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SURVIVOR: Island of the Idols

Right as each season of Survivor begins filming, I always ask host Jeff Probst who among the cast he thinks stands the best chance of winning. And he always answers. Until this time.

Because when I posed that question out on location on day one of Survivor: Cambodia—Second Chance, Probst said there were simply too many to mention. “We have more people with a shot to win than we’ve ever had on any season,” says Probst. “Without any comparison. I think it’s easier to say who doesn’t have a shot.” Okay, by all means then: Who doesn’t have a shot, Jeff?

“I would say Kass doesn’t have a shot,” says the host. “I just don’t think people want her to win. And if they don’t, you’re not going to. “ Considering all the players that told me before the game how they wanted Kass out first, that’s not so surprising. But Chaos Kass was not the only name Probst mentioned. “Peih-Gee — I don’t think there’s any chance Peih-Gee can win. Kimmi Kappenberg — depends on who she’s against. Abi — depends on who she’s against. “

And then there’s another player Probst thinks is in trouble off the bat. “I think Shirin’s gonna have a tough go of it. Now, Shirin could turn it though. It depends on what he does in the first few days. Shirin is gonna have a tough time winning, but that’s only based on how she’s coming into the game. So if Shirin on day 1 turns it over comes in and says, ‘Hey, I’m a fresh new player. Forget about last season,’ she could be good to go.“

For those keeping score, that means Probst thinks half of the women this season have little-to-no shot of taking home the million bucks, but according to the host, “Everybody else, they can win against everybody. We have a lot of legitimate underdog likeable second chancers.”

To see Probst talking about the players he thinks can’t win this season (along with exclusive in-game footage), click on the video at the top of the post. And for more Survivor scoop, follow Dalton on Twitter @DaltonRoss.

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SURVIVOR: Island of the Idols

Strangers starve themselves on an island for our amusement in the hopes of winning $1 million, as host Jeff Probst implores them to "Dig deep!"

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