In December, we revealed that the upcoming season, Survivor: Kaôh Rōng, would introduce a new twist regarding the hidden immunity idols. This season, players will be able to combine idols to create a “super idol” which can be played after the votes are read at Tribal Council. Jeff Probst recently confirmed the new idol twist in an interview with EW.com. However, Inside Survivor has learned that this isn’t the only new game twist that we will see next season.
Sources have revealed that there is also a twist involving the Jury. While not 100% verified, it is strongly rumored that someone will gain the power to remove a Jury member, thereby taking away their voting privileges at the Final Tribal Council.
The details of how exactly this power works, or how it is gained, are still vague.
In Survivor: Worlds Apart, Dan Foley earned a double-vote advantage after bidding on the item at the Survivor Auction. This past season in Survivor: Cambodia, Stephen Fishbach won a vote-stealer advantage after taking a “risk or reward” style offer from Jeff Probst during an immunity challenge.
The more interesting question is, how will the power work?
We have seen similar Jury twists on other reality game shows, specifically Big Brother. In Big Brother 2, finalists Nicole Schaffrich and Dr. Will Kirby were each given the option to nullify a Jury vote (one each). More recently, in Big Brother Canada 3, the final three were required to name one of the nine jurors to evict from the Jury, stripping them of their voting rights. The decision had to be made unanimously.
It is possible that the power to remove a Jury member on Survivor: Kaôh Rōng could be made as a group decision similar to the one on Big Brother Canada. Although, the way sources worded the rumor made it sound like an advantage that could be gained by only one player.
Also, when can the power be used?
In the examples above from Big Brother, the decision was made at, or just before, the final. It would be reasonable to assume that the decision on Survivor: Kaôh Rōng would be made at, or just before, the Final Tribal Council.
There is certainly a lot to speculate on but all we know at the moment is that there is a twist involving the Jury and that it most likely means the power to remove a Jury member. We would love to hear your thoughts and speculation! Let us know in the comments.