Thursday 19 April 2018

Keith Duffy leaps into the semi-finals of Splash, thanks to his lucky pants

BY JENNIFER COCKERELL

BOYZONE star Keith Duffy has leapt into the semi-final of TV diving show Splash!

The boyband singer, who admitted to being petrified of heights, will be joined by children's TV presenter Anna Williamson, who won the "splash off" against pop diva Toyah Willcox.

Williamson, who also spoke of suffering from vertigo, was the only celebrity in the ITV show who dared to dive from the 10m-high top platform.

Duffy -- sporting a pair of shamrock speedos -- said he struggled with "dizziness" on the diving board.

But he performed an impressive display in the show, scoring 24.5 out of a maximum 30 points from judges Andy Banks, Jo Brand and Leon Taylor.

Banks, who is Team GB's diving coach, told him: "Your ability has grown significantly since we first saw you. You said you wanted to make your kids proud. Job done in my book."

Comedian Brand added: "Absolutely fantastic. You kept calm, you focused, and then you went. Brilliant."

Olympic medallist Tom Daley, who is mentoring the contestants, said: "You can tell he's used to performing in front of crowds because that's the best you've done it."

Williamson, 32, who scored 24, was told she was an inspiration to women for trying to conquer her fears, which include water, heights and, bizarrely, air vents.

Olympic medal-winning diver Taylor said: "That's not for the faint-hearted all the way up there.

"You've taken this competition by storm. I can see the determination in your eyes."

Banks said: "We talked earlier about control and height and you've got both. You're an inspiration to girls out there. Girl power rules."

Former rugby star Martin Offiah, 47, who had to take several deep breaths and screamed as he jumped off the 7.5m platform, was sent home after scoring just 18 points, while TV presenter Paul Ross also exited the competition after receiving a score of 21.5.

After performing a forward dive with tuck, the 55-year-old broadcaster said he was "sweating up there like Joey Essex on Mastermind".

Offiah confessed he was a "big girl's blouse", with Daley admitting he was surprised by the former England star's nerves.

 

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