james clement survivor 'Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains': No. 10 James ClementZap2it is handicapping the contestants from “Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains.” The first victim of the merge? James Clement.

Disclaimer: We have studiously avoided spoilers — instead, we are relying on the fact that we have studiously watched “Survivor” for 19 seasons.

We are now operating under the assumption that the merge happens when there are 10 Survivors left — seven jury members and a final three. That seems pretty par for the course lately on “Survivor,” though we could be wrong about that.

Anyway, we think Hero James Clement will be the first victim of the merge. According to our predictions, the tribes go into the merge tied at five members apiece. We think Russell, Sandra, Danielle, Courtney and Rob will be very aware of how physically disadvantaged they are. Sure, Russell is strong and Danielle and Rob seem like they can hold their own, but James is like a Greek God in comparison.

In order to get James out, the Villains only need one person to flip and that person is Rupert. He will be on the outside looking in of the Amanda-JT-James-Colby juggernaut of good-looking, physically fit people and we think Rupert will flip because of Russell and Rob’s powers of persuasion.

Tomorrow: Boston Rob

“Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains” premieres Thursday, Feb. 11 on CBS at 8 p.m. ET.

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TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."