He likes “drinkin’ beer and chasin’ wild women,” hunting, “junking” and Pabst Blue Ribbon, and Nick Honea is more proud than ever of his redneck side.
The 26-year-old Albertville resident and son of the city’s new Mayor Tracey Honea is a featured contestant in the second season of CMT’s reality TV show Redneck Island, which airs Saturday at 8 p.m.
“I had never heard of the show before,” he said. “I don’t watch a whole lot of TV in general, but especially not reality shows.”
However, his friends, Michelle, Matthew and Andrew Roy knew immediately Honea was “redneck enough” for the show. After Michelle discovered through Facebook that auditions for Redneck Island were being held at the Tin Roof Bar in Birmingham, her brothers insisted Honea try out.
“They told me, ‘We’ll buy the beer, and we’re picking you up and you’re going,’” Honea said. “I told them I had never heard of it, but I’ll check it out.”
After filling out a short application, Honea stepped on stage in front of the camera for an interview.
“Most people that would get up on stage would only interview for four or five minutes,” he said. “I was on stage for, like, 45 minutes.”
With an unbridled tongue and a Pabst Blue Ribbon in hand, Honea answered a series of questions, like “What are your hobbies?” (“drinkin’ beer and chasin’ wild women”) and “What does being a redneck mean to you?”
“I was just drawing blanks,” he said. “When they asked that, I was like, hell I don’t know. It just is what it is.”
Honea did have to stop a few times during the interview to argue with his friend, Paul Moultrie, who was heckling him from the crowd.
“They told me, ‘you’ve got to get him to shut up. All we’re hearing on audio is him.’ So we finally got Paul to be quiet,” Honea said.
They also asked him to tell a “funny story,” which Honea declined to share with The Reporter for fear of embarrassing his mother.
“They were finally like, ‘Alright, we’re going to re-ask you a couple of these questions, and we need you to set the beer down and try not to cuss so much,” he said.
“Everybody else was trying to be serious and trying to add on. I just got up there and didn’t care. I just thought it was funny I was trying out for some reality TV show. I didn’t take it serious. I was just cutting up and carrying on.”
Honea’s carefree attitude won him a spot in the top 40 out of around 10,000 entries nationwide. Although he was pursuing a bachelor’s degree in agricultural science and economics from Auburn University, when he heard he made it into the top 40, he decided to put that dream on hold for a chance on Redneck Island.
“They sent me a 50-page full application, which took me, like, three hours,” he said. “Some of the questions were just ridiculous stuff. On one I wrote, ‘This is a … loaded question.
“I don’t know if they like me because I just straight up didn’t care or what, but never, until they called about the top 40, did I actually think I would get picked to be on the show.”
Honea then spent a “boring” week in Los Angeles where he saw few attractions and underwent blood tests, background checks, “an intense physical” and a photo shoot.
“We didn’t even have room keys,” he said. “We couldn’t leave the room unless there was a representative from the show with us. They didn’t want us to see the other contestants.
“It was still pretty cool, though, because the producers would come by and talk to us some and a couple of girls came and picked out what they wanted me to wear.”
Finally, Honea made it on the list of 14 final contestants that competed in season two of Redneck Island. The first episode airs Saturday at 8 p.m.
Jefferson’s in Albertville is having a premier party for the show Saturday night. Honea suggested residents come early to ensure good seating and time to eat before the show begins.
Unfortunately, he is not allowed to discuss much of the show before it airs.
“There’s really no need in people asking a lot of questions because there’s not very much I can disclose,” he said. “But I had a blast. I had fun from day one to day end. I’d pack my stuff up and do it again if I could.”