I'm going to apply my logic + my BB expertise + my strategic abilities into the mix and see if anyone here agrees with what I got to say about this MESS of a week.
So... LET'S DO THIS! We have 7 people left: the rat (Paul), the childish prankster (James), the bombshell (Natalie), the extra b*** (Michelle), the dying-to-be-straight gay guy (Corey), the whiny b*** and the annoying jock (Victor).
In this scenario, we have the extra b*** here and then everyone else is paired: the whiny b*** with the dying-to-be-straight gay guy, the childish prankster & the bombshell, and last but not least, the rat & the annoying jock.
So, if I, Nicole aka whiny b*** win HOH and won't do s*** against my "man" Corey aka dying-to-be-straight gay guy, so I have 5 people available for nomination: the prankster & the bombshell (James & Natalie), the extra b*** (Michelle), and then the rat & the annoying jock (Paul & Victor). Then you need to add the 4 people already in Jury that may have an opportunity to vote for ME to win 500k based on my gameplay.
So, b***, if I were you and I'm fully aware that I have a potential swing vote, I don't lose absolutely anything by trying to win myself at least a chance of 1-week by with Michelle, since she doesn't fully rely on anyone, a sincere squash beef talk can mend fences and can work as an opportunity of giving myself a different look towards any possible comments that may arrive towards the jury from anyone who joins next.
If the deal goes through adequately, then I would straight up nominate a member from each of the other power duos left, for example, the perfect nominations for Nicole to win respect from absolutely everyone is if she nominated Pre-POV: Natalie & Victor.
As I, whiny b*** Nicole, won the POV, what would I've done in this particular scenario? Well, there are several possible ways to solve this, without messing with Corey or Michelle.
Way 1: Keeping nominations exactly the way they are, and securing a weeping vote for VICTOR and F I N A L L Y getting rid of him. The vote turnout would be like this:
Victor - 3: Corey & James for sure, Michelle will be a likely joiner in this one.
Natalie - 1: Paul, do I need to state why?
Way 2: Use the POV on Natalie and replacing her with Paul, leaving Paul & Victor nominated together. How will that kind of vote is likely going to turn out, VICTOR is also a goner against Paul.
Victor - 4: Corey, James & Natalie for sure, Michelle most likely going alongside the house
Paul - 0
Way 3: Use the POV on Victor, and replace him with Paul. This is likely the only scenario where PAUL will be evicted, as everyone loves Nat more over Paul, and Nat is way less of a threat both in comps than strategy wise than Paul. Although being aware of how much of an anti-girl power Nicole is, she would blow this scenario up for sure.
Paul - 3: Corey & James for sure. Michelle highly likely going like this if it happened.
Natalie - 1: Victor
Way 4: Use the POV on Victor and replace him with James. JAMES is gone big time. No doubt about it. As he's much more of a worthy player to evict at this stage than Natalie, as most remaining HGs think she's dumb AF, but guess what idiots? Who's seen most of your bull?! NATALIE! Hahahahaha.
James - 4: Corey, Paul & Victor would be 100% locked up for this one. Michelle highly likely to do it, as she mended fences with Natalie.
Natalie - 0
If Nicole was actually A PLAYER than just whiny c*** s***** b**** that basically just rants and complains about most things in basically EVERY episode on TV, I would have tons of respect for her. Look, even whiny c*** s***** b**** Jordan was eventually COMPETING to win, she's just trying to play, but SHE SUCKS in it. BIG TIMEEEE!!!!! I mean, she'll never be a Rachel or a Daniele, because although they each had their man in the house, THEY NEVER STOPPED BEING ACTUAL COMPETITORS. This season, to me, Nicole has relied mainly on others rather than herself until pretty much this point and that just SUCKS! If she would've been a bad ass woman, and smart player, what I just explained would've been pretty much what she should have done.