Splash! returned tonight on ITV with Olympic Bronze medal and British and European Championship winner Tom Daley. Hosted by Gabby Logan and Vernon Kay another set of celebrities were pitched against each other to prove what goes up must come down as they learn to dive.
On tonight TV presenter Michaela Strachan, Diversity’s Perri Kiely, TOWIE’S Gemma Collins, actor and ex EastEnders star Ricky Groves and Hollyoaks actress Gemma Merna took to the diving boards.
Back on the judging panel were Team GB’s Diving coach Andy Banks, comedienne, writer and actress Jo Brand and former Olympic diving medalist Leon Taylor.
At the end of each show, the contestant at the top of the leader board (judges scores and viewer votes combined) will go through to the semi-final whilst the next two contestants face a Splash! Off. The judges will then decide which diver was the most successful in the Splash!-off and they too will go through to the semi-final.
Perri Kiely went straight through to the semi-finals and Michaela Strachan and Gemma Collins found themselves in the Splash! Off.
Perri Kiely said: “Thank you to everyone who voted for me. You are going to see bigger and better tricks.”
Andy Banks voted to save Michaela Strachan, Jo Brand voted to save Gemma Collins and Leon Taylor voted to save Michaela Strachan so Michaela Strachan was the second celebrity to go through to the semi-final.
Gemma Collins said: “I’ve overcome my fears and I will not be going in the water again.”
Michaela Strachan said: “Tonight has made me more confidant.”
Michaela Strachan was first up and dived off the 5 metre board and scored 21 out of 30.
Andy Banks “Really strong take off but you came out of the tuck a little bit early”
Jo Brand “You were like a lively leprechaun.”
Ricky Groves dived off the 5 metre board and scored 21 out of 30
Jo Brand “ I thought that worked pretty well, you made a bit of a splash but not as big as I would of made.”
Leon Taylor “It was the easier option so I was a little bit disappointed, but it was pretty good.”
Gemma Merna dived off the 3 metre board and scored 18 out of 30
Andy Banks “I am so frustrated, as it was good. You are technically good enough to do something more.”
Jo Brand “I thought that was really brave and looked really graceful.”
Perri Kiely dived off the 10 metre board and scored 25 out of 30
Leon Taylor “You are living up to expectations, daredevil stuff.”
Jo Brand “He was brilliant.”
Gemma Collins dived off the 3 metre board and scored 18.5 out of 30
Leon Taylor “Well done, you survived. You are battered and bruised but you overcame your fears.”
Jo Brand “ Pure showbiz.”
Splash! Saturday nights on ITV