Survivor Redemption Island Rob MarianoIf you’re a Survivor fan, you probably don’t need any introduction to this guy, Rob Mariano “Boston Rob”, who is a whore to the game of reality TV.   Or pretty soon to be known as “Always a bridesmaid, but married to a bride” Rob.    Here is his list of reality shows:

Survivor: Marquesas – 2002 – (finished: 10th place)
The Player – 2004 (failed reality show)
Survivor: All-Stars – 2004 – (finished: 2nd to his future wife Ambahhh)
Rob and Amber Get Married – 2005 (show about their wedding)
The Amazing Race 7 – 2005 – (finished: 2nd with his wife Ambahhh)
The Amazing Race 11 – 2007 – (finished 8th with his wife Ambahhh)
Rob and Amber: Against The Odds – 2007 (scripted reality-drama)
Survivor: Heroes vs Villains – 2010 – (finished: 13th)
Survivor: Redemption Island – 2011 – (finished: ???)

He has had 5 more shots at winning a huge prize than most other reality contestants, and has finished 2nd twice, but he still gets to home to his million dollar wife, Ambahhh. Don’t cry over his losses, however.  Over the course of his reality show career, I’m guessing Rob has picked up quite a bit of his own money.  He’s won cars, won $250k for finishing 2nd in All-Stars, and I’m sure he and his wife got a nice little check for their other reality adventures.   Even if Rob gets voted out in the first 2-3 weeks, I’m willing to bet he’s still going home to a 7 figure bank account.

That leads me to my prediction for this season.   If you’re a huge Boston Rob fan,  I’d pick up the Survivor: All Stars DVD because I don’t think you’ll be seeing him very long this season.   Why?  Is he a shitty player?  No, far from that.  I actually think Rob is one of the better Survivor players to have played the game, despite the losses.    The fact that he’s playing against a bunch of rookie players means he’s going to have an instant target on his back, and he’ll likely be one of the first voted out.   His only hope is if they get starstruck, make him a leader, and keep him around for awhile, but he’ll still have a target the entire game, so I doubt he’ll make merge even if he can last a few weeks.

It’s too bad they put a Rob vs Russell situation with a bunch of rookie players who know all about those two players.  It’s really unfair to put them back in the game like that.  They should have done something like  Survivor: Rob vs Russell, and allowed them to pick their own teams from past cast members, as well as give them each individual immunity for the first 2-3 tribal councils because they’re “leaders”.

I think the fact that there really hasn’t been a whole lot of hype surrounding this Rob vs Russell situation, even during the reunion show last season when Jeff conveniently stood between the two while announcing this season, means it’s going to be a very anti-climactic return for both.   Hopefully I’m wrong, I like both players and would love to see them in the final two.

Survivor begins this Wed, hopefully we’ll still be blogging about Rob next Wed.

Show: Survivor Redemption Island
Contestant:  Steve Wright
Age: 51
Tribe: Zapatera

Survivor Redemption Island Steve Wright

Not this guy

Here we have our second former NFL player this season, except this guy had more than a cup of coffee in the league.   Our other football player is Grant Mattos, but Steve Wright (no not that Steve Wright) played for 13 seasons as an offensive lineman, and looks pretty good for 51 years old.   Sure, he’s not as jacked as Grant, but it should be interesting to see how he does.

Here is the rest of the bio:

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Show: Survivor Redemption Island
Contestant:  Stephanie Valencia
Age: 25
Tribe: Zapatera

Survivor Redemption Island Stephanie ValenciaHere we have Stephanie Valencia, from Long Beach, California.  Based on her bio “who in their right mind would decline an offer to play the greatest game ever“, and her acting work, she screams recruited mactor looking to expand her portfolio.   I’m used to mactors and they don’t bother me as much as they used to, but there is always the risk of a Kelly Purple situation where they realize they got in over their head and bail on the game.  It doesn’t help she’s wearing purple!!!   I don’t think she’s going to walk, but being a mactor always makes me fear they’re not going to give it as much as others do.  I hope she proves me wrong..

Here is her CBS bio and another photo

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Show: Survivor Redemption Island
Contestant:  Sarita White
Age: 36
Tribe: Zapatera

Sarita White Redemption Island SurvivorMeet Sarita White, the child of hippies, and someone who enjoys getting from point A to point B without a dollar in her pocket.  I hope point A is her bedroom and point B is her bathroom because that’s all I can relate to.  I need cash in my pocket any time I go out, for the simple reason of grabbing food or a drink which I enjoy having while I drive around.   Hey, I get dry mouth a lot, what can I say.   Ok, I’m rambling and this isn’t about me, it’s about Sarita, but when you haven’t seen an episode and avoid spoiler sites, there isn’t a whole lot to go on.

Here is her CBS bio for more info:

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Show: Survivor Redemption Island
Contestant:  Natalie Tenerelli
Age: 19
Tribe: Ometepe

Natalie Tenerelli Survivor Redemption IslandMeet Natalie Tenerelli, a 19 year old dancer from… drumroll… California, and your first evicted from the game.  Just kidding, I have no clue if she’s gone, but history on Survivor is very hit or miss for young pretty girls, sometimes they’re first or second out, sometimes they charm their way to the finals.   Russell is a sucker for that, so if she’s on his team and can get under his wing, well actually that’s a bad idea because he’s going to have a huge target on him…

If she can play her game like Kelly Purple minus the quitting part, look for her to go a long way. I mention Kelly mostly because they’re both really young, and Kelly did well just staying out of the radar because of how quiet and non-threatening she came off.

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Show: Survivor Redemption Island
Contestant:  Mike Chiesl
Age: 31
Tribe: Zapatera

Survivor Redemption Island Mike Chiesl

I just realized Survivor is on in under a week from now, and I’m just barely halfway through the ‘meet the contestants’, so I’m going to be a bit more brief and rushed on them so I can get them all out, especially in time so I can talk  a little about the final two I do.

This is Mike Chiesl, he’s a former Marine and of course from California, like about 75% of the other contestants.   This guy looks like a bad-ass, and possibly is, but that could rub people the wrong way.    If he can go in, stay leader-ish, but not assume leader role, he has a good shot of going pretty far.  As soon as he tries to step forward and take charge, he better hope he has an alliance behind him.

Show: Survivor Redemption Island
Contestant:  Matt Elrod
Age: 22
Tribe: Ometepe

Survivor Redemption Island Matt Elrod

Meet Matt Elrod, a 22 year old pre-med student from Nashville, Tennessee, who’s personal claim to fame is his decision to lead his own life.  Wtf does that mean?    I can see he’s trying to be the mysterious one on the show, and it shows by giving very vague answers on his bio, but come on, bro.  Don’t just give random answers to try and sound deep.

He claims he resembles anyone who has played the game with honesty and integrity (exactly who has that been?), yet he’s on the same tribe as Kristina Kell who says people are idiots if they don’t lie and manipulate.  This should make for interesting tribe chemistry, at least until one of them gets the boot.   I say it’ll be Kristina Kell first, but if he’s going to try and play the game as a saint, he has to either come off as completely harmless like Fabio did, or he’s also going to be gone relatively early as well.

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Show: Survivor Redemption Island
Contestant:  Kristina Kell
Age: 46
Tribe: Ometepe

Survivor Redemption Island Kristina KellKristina Kell is a 46 year old law student from California, and the second “KK” in a row for me to preview (the other being beauty queen Krista Klumpp).   Why is this significant?  It’s not at all, in fact it’s probably the least useful information you can gain about Kristina, but there really isn’t a whole lot to go on, so I’m just grasping for straws.

I do know she has an autistic child, which she puts on her profile, but even that isn’t noteworthy because a lot of people have autistic children.

One interesting part about her is she says “if you don’t know lying and manipulating are part of the game, you’re an idiot” on her bio, but if that was a practice run for the game, she’s already failed and will be a quick exit.   Part of manipulating is actually being able to convince someone to like you even more after they found out you were lying, and you don’t do that by calling them an idiot.   I get the “I want to be blunt” attitude with that statement, but that shit doesn’t work on other people who are also lying and trying to manipulate you.

After the jump are a few more photos of Kristina Kell

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Show: Survivor Redemption Island
Contestant:  Ralph Kiser
Age: 44
Tribe: Zapatera

Ralph Kiser Survivor Redemption IslandAnother brief meet the contestant post, this time for 44 year old Ralph Kiser, a farmer from Va.

Full CBS bio:

Name (Age): Ralph Kiser (44)
Tribe Designation: Zapatera
Current Residence: Lebanon, Va.
Occupation: Farmer
Personal Claim to Fame: Being completely debt-free at age 44. No vehicle payments, no mortgage payments, plus I own two homes on the same farm.
Inspiration in Life: I’m inspired by my farm; I’ve been at it all my life. I’m always amazed at my animals – how they grow and survive. Being able to watch the circle of life go ’round and be a part of it is a very satisfying adventure that I never get tired of.
Hobbies: Hunting, hiking and traveling.
Pet Peeves: People who are lazy and donÂ’t try to make anything of themselves.
3 Words to Describe You: Determined, strong-willed and stubborn
SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: I’m probably a combo of Big Tom and J.T.
Reason for being on SURVIVOR: I’ve wanted to be on the show for years and knew one day I’d get my chance. I want to be a hometown hero for the folks back home!
Why you think you’ll “Survive” SURVIVOR: I’m an outdoors mountain man. I know plants, trees and what most of their uses are. I can also build anything; start a fire anywhere and make people believe anything I say!
Why you think you will be the sole SURVIVOR: I will be the king at camp because I can build shelter, cook, find food and be the leader.Mee

Show: Survivor Redemption Island
Contestant:  Phillip Sheppard
Age: 52
Tribe: Ometepe

Phillip Sheppard Survivor Redemption IslandI really slacked on some of these meet the contestants, so some of these will be brief, and this one is definitely one of them.  Sorry Phillip

CBS bio:

Name (Age): Phillip Sheppard (52)
Tribe Designation: Ometepe
Current Residence: Santa Monica, Calif.
Occupation: Technology Executive
Personal Claim to Fame: Being a father to my son and being able to take risks in life. I say “yes” when others may say “no.”
Inspiration in Life: Medical Professionals – they save lives in real time.
Hobbies: Chess, basketball, skating and sport training with weights.
Pet Peeves: People who think they know everything and yet do nothing and watch others do the work.
3 Words to Describe You: Outgoing, articulate and determined.
SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: I am my own man!
Reason for being on SURVIVOR: I love the idea of competing and proving I still have what it takes to prevail in new challenges that are completely outside my normal everyday life.
Why you think you’ll “survive” SURVIVOR: I come from a large family (12 brothers and sisters), and as such I’ve become a creative problem-solver and good talker in stressful situations where others would give up.
Why you think you will be the sole SURVIVOR: I am a go-getter. As a former Special Agent with the former Defense Investigation Services, I honed my interview and investigative skills to persevere when others are being evasive or less than forthcoming.