Never have I seen an entire cast of Survivor contestants fall in love with someone the way the crew in Tocantins fell head over heals in love with J.T. I’m not just talking about the bromance between him and Stephen, but as soon as the tribes merged, everyone — especially Coach and Brendan — were falling all over themselves to blow big wet kisses to the southerner. Brendan even said his new mission was not to win the game, but help J.T. win. WHAT?!?

But can that possibly work again amongst a cast of jaded former players in Heroes Vs. Villains? Probably not. J.T. would be foolish to expect the same type of love-in he experienced in Tocantins. Still, he has a few things going for him. While J.T. can definitely be duplicitous (as his backstabbing of Brendan, Tyson, and Coach proves), those players still adored him even after he send them home, which has allowed him to somewhat escape notice as a cutthroat strategist. J.T. is also extremely well rounded: hard worker, good in challenges, likeable guy. I can’t see an immediate rush to get rid of him. But J.T. is in a big rush to get rid of someone else: Cirie. When I asked him in Samoa right before the game started who he wanted gone first, there was no hesitation: “I cannot wait to get Cirie out of here. Cirie is a big player-eliminator and I don’t want her eliminating me.” (There are a lot of people gunning for Cirie, so I’m worried for her.) [Is J.T. headed for a showmance? That, plus exclusive on location video after the jump.]

The other intrigue with J.T involves Sugar. The two had something of some sort brewing romantically before the game began. Personally, I don’t really care to report the ins and outs of Survivors and their dating lives, but when it potentially impacts the game, then it is simply something that has to be addressed. (These prior relationships are what make all-star installments of Survivor so different from pure seasons that stick to the original goal of putting complete strangers on an island together and seeing how they mesh.) Suffice it to say, Sugar and J.T. seemingly had very different views of their relationship and where it stood going into the game, and you can see for yourself what I’m talking about in the video below.

This is the 14th in a series of daily profiles on the contestants of Survivor: Heroes Vs Villains. If you missed our first 13 (including Russell, Boston Rob, Cirie, and Coach), there are links to all those players below the video. And to enjoy interviews with all the Heroes and Villains, head over to our action packed Survivor video hub. Up next tomorrow: Courtney Yates. Oh, and for Survivor scoop delivered right to you, follow me on Twitter @EWDaltonRoss. Okay, take it away, J.T.…

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