5 reasons why underdog Natalie Anderson deserves to win ‘Survivor: San Juan del Sur’

With only six castaways left on “Survivor: San Juan del Sur,” Natalie Anderson is now the odds-on favorite to win the season according to Gold Derby’s exclusive racetrack odds. Natalie has topped our winner’s chart two weeks in a row, surpassing the previous frontrunner Jon Misch. (To make your own predictions in our “Survivor” contest, click here.)

This show of support for Natalie is a long time coming, as the former “The Amazing Race” all-star began the season with a huge reality TV target on her back. Can she continue to outwit, outlast and outplay all of the remaining castaways? Below, see our five reasons for why we think Natalie deserves to win Season 29.

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1. She’s survived the longest as a single
Natalie’s twin sister Nadiya Anderson didn’t make it past the first vote-off, meaning she’s truly been alone this entire game. In a season built upon the “Blood vs. Water” concept, being without a loved one put Natalie at a major disadvantage early on, but she managed to overcome her underdog status thanks to her social skills and likability.

2. She sleeps with her enemies
When she won last week’s reward challenge, Natalie decided to share her prize — a night on a comfortable king bed with wine and food — with Jon and Jaclyn Schultz, despite wanting Jon out of the game. Natalie is clearly a believer in the old adage, “keep your friends close and your enemies closer.”

3. Her loyalties are long-lasting
Natalie’s been gunning for Jon ever since he voted out her buddy Jeremy Collins after the merge, proving that her loyalties last even longer than the game.

4. She went against her alliance
Last week, Natalie took the game into her own hands by voting out Alec Christy instead of Keith Nale, much to the surprise of her alliance. Will the jury approve of her decision? Here’s a hint: When Gold Derby chatted with Alec this week, he told us, “I have to tip my hat to Natalie because that was a great move.”

5. She found a hidden Immunity idol
Near the start of the game, Natalie volunteered to go to Exile Island to watch over Baylor Wilson and the two ended up sharing a clue to the hidden Immunity idol. Many weeks later, Natalie finally found that elusive idol and they’ve since filled Missy Payne in on their secret. If Natalie, Baylor and Missy end up as the final three, the mother-daughter duo could split the vote, leaving Natalie as the sole Survivor.

If you want to join in our weekly “Survivor” prediction contest, simply click here or scroll down and make your first prediction using our easy drag-and-drop menu. You have until 4 p.m. PT next Wednesday to cast your votes for Episode 13, titled “Let’s Make a Move.”

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Click on the Season 29 leaderboard to the left to jump to our Predictions page where you can start making your own forecasts in our weekly “Survivor” contest. It’s fun and easy! The ultimate winner will earn a $100 Amazon gift certificate.

Visit the “Survivor” prediction center where you can forecast everything from who’s going home next, to which castaways will win the Reward/Immunity challenges, to who’s going to Exile Island, to whether or not a hidden Immunity idol will be played. Get our weekly questions right and you could find yourself on our leaderboards.

We are forecasting everything from the results on reality TV shows like “The Amazing Race,” “Survivor” and “Top Chef” to the body counts on “The Walking Dead” and “American Horror Story: Freak Show” to the winners of the Oscars, Golden Globes and Grammys. Click on any box to bring up that event and get started.

To vote for who think will win, drag contestants over from the left to the right and arrange them in your predicted order of finishing. For example, if you think Natalie will win Season 29, make sure you put her in first place. You can continue to update and change your predictions throughout the week, just click “Save Predictions” when you’ve settled on your choice.

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Every time someone logs their predictions, the racetrack odds of the contestants are automatically updated. If the majority of users think Natalie will win, that means she’ll have the best odds and will go to the front of the pack. Conversely, the castaways who don’t receive many votes of confidence have the worst odds and will go to the bottom of the pile.

The standard bet for each question is 100 points, which are wagered against the odds you locked in when you saved your predictions. However, for each TV episode you are given one special 200 point bet that you can use strategically to gain more points.

Here’s how racetrack odds work. If you bet 100 on something that has 50/1 odds and you end up being correct, you will receive 50 x 100 points, which equals 5,000 points. You’ll also get your original 100 points back, for a total of 5,100 points.

Watch all of our ‘Survivor’ Prediction Slugfests:
#29.00 ‘Preshow Smackdown’ | #29.01 ‘Suck It Up and Survive’
#29.02 ‘Method to This Madness’ | #29.03 ‘Actions vs. Accusations’
#29.04 ‘We’re a Hot Mess’
| #29.05 ‘Blood is Blood’
#29.06 ‘Make Some Magic Happen’
| #29.07 ‘Million Dollar Decision’
#29.08 ‘Wrinkle in the Plan’ | #29.09 ‘Gettin’ to Crunch Time’
#29.10 ‘This is Where We Build Trust’ |

Get started by making your prediction as to which of the remaining players will end up as the winner of “Survivor” using our easy drag-and-drop menu below our recent Editors’ video slugfest.


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