‘Survivor: Philippines’ — Who will win?
This season, people who nearly died on "Survivor" in the past received a chance to return and play against other mortals who have an unproven safety record. How will the returnees fare against the new kids? We've got our predictions.
Stats: 32-year-old business student from Los Angeles, California
First impression: This Brazilian showed up wearing a ridiculous flowy dress that offered no protection and says she's not above flirting to get ahead in the game. We're not surprised.
Odds of winning: 30 to 1. Flirting? That's so six seasons ago.
Stats: 20-year-old model/student from Provo, Utah
First impression: She was ticked that Russell gave her puzzles to do when she said that she was better at physical challenges, so she's likely gunning for him, and she's got Malcolm on her side.
Odds of winning: 12 to 1. We sense that she's got an angry side, and when it comes to the surface, her real game will start.
Stats: 53-year-old computer engineer from Terry Town, Louisiana
First impression: He seems to be the one most worried about Skupin's clumsy behavior and might end up being the caretaker of this team, but he has done little to stand out so far.
Odds of winning:20 to 1. We don't know enough after the premiere to judge, but he's done nothing to tick us off. He's a solid middle-of-the-road player.
Stats: 24-year-old track coach from Shawnee, Kansas
First impression: He can paddle a boat. That's pretty much all we learned about him, as he silently behaved like a worker bee for the entire episode and barely uttered a word.
Odds of winning: 17 to 1. Hard to say, but laying back doesn't usually help people on this show.
Stats: 32-year-old cosmetologist from Winston-Salem, North Carolina
First impression: She's got a funky look, with tattoos and spiky hair, but says she's strong because she grew up in a trailer park beating up boys. While she tries to bond with Jeff about being Southern, she doesn't seem to understand the way this game works.
Odds of winning: 40 to 1. Being strong isn't enough; she needs to actually play the game, and she does not get that.
Stats: 41-year-old sex therapist from Cedar Rapids, Iowa
First impression: She seemed keen on making Zane her pet project, but now that he's gone, it's good that she also has an alliance with Malcolm. But her habit of asking a lot of personal questions might get on people's nerves.
Odds of winning: 15 to 1. She seems strong and has a good sense of people, but she might be a pain. Time will tell with this one.
Stats: 44-year-old retired Major League baseball player from Austin, Texas
First impression: We already hate the former baseball player, who is trying to hide his identity so people won't know he's loaded but talks about his motocross hobby and his ranch like people won't pick up on the fact that he's rich. And he's like WebMD over there, diagnosing the knee he twisted falling off the boat in the premiere. We advise getting a real opinion.
Odds of winning: 8 to 1. If he plays the "take me to the end because I'm rich and they won't give me the money" card, he could succeed.
Stats: 50-year-old writer from Los Angeles, California
First impression: This is technically the third impression, since he's already been on "Survivor: Cook Islands" and "Survivor: Micronesia." And we didn't really like him either time, though in "Micronesia," he was plucked from the game because of an infection before we could muster a lot of hate. Here he's already gaming, searching for the immunity idol from the get-go and not making many friends in the process. He nearly threw Jeff overboard with the supplies.
Odds of winning: 60 to 1. His obnoxious attitude didn't get him to the finals the first time, and he's not exactly winning friends and influencing people in the Philippines.
Stats: 22-year-old former Miss Delaware from Newark, Delaware
First impression: This sweet young pageant girl is very naive and thinks that her whole tribe is like a family… except for Jonathan.
Odds of winning: 75 to 1. Someone who thinks this show is about making friends is definitely not cut out to win.
Stats: 49-year-old former teen star from Dallas, Texas
First impression: Blair Warner! OK, not that anyone in her tribe actually knows who that is, but we're mostly excited about this season because this former "Facts of Life" star played one of the most snooty characters on TV. She claims to be a superfan and even made an effort to learn how to make fire before she went on the show, and she has the intelligence to solve puzzles. She purposely didn't tell anyone that she was famous in the premiere, but she could probably garner some sympathy if she told them how she lost all her money in the stock market. She might even get RC to give her advice postmerge.
Odds of winning: 80 to 1. She may have skills, but she's got no social game whatsoever. You take the good, you take the bad … those are the facts of life.