Tucker, also known as “Bucket,” will be a cast member on CMT’s “Rednceck Island: Season 3,” which premieres Wednesday at 9:30 p.m., after the CMT Music Awards. After its premiere, the show will move to its regular time slot of 8 p.m. each Saturday.
“I was laying in bed watching the second season when I saw they were taking applications for the next season,” Tucker said. “I applied right there on the iPad. They must have liked what they saw, because one thing led to another — bada-bing, bada-boom, I’m on the show.”
After being flown to an island, Tucker met 14 other “rednecks” and began a competition for $100,000. The show is hosted by World Wrestling Entertainment hall of famer “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, who guides the contestants through a number of mental and physical challenges designed to celebrate the group’s strengths and limitations. At the end of each episode, cast members vote to send one person home.
“The last redneck standing wins the money,” Tucker said.
Within a few moments of beginning the competition, Tucker said he realized he was the oldest of the group.
“I was on this show with a bunch of 20-year-olds. I knew right away that I was the old guy on the island,” he said.
Tucker, who is married, said his first decision was to stay away from the young women on the show.
“I kept my distance from the hoochies,” he said. “I made friends with a couple of the guys. I thought that would make a stronger alliance. I really had a 3-phase plan, but I can’t divulge all that information just yet. Folks will have to watch the show.”
Growing up a wrestling fan, Tucker said he enjoyed getting to meet Austin.
“He is just as cool and down to earth as anybody,” he said. “I got to spend a little time with him, and he’s just a good fella.”
Reality television game shows can be cut-throat at times. Tucker said he wanted to play an honest game.
“Being a used car salesman, we have a certain stigma about us,” he said. “I wanted to play as honest as you can on a show like this.”
Tucker said he was basically homeless five years ago.
“I didn’t have anything,” he said. “Now, I’m married, and I have my kids. I have a good job. Heck, I’m on freakin’ TV. Just making it to this island was something special for me. I proved something to myself by just getting there.”
Being away from his family proved to be a test for Tucker.
“We couldn’t have any contact with our loved ones,” he said. “That’s tough for a guy like me. I’m a frog gigger and a family man.”
Tucker said he felt the time on the show may have led him to a new career – weight loss guru.
“I can tell you how to drop 20 pounds quick — don’t eat anything but Spam or canned tuna and don’t drink anything but beer or warm water,” he said. “I’m thinking about doing my own infomercial. It’s a surefire way to lose weight.”
Despite the show not airing until Wednesday, Tucker said he’s already been asked to sign a few autographs.
“I really get a kick out of it. The show isn’t on and people already know who I am,” he said.
Lisa Hadder, a co-worker of Tucker’s at Hometown Auto Sales in Jasper, said he was perfect for the show.
“They couldn’t have picked a better person to be on ‘Redneck Island,’” she said. “I knew when he tried out that he would be make it on the show. It’s just a perfect fit.”
“I think when ‘Redneck Island’ met ‘Bucket’ that it was just a perfect match,” he said.