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Can Taj win Survivor?

by Michael Pascua, posted May 5th 2009 12:29PM
Former pop star Taj George on Survivor: TocantinsBack in January, I read articles mentioning that a member of 90's pop group SWV was going to be on Survivor: Tocantins. Taj George, former pop star, author, and wife of famous NFL footballer Eddie George was cast without any bells or whistles. I was nervous seeing how ... well Olympian Crystal Cox did in Survivor: Gabon, but decided to give Taj a shot since she was involved in one of my favorite songs: "Weak."

I was happy to see that she didn't degrade herself to Celebreality shows or I'm A Celebrity, Get me Out of Here! Fast forward several weeks, and Taj is part of the final six and still has a shot at winning the money.

At the moment, Taj's best bets of making it to the final four is to keep with her alliance of J.T., Stephen, and Erinn. If Taj was smart, after getting rid of Coach, she should form a women's alliance with Erinn and Debbie and get rid of J.T. and Stephen. I thought of a few other strategic moves that Taj should make to win Survivor: Tocantins.

Get rid of J.T. – It seems as though J.T.'s southern charm and honest demeanor could land him the win, and no one is doing anything about it. He hasn't been the strongest in immunity challenges, so the next time he's open, Taj should round up the girls and get rid of him.

Use the hidden immunity idol – To the other contestants, Taj doesn't seem to be playing the game. Instead, she is perceived as taking advantage of her Jalapao alliance and her friendliness with the Timbiras. Taj needs to make a power play to show that she deserves to win. Her best bet would be to use her hidden immunity idol and pry it out of Stephen's greedy hands.

Win a few immunity challenges – If Taj can win one immunity challenge, preferably the final immunity, she can at least prove that she's physically into the game. I understand that several of the immunity streak winners lost the game -- Kelly (Borneo), Colby (Australia), and Ozzy (Cook Islands) for example -- but being in the final two makes more money than getting cut at the final four.

Be convincing to the Jury – During her time both on SWV and touring her book, Taj has learned how to handle a loaded question, so anything spiteful can be answered in a calm fashion. Fortunately for her, she has a good relationship with Brendan and Sierra from her cross-alliance. If she can knock out J.T. and Stephen and make a final with Erinn, she has a great chance of getting four votes. Coach, Tyson, and Debbie will hopefully vote with their heads and not their grudges, and see that Taj played the game.

Figure out how to deal with Stephen – In Survivor: Panama, Cirie made a strong alliance with Aras and was cut at final four because she didn't know how to make fire. This season, there is a similar alliance between Taj and Stephen. It seems like the producers are setting up a final four ending of J.T. winning immunity, Erinn/Taj voting for Stephen, and Stephen/J.T. voting for Taj. Stephen has been set-up earlier in the season, showing that he knows how to make fire. If Taj was smart, she'd get rid of Stephen at final five to prevent a fire challenge even occurring. That or practice with some flint.

Taj has played a very strong social game. She is tight with J.T. and Stephen, but is seen comforting Coach during challenges that he loses. Her friendly and motherly demeanor has helped diffuse the fact that she's had the least amount of time to talk to her fellow survivors. If Taj makes it to the final, can people see past the fact that she has money and played the game hard? Do you think Taj even stands a chance? Leave your comments below.

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BARBARA ABEL

I WOULD LIKE TO SEE TAJ MAKE IT TO THE END. OF ALL THE SO CALLED SURVIVORS THAT ARE LEFT SHE SEEMS TO BE THE MOST FAIR.THE MEN SO FAR HAVE BEEN TOO BUSY VOTING EACH OTHER OUT.THE ONLY DRAWBACK IS THE WOMEN ARE OUT NUMBERED.GOOD LUCK TAJ! AS LONG AS ITS NOT 'CRAZY COACH' I'M OK WITH WHOEVER WINS.

May 14 2009 at 7:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jennifer

Why do people keep saying "form a women's alliance"? Have you watched these women? They don't hold a candle to the dynamic of the Jalapao 3. Taj would be crazy to betray her brothers.

As for the idol, the idol doesn't have to save Taj, only one of the Jala 3. Since she's obviously not going to need it (save for some crazy blindside), why worry about it? JT will probably wind up being targeted, so it's in the interest of the Jala 3 to save it for him.

May 06 2009 at 6:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
PORSCHE

Stephen has shown his disloyalty to us (the viewer) telling us he would keep Taj hidden imunity idol for himself if needs it.

Of those left I guees i hope JT gets it but don't like how he can so easily lie to everyone. I would vote deb but she has done nothing and i hate coach.

May 06 2009 at 6:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
deebopalula

Man, I wish I could predict this one, but it's just too up in the air at this point. So much at this stage depends on winning immunity. I'd sincerely like to think that Coach would have been voted out last week had he not won the immunity challenge, but the producers are not giving us enough to know which way some of the alliances are leaning. For example, they don't show much of J.T. and Stephan strategizing with Taj anymore, but I have a hunch that it's only because of editing and that the three are still holding strong.

Since Coach and Debbie are in tight with each other, Erinn really comes into play here. If she votes with the former Jalapao's, she in the final four but that might be as far as she gets. If she votes with her former tribe, she's more likely to get to final three and if she can come through in the last challenges against the less than stellar Coach and Debbie (and especially considering that the final three challenge is usually endurance), it's a done deal and she's in the finale.

INonetheless, I've liked J.T., Taj and Stephen from the beginning. I'd be happy to see them in the final three but I wouldn't like seeing them turn on each other. Any one of them would be smarter to take Coach, Erinn or Debbie to the final, but I still kinda hope they don't do it.

p.s. - I've got to disagree with you that J.T. "hasn't been the strongest in immunity challenges". He's been very strong, but didn't have great backup on Jalapao and just bad luck individually. How can you call a guy that went so all out that he chipped his tooth in a challenge not strong? I honestly hope he wins, but any of the remaining players would be foolish to take him so he'll have to get there all on his own. Taj is my vote for second place. Stephen's more or less riding coattails.


May 05 2009 at 5:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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