Premiering Wednesday on CBS, “Survivor: Kaoh Rong” will be the second iteration of the “Brains vs. Brawn vs. Beauty” theme where 18 new castaways are divided into three tribes based on their cunning, strength or good looks. To help guide your predictions, we’ve watched all of their pre-game interviews and provide quick analyses on each contestant as well as their exclusive Gold Derby odds to win Season 32. Below, see our take on the Gondol (Beauty) tribe and then hurry and make your “Survivor” predictions for a chance to top our famous leaderboards. It’s fun and easy, so start now by scrolling down to predict who will be voted out first.
Anna Khait — 15/2 odds to win
Currently the member of the Beauty tribe with the best odds to win, Anna is one of four castaways on this tribe to proclaim themselves a huge fan of the game. A professional poker player, the most noteworthy bit from Anna’s interview is her vow to “play any card” available to her in order to win, specifically the flirtatious one — she says she’s willing to flirt with the men and the women if it helps her get ahead. She seems a little cocky when it comes to strategy, which could work for her or against her, depending on how she’s perceived in the first few days of play. I think she’s one to watch closely.
Caleb Reynolds — 66/1 odds to win
Recognizable to reality fans from his stint on “Big Brother 16,” Caleb’s interview makes one thing clear: he has yet to give up the Beastmode Cowboy persona. Still cocky, still superficial and still in shape, Caleb is likely to survive the early stages of the game due to an assumed challenge prowess. According to him he’s “like Tarzan” and the outdoors element of “Survivor” will have him in his habitat. His strategy, aside from being a physical presence, is to be funny and likable. If he’s as good at challenges as he thinks he will be, I don’t think he’s smart enough to tone down his threat level at the merge and will be an early jury member.
Julia Sokolowski — 22/1 odds to win
Like Anna, Julia considers herself a student of the game, having watched since she was a kid and as an 18-year-old applied for the show as soon as she became eligible. Personally, I think Julia gave the most composed and thoughtful interview, making her one of my instant favorites, but it’s her love for the outdoors and a zest for adventure that really pop from her personality. I think she’s in it for the long run.
Michele Fitzgerald — 22/1odds to win
Not only is Michele a “super fan” of “Survivor,” but she also really loves “Harry Potter.” But without her wand, she’ll have to rely on charm and strategy to get through the game. She’s most concerned about how she’ll be judged as a Jersey girl, a category she outwardly rejects, but admits that the “Jersey sass” may come out if provoked. I think she’ll be a wild card and could go first or last a really long time.
Nick Maiorano — 22/1 odds to win
Nick’s strategy seems clear — he’s going to manipulate and pretend his way to the million dollars. Though he’s a life coach, his plan is to say he’s a personal trainer, assuming most people won’t understand what a life coach is, but also in the hopes of downplaying his attentiveness to how people operate. He calls himself a listener and adaptable, but he also comes off arrogant and self-centered. Nick’s biggest hurdle will be not appearing as condescending as he does in his interview. My guess: no chance he wins, this is “Survivor: Nicaragua” third-placer Sash redux.
Tai Trang — 40/1 odds to win
Already second in the Gold Derby rankings to be eliminated with 10/1 odds, Tai appears to be as an instant disadvantage as not only the oldest member of this tribe, but also the one that isn’t young, white, hot and cocky. Obviously the biggest hurdle for Tai will be connecting with his tribe mates, and if it doesn’t happen quickly and they lose the first immunity, he’s likeliest to be in the most danger. But I suspect that if Tai can prove his worth to his tribe, based on a self-proclaimed comfortability in the South Pacific culture, climate and environment, he can escape a tribal council or two and become one of the least threatening players, riding that wave toward the end.
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