Celebs ready to Splash! tonight

Updated: 05 January 2013 11:30

Fifteen celebrities are preparing to showcase their skill tonight with the launch of the brand new diving reality series Splash! on ITV.

Fifteen celebrities are preparing to showcase their skill tonight with the launch of the brand new diving reality series Splash! on ITV.

Fronted by London 2012 poster boy, Olympic bronze medal-winning diver Tom Daley, the series kicks off tonight on ITV1 with Daley teaching five celebrities how to dive.

"You're gonna be surprised, the people you wouldn't think are very good, actually are", Daley told Daybreak this week.

"I don't think they realised how hard the ten-metre board was. TV doesn't give the perspective of how high it is. It is the height of two double decker buses and half a car. If you imagine standing on that, it does get a bit scary."

Sugababe singer Jade Ewen

Some of celebrities participating in the series include TV presenters Jenni Falconer, Linda Barker and Diarmuid Gavin, Sugababe Jade Ewen, model Caprice, actresses Tina Malone and Helen Lederer, reality star Joey Essex and athlete Anthony Ogogo. Gabby Logan and Vernon Kay will present the show.

TV presenter Jenni Falconer

Hollyoaks actress Jennifer Metcalfe was originally linked to the show but a spokesperson has confirmed the actress has pulled out, with a replacement to be announced.

Daley said it was "a shame she pulled out", adding "If she had given it a go, it would have been quite a good thing for her to do, but things happen".

Split across three weeks initially, tonight is the first heat. Jake Canuso, Omid Djalili, Jade Ewen, Helen Lederer and Jenni Falconer will dive for a place in the semi-final. Viewers will vote for the best diver, who will automatically go through. The next two highest scoring competitiors will then Splash-off for the one other place available.

Splash! begins tonight on ITV1 at 7:15pm.