SURVIVOR Insights 167: Mike Holloway Wins Worlds Apart

There are three reasons why Mike Holloway won the season. Fun Fact: He’s one of my early favorites too.

mike holloway wins survivor worlds apart

1. He outwitted. Since Day 1, Mike knew the game was all about numbers. He’s in a friendly and close alliance with Dan and Kelly. Luckily, when the three tribes were switched in Episode 5, Mike found himself in a tribe where there were more threats than him. He used this opportunity to save an ally and take out a white-collar threat, Joaquin.

Merge came and Mike failed to protect Kelly from elimination when Jenn played her hidden immunity idol. From that moment on, he knew Joe was one of the biggest threats in his game. Mike dug deep to find the hidden immunity idol, which resulted to Joe’s ouster.

After the Survivor Auction, however, Mike became public enemy number one when his alliance began to hate him.

2. He outplayed. Mike lost the numbers but he managed to survive. With a hidden idol inside his pocket, Mike still fought hard to win an immunity challenge. He won his first individual immunity in Episode 10 against the a former football placekicker, Tyler Fredrickson. He won again in Episode 11.

In Episode 12, Mike lost the challenge but he used his hidden idol to protect himself against the majority. Mike remained unstoppable in Episode 13 as he completed the table maze in a go-home-or-go-hard moment against Sierra.

During the finale episode, Mike won the back-to-back immunity challenges, outplaying Sierra, Mama C, Rodney and Will. He’s now tied with Colby (Season 2), Tom (Season 10), Terry (Season 12) and Ozzy (Season 13) for five immunity wins in a single season.

3. He outlasted. The game opened an explosive drama when it’s Mike’s turn to face the jury. He was hated, underestimated and compared his overall game play to a howler monkey. Mike humbled himself. He sincerely apologized to all the people he hurt.

Jury members accepted his apology, where six of the eight helped him win the title of sole survivor.

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#SURVIVORDEAN Top 5 for May 2015

No one cares about this countdown except me.

5. All Hands on Deck by: Tinashe

All hands on deck | All in the front all in the back just like that, like that | I’mma blow your mind take it out on the floor like that, like that | All in the front all in the back just like that, like that | I’mma blow your mind like that (Metro Lyrics)

4. I Don’t Mind by: Usher ft. Juicy J.

Shawty, I don’t mind if you dance on a pole | That don’t make you a hoe | Shawty, I don’t mind when you work until three | If you’re leaving with me | Go make that money, money, money | Your money, money, money | ‘Cause I know how it is, go and handle your biz | And get that money, money, money | Your money, money, money | You can take off your clothes | Long as you coming home, girl, I don’t mind (Metro Lyrics)

3. Love Me Back by: Kenny Lattimore

You can love me back, | Love, love, love me back | As much as you want, baby | Love, love, love me back | All night long, girl | Love, love, love me back | I know that you will love me | Love, love, love me back (Lyrics on Top)

2. See You Again by: Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth

It’s been a long day without you my friend | And I’ll tell you all about it when I see you again | We’ve come a long way from where we began | Oh I’ll tell you all about it when I see you again | When I see you again (Metro Lyrics)

(1) Nothing to Lose by: Empire Cast ft. Jussie Smollet

Sometimes you only get one shot | I’ve gotta give it all I got | Cause I ain’t got nothing to lose | So much to prove | I get too far to hear, no | Gotta go hard or go home | I ain’t got nothing to lose | I gotta do what I gotta do (AZ Lyrics)

#SURVIVORDEAN Top 5 for April 2015

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5. Liar by: Adrian Marcel

I could tell that you ain’t rollinʻ with a winner. | I could tell that he ain’t ever took the time. | I could tell you something in your life was missin’. | And if you tell me it ain’t me you know you lyin’ (Metro Lyrics).

4. Every Moment by: Jodeci

Every moment is so sweet | Every moment is so sweet to me baby yeah | When you’re laying next to me | When you’re laying right next to me | Our hearts beating as one | Our heart beating as one | Nothing we can’t over come | Loving you is so much fun (Metro Lyrics)

3. Keep Your Money by: Empire Cast ft. Jussie Smollet

I don’t need it, you can keep your money | I don’t want it if you gonna throw it up in my face | I’m still leavin’, you can keep your money | Because you ain’t worth the time | Can’t let it go to waste (Metro Lyrics)

2. Doubt by: Mary J. Blige

I made it to the end | I nearly paid the cost | I lost a lot of friends | I sacrificed a lot | I’d do it all again | ‘Cause I made it to the top | But I can’t keep doubting myself anymore (Metro Lyrics)

(1) I Don’t Mind by: Usher

Shawty, I don’t mind if you dance on a pole | That don’t make you a hoe | Shawty, I don’t mind when you work until three | If you’re leaving with me | Go make that money, money, money | Your money, money, money | ‘Cause I know how it is, go and handle your biz | And get that money, money, money | Your money, money, money | You can take off your clothes | Long as you coming home, girl, I don’t mind (Metro Lyrics)

12 Reasons Why I’m Addicted to Empire Season 1

1. Empire becomes the first TV show that I get addicted with even without watching the first three episodes.

Empire TV Show

2. The moment I saw and heard Tiana and Hakeem performed Keep it Movin’ in Teen’s Choice Award (Episode 4), I knew I’m starting to fall in love with the show. I immediately registered to Spotify the next day and went obsessing for other songs.

3. Empire tells a story of a dysfunctional but affluent family, which happens in real life. At last, this isn’t a police procedural or superhero drama.

4. Empire satisfies my craving. It never fails to bring good music each episode. My Top 3 favorites to date are: Good Enough, Conqueror and Keep it Movin’.

Money for Nothing is my least favorite. I don’t hate the song. I still listened to it. It’s just that its overall message doesn’t inspire me.

5. Each character tells an inspiring story yet, every character finds it hard to control his or her weaknesses. As a result, every character becomes vulnerable and each episode explodes with an unexpected revelation.

6. To date, Luscious, Cookie and Jamal are my top three favorite characters. Luscious appears to be a stubborn fighter. As the head of Lyon family, he knows what he wants and there are times, this is his weakness too to a point that he becomes greedy.

7. Cookie functions as the Lyon’s heart. She brings out the best in every artist she handles. In an episode where Jamal records “Keep Your Money,” Cookie understands what the song needs.

The first time she listened to it, she stands by her decision that Jamal’s voice should be above the mix.

8. Jamal becomes the stand-out character of the season. As the singer-songwriter, Jamal never fails to deliver. He understands what he writes and he sings with the right technique and emotions.

Jamal roars louder after he reveals to the world he’s gay in Episode eight. First, Jamal forces his dad to recruit Delphine. He knows Delpine can sell albums like hot cupcakes. Second, Jamal helps his dad create a new sound for his tribute concert.

As a result, Luscious must have realized Jamal is a business leader with a soul – who must lead Empire.

9. It’s clear Andre suffers from bipolar disorder. It’s for this reason why his character rises above the crowd. Yes, he’s smart. He’s successful. And, he will become a dad.

However, how will Andre evolve in Season 2 with his condition?

10. Hakeem raps well but I’m kinda confused where his character will go. Sometimes, it feels like Hakeem only exists as a sidekick to either Luscious, Jamal or Tiana.

Will be there a more memorable Hakeem in Season 2?

11. Empire S1 Soundtrack rocks! The CD version only contains 11 tracks but it’s still worth the buy.

Come to realize that these are the strongest memorable tracks of the season that make Empire an empire of success.

Note: “Empire soundtrack hit #1 on the Billboard’s 200 Album Chart, marking the first time a TV soundtrack has opened at #1 since 2010 (Hulu.com, March 19, 2015).”

12. Empire Season 1 ends with a bang. I’m satisfied with what I saw. The story is filled with unexpected drama, aggression and a bit of funny scenes.

It’s something to remember when they include scenes wherein two or three family members create a special moment.

As for the two-hour finale, the Luscious-Jamal moment is impossible to forget. Seems like Jamal isn’t only good enough, right?

The slightest criticism I’m concern about is its flow of editing. Sometimes, it runs in the right speed but most of the time, it’s fast.

Never mind. I’m still addicted no matter what. Can’t wait for Season 2!

Bring it on, Jack TV.