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Splash! is a British television series that follows celebrities as they try to master the art of diving. The celebrities perform each week in front of a panel of judges and a live audience in an Olympic-size diving pool with the result each week partly determined by public vote. Gabby Logan and Vernon Kay present the show,[1] whilst Team GB Olympic Bronze Medal winning diver Tom Daley is the expert mentor to the celebrities.[2] It is filmed at the Inspire: Luton Sports Village, which is based in StopsleyLuton.[3] The show premiered on ITV on Saturday 5 January 2013 winning the ratings battle for its 7.15pm-8.15pm slot with an average audience of 5.6 million viewers, a network share of 23.6%.[4][5]

The format for the show originated from the Celebrity Splash! franchise created by television production company Eyeworks in the Netherlands,[6] and was broadcast on SBS 6 as Sterren Springen Op Zaterdag (Celebrities Jump).[7] A US version, under the title Splash, premiered on 19 March 2013 from the Riverside Aquatics Complex at Riverside City College andPasadena's Rose Bowl Aquatics Center on ABC television.[8][9] The US version features 2012 Olympic 10 m diving champion David Boudia and American diving legend Greg Louganis as judges.[10] The Seven Network in Australia have also commissioned Celebrity Splash! which aired in 2013.[11]

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Format[edit]Edit

Main article: Celebrity Splash!

The show is broadcast live on ITV on Saturday evenings, and is presented by Gabby Logan and Vernon Kay. In the show celebrities compete against each other performing dives in order to impress a judging panel and the viewing public. The series consists of heats, a semi-final and a final on successive Saturdays.

Series overview[edit]Edit

To date one series has been broadcast, as summarised below.

Series Start Finish Winner 2nd place 3rd place Hosts Judges
One 5 January 2013 2 February 2013 Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards Jake Canuso Linda Barker Gabby Logan

Vernon Kay

Andy Banks

Jo Brand Leon Taylor

Two 4 January 2014 February 2014 TBA TBA TBA

Main series results[edit]Edit

Series 1 (2013)[edit]Edit

Main article: Splash! (UK series 1)

The first series began airing on 5 January 2013 and ran for 5 weeks ending on 2 February 2013.

The contestants for the first series were:

Celebrity Known for Status
Jade Ewen Sugababes singer Eliminated 1st
Helen Lederer Comedienne, actress & writer Eliminated 2nd
Jenni Falconer Television presenter Eliminated 3rd
Diarmuid Gavin Garden designer Eliminated 4th
Caprice Model and actress Eliminated 5th
Joey Essex Former reality TV star Eliminated 6th
Donna Air Television presenter Eliminated 7th
Dom Joly Comedian and actor Eliminated 8th
Tina Malone Shameless star Eliminated 9th
Anthony Ogogo Olympic professional boxer Withdrew
Charlotte Jackson Journalist and television presenter Eliminated 10th
Omid Djalili Comedian and actor Eliminated 10th
Linda Barker Interior designer and presenter Third place
Jake Canuso Benidorm actor Runner-up
Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards Olympic ski jumper Winner

Series 2 (2014)[edit]Edit

Main article: Splash! (UK series 2)

On 4 February 2013, a second series was confirmed[12] and began airing on 4 January 2014.[13] It will last for 7 weeks ending on 15 February 2014.

The contestants for the second series are:

Celebrity Known for Status
Gemma Merna Hollyoaks actress Eliminated 1st
Ricky Groves EastEnders actress Eliminated 2nd
Gemma Collins Reality TV star Eliminated 3rd
Martin Offiah Former England rugby player Eliminated 4th
Paul Ross Journalist Eliminated 5th
Toyah Willcox Singer Eliminated 6th
Patrick Monahan Comedian Eliminated 7th
Paul Young Singer Eliminated 8th
Penny Mordaunt Conservative MP Eliminated 9th
Perri Kiely Diversity member Participating
Michaela Strachan Television presenter Participating
Keith Duffy Boyzone singer Participating
Anna Williamson Television presenter Participating
Danielle O'Hara Model Participating
Dan Osborne Reality TV star Participating
Jenny Eclair Comedienne Participating
Una Foden The Saturdays singer Participating
Austin Healey Former rugby union player Participating
Richard Whitehead Paralympic athlete Participating
Pollyanna Woodward Television presenter Participating

Reception[edit]Edit

The show received generally poor reviews from critics after its premiere, including "utterly awful",[14] "a new low for television"[15] and "probably the worst programme ever screened in primetime".[16] However, it was recommissioned for asecond series despite the critical drubbing after achieving reasonable ratings.[17]

Concern was shown for Daley's role in the show by the head of British Swimming David Sparkes, who claimed that he is in danger of putting his media work before his sporting career, and possibly hampering his chances of a gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.[18][19] Andy Banks, the coach of Tom Daley at Plymouth Diving and British Swimming, hit back at Sparkes' criticism airing his concerns that such negative comments might take the fun out of diving for Daley and indeed drive him away from the sport altogether to pursue his media career.[20] Tom's mother Debbie Daley also responded directly to Sparkes' complaints in an open letter published by the Daily Mail online[21] in which she gave her son's career choices her complete backing and bemoaned Sparkes' lack of direct communication with either Tom or his representatives before issuing statements to the press.

Jo Brand received criticism for her role as a judge, as she has no apparent expertise in diving.[22]

Heat 3 contestant Tina Malone made negative comments in an interview with Liverpool radio station Juice FM several days before her appearance on the show. She called this and other reality shows "garbage" as well as stating that "It’s the big fat cheques that make me happy" in reference to the fact she appears in such TV shows only for the financial reward.

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