Tucker, who’s perhaps better known as ‘Bucket,’ is among the final four contestants on the third season of CMT’s reality series “Redneck Island.” The season finale of the series, which is a redneck version of the hit CBS reality series “Survivor,” will air at 8 p.m. Saturday following a day-long marathon of episodes from earlier this season. At the conclusion of the season finale, a winner will be announced and awarded $100,000.
“It’s a fun show, there ain’t no doubt about it,” Bucket said Wednesday afternoon during a break from his job at Hometown Auto Sales in Jasper. “A lot of people say they make fun of rednecks, but hey, you can make fun of me all you want.”
Bucket said he has no regrets about being on the show.
“Man, it was a blast,” he said. “It was so much fun, but the hardest thing was being away from my family, not being able to talk to them and things like that.”
Despite the hardships, he said the opportunity to appear on the series was too good to pass up.
“The chance to be on TV, to get shot out of a giant slingshot and all this stuff we did, to meet new people and hang out with (wrestling superstar and series host) Stone Cold Steve Austin was way cool,” he said. “It was a once-in-a-lifetime thing. To put it on a scale, it was definitely a 10. Other than my marriage and my children being born, it was the best thing to ever happen to me.”
Filming for the 10-episode season began in April on an island off the western coast of Mexico and wrapped up in early May. Bucket said he’s been contractually obligated to keep the results of the season to himself.
“Starting out there was 15 people on the island and then in a couple of weeks you’re chopped down to where there’s just seven left,” Bucket said. “A couple weeks later there’s four people left — including me — and I have a 25 percent chance at coming home with $100,000. How cool is that?”
Much like “Survivor,” contestants on “Redneck Island” are voted off by their fellow contestants. Bucket said his proudest achievement is that he never received a vote to be kicked off the island.
“My name never got put on a can,” he said. “Nobody ever voted for Bucket.”
Win or lose, Bucket said he’s proud of the way he was portrayed on the show.
“I made decisions, at the time, that I thought were best for me to get me to the end,” he said. “And they were because I’m still standing at the end. My goal was to get to the final four and give it everything I had. If I did that and left everything I had on the course and lost, then I did OK. I’m proud of myself and I hope my family’s proud of me. Win, lose or draw, no regrets.”
He’s become somewhat of a celebrity in Walker County, he said.
“People bring their kids in here to the car lot to have me sign shirts and things, and that’s pretty neat,” he said. “I can walk into Walmart and hear people yell ‘Bucket’ from across the store. That’s so cool.”
With all the exposure he’s received from the show, Bucket said he has pitched a possible reality series to the executives at CMT.
“The head honcho at CMT wants me to put together a pilot,” he said. “It’s called ‘The Bucket List,’ that’s a show that gives people an opportunity to do things they’ve never done before, like somebody from Washington going frog-gigging in Louisiana. Anything people want to do but don’t have the chance to do. I think the fans would love it. And what better name for it than ‘The Bucket List’?”
Bucket said 45,000 people applied to be on this season’s “Redneck Island.”
“I had an opportunity to do something that just a handful of people have done,” he said. “About 45,000 people applied to be on this show, and they picked Bucket from Jasper, Ala. How cool is that?”