Having not seen a lot of Asaga’s social interactions this week due to their extended winning run in immunity challenges, I’m still doing a bit of guess work about relationships within the tribe, but Sarah’s game looks solid.
- Luke has a strong alliance with Jericho, and still has the potential to pull big moves if he can get the right personnel, but it’s hard to tell how strong his influence is at the moment.
7/8/9- Hard to judge given how little we’ve seen. I’ve got Michelle, Odette and then Ben, based purely on physical performances. These ones could go either way.
- Kent is performing solidly for now but I still think he’s an easy vote if it comes down to it, purely on his potential physical limitations. He must be loving Asaga’s winning streak.
- With another week of her “power couple” with Mark, I think Sam has the biggest tactical target on her back. She’s seen as the weaker of the two and could very likely find her head on the chopping block sooner rather than later.
What do you think? Are we close at all or way off? Who has the best chance to win our competition?
Thanks for reading!