Splash! host hails diving 'life skill'

Published Tuesday, 07 January 2014
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Splash! host Gaby Logan has hailed the 'life skill' celebrities who take part in the popular diving show gain.

Splash! host hails diving 'life skill'
Splash! presenters Gaby Logan and Vernon Kay. (© Ken McKay)

The TV presenter appeared on This Morning on Tuesday alongside co-host Vernon Kay to chat about the huge success of the Saturday night series.

When asked why anyone would want to take part in such a terrifying task, Gaby joked: "It's a great life skill. Everyone needs to dive don't they?"

"It's for those people on holiday in the south of France," added Vernon. "Those who are showing off when they get to the diving boards."

Splash returned to UTV this week for a second series and sees a host of celebrities demonstrate their diving skills following coaching from Olympian Tom Daly.

TV presenter Michaela Strachan, Diversity's Perri Kiely, TOWIE'S Gemma Collins, actor and ex EastEnders star Ricky Groves and Hollyoaks actress Gemma Merna participated in the first episode with hopes of winning the praise of diving coach Andy Banks, comedienne Jo Brand and former Olympic diving medalist Leon Taylor.

But while many viewers will sit in the safety of their own home and comment on how easy the task in hand is, many of the celebrities taking part are overcoming a phobia.

Vernon said: "We had the two Gemmas who were scared of water and heights and I wanted to say 'why are you doing this?' but it was just to overcome their fears.

"And you have got Tom Daley there to hold their hand and he is such a great bloke."

The presenters admit there have been a few occasions in the past where they thought some participants would not go through with the dive.

However Gaby explained this is where the show benefits in celebrities taking part as opposed to members of the public.

"Most of them come from some area of life where they have had to perform, whether it's acting or presenting or being a pop star," she said.

"So that element of performance takes over then where you can't let your audience down.

"You may be petrified, but you have to perform."

In the next heat Boyzone's Keith Duffy, TV Presenter Anna Williamson, singer and actress Toyah Willcox, TV presenter Paul Ross and former rugby player Martin Offiah will compete against each other.

Splash! returns to UTV on Saturday from 7pm.

© UTV News
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