December 19, 2005 12:02 AM by Joe Blackmon
The first season of Wanted Ted or Alive on OLN proved to be a rating’s hit. According to TedNugent.com, Wanted Ted or Alive was OLN’s highest rated original series of 2005. The first run of the series also generated a great deal of controversy when one contestant repeatedly spit at another contestant in order to win a challenge. Will the second season be just as controversial? Reality TV Magazine recently got the scoop from a contestant named Stevie who will be appearing on the second season of the series, which will debut on OLN on Sunday, January 8, at 10 p.m. ET.
OLN’s press information for Stevie describes him as “a fast-talking, smoking, drinking, Miami club promoter. He has had experience hosting celebrity parties, but will this total character be able to schmooze his way onto Ted Nugent’s good side and outlast the other challengers in an environment that’s a far cry from the glamorous Miami nightlife he’s used to?”
Reality TV Magazine recently interviewed Stevie, and he gave us the following glimpse of what we can expect on the upcoming season of Wanted Ted or Alive.
Reality TV Magazine: How did you get cast for Wanted Ted or Alive?
Stevie: I got cast for the show when I saw an ad for a show stating, “Who wants to live with a rock star and win 50 grand.” I figured to myself, coming from a background in nightlife they couldn’t put me in a situation that I haven’t already seen. (Boy was I wrong.)
Reality TV Magazine: Did you have any opinions pro or con about Ted Nugent before doing the show? Did those opinions change during the course of the show?
Stevie: My opinion of Ted before the show was that he was a fanatical right wing, gun advocate, who was a hardcore hunter. By the end of the show I found out that Ted was still a fanatical right wing, gun advocate, who was a hardcore hunter. But I now have a much better understanding of his point of view and can respect where he is coming from.
Reality TV Magazine: Have you seen the first season of Wanted Ted or Alive? If so, what was your opinion of the show?
Stevie: I watched bits and pieces of the show. So I really can’t evaluate it. The only thing I thought was dramatically different was the people. Where I feel that the first cast looked at it more as a competition versus each other, I feel we saw it as an opportunity to test ourselves individually and personally. We also looked to help each other more.
Reality TV Magazine: If you saw the first season, can you tell us if your season offers more or less drama?
Stevie: I am not sure if you will get to see more or less drama. We just handled the situation very differently.
Reality TV Magazine: Does anything happen on your season that rivals the spitting controversy from the first season?
Stevie: I am not sure if you will see any bodily fluids hurled at someone. But I can promise a ton of humor, suspense and some drama of our own.
Reality TV Magazine: Can you tell us about your views on hunting before getting cast on the show?
Stevie: I originally thought of hunting as an antiqued way of food consumption and a frivolous sport.
Reality TV Magazine: Did your views on hunting change during the course of the show, and if so how?
Stevie: I now view hunting in a much higher esteem. When done with the utmost respect for the beast and ones surrounding, hunting can be a great way to continue the natural cycle of life and death. I still have my reservations about hunting for sport but can certainly understand why hunting is such an integral part of Ted’s life.
Reality TV Magazine: Do you have any regrets about doing the show?
Stevie: Unless you know something I don’t know about. (Just kidding.) I am extremely happy I did the show. I challenged myself in ways I didn’t know possible and pushed myself psychically and especially mentally. Ted is right when he talks about this life style creating a, “higher level of awareness.” I also might have left with some serious cash!!! But you will have to wait and see about that part.
Reality TV Magazine: What is the biggest thing you learned about yourself while doing the show?
Stevie: I learned that I can put myself in an unusual surrounding and survive. I also learned that I can compete against others and do it with a sense of dignity and respect for the other competitors. I truly enjoyed the time I spent with my four partners in the mission. And we all took a lot out of the experience. I am hoping that we showed that not every reality show the contestants have to cheat or try and hurt one another to get ahead. I truly believe we relied on one another and lifted each others spirits to get by some very hard and incredible circumstances. At the least the viewer will get a lot of laughs because I know we did.