#Survivor Insights 246: Edge of Extinction – My Early Favorites

Survivor welcomes 2019 with Edge of Extinction. Premiering in February 20, season 38 introduces a new twist that is fairly similar to Redemption Island in season 22.


According to Jeff Probst, the Edge of Extinction is an island. Every player eliminated in each episode will be given a chance either to bid farewell for good or stay in an island where they are tested psychologically.

Back in Redemption Island, it’s expected to have a duel until one is left and returns to the game. Andrea won the final duel if I remember it correctly.

In Edge of Extinction, nothing is there. Zero. An eliminated player who will choose to stay there will wait for an unknown. He or she is allowed to quit if they choose to.

This theme isn’t entirely a new formula. It may or may not challenge the characters of the story, but hopefully, it’s a lot better than Ghost Island in season 36.

In Redemption Island, there were only two returners. One was voted off early, the other ended up winning. This season, however, there are four and three of them played three times.

Who among Joe Anglim, Aubry Bracco, Kelley Wentworth or David Wright will follow the footsteps of Boston Rob?

No one knows the answer. Unless, of course, there are new brave souls in the 14 who can outwit, outplay, outlast and stop the reign of those Titans.

To stay fair and square, I get to read profiles and watch interviews before selecting an early favorite. There are two tribes of nine this season.

Therefore, I’ve chosen two males and two females (a newbie and a returner) in each group regardless of their age.


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Lauren O’Connell, 21, Student

Lauren is an attractive 21-year-old student at Baylor University. She currently lives in Waco Texas. She is a collegiate athlete and a part of the women’s soccer team. At such a young age, she already believes her resilience and grit are her personal claim to fame. Her favorite survivors are Parvati Shallow and Kelley Wentworth.

Can’t wait to see how her game evolves when she discovers she’s playing with her favorite. Will she use the moment to her advantage? Or, will she go against her?

Kelley Wentworth, 31, Marketing Manager

Kelley is now a 31-year-old marketing manager residing in Seattle Washington. She’s already a game veteran who lasted for 38 days the last time she played in season 31. Though in season 29, she exited early. She believes she already proved to everyone that she’s a real competitor. She returns for the third time with one mission in mind – WIN.

… But to win requires baby steps. Kelley knows she’s a threat, how will she use this perception to last longer?


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Eric Hafemann, 34, Firefighter

As same age as me, Eric is a 34-year-old firefighter living in Livermore California. He loves his job. He loves being a dad too, but he clearly understands the line that separates his personal life from the game. In Survivor, he chooses to play as Tony Vlachos – the sole survivor of season 28. Like Tony, he plans to work on every angle with everyone all the time.

Life rewards humility. Eric approves it. He is a humble perceptive man, but how will he cope in a game that is filled with social politics and 17 stronger colliding personalities?

Joe Anglim, 29, Multimedia Artist

Joe is a Titan of the game. Like Wentworth, this is his third time but never made the finish line. In Worlds Apart (season 30), Joe lasted for 24 days before becoming the second jury member. In Second Chance, Joe won four consecutive individual immunity challenges before voted out in Day 32.

Most likely a triple threat upon his return, it’s worth taking a risk to root for Joe. His tribe needs his challenge-beast personality for them to win.

Photos Courtesy of: Entertainment Weekly

Year-End Countdown

No one cares about this countdown but me!


2018 is great! Countless songs are released but only one makes it to the top. Who? Before the revelation, let’s start with number fifty.

49) NIGHTTIME – Trevor Jackson
48) GARDEN (Say it like that) – SZA
47) SKTR SKTR – Tory Lanez
46) INSIDE – Jacquees ft. Trey Songz
45) LEVEL UP – Ciara
44) APES**T – The Carters
43) END GAME – Taylor Swift ft. Ed Sheeran & Future
42) IN MY FEELINGS – Drake
41) PINEAPPLE – Ty Dolla $ign ft. Gucci Mane, Quavo
40) NO BRAINER – DJ Khaled ft. Justin Bieber, Chance The Rapper, Quavo
39) FILTHY – Justin Timberlake
38) SHINE – Gabrielle
35) 42 (GROWN-UP TIPSY) – Brian McKnight
34) BLACK & BLUE – Elijah Blake
33) EXCITED – Lloyd
32) CONNECTION – OneRepublic (wild entry)
31) IF YOU LEAVE ME NOW – Charlie Puth ft. Boyz II Men
30) WAKE UP IN THE SKY – Gucci Mane ft. Bruno Mars, KB
29) MADE FOR NOW – Janet Jackson ft. Daddy Yankee
28) DROWNING – Mario
27) COME THROUGH & CHILL – Miguel ft. J. Cole
26) PRAY FOR ME – The Weeknd ft. Kendrick Lamar
25) LONG AS I LIVE – Toni Braxton (wild entry)
24) ATM – J. Cole
23) PSYCHO – Post Malone
22) PROTOTYPE – Kevin Ross
21) STAY ON YOUR MIND – Kenny Lattimore
20) MARKED & SCARRED – Kelvin Frazier
19) SICKO MODE – Travis Scott ft. Drake
18) BARBIE DREAMS – Nicki Minaj
17) THIS IS AMERICA – Childish Gambino
16) FINESSE (Remix) – Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B.
15) DON’T JUDGE ME – Ty Dolla Sign ft. Furture, Swae Lee
14) I DON’T THINK ABOUT YOU – Kelly Clakson
13) GTFO – Mariah Carey
12) GROWING PAINS – Alessia Cara
11) BOO’D UP – Ella Mai
10) STIR FLY – Migos
9) POWERGLIDE – Rae Sremmurd ft. Juicy J., Swae Lee, SJ
8) ATTENTION – Fat Joe ft. Chris Brown, Dre
7) TASTE – Tyga ft. Offset
6) NO LIMIT – G-Eazy ft. ASAP Rocky, Cardi B.
5) OTW – Khalid ft. 6LACK, Ty Dolla Sign
4) A GOOD NIGHT – John Legend ft. BloodPop
2) ALL THE STARS – Kendrick Lamar ft. Sza
1) THE WAY I AM – Charlie Puth

#Survivor Insights 245: Nick Wins David vs Goliath – Lesson of The Story (Episode 14)

A real sole survivor develops better relationships with Davids and Goliaths.

More Lessons: Episode 1Episode 2Episode 3Episode 4 – Episode 5 – Episode 6Episode 7Episode 8 – Episode 9Episode 10 – Episode 11Episode 12Episode 13

Nick Wilson, 27, Kentucky

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#Survivor Insights 244: David vs Goliath – Lesson of The Story (Episode 13)

The game of life is fluid. Be constantly prepared for the changes. Either good change or bad change, it’s up to you how these changes work to your advantage.

More Lessons: Episode 1Episode 2Episode 3Episode 4 – Episode 5 – Episode 6Episode 7Episode 8 – Episode 9Episode 10 – Episode 11Episode 12

Christian Hubicki, 32, Florida

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#Survivor Insights 243: David vs. Goliath – Lesson of The Story (Episode 12)

Never back-stab your best friend. Bad Karma is real and you’ll never love it when it’s payback time.

More Lessons: Episode 1Episode 2Episode 3Episode 4 – Episode 5 – Episode 6Episode 7Episode 8 – Episode 9Episode 10 – Episode 11

Gabby Pascuzzi, 25, Colorado

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