Survivor Insights 19: What Gone Wrong With Timbira?

What was once perceived as an “undefeatable” tribe during the premiere is now a crack. Watching Jalapao outplayed Timbira in back-to-back challenges made me realize there’s like an iceberg in Timbira camp that separates them with each other— and one probable reason for this crack is Ben “The Coach” Wade.

Instead of contributing something for his tribe, Coach was like the god of destroyer who’s just too busy campaigning for his own good. In episode two, he was intimidated with Candace and wanted her out and now, he was gunning for Erinn. Geez, seeing him imitating what he perceived as the Devil’s Erinn’s smile was foolishly funny.

Remember the “forming a staircase” immunity challenge,” where was he?

If Coach believed he should be the leader of his tribe, why not he helped Brendan in pushing the last crate to the top? Somehow, somewhere— it might be too late for blaming. Coach’s strategy was like a cockroach and nothing could be done. He just talked like what expected from a coach but no productive results to support the talk. If anyone has the right to lead Timbira, that should be Brendan or Tyson. Let’s watch the following videos to know what Erinn, Brendan and Sierra think of Coach.

For Jalapao, it might be a good call for them to win another immunity. Their teamwork had been great. If Jalapao did lose, Taj was now a threat and might be going home instead of Sandy. Taj was slowly unveiling the dark horse version of her and if she successfully convinces Stephen to join her secret bond with Brendan and Sierra, that might be a big leap for them in the final four.

It’s somehow clear to me why Brendan chose Sierra over Erinn from the start. He regularly labeled himself as the entrepreneur and he could comfortably use his marketing skills with Sierra over the other. Truth is, Erinn was playing with a big strategy on board, Sierra is more like of a going only into the flow. But if I were Brendan, considering he already got the hidden immunity necklace, I assure that these two girls were on my side. If I still need another member, that could be Tyson.

Trusting Taj and Stephen when merge comes is in question. Jalapao was in their best form with JT as their leader. Stephen was in sync with JT and Taj may find it hard to break this bond. And Taj must not forget Sydney, she will play the sex-goddess next week (oh yeah!).

It may not be the the time for him to go and thank God, it was not Erinn who went home. Jerry Sims, the US Army blew his chances to fight back and completely submitted to another blindside.

Survivor Insights 18: 3-2 Win for Jalapao

The editing was getting better each week and this week’s episode started with some castaways knock themselves on the chopping board.

First on the list is Candace Smith. She’s competitive in challenges, she’s a talker and she’s charismatic but why she was not fighting to avoid elimination? She and Erinn were talking about ousting Coach but why she didn’t make it happen? If only Candace used her persuasion expertise and get along with Tyson, Jerry, Erinn and Sierra, she would have probably sent Coach home. But even Erinn voted against her during the Tribal Council- an indication Candace’s strategy was a no show.

I read Candace’s interview in RNO and this was she said why she not voted against Coach.

“Because I thought people on my tribe were so brainwashed by him. I felt like I was in the twilight zone. I was like, “Is he really having this effect on you?” I was the only one being protected by the evil rays. I could take him down with one arm. It was like a cult, like the whole “I’m your coach” thing – it worked with everybody! But with some people, it was horrifying.”

Another mark of disappointment was Coach. Coach was trying to portray the “Mr. Invincible” in pilot episode but it turned out he’s behaving like a cockcroach during the immunity/reward challenge. Candace, Brendan, Tyson and even Sierra were pulling their legs to attain victory but where was Coach? Perhaps, it’s his strategy not to be in the front seat during challenges or was he a no-good coach at all?

Debbie Beebe, the school principal, was all in praise for Coach and as expected, Coach liked it. They created alliance and during the Tribal Council, Debbi sounded like she wanted to get rid of Erinn. Geez, hoping Jerri, Tyson and Brendan won’t buy in this agreement. Timbira was stronger in challenges with Erinn on board than Debbi.

Talking a lot is a crime in SURVIVOR. I knew Taj was hesitant when she told her tribemates about her married to an ex-NFL pro and this can spell d-a-n-g-e-r on her feet. But Taj was a former member of SWV (the RnB group behind the hit single “Weak”) and she may still have lots of magic COOL tricks going inside her mind and hopes it works on her and not against her.

In Timbira, Sierra and Brendan joined forces in searching for hidden immunity necklace but like Sandy, they came out empty-handed and revealing to their tribemates that they were digging for a bonfire sounded like a messy non-impressive joke. What were they thinking? Also, it might not a good idea for Sierra asking Brendan for help. Brendan was an entrepreneur and he could tell lies as easy as eating peanut. What he did after his return from Exile Island, that’s how Candace should have played the game. Survivor is a mind game and one should know how to use your skills to your BIG advantage.

The water-basketball immunity/reward challenge was again like a grand slam finale between Nadal and Federer. Timbira was in an impressive lead 2-0 but Jalapao went ahead to equal the scoreboard, 2-2. Sierra continued to display a no-joke competitiveness but came short when Stephen armed her down and shoot the ball for Jalapao’s victory 3-2.

Just hoping that after this Jalapao’s victory, Stephen and JT cemented friendship blooms forward and help them get into the jury. Seeing best friends win this game will be nice, eh?

Survivor Insights 17: The Bus Driver is Pissed!

One hour was a too short premiere for Survivor Tocantins and didn’t cover more interesting slices of events in both tribes. I expected a more incredible opening theme but my apologies, Garbon’s Intro (watch SURVIVOR Season 1-16 Intro) was better. That’s ok, the new set of castaways are noticeably splashing some dives.

Jalapao in red and Timbira in black, these are the names of the tribe and the first moment I saw them in the truck, I knew each one of them had something interesting to say with each other. And whoa! I was in bliss when the editing chose Erinn Lobdell, the 26-year-old hairstylist from Wisconsin, to first speak up in front of the confessional airtime and was perceiving Tyson Apostol, the 29-year-old professional cyclist from Utah, as probably the most strategic player in her tribe.

But hell to Tyson, his eye was on Erinn and says she was a bitch. Does this spell danger for Erinn Lobdell? Hope it’s not and another bite of confusion, I didn’t get the logic behind why Brendan Synnott, the 30-year-old entrepreneur, voted for Erinn instead of Sierra. Did he know that the real purpose of the twist and didn’t want Erinn to hike? Or he will probably join forces with Tyson to oust Erinn?

Geez, this season will not be incomplete without Erinn. There’s Sydney Wheeler, another eyecandy from Jalapao but Erinn was kind of different and even David Bloomberg of RealityNewsOnline had some nice and juicy first impressions on Erinn,

“She says she gets a lot of comparisons to Parvati. But she doesn’t think Parvati’s “genius” plan of letting everybody else do the dirty work for her will work again. She says if the others want to think she’s a “little princessy” at the beginning, she’s okay with that. She doesn’t want to give away too much, too fast. I’m thinking if the others think that and she doesn’t counter it, she might not have long to show them who she really is!”

In Jalapao Tribe, Sandy Burgin was immediately perceived as the weakness and picked her as the castoff but all went well for this 53-year-old bus driver and a grandmother, she was not eliminated in the game as what everybody expected. But beware, she’s still pissed and willing to play hard just to find the hidden immunity necklace buried within the perimeter to avoid the chopping block.

But it was a different story for Jalapao Tribe during the immunity challenge. Taj and Sandy finished to build the ladder planks first but on Timbira, the sexy gals (Erinn and Sierra) fought back and tried to equal the pace. Thanks to Sierra’s competitive spirits:)

Up aboard, Jalapao and Timbira were neck-in-neck to solve the fishing-net-like table maze. Spencer, the youngest castaway in history at 19, and Sydney were struggling but Erinn and Brendan were in smooth sailing and got their tribe flag up and wins!

Yes, that’s a rock-solid competition!

Back at their camp, it was a 50/50 toss between Sandy and Carolina, the 26-year-old bartender. Carolina’s boisterous personality annoyed her tribemates and for this, she bid goodbye from the game.

Read her RNO interview

Survivor Insights 16: Booking A Valentines Date at Tocantins

Next week will be valentines day and like what expected, boys and girls will hunt for someone for a dinner in a fancy restaurant. But for those singles out there, we’ll celebrate valentines day with the new sixteen castaways in Survivor Tocantins.

Probst was right. When I read their profiles one by one and word for word, I seem to realize Survivor Tocantins has a lot of great and charismatic characters to offer. In an early survey in CBS, the audience picked Tyson Apostol, the 29-year-old cyclist, as their first impression favorite.

But it will be a different story to me. Picking a favorite this early is too risky. Just like what happen in Gabon, I picked four castaways as my first impressions month ago before the season premiere and only Matty Whitmore, the personal trainer, made it to the jury. Disappointing, eh?

Perhaps, that’s the reason why I am still addicted to Survivor. The events are not always what I wanted to unfold. And for this, I am now choosing my first impression bets. Geez, this is tougher than making a wishlist for Christmas, lol

First on the list is,

The beautiful brunnette-haired gal of Waukesha, Wisconsin. Her name: Erin Lobedell, aged 26 and she works as a hairstylist.

What Jeff Probst say about her: “I’m on the fence on. She’s got to make a first impression….that is: ‘I’m a worker’. Right away. ‘Cause otherwise, I think you look at her and you might judge her as a pretty girl who’s gonna fade early. So that would be my advice: ‘pick up the heaviest thing you can and start walking’.”


The smart and been labeled as the cut-throat player of the season. None other than, Stephen Fishbach of NYC, aged 29 and he is a corporate consultant.

Jeff Probst says:

“Stephen is going to have a big job to integrate well. There’s a feeling on this season of ‘young…kind of hip’. And Stephen’s a little outside of that. He’s a little more of an intellect. And if he can use those skills in the right way, I think he could do really well.”

My third will be:

The Cattle Farmer of Samson, Alabama— JT. His real complete name is James Thomas, Jr. and he got a positive feedback from Jeff Probst.

“JT (James) Likeable kid. Runs a ranch. He knows what hard work is. I think JT is OK being by himself, which is also good out here ’cause there’s a lot of lonely nights. I think JT’s gonna get flirted with…and probably do some heavy flirting himself.”

The fourth and last spot is a tight race between Sydney Wheeler and Candace Smith.


Sydney works as a model from San Diego and she’s only 24 while Candace is a lawyer, works also as a model and in her early thirties.

What Jeff Probst say about them:

For Sydney: “Beautiful. People are gonna judge Sydney. Because typically on Survivor, if you really pay attention, the hot blonde woman fades every single time. Sydney needs to break that cycle. ‘Cause otherwise they’ll keep her around to look at and she’ll be low on the totem pole and alliance and she’s be middle of the pack…maybe Jury. And you’ll forget whatever her name was…the girl from San Diego who was really cute.”

For Candace: “Candace is unfortunately on a season in which there are a lot of likeable strong people. And she may fall victim to not being as strong. I think the heat and the bugs might get to her. What Candace will have to do though is show people that ‘I am a warrior and not a princess’.”

It’s hard to say who’s the better player. Just the best girl wins between these two!!!

Alright then, that wraps up my list and right now, I can feel the chills… feeling that this season may be a blast!

That’s a date… February 13 here in the Philippines.