Survivor: David vs. Goliath cast assessment: Can Kara Kay close it out?

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A San Diego-based realtor, Kara Kay enters Survivor: David vs. Goliath ready to charm her way to the end. Will she be able to earn “f— it” money?

It’s hard to gauge certain players’ chances on Survivor: David vs. Goliath due to preconceived notions I shouldn’t have. Kara Kay’s name has appeared on our website numerous times, coming in the days following her filmed appearance this season. She and Alec Merlino broke their non-disclosure agreement when Alec said “f— it” and posted a couples picture on Instagram.

The result, as far as we know, is that Alec is being punished for his reunion appearance fee and will not make it to the reunion special. Kara, however, will reportedly not be punished. Make of that what you will, but it’s safe to say that the former NFL cheerleader successfully used her charm at some point between flying from LA and back from Fiji.

Getting into a showmance was definitely not part of the plan, according to her CBS bio, so who knows if she and Alec partnered up during or after the game. She did point to Parvati’s brilliance and flirtatious powers and the socially strong, positive Figgy as players she’s the most like, the latter of which was in a showmance in Millennials vs. Gen X.

Though her work as one of the Charger Girls of then San Diego Chargers’ cheerleading squad, she earns her chops as a realtor. She has reportedly sold more than $239 million in real estate, studied international politics for a year at Oxford University in addition to earning a BA from San Diego State. Clearly, those who underestimate her will likely do so at their peril.

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Her pet peeve of someone telling her how to live her life immediately calls back to Natalie Cole, who seemingly has plenty of opinions on how people should act. I wouldn’t be surprised if they are on the opposite sides of an alliance early on, depending on who is more willing to acquiesce to the needs of the tribe.

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Jeff Probst had high praise for Kara going into the game, saying he wouldn’t even be surprised if she made it to the Final Three in Survivor: David vs. Goliath. He also has high praise for most players who compare themselves to Parvati Shallow, and there are literally dozens of them. The only one to do so and win is Michele Fitzgerald, however, and she didn’t quite play a similar game.

It’s hard to have an honest opinion of Kara knowing what we already know of her. Taking part in social media pictures to break an NDA suggests she doesn’t have much to lose, as she wouldn’t dare do something that stupid if she were a winner or player of consequence in her season. Reality contestants have rabid fandoms sometimes, and stunts like that from players long for the game make no sense.

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Her willingness to make friends and influence people might work if she knows to play to the egos present on the Goliath tribe. Perhaps she makes it to the merge, but I wouldn’t be surprised if she makes it to the patented fourth boot spot that has social media users rapidly praise her as the r.obbed g.oddess of Survivor: David vs. Goliath. That, or she could even get the punishment purple edit.