It is my routine to choose a set of favorites before a new season unfolds. I expect myself to pick 4 people from two different tribes – one male and one female for each regardless of age. Sometimes, I chose 6 if there are three tribes.
This upcoming 39th season is a different and special one.
For the first time in the history of the show, my namesake is in the new cast. Been waiting for this moment for long, 18 years to be exact. This Dean will represent our brand name in front of the million fans and Survivor Alumni worldwide.
I know this sounds crazy. This is my first time doing it, I am taking the risk to bet on Dean Kowalski alone.
Win, lose, blindsided, I am on #TeamDean all the way!
The first time I saw his CBS Profile, Dean appears to be an ideal pick to win. He looks young, he looks ripped and he sounds intelligent. His video application exudes confidence. Anyone can also feel envious of his work resume.
Some would only say, “Nah, this man does not need the money.”
A Googler Executive, a former teacher, a basketball player – Dean makes himself a triple threat. Tracing back, alpha males rarely win. They are either voted out early or blindsided before the final four.
Yet, this is not always the case. Joining a reality competition show is neither all about money or how attractive you can be. Given, not every one can win the million dollars. Given, this prize money won’t feed you and your family forever. Yet, competing on Survivor is a life experience – it does not happen on anyone every day.
Especially when you have a namesake for the first time Hahaha.
Interestingly, Dean looks up to Wendell Holland – he was an alpha in season 36 who eventually won. Dean wishes to follow his quiet leadership.
Wendell was smart and calm most of the time. He created an alliance early. In fact, he is one of my 4 favorite winners of all time despite of a disappointing season.
In a game filled with backstabbers and feign friends, Wendell made Domenick his shield. This was an unbreakable shield helping Wendell throughout the game.
As for a newcomer, this is a tough assignment but Dean describes himself as jovial, observant and likeable. With these qualities played on the mix, any tough assignment can be made easy. It may not be as easy as drinking water. It is a process. It might take time, some sacrifices too, but it is realistically possible.
Probably, the key question here is not if he wins or not. Nothing is black and white in Survivor. Every thing is possible.
Real champions, like those 37 sole survivors, adjust. For this reason and with Boston Rob and Sandra as iconic mentors, it intrigues me how will Dean downplay his strong personality to get far.
Photos courtesy of: CBS