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Australian Survivor Season 3 Power Rankings (Round 5)


Former castaways Sarah Tilleke, Luke Toki and Tess O’Halloran face off!

While the battle between Champions and Contenders is playing out on the islands of Fiji, here on Inside Survivor, an even bigger showdown is taking place. That’s right, Aussie Power Rankings are back, and this time we’re upping the intensity, a Sarah Tilleke, Luke Toki, and Tess O’Halloran compete for the Inside Survivor Power Rankings crown!

The tribe swap caused a shake-up in Round 4, with the elimination of Jackie proving devastating for Sarah, who had the poker-pro ranked 3rd, and Luke suffered even worse having second-boot-of-the-week Tegan ranked 2nd. It was a good week for Tess however, who shot into the lead with 124 points. Sarah follows behind on 120, while Luke is bringing up the rear on 111. With a merge impending, it’s still all to play for! 

RULES

We use the Gordon Holmes format of Power Rankings. Each week the three power rankers create separate rankings based on least likely to most likely to be eliminated. The ranking of the player who is voted out of the next episode will determine the number of points the rankers will earn. For example, if the person you ranked in 1st place is eliminated in the next episode, you will recieve 1 point. If the person you ranked in 20th place is eliminated, you will receive 20 points. At the end of the season, the person with the most points will be named the Australian Survivor Power Rankings Champion.

As Australian Survivor airs multiple episodes per week, the rankings will count for each episode aired that particular week. Placements are adjusted after each elimination to reflect the amount of players remaining and points are then recalculated.

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Australian Survivor Season 3 Power Rankings (Round 5)

120
Sarah

Benji
1

I think Benji needs to temper that arrogance... actively choosing to dwindle the Contender numbers isn’t a great move for his game just yet, rule no 1 going into merge... OPTIONS! At this point, Benji is only helping a tribe of Champions (a bunch of team players by nature and reputation) gain a natural majority. I’m struggling to see how this isn’t going to bite him in the butt later. It’s never good to see a great player lose strategic sense to arrogance, please prove me wrong Benj, you’re better than that! But the dude has an idol and some numbers at this point hence his undeniable top spot.

I think Benji needs to temper that arrogance... actively choosing to dwindle the Contender numbers isn’t a great move for his game just yet, rule no 1 going into merge... OPTIONS! At this point, Benji is only helping a tribe of Champions (a bunch of team players by nature and reputation) gain a natural majority. I’m struggling to see how this isn’t going to bite him in the butt later. It’s never good to see a great player lose strategic sense to arrogance, please prove me wrong Benj, you’re better than that! But the dude has an idol and some numbers at this point hence his undeniable top spot.


Sharn
2

At this point, I’m seeing nothing but flawless gameplay by Sharn. She is running a Survivor masterclass and I love watching. I feel that she is coming up quickly as a potential winner of the whole thing. I would also love to see her address that final jury, the girl would have my vote!

At this point, I’m seeing nothing but flawless gameplay by Sharn. She is running a Survivor masterclass and I love watching. I feel that she is coming up quickly as a potential winner of the whole thing. I would also love to see her address that final jury, the girl would have my vote!


Monika
3

Monika is playing a good social game coupled with an under the radar strategy... this is generally a good recipe for distance in the game. I’d be surprised if she were to go this week. Although last week my third spot got the boot, so please God don’t let Tessa gain an even bigger lead!

Monika is playing a good social game coupled with an under the radar strategy... this is generally a good recipe for distance in the game. I’d be surprised if she were to go this week. Although last week my third spot got the boot, so please God don’t let Tessa gain an even bigger lead!


Shonee
4

The girls are back together again and all is well with the world once more. I still have faith that these two will come through with some masterful gameplay, even though their numbers aren’t looking so great at this point.

The girls are back together again and all is well with the world once more. I still have faith that these two will come through with some masterful gameplay, even though their numbers aren’t looking so great at this point.


Fenella
5

Fen is playing an under the radar game and is still getting a great edit and a good amount of screen time. This makes me think she must start really flexing her strategic muscles sometime soon.

Fen is playing an under the radar game and is still getting a great edit and a good amount of screen time. This makes me think she must start really flexing her strategic muscles sometime soon.


Robbie
6

As much as Rob thinks Lydia is "phenomemmal" he needs to remember that Champions are the "enenamies". I feel he is being played by Lydia and he will be heartbroken when she runs back to her old alliance leaving in her wake a still enamored but heartbroken Robbie.

As much as Rob thinks Lydia is "phenomemmal" he needs to remember that Champions are the "enenamies". I feel he is being played by Lydia and he will be heartbroken when she runs back to her old alliance leaving in her wake a still enamored but heartbroken Robbie.


Shane
7

Shane as a double agent was the best! I’m actually enjoying Shane's screen time so much, looks like she is going for the proverbial TV Gold. However, it didn’t make sense to me that she would side with the “screw dead weights” alliance. Strategically I felt it would have been safer for her game longevity to go the other way.

Shane as a double agent was the best! I’m actually enjoying Shane's screen time so much, looks like she is going for the proverbial TV Gold. However, it didn’t make sense to me that she would side with the “screw dead weights” alliance. Strategically I felt it would have been safer for her game longevity to go the other way.


Sam
8

Under the radar game and sassiness in abundance, Sam is both giving me everything and giving me nothing. I’m yet to see a single thing actually strategic from him, so it’s hard to place him anywhere but the middle this week.

Under the radar game and sassiness in abundance, Sam is both giving me everything and giving me nothing. I’m yet to see a single thing actually strategic from him, so it’s hard to place him anywhere but the middle this week.


Heath
9

As one of the tallest players in the game, standing at an impressive 7ft, flying under the radar is not an easy task for Heath. Hopefully he can lay low (or just sit down) and dodge any post-merge heat that might come his way in these early stages. My inner monologue this week - “Ignore the BFG over there, he won’t harm you.”

As one of the tallest players in the game, standing at an impressive 7ft, flying under the radar is not an easy task for Heath. Hopefully he can lay low (or just sit down) and dodge any post-merge heat that might come his way in these early stages. My inner monologue this week - “Ignore the BFG over there, he won’t harm you.”


Brian
10

Last week Brian was left as a bit of a lonely number. He seems to be untrusted by the Champs and on the outs with the chumps. But the man's not dead and gone yet, maybe he can wriggle his way back into something with Monika, who knows! It’s important to always look on the bright side of life (A little Life of Brian reference for those that missed it).

Last week Brian was left as a bit of a lonely number. He seems to be untrusted by the Champs and on the outs with the chumps. But the man's not dead and gone yet, maybe he can wriggle his way back into something with Monika, who knows! It’s important to always look on the bright side of life (A little Life of Brian reference for those that missed it).


Steve W
11

If I’m out on the island I would seriously be mediating this power that the brawns alliance has accumulated. Their numbers are looking to be a force to be reckoned with and this week is really the last chance to counter that before they become unstoppable, hence why they’re all sitting at the bottom of my list. It would be foolish to not launch an attack on this alliance at this point in the game.

If I’m out on the island I would seriously be mediating this power that the brawns alliance has accumulated. Their numbers are looking to be a force to be reckoned with and this week is really the last chance to counter that before they become unstoppable, hence why they’re all sitting at the bottom of my list. It would be foolish to not launch an attack on this alliance at this point in the game.


Mat
12

I. Am. Living. For. Mat. This guy is my ultimate fave, so likable and sooo attune to the game. Loyal, but not complacent with his numbers. This guy is fantastic at foreseeing threats. Coaxing Shane into playing double agent, BRILLIANT! This guy gets people, he understands social dynamics. He’s truly a master at work. I just hope his undeniable threat status going into merge doesn’t bring with it all the post-merge first-boot heat.

I. Am. Living. For. Mat. This guy is my ultimate fave, so likable and sooo attune to the game. Loyal, but not complacent with his numbers. This guy is fantastic at foreseeing threats. Coaxing Shane into playing double agent, BRILLIANT! This guy gets people, he understands social dynamics. He’s truly a master at work. I just hope his undeniable threat status going into merge doesn’t bring with it all the post-merge first-boot heat.


Lydia
13

Come post-merge, challenge standouts are always among the first to be in the line of fire. My gut (*ahem* Channel 10 ads) tells me that a big-threat player will be taken out this week and I’m thinking the heat will be on Mat and Lydia. Because Mat has an idol, I feel there is a chance the vote will ricochet to Lydia should a post-merge threat attack transpire.

Come post-merge, challenge standouts are always among the first to be in the line of fire. My gut (*ahem* Channel 10 ads) tells me that a big-threat player will be taken out this week and I’m thinking the heat will be on Mat and Lydia. Because Mat has an idol, I feel there is a chance the vote will ricochet to Lydia should a post-merge threat attack transpire.


111
Luke

Sharn
1

Well, well, well, haven’t you climbed my ranks Sharn? I think I placed you so low originally because I don’t like authority! You big judge you, ahhahah! Sitting very well placed in the Champion’s alliance which could clearly run away with the whole game if they all play the stay strong mateship card.

Well, well, well, haven’t you climbed my ranks Sharn? I think I placed you so low originally because I don’t like authority! You big judge you, ahhahah! Sitting very well placed in the Champion’s alliance which could clearly run away with the whole game if they all play the stay strong mateship card.


Mat
2

How can he not sit second? He has an IDOL! He is very well liked and could easily go on an immunity run deep in the merge. Surely someone close will flip on him. I’m just not predicting it's a stealth move when they do, and he'll see it coming.

How can he not sit second? He has an IDOL! He is very well liked and could easily go on an immunity run deep in the merge. Surely someone close will flip on him. I’m just not predicting it's a stealth move when they do, and he'll see it coming.


Benji
3

He is playing a dominating game. How Tegan didn’t really push for him asap when she came back was crazy. She should have blown up his game and created some lies about him. Now he’s sitting pretty at the top of his kingdom with an idol. Got places to move and trust between both tribes.

He is playing a dominating game. How Tegan didn’t really push for him asap when she came back was crazy. She should have blown up his game and created some lies about him. Now he’s sitting pretty at the top of his kingdom with an idol. Got places to move and trust between both tribes.


Shonee
4

This girl just seems like a Survivor. Willing to work with people after they lie to her, moves forward to see she gets further in the game. Benji will take her far.

This girl just seems like a Survivor. Willing to work with people after they lie to her, moves forward to see she gets further in the game. Benji will take her far.


Lydia
5

She's got a good crew around her... But who wants to go head to head with her in the final challenge? I don’t think she has enough snake in her to get her to the final.

She's got a good crew around her... But who wants to go head to head with her in the final challenge? I don’t think she has enough snake in her to get her to the final.


Robbie
6

He really needs a break out episode. He needs to pull in some extra numbers to show he's a force to win at the end. Otherwise, he’s claiming other people’s moves. I understand he could say they're his moves but you don’t see him talking massively about the strategy. A Shonee, Monika and Robbie alliance maybe? Hahaha.

He really needs a break out episode. He needs to pull in some extra numbers to show he's a force to win at the end. Otherwise, he’s claiming other people’s moves. I understand he could say they're his moves but you don’t see him talking massively about the strategy. A Shonee, Monika and Robbie alliance maybe? Hahaha.


Fenella
7

Fenella will probably stay on top until she wins... hahahha!

Fenella will probably stay on top until she wins... hahahha!


Sam
8

Not sure how far he will make it.

Not sure how far he will make it.


Monika
9

Very quiet, don’t seem to see much strategy from her. The boys will be happy to keep her around and she seems loyal but that will only last so long as it doesn’t seem she's fully part of the core group.

Very quiet, don’t seem to see much strategy from her. The boys will be happy to keep her around and she seems loyal but that will only last so long as it doesn’t seem she's fully part of the core group.


Steve W
10

He says nothing, can have a very different outlook on life than others. Mat will drop him and move forward with his core group.

He says nothing, can have a very different outlook on life than others. Mat will drop him and move forward with his core group.


Shane
11

Shane should be super proud of herself. To live out there for that long with her age is very impressive. A Champion for sure. Her game is not over yet. One to watch...

Shane should be super proud of herself. To live out there for that long with her age is very impressive. A Champion for sure. Her game is not over yet. One to watch...


Heath
12

Sorry, brother, you're f***ed hahahhaha! No one is going to jump on your train. You lost Tegan. A sinking ship.

Sorry, brother, you're f***ed hahahhaha! No one is going to jump on your train. You lost Tegan. A sinking ship.


Brian
13

The top clan knows he’s on the outer. They won’t want to keep him around for long and give him chance to flip.

The top clan knows he’s on the outer. They won’t want to keep him around for long and give him chance to flip.


124
Tess

Sharn
1

Sharn wants to take Benji down a peg, but poor old Benj doesn’t have as many pegs as Sharn does! This woman has friends everywhere and plenty of meat shields to throw out into the line of fire should she need them.

Sharn wants to take Benji down a peg, but poor old Benj doesn’t have as many pegs as Sharn does! This woman has friends everywhere and plenty of meat shields to throw out into the line of fire should she need them.


Sam
2

Why would anyone target Sam over Mat or Commando? He may also still have some relationship with Miss Universe, giving him ears on the other side and connections if he should realise that his winner chances are not good next to saint Mat and his silent lieutenant Steve. My worry, having watched him bark orders before the Tegan vote, is that Sam may seem himself as the power player (rather than just the safest player) in that group, in which case he has no reason to flip.

Why would anyone target Sam over Mat or Commando? He may also still have some relationship with Miss Universe, giving him ears on the other side and connections if he should realise that his winner chances are not good next to saint Mat and his silent lieutenant Steve. My worry, having watched him bark orders before the Tegan vote, is that Sam may seem himself as the power player (rather than just the safest player) in that group, in which case he has no reason to flip.


Robbie
3

Still trying to play the nice guy, even as he all but snuffs Tegan's torch with his bare hands. This massive F-U move against his old tribe should be a loud and clear message to Mat and co that Robbie is not just drinking the Lydia Kool-Aid, he’s bought stocks in it and is knocking on strangers’ doors with cartons of the stuff, bringing it over uninvited to friends’ places and posing it casually in the foreground of his Instagram posts #ad.

Still trying to play the nice guy, even as he all but snuffs Tegan's torch with his bare hands. This massive F-U move against his old tribe should be a loud and clear message to Mat and co that Robbie is not just drinking the Lydia Kool-Aid, he’s bought stocks in it and is knocking on strangers’ doors with cartons of the stuff, bringing it over uninvited to friends’ places and posing it casually in the foreground of his Instagram posts #ad.


Mat
4

Mat is very, very good at this game. He is the master of talking with, not at, people even as he tells them exactly what to do. He effectively neutralised the Shanebo theory by bringing her in and making her feel valuable and downright vital to The Team, making her defection extremely unlikely. He didn’t just bring her in - he made being “in” fun, and he made it feel like playing the game. Mat should have been vulnerable at the last two votes and the fact that he escaped that is a massive credit to him.

Mat is very, very good at this game. He is the master of talking with, not at, people even as he tells them exactly what to do. He effectively neutralised the Shanebo theory by bringing her in and making her feel valuable and downright vital to The Team, making her defection extremely unlikely. He didn’t just bring her in - he made being “in” fun, and he made it feel like playing the game. Mat should have been vulnerable at the last two votes and the fact that he escaped that is a massive credit to him.


Lydia
5

I feel a little “mediocre” myself having Lydia up so high. But, even as I cringed through her confessionals this week, I can see that this was the right drum for her to be beating. I just wish she would tell us, the audience, that she knows mediocrity is not gauged by muscle mass and that strength of character or will or creativity is just as meaningful as strength of biceps. But then, I don’t lift heavy stuff real good, so I would say that.

I feel a little “mediocre” myself having Lydia up so high. But, even as I cringed through her confessionals this week, I can see that this was the right drum for her to be beating. I just wish she would tell us, the audience, that she knows mediocrity is not gauged by muscle mass and that strength of character or will or creativity is just as meaningful as strength of biceps. But then, I don’t lift heavy stuff real good, so I would say that.


Steve W
6

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Monika
7

Monika is the lynchpin that could swing this whole game around. She could be the connection between Sam, who is in a good position to actually take out some power players, and the Tendies girls. We’ve seen her banter with Brian and it’s easy to imagine that she would get on with Fen and Shonee. But will she do it? I am so keen to see her try.

Monika is the lynchpin that could swing this whole game around. She could be the connection between Sam, who is in a good position to actually take out some power players, and the Tendies girls. We’ve seen her banter with Brian and it’s easy to imagine that she would get on with Fen and Shonee. But will she do it? I am so keen to see her try.


Benji
8

Benobbie really cut ties hard with the old Tendies crowd with the Tegan send vote. While I see this elevating them above Heath and Shonella on the chopping block, I don’t see them above the existing four dominant Champs plus Monika - maybe it takes them above Brian and Shane at best. Even with an idol, they’ll have nobody left with any incentive to make a move. Why would Lydia/Sharn take down Mat/Steve/Sam? And why would Mat/Steve/Sam want to work with Benobbie? I’m curious to know what the game plan is.

Benobbie really cut ties hard with the old Tendies crowd with the Tegan send vote. While I see this elevating them above Heath and Shonella on the chopping block, I don’t see them above the existing four dominant Champs plus Monika - maybe it takes them above Brian and Shane at best. Even with an idol, they’ll have nobody left with any incentive to make a move. Why would Lydia/Sharn take down Mat/Steve/Sam? And why would Mat/Steve/Sam want to work with Benobbie? I’m curious to know what the game plan is.


Shane
9

Much as I adore Shane, I’m a little worried about her short-term memory. Maybe there’s too much lead in those Olympic medals. Did she so quickly forget that she had to play an idol a few days ago because she was firmly on the bottom of the Champs tribe? And what has changed since then? What will have changed at merge? If a solid People’s Revolution is my favourite thing to see in Survivor, then people on the bottom trying to weasel up through an existing alliance is my least favourite. I get that sometimes that’s the only option, but Shane had options delivered to her on a silver platter (literally, by JLP, in the form of new buffs for Shonee and Tegan) and she was like, hmmm no thank you, not for me.

Much as I adore Shane, I’m a little worried about her short-term memory. Maybe there’s too much lead in those Olympic medals. Did she so quickly forget that she had to play an idol a few days ago because she was firmly on the bottom of the Champs tribe? And what has changed since then? What will have changed at merge? If a solid People’s Revolution is my favourite thing to see in Survivor, then people on the bottom trying to weasel up through an existing alliance is my least favourite. I get that sometimes that’s the only option, but Shane had options delivered to her on a silver platter (literally, by JLP, in the form of new buffs for Shonee and Tegan) and she was like, hmmm no thank you, not for me.


Fenella
10

Fen is my hope for the People’s Revolution. I’ve got my fingers and toes crossed that she can work the Monika/Brian angle, though she would need the other side to split the vote to give them a crack to work with. Come on girl!

Fen is my hope for the People’s Revolution. I’ve got my fingers and toes crossed that she can work the Monika/Brian angle, though she would need the other side to split the vote to give them a crack to work with. Come on girl!


Shonee
11

If the Champs go to another tribal, I see Shonee scooting through by keeping her head down and letting Brian take the fall - if the legend is true and Steve actually can talk, then he would be a good angle to work.

If the Champs go to another tribal, I see Shonee scooting through by keeping her head down and letting Brian take the fall - if the legend is true and Steve actually can talk, then he would be a good angle to work.


Brian
12

In Survivor, as bad as it can be to take a shot and miss, it might be worse to take out your weapon, wave it around at someone and then try and put it away again. Brian showed his hand to Mat and Steve, but also, in voting Tegan, showed Shonee that he turns his back on potential allies on a dime.

In Survivor, as bad as it can be to take a shot and miss, it might be worse to take out your weapon, wave it around at someone and then try and put it away again. Brian showed his hand to Mat and Steve, but also, in voting Tegan, showed Shonee that he turns his back on potential allies on a dime.


Heath
13

Remember the good old days when Heath found idol clues and told funny little stories about idols being in bushes? Ah, I’m nostalgic already. Those were the days when Heath had Jenna, Tegan and maybe even Paige to play with - what a world it could have been. Now it seems the BFG is running out of options. I saw an ad saying a big player is going home and I’m suss that the Survivor marketing team are being extra literal about this.

Remember the good old days when Heath found idol clues and told funny little stories about idols being in bushes? Ah, I’m nostalgic already. Those were the days when Heath had Jenna, Tegan and maybe even Paige to play with - what a world it could have been. Now it seems the BFG is running out of options. I saw an ad saying a big player is going home and I’m suss that the Survivor marketing team are being extra literal about this.



Martin is a 30-year-old writer from England. He’s represented by Berlin Associates for comedy writing, and writes about TV and entertainment, currently for TV Insider and ET Canada, previously Yahoo. A finalist for the Shortlist Sitcom Search in 2012 for “Siblings,” Martin received his BA in English with Creative Writing from The University of Hull.