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Debbie Wanner (Brains~Chanloh) - 10th eliminated (Apr. 13) - 3rd jury

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Debbie Wanner

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Name (Age): Debbie Wanner (49)

Tribe Designation: Brains

Current Residence: Reading, Penn.

Occupation: Chemist

Personal Claim to Fame: Being the first in my family to graduate college, learning was always valued, but not formal education. My family was/is dysfunctional, to put it mildly. Inspiration in Life: I just adore Tia Torres of Pit Bulls and Parolees - talk about Survivors!

Hobbies: Working out (hiking and running), flying, snowmobiles, horses, boating, playing piano, rescuing Boston terriers and tortoises, juggling and reading, especially American and Roman history.

Pet Peeves: The idolization of garish, repugnant and supercilious people-like the Kardashians; pets as fashion accessories; apathy-don’t just talk about doing it, do it and help make the world a better place.

3 Words to Describe You: Relentless, erudite and Spartan.

If You Could Have 3 Things on the Island What Would They Be and Why? Chanel No. 5 as I know how bad we will all smell, dental floss because I love clean teeth and it has multiple uses and a big stuffed Boston terrier.

SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: Coach. Period.

Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: Money, because poverty sucks and money equals power to a point. Also, I relish an adventure.

Why You Think You’ll “Survive� SURVIVOR: I have military training in summer and winter survival, shelter building, fire making, food procurement, torture training and a superior will to survive. Plus, I’m fun too! I’m a card carrying member of the Reading Juggler’s club, so I’ll teach them how to juggle.

Why You Think You Will Be the Sole SURVIVOR: Like Hannibal Lecter, I have good manners and am pleasant company. However, that doesn’t mean I won’t scramble your brains. One million dollars means freedom, which is priceless to me. I’ll give up, let go, surrender- when I’m dead!

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Following Episode 1: While it appears Debbie is a "super-fan" of the show, she did not follow a few of the basic tenants of the early stages of the game. It is mind-boggling that season after season, there seems to be a few contestants who talk too much too early and do not recognize how they are being perceived by people they just met. She made waves by claiming expertise in all aspects of the game, which can be difficult to prove to a group of castaways who are likely super-fans as well. She also failed to conceal the eccentric aspects of her persona, which any rational person knows they must do to win favor among a group of peers. In any situation, to establish good relationships, people must find common ground and develop a comfort level. Debbie was unapologetically quirky self and forced her tribemates to adjust to her on her terms. People who make snap judgments would consider this to be an unfair burden to assume.
 
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Following Episode 2: Debbie continues to assert her too-big-for-the-island personality without apology and is destined to be voted off, despite Peter's confessional about how she is worth keeping around because of her lack of game-playing ability. It is clear that she is unconcerned about building consensus among her tribemates, and she will probably irritate others in the game in a similar manner if she reaches a point when tribes are switched or merged.

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Following Episode 3: Debbie has been the star of the season so far, not just for her seemingly nutty rants about her expertise in all aspects of survival, but now also for revealing that she is a very adept game-player who handled the impending visit to tribal council flawlessly. She did not allow her true feelings toward Liz to be seen during their discussion at the well. She read other emotional cues which she then used to secure a voting strategy against Liz and Peter. She established confidence with Aubry and Neal simply by expressing her good feelings toward them and not revealing any strong grievances toward Liz and Peter, which would have made her a perceived powder keg. While Debbie might have worn on her tribemates for perceived arrogance about survival, she was the most amiable when it came to discussing voting strategy.

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Following Episode 4: Debbie's distress following the reward challenge was eye-opening mainly because she appears to be at a dangerously low weight. While she continues to make zany comments to the camera in her confessionals -- and quite humorously she is credited with a different occupation every time she is captioned -- she appears to be in complete control of her message to her tribemates, including smoothing over things with Peter following the vote and showing genuine interest in friendship with Aubry and others. A concern is whether any of the other eight castaways who might be her new tribemates viewed her vociferous cheerleading for her tribe at challenges, saying things like "Brains power," and garnered a bad first impression.
 
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Debbie Wanner (new Chan Loh, formerly in "Brains")
Following Episode 5: Being in a numerical stalemate might seem somewhat daunting to most castaways, since they are pressed to create new bonds. Yet Debbie seems very calculated and simultaneously non-threatening while doing so. As she did with Aubry and Neal, Debbie seemed to establish a genuine bond with Cydney, the former "Brawn" member most aligned with her life experience. By virtue of that, she gained a working relationship with Jason, even though they do not appear to be a personality match. Having Cydney as a potential long-term ally can only benefit her. On top of that, she has shown herself to be very good at challenges on a newly configured tribe that appears like it should win virtually any type of challenge put forth in front of them (in comparison to the new Gondol tribe). Debbie was fortunate to find herself with new tribemates whom she can find an affinity. She and Neal continue to work well together, and they are away from their former tribe's cancer Peter. ...How much did the reconfiguration hurt or help Debbie's chances (scale of 1 to 10, 1 hurt very much, 10 helped very much)? 10.

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Following Episode 6: Debbie resumed making zany comments to one of her tribemates -- Nick. She also shared over-the-top praise of his looks in her private confessional. One wonders whether her public comments to him are performance intended to misdirect or are just her natural reactions. I tend to believe the former rather than the latter, as she has demonstrated extreme focus and awareness of the tone she and others are setting. Nick revealed in his confessionals that he is not buying any goodwill Debbie is sending, but he would be unwise to underestimate her, as Liz and Peter have already learned. The people with whom Debbie decides to strategize post-merge will go a long way to determining who reaches the final day. She has made it clear that she would prefer those people to be women, yet she will have to incorporate some men to achieve that. Exactly who those men will be remains to be seen.

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Following Episode 7 (the merge): Perhaps no contestant's stock dropped as far as Debbie's did this episode. Unlike her very understated and nuanced interactions within her original tribe to build an alliance with Aubry, Neal, and Joe, she was rather audacious in attempting to court Tai. She did this at camp in front of others instead of talking to him privately. Perhaps there was no opportunity for her to do so. As a result, she weakened her alliance's strength -- by way of its trustworthiness -- which had already sustained a blow earlier when Scot declared Aubry and Joe untrustworthy following their perceived indecision at the most recent tribal council. Debbie will need to rein it in, as she had already displayed concerning behavior to Nick and Michele.
 
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Following Episode 8: While Debbie had several missteps in the previous episode, she was very fortunate to capitalize on strife at camp to help enact a plan she had explicitly stated -- to have a woman win the competition. She was naturally on board to target Nick when Cydney expressed her desire to eliminate him instead of stick to the Brawn-Beauty plan to split votes between her and Aubry. Debbie gets full credit, as this was the payoff for her previous bonding with Cydney.

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Debbie Wanner (9th place, 3rd jury member)
Following Episode 12: Debbie's over-communication, which at times she held in check to her advantage, finally caused her downfall in Episode 9. Despite her tremendous respect for the game, she seems the least likely to vote for Aubry considering that Aubry's vote against Debbie was one of the greatest betrayals of the game. She would likely be Cydney's greatest supporter if Cydney reached the final tribal council. After that, she would favor Michele, then Joe, then Tai. Certainly she should have some interesting comments for the finalists at the final tribal council.

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Following Finale: Perhaps like Julia supporting Michele despite being victimized by her, Debbie felt the need to support Aubry's growth in the game, which included turning against Debbie. She criticized Tai's flip-flopping, upon which Tai astutely corrected her, yet Jason and Scot had already laid the groundwork for propaganda against Tai earlier tribal councils. Debbie's banter about the many hats she has worn in life was enjoyable. It is a shame she did not get more facetime during that show. The only person who finished worse than her who got any facetime was Caleb. The audience did not get a chance to hear anything from Nick, Neal, Peter, Anna, Alecia, Liz, Jenny, or Darnell. (Alecia could have shed light on the bullying she encountered.)

 

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