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'Survivor: Heroes Vs. Villains': Cirie says she'll win because 'I'm a gangsta in an Oprah suit'

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In an All-Star season of Survivor, everyone is a target for one reason or another, but among the contestants playing in Heroes Vs. Villains, Cirie Fields is among the biggest. In my conversations in Samoa with the participants just before the game began, several (including Amanda, Danielle, J.T., and Stephenie) named Cirie as one of the players they wanted to get rid of first. And who can blame them? While Cirie poses no physical threat whatsoever, she has twice (in Panama and Micronesia) proven herself to be a savvy social player and crafty manipulator. The problem for Cirie is that everyone knows it, and such cerebral players are usually targeted early in all-star seasons (witness Rob Cesternino in All-Stars and Yau-Man in Micronesia). [Intel on whom Cirie is targeting as well as exclusive on location video after the jump]

As for whom Cirie is targeting, she is after the alpha males. She specifically mentioned Tom, Colby, and Boston Rob as players she’d like to see gone early. “These guys are physical beasts and if they’re not gone right away, it’s gonna be really hard to get them out of this game.” One interesting side note: All of the players seem convinced that there was a Micronesia alliance formed before the game even began, but it is unclear if Cirie is included in that alliance (especially since Amanda claims she wants Cirie gone) or if that just involves the younger trio of Parvati, Amanda, and James. I do know that during my visit to the Heroes camp on day two, Cirie and James were joshing and joking together the entire time. Of course, you’d figure at this point that James would know better than to trust any woman in this game.

This is the first in a series of daily profiles examining each of the contestants that will be competing in Survivor: Heroes Vs. Villains. Check back tomorrow at noon for insight and analysis on Boston Rob. Now, to see our interview with Cirie in Samoa just before the game began, click on the video below. I promise you she will not disappoint. You can also see video interviews with the entire cast at our exhaustive Survivor video hub.) And to have Survivor scoop sent directly to you, follow me on Twitter @EWDaltonRoss. Take it away, Cirie…

Image Credit: Monty Brinton/CBS