Bucky Covington was born in Rockingham, North Carolina, to Gene Covington and Deborah Gates on November 8, 1977 – along with his identical twin brother, Robert David “Rocky” Covington. Bucky is the nickname derived from his grandfather “Buck”. He graduated in the class of 1996 from Scotland High School in Laurinburg, NC. He worked at Covington’s Body Shop in Hamlet, North Carolina.
In the 2005-06 season, the Covington twins auditioned for American Idol in Greensboro, North Carolina individually. Of the two, Bucky advanced to the final twelve. On March 22, Bucky remained in the bottom three, along with Lisa Tucker and Kevin Covais. On April 12, when Covington was in the bottom three with Ace Young and Elliott Yamin, the votes went to the latter two. In the Top 8 results show of season six of American Idol, he appeared in one of the front rows.