Photo: Hunter Larsen, a KHS graduate, is a contestant on season four of “Redneck Island,” which will premiere on CMT at 9 p.m. CST Dec. 4.
Let the games begin! Hunter Larsen of Spring is a 2009 graduate of Kingwood High School. He can be seen as a contestant on the season four premier of CMT’s 'Redneck Island,' to air Dec. 4 at 9 p.m.
Billed as the ultimate competition, the new series promises to be rowdier than ever, with a new twist and a new co-host. Country singer/songwriter and TV personality, Jessie James Decker, joins wrestling icon Steve Austin as masters of ceremonies on the “island,” which is situated on a lake in North Georgia.
Hunter is among 24 contestants – 12 guys and 12 girls – who are fighting to win $100,000 in the fourth competition series.
“It was a lot of fun to film – we got a lot of rednecks together with cameras on us! It was the coolest experience of my life by far,” said Larsen. “I had a blast and probably drank too much, for sure.”
When asked how he became a contestant, Larsen responded, “I saw the CMT Facebook post advertising that they were looking for people to compete for $100,000 on Redneck Island. The post said, ‘You don’t need to be a redneck, but you gotta be Southern, ultra-competitive, and the life of the party!’ Well, I knew I fit that description to a tee, so I applied,” Larsen continued. “It went pretty quickly. They called me for a phone interview and they conducted a Skype interview, which I nailed. The next thing I know I'm flying to Georgia.”
Larsen’s mother, Tammy Riggle, said that family and friends plan to gather at the Tasting Room in Kingwood to celebrate the 90-minute opening night of the 10-week series.
According to Riggle, Larsen is 23 and is a third-generation Texan, who was born one month early in Northwest Houston on April Fools’ Day. He’s been surprising his family and friends ever since.
“Hunter’s always been a fierce competitor. His friends nicknamed him ‘Beef.’ I can understand why. He has always been big and strong as a bull,” said Riggle. “I’ll never forget when he was about 2, his babysitter telling me he was ‘tackling the children,’ and we needed to teach him not to do that to people. Guess that’s why he loved playing football and rugby so much.”
In real life, Larsen can be found hard at work on a rig as a drilling fluids engineer, riding motorcycles, at the bar drinking a beer, or taking a last-minute road trip.
Life has begun to change in some ways for Larsen with his newfound celebrity status.
“I’ve always had a strong support base and I’m very close to my family,” he said. “I’ve had to keep everything a secret until last week. As word is getting out, it’s a real blast hearing the excitement from my friends and family.”
As to the outcome of the competition this season, “I’ve been sworn to secrecy. Watch the show. You’ll find out soon enough!” said Larsen.
According to CMT.com, the all-new “Redneck Island” cast includes 24 contestants from states across the South, including Alabama, Texas, South Carolina, North Carolina, Louisiana, Georgia, Kentucky and Mississippi.
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