In previous seasons, typically the first merge boot was on the jury (I think that started during the mega numbered seasons of Cook Islands and Fiji-and in those cases, some of the first jurors didn't even make the merge). Gabon, too, with Marcus-he didn't make the merge and was a juror. However, before Cook Islands the merge boot was always the last pre-juror. Which always had me curious if that one person might have ended up changing the eventual outcome of a season. But maybe Shamar being medevaced and Brandon quitting had something to do with her not being on the jury? Like numbers wise? That said, I agree. The alternatives were Dawn and Sherri, and if I'm remembering correctly, Sherri ended up screwing up some plan Malcolm/Eddie/Reynold/Erik had to overthrow Cochran and the favorites. She pretty much was roasted as being a goat who made no moves of her own. Although to be fair, I think her excuse for not siding with the one group was either they had ignored her up until that point, or she was at the bottom of that plan. And Dawn-'nuff said. So yeah, I really don't think Corinne would have foiled a Cochran win. I think her strategy was she wanted to just get everyone worked up about Cochran being a producer favorite and that they wanted him to win. She claimed she had some of the jurors in her pocket.
Also in agreement about Reynold and Eddie. Looking back, I feel the same way about Allie and Hope. It wasn't the smartest decision for the four of them to go off together first thing, but the counter alliance made some poor decisions voting off Allie and Hope early on. If Shamar hadn't been medevaced, it would have been insane for them to keep him around.
Corinne actually uses the Gabon jury as an example of her influence, because she takes credit for Sugar losing. I can't remember if it was a podcast she did or where I heard her say it, but she said the night she got voted off, she warned everyone that she had people on the jury that would vote how she told them, and openly asked Marcus, Randy, and Charlie to raise their hands if they agreed (and then got yelled at by Jeff for acknowledging the jurors). However, I think that's giving herself way too much credit. Randy sure as hell wasn't voting for Sugar, and I don't think Marcus or Charlie would have, either. And Susie still got 3 votes from Ken, Matty, and Crystle. Sugar may have gotten a popular, sympathetic edit, but I think that's what it was-an edit. I really don't think she was winning regardless of what influence Corinne claimed to have.