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Ibrehem: I think his big problem is going to be integrating, for obvious reasons. Cultural differences, only black guy on the show, and that is never easy, no matter what anybody wants to say, there's a difference there. And I think that's gonna be his challenge. He's a physically fit guy, could be seen as a threat, or could be a quiet leader. It's really hard to tell what these, what choices these guys are gonna make. But that, that's the assessment I'd make on him.
Ashlee: Ashlee is... young, very good looking, Mormon. Her beliefs are gonna play a part in this game. They're going to have to if she lasts very long, because this is an ethical game. Sooner or later, she's gonna have to decide where the line in the sand is for her. For instance, I don't know if it's okay if you're a Mormon to use sex appeal as a weapon. I don't know, is that a sin? She'll be fun to watch, either way.
Bobby Jon: Bobby Jon is a... young, good-looking guy. Kind of plays that "aw shucks" game, which I don't buy for a second. This guy knows exactly how charming he is, how good looking he is, but... when we met him, you know, he's really good at it. And it could really work. And that guy could go a long ways. Unless the other guys look at him, and say "No way are you sticking around, dude! You're gone!"
Caryn: Caryn is... someone that I liked right when she walked in the room, because she had such a strong presence, a strong point of view. You don't get the feeling that she's gonna waffle. Doesn't mean she'll play her cards, but I think she's got a pretty good head on this game. She's one of three attorneys we have, so that should be fun, to watch those guys go at it. And uh, I think, anytime you have a mother, in her case a mother of three, there's some experience there that tends to... to help them in the game. They've been around these situations where you have multiple people wanting multiple things, and how do you please everybody? And... moms do okay on this show.
Angie: Angie is... looks-wise a fish out of water. Tattoos, very interesting background, some of the stuff she's been through. And I think her obvious obstacle is going to be: do people judge her by the way she looks? Or will she be able to socialize quickly enough for people to look past... you know, the way her body looks, and get into who she is. Because she's a very bright, and crafty girl. I think if she can uh, um, assimilate she might be able to hang low enough to stay in the game.
Coby: Coby's the kind of guy who walks into a room, and immediately, you're laughing. And you're not laughing at him, you really are laughing with him. Because he's either got a funny story to tell, or he's done something wacky with his hair. And because he's around people all the time in his profession, I think he's probably smart enough to assess people and know who he can push and who he should back off from, so he doesn't sabotage himself in the game. If he's as good as he thinks he is, that's what he'll do.
Gregg: Gregg's a big question mark to me. I don't know how he's gonna do in this game. He reminds me of some guys we've had on the show before, who are very physically fit, and they're pretty good overall in terms of skills and athleticism, the big question is how will they integrate with the group? And that's gonna be the question for him. I think if he's too quiet and too laid back, he'll be a guy that they hold onto for a while, and then they get rid of.
Ian: Ian is another guy that instantly puts a smile on your face. Because he just has a fun, warm energy about him. Done a lot of things in his life for a young guy. You know, he's skipped around all different sorts of places, and that could really serve him well, if... if in those... travels he's learned to socialize with people. Where it could work against him is if he's become so independent, that he's just used to doing things his own way, that'll kill you in this game.
James: James... the self-described redneck... I don't buy for a second. This is the second guy this season I think is putting us on. But, he's a great character. And I'm looking forward to seeing him on the show, but I don't think he's near as dumb as he tries to play, and I think for a guy so poor, he sure has enough money to, you know color his hair. So... I don't know what's going on there, but... it'll be interesting to see if he can keep that charade up. That'll be the question I have. See on day one, if he's the same on day twenty-five. And then, and then I'll be impressed.
Janu: Janu, the Las Vegas showgirl. Here's the thing that impressed me about her: She graduated college... after 20 years. That... is impressive to me. She didn't quit. It took forever, but she did it. And I think when you accomplish something like that, your self-confidence is such that you think you can do anything. She's certainly been in a world that there has to be a little bit of back-stabbing, in the Las Vegas showgirl world. You know, she's physically fit, been a dancer all her life... she could be fun out there.
Jeff: Jeff is... a charming guy, in an odd way. You know, we gave him a hard time when we met him about shaving his body, and talking about how many women he's... "dated." But, at the end of the day, we kept talking about him. And, and, so there's something about him that keeps coming back for a little more. And I, I, he's kind of an underdog favorite of mine, I hope he does well on this show. I'm not sure he's skilled enough socially to do as well as he thinks he's going to do, we'll have to see.
Jennifer: Jenn the nanny... this is going to be interesting to watch her. Because if you look at her, and her nails with the French manicure, and her neatly tucked-in hair, you're thinking, "You'll never make it out there. You're gonna fade on day one." But... I think there might be a little more to her than people are gonna see at first glance. Her biggest competition? The other women.
Jolanda: Jolanda is yet another attorney, a defense attorney, with indigent clients. So... she... is clearly somebody who respects and wants to take care of the underdog, but she does it with such force that she's intimidating. This is a world-class athlete, still in great shape, very smart, comes in tall and strong, and you're thinking, "Oh my God!" And then she smiles and puts you at ease. She's got a lot of skills, this woman. And, and if she can... maneuver in a way that doesn't come on too strong, and get to a point where the game's individual, she could kick everybody's butt in this game.
Jonathan: Jonathan... you know, young guy, testicular cancer, survived it. I always watch guys like that, because, "You can't tell me 39 days on Survivor is tougher than what I went through." So... I... you know? He's kind of a dark horse that I might put a little money on.
Katie: Katie is a huge personality. From the minute we met her, she's writing poems, and telling jokes. She's like a comic. And, that could be really fun to have around, if the group is fun. If the group is serious, and you're the one popping off jokes at night, when everybody's trying to sleep? You're gone....
Kimberly: The thing about Kim that's most intriguing is that she learned Arabic. And the reason she learned Arabic is because she wanted to be able to read... magazines that might have a different point of view than the United States. And she wanted to be able to understand... an unbiased point of view. That says a lot about how she might approach this game. If she's able to reason like that in this game, and make other people feel like they're being heard, and that she's listening and considering, that's huge. That is the essence of Survivor, is figuring out how to communicate with different people that you don't know, that are from different walks of life. And this is girl that went out and learned Arabic, simply to understand why we're at war.
Stephenie: Stephenie's... you know, good looking, athletic, strong. From what she says she's very loyal until you cross her, and then she'll cut your throat. Perfect candidate for Survivor! And let's just hope she lasts a while. Cause she could be fun. And, also, if she could get to the individual part of the game, she's tough. I mean there, there's a lot of guys who'd be afraid to go up against her in a challenge.
Tom: Tom is a salt-of-the-earth guy, you know, a father, a firefighter. There's no chance of this guy being a villain. You hope he lasts long enough in the game to be a hero. And if he does last for a while, he's the kind of guy that could win it. Because people are gonna look at him and say, "You know what, why not him?" He, he's uh, everything about him is good.
Wanda: Wacky Wanda... is... a wild card. She could be the first one out of this game, so fast her head is spinning, or we could see a situation like we did with Lill, where suddenly she's in the final two, and you're scratching your head, going "How did the woman with all the songs make it to the final two?" Wanda likes to sing, and she likes to come on strong, and wear big bright clothes, and say things like this! Some people really take to that, and they find it charming; other people just want to shut it off. If she can read people and figure that out, great. If she can't I'll be snuffing her torch.
Willard: I liked Willard the minute he walked in the room. And I liked him because he's my kind of guy. He's got a point of view, he's well-spoken, he doesn't hold back, he's in great shape, loves his wife, loves to make love to his wife, and wants to win this game. And, for the first time, we have a guy who's telling us coming in, "I'm not gonna tell people I'm a lawyer, I'm gonna tell them I'm a postal worker. And I'm gonna play every one of them." And I hope he does.

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