As has been the case for the past two seasons here at the page, I will be taking an in-depth look at each “Survivor: Nicaragua” contestant leading up to the season premiere on September 15.
To view past spotlight articles, follow the link here. Today, the focus is on Jud Birza.
Name: Jud Birza
Tribe: La Flor
Residence: Venice, California
Strengths: Sometimes, you can never underestimate the importance of being well-liked in this game. With this in mind, Jud’s happy-go-lucky nature will probably make him a favorite with his tribe. He seems like a team player, is athletic enough to be a force around camp, and could make some alliances in this game without too much of a problem.
Weakness: Unfortunately, Jud also seems like he may be too carefree for his own good. In his CBS promo he compares himself to Todd Herzog from “China”, but there is a fundamental difference between them as Todd had a full plan laid out for how he was going to win this show. Jud is hoping to be underestimated, but he also runs the risk of no one taking him seriously as long as he runs around saying “dude” every other word.
Past ‘Survivor’ Comparison: If you combined Tyson and JT from “Tocantins”, then you would have Jud perfectly. He’s built a little like the former, has the positive attitude of the latter, but it is still to be seen if he can match the strategic mind of either one of them. (Then again, he may not want to considering the blunders these two guys made during “Heroes vs. Villains”.)
Early prediction: Considering that the past two winners (Natalie and Sandra) have been accused of not “playing the game” as much as other people (even though Sandra did deserve to win), I think there will be a real movement this season to recognize strong gameplay. With that in mind, it doesn’t seem likely that Jud will win. He will probably make to about the jury phase since he is a positive guy to have around, but he could very well be a floater in this game.
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