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 Kelly Bruno.
Name: Kelly Bruno.
Tribe: La Flor
Occupation: Medical student
Residence: Durham, North Carolina
Strengths: Kelly seems remarkable in that she takes everything in stride and doesn’t try to let anything get her down too much. This is a woman who has been through quite a bit — she had her leg amputated as a baby, and her father died in the Haitian earthquake last January. She has persevered through that, and her spirit is likely to make her a favorite around camp. She is also intelligent and athletic — meaning she should fare well in some challenges.
Weakness: Being an amputee is a slippery slope in this game. At first, it will probably help Kelly socially since it gives her an instant conversation topic with the rest of the tribe. She will be able to make friends fast — however, as you near the end many people will likely be worried of the dreaded “sympathy vote,” which could lead to her demise. She also might not be willing enough to get blood on her hands during this game.
Past ‘Survivor’ Comparison: In her CBS video Kelly compares herself to JT, and there are some valid comparisons there. She has the determination of Stephenie LaGrossa, and could even have the likability of someone like Rupert. There are obviously similarities to Chad from “Vanuatu” in that they are both amputees, but they also have the same sort of positive attitude about the game.
Early prediction: Since Kelly brings so much to the table, it’s almost impossible to see her going early unless she gets injured or there just so happens to be some crazy game-players on the young La Flor tribe. Due to that, we are probably looking like a player who will see an exit close to the merge or just at the start of the jury. It’s not fair, but she probably is the biggest threat to win the whole game out of everyone going in to Nicaragua. People will see her as a target as soon as it becomes an individual game.
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