Welcome to our very first Survivor New Zealand Power Rankings. Every week Ryan and Jonathan will rank from least likely to most likely to go home this week on Survivor New Zealand. Here is how it will work.

Tribes at Redemption Island (photocredit Scott McAulay)

The Rulebook

When creating Survivor Power Rankings you go to the Godfather of PR himself Gordon Holmes. We will be using the traditional Gordon Holmes Power Rankings system to determine the winner. The purpose of the list is to individually create separate power rankings list from least likely to most likely to be eliminated from Survivor this week. We are not ranking who we believe is going to win. The ranking position will determine the amount of points awarded. For example if Sala is voted out this week, Ryan would receive 4 points, and Jonathan would receive 6 points. At the end of the season, the person who has accumulated the most points will be deemed King of Nicaragua! (Power Rankings Champion). Redemption Island is in play, so points will be awarded based on Tribal Council vote-outs only.

So here we go the very first Survivor New Zealand Power Rankings are here!


Ryan Brink Power RankingsShannon (photocredit Scott McAulay)

1) Shannon: What a brilliant position you find yourself in. Shannon is strong in challenges, likeable around camp and not seen as a threat by either side. In fact both sides want her on their side of the numbers. Even in a swap scenario, I see no reason why Shannon would be eliminated any time soon. She is in my number #1 spot this week.

Lee (photocredit Scott McAulay)

2) Lee: Lee is an enigma. He is barely shown on screen and when he is, it’s highlighting the traditional survival aspects of the show. At this point in the game, he is part of the core Hermosa alliance and is to valuable in challenges to be going home.


3) Georgia: The Queen of Hermosa, Georgia is safe as houses at this point in the game. Her edit is far too strong to see her eliminated at this point in the game. She is leading the alliance on Hermosa, even if unintentionally and does not appear to be targeted by those on the bottom . A powerful display in the immunity challenge bumps Georgia higher on my list this week.


4) Sala: Keep drying out those MALLOW PUFFS Sala! You are going to be here to stay for a while. The clear leader of his tribe, some might  say the Optimus Prime of Mogotón. Sala is playing a great social game, even if he is unaware of it.

Avi (photocredit Scott McAulay)

5) Avi: Avi is playing a strong game and has been able to place himself within the majority alliance. To me it looks like Everybody loves Avi. A great spot to be in heading to the merge.


6) Michael: Captain Sparrow reporting for Duty, Sir! Michael is in a great spot within his powerful Millennial 5 alliance. He showed this week in the challenge he is going to be a major threat come the merge. Over confidence Captain may be his only downfall.

Jack (photocredit Scott McAulay)

7) Jak: I really like Jak,  but! Right now he is playing an absolutely brilliant 2nd place (goat) game… He is not an imminent threat, but acting like the class clown will only get you so far. His strategy is isolating him from real strategic conversations like Shannon had with Barb and Nate. Survivor is about building real relationships. Being the BUTT of all jokes and a continuing with the toilet humour will only last so long and get you so far.

Lou (photocredit Scott McAulay)

8) Lou: Oh Lou! We love Lou, but she needs to vote strategically and take emotion (as hard as it is) out of her game. Vote with the majority, or make your own majority and stick with it!

Tom (photocredit Scott McAulay)

9) Tom: If everybody loves Avi, everyone seems to hate Tom. He has had a huge target on his back from Day 1 for some unknown pregame alliance? reason. Tom has winners potential written all over him. If he gets to the merge he will go deep.

Shay (photocredit Scott McAulay)

10) Shay: Shay is like a Rubix cube, you think you have it figured out and then you don’t. She wants to be the Villain, but be also be the Hero. Own your moves Shay! Vote with the majority and fully commit to playing hard. Do these things and she has winners upside!

Barb (photocredit Scott McAulay)

11) Barb: It pains me to have Barb so low. She is one of the more saavy Survivors playing the game. She is not the first target, but will need Hermosa to keep winning to make the merge. But if you let Barb get to the merge, she will slide under the radar and be knocking on the door of that final tribal council.

Nate (photocredit Scott McAulay)

12) Nate: Officer Nate can’t do anymore than he is doing. The generation gap is apparent and despite his attempted game play he is the likely next boot of Hermosa if they lose. That is a big IF!

Jonathan Sloan Power Rankings

Jack (photocredit Scott McAulay)

1) Jak: Successfully pulling a Fabio strategy so far in convincing everyone that he’s dumber than he is. Can go with either alliance moving forward.

Shannon (photocredit Scott McAulay)

2) Shannon: Put herself in the swing position in the dominant tribe and nobody’s coming after her. Gives me Sarah Lacina vibes.

Lee (photocredit Scott McAulay)

3) Lee: I really can’t see Shannon and Jak flipping, and even if they do, he’s the least likely to be targeted on the Millennials alliance.

Avi (photocredit Scott McAulay)

4) Avi: Seems to be liked by his tribe and has a close relationship with Tom. Seems least likely to go should Mogoton go to Tribal Council again.

Michael (photocredit Scott McAulay)

5) Michael: Proven to be a serious challenge competitor after being one of the two Hermosa members to win his tribe immunity, but could be seen as a threat going forward.

Sala (photocredit Scott McAulay)

6) Sala: Clearly liked by his tribe, but yet to see if he’s willing to play a cutthroat game, which he’ll need to, as he could be a target come the merge.

Georgia (photocredit Scott McAulay)

7) Georgia: In my opinion the best player of the group, but her problem is that Nate seems to have realised this too. Needs to get the target off of her, and onto one of the guys she’s working with.

Lou (photocredit Scott McAulay)

8) Lou: Physically strong and doesn’t seem like an obvious target, but she’s been on the wrong side of the vote two Tribal’s in a row now.

Tom (photocredit Scott McAulay)

9) Tom: Has assumed the Iadanza role, where his name is being thrown around a lot, but seems to be scraping through. His trouble is how obviously he’s viewed as a target, and Avi’s willingness to turn on him.

Barb (photocredit Scott McAulay)

10) Barb: In the minority alliance, but I really can’t see the core alliance of five wasting a vote on her at the moment.

Shay (photocredit Scott McAulay)

11) Shay: I genuinely believe she’s one of the best players out there, and the sooner that Tony gets off Redemption Island, the better for her. With Tony slamming her at every duel until he goes, her stock as a potential ally just gets lower and lower.

Nate (photocredit Scott McAulay)

12) Nate: Has been on the back foot the entire game, and looks the obvious target should Hermosa go to Tribal anytime soon.

Shane Bowditch Power Rankings

1) Lee

If immunity idols seemed to be an issue, first mate Lee might be the target of a mutiny. He just seems to be well liked and a big asset to the tribe. Right now, he needs to keep working the social game and hide behind the target on the Captain’s back.

Lee (photocredit Scott McAulay)
2) Sala 

He seems to be quite endearing and everyone wants him on their side. He was on the right side of the vote last week but not the time before. He thinks he is pulling the strings yet doesn’t have as much power as he thinks. That said, he could be the pivotal vote should he find his tribe at tribal council.

Sala (photocredit Scott McAulay) 
3) Jax

Everyone loves a talking parrot, right? He isn’t anyone’s target right now. He is playing the goofball which didn’t work so well for Hannah in Millennials v GenX. Will people take him seriously if he gets to the end? That is irrelevant right now. What matters, is that he is going nowhere right now.

Jack (photocredit Scott McAulay)
4) Avi

Nobody is after Avi yet he has been able to swing the last two votes his way. He could be one to watch in the long run but right now Tom and Shay war could come full force.

Avi (photocredit Scott McAulay)
5) Mike “Captain” Sparrow

Mike likes to think of himself as captain Jack Sparrow…probably not the ideal captain to choose given he has more than once found himself thrown overboard. Mutineers come after the captain, and that may not bode well for him in the future, but right now he has the support of his first mate, parrot and piratesses and shouldn’t be going anywhere too soon.

Michael (photocredit Scott McAulay)
6) Lou

She isn’t a challenge liability and she has the ear of Shay. I would say that she appears to be her closest ally, and nobody is coming after her. Unless a tribe swap is thrown on them she seems very secure in her position. Tom wants to take out Shay, not Lou. Although not in the majority last week, Mogoton seems a very fluid tribe, and things could easily flow back her way. Even i: they don’t, it is Shay who is in the firing line, not her.

Lou (photocredit Scott McAulay) 
7) Shannon

She put herself in a good position moving forward, but if her alliance gets jumpy about her talking too much to the deckhands, she could find herself vulnerable.

Shannon (photocredit Scott McAulay) 
8) Georgia

I really like her spot right now, but with Nate and Barbara targeting her if anyone goes home from that alliance, she is the most vulnerable.

Georgia (photocredit Scott McAulay) 
9) Shay

Two weeks ago Sala took the moral high ground by not voting Tony. Last week it was Shay not voting Izzy. She clearly didn’t have the sway to take Tom out last week, but this week those bulls may finally lock horns in a fight to the death…or at least exile.

Shay (photocredit Scott McAulay) 
10) Tom

With five people left there isn’t room to hide. Those deemed physical liabilities are gone. Shay wants Tom out. Tom wants Shay out. The question, is who has more sway on Sala? Avi or Shay? Or will Avi finally turn on Tom and give in to the others?

Tom (photocredit Scott McAulay) 
11) Barbara

Perception is reality. Right now, the tribes perspective of Barbara is summed up in one word. Expendable. Captain Mike Sparrows deck hand. Still, she seems to be ahead of Nate as far as the captain of the alliance is concerned.

Barb (photocredit Scott McAulay) 
12) Nate

Being designated the deck hand is never a good role to be in. Being deck hand number two is worse. Only an immunity win may save him right now from being thrown overboard to be abandoned on redemption island.

What do you think? Where are you ranking every Survivor New Zealand player this week?


Hannah (photocredit Scott McAulay)
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