‘Survivor: Second Chance’ cast: Did superfan Shirin Oskooi learn from last season’s mistakes?

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Will Shirin Oskooi win “Survivor: Second Chance“? With the show’s 31st season set to premiere on CBS Sept. 23, keep coming back to Gold Derby for in-depth analyses of all 20 returning players, including pros and cons that may affect their chances this time around. Hurry – make your “Survivor” predictions for a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift certificate. It’s fun and easy, so get started by scrolling down to predict which castaway will be kicked off the island first.

Who will win ‘Survivor: Second Chance’? See exclusive predictions

Shirin Oskooi
Previous Finish: 8th place
Season 30: Worlds Apart

In a season generally heralded as a return to greatness for the franchise, Shirin became an unexpected fan favorite of “Survivor: Worlds Apart.” Early in the season, Shirin established herself in a negative light, annoying both her tribemates and viewers with her “superfan” status. When new tribe member Hali Ford told Shirin she was rubbing her the wrong way, she took it to heart and toned down her energy levels, building a new foundation that helped support her character through the bullying that came her way from the more aggressive male contestants later in the game.

If Shirin can remain cool from the jump-off this season, she may be in for another deep run in the game. Gold Derby odds to win: 100/1

PROS
Shirin proved herself to adapt well to the changing landscapes of the game. Her ability to course-correct the friction between her and her tribe early in Season 30 showed a remarkable sense of awareness about her place in the tribe. This is a HUGE part of winning “Survivor.”

Not a physical threat, Shirin will be an ideal candidate to keep around in the late game where she is unlikely to challenge others in immunity challenges.

CONS
Shirin likes to talk, especially at Tribal Council. She isn’t afraid to put herself on the defensive at the expense of throwing her tribemates under the bus in front of the jury. If her competitors believed she played the sympathy card last season, they may want to forego that danger by getting her out early.

Shirin is unlikely to be an asset in challenges early on in the game — if her tribe loses immunity in the first couple weeks, she could be an easy target.

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