Splash! Charlotte Jackson braves a broken toe as she dives into semi-finals with Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards
21:40 GMT, 12 January 2013
22:43 GMT, 12 January 2013
He may not have won at the Winter Olympics, but former skier Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards is proving the one to watch in diving reality show Splash!
The 49-year-old sailed straight through to the semi-finals of Tom Daley’s diving show after winning the most public votes and highest scores from the judges.
He was joined by Sky Sports News presenter Charlotte Jackson, 33, who won the ‘splash off’ with Joey Essex.
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In the semis: Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards and Charlotte Jackson won a place in the semi-finals of Splash!
Head-to-head: Charlotte competed for her place in the semis with Joey Essex
Despite her second dive in the ‘splash off’ being weaker than her first, judges Jo Brand and Leon Taylor chose her to progress to the semis because they were so impressed by her determination to dive with a broken toe.
The blonde, who set temperatures rising in a sexy neon cut-out swimsuit, suffered two fractures to her big toe during training earlier that week.
After learning she would progress to the semis – the first woman to do so – she said: ‘I’m really shocked because Joey did it off the 10 metre. I’m quite speechless.’
Impressive: Eddie starts his forward and a half somersault pike
And he’s off: Eddie showed good control on the way down
Joey was clearly disappointed, after judge Andy Banks praised him for doing a better dive in the splash off.
The Only Way Is Essex star admitted he had hurt himself in the ‘splash off’: ‘I hurt my arm a little bit. I felt the impact on my hands.’
After both Charlotte and Joey had completed the splash off, it was up to judges Andy, Jo and Leon to decide between them.
Gutsy: Charlotte dives with her toe bandaged up
Ouch: Charlotte had two fractures in her big toe
Team GB diving coach Andy said: ‘Joey, you did a better jump this time. The tuck was a little bit loose.
Charlotte’s dive was not as good. I chose Joey.’
However, Jo and Leon opted for Charlotte, meaning she would join Eddie, Jake Canuso and Omid Djalili in the semis.
Surprisingly, Caprice didn’t ended up in the ‘splash off’ or the semis, despite being one of the strongest divers on this week’s episode.
Going, going… Caprice somersaults at the beginning of her dive
Good entrance: Caprice made a relatively clean entrance into the pool
Earlier in the episode, Eddie had
ended up top of the leaderboard with a total score of 27.5 for his
forward and a half somersault pike.
He joked he ‘looked like Borat’ in his purple swimming costume.
Leon gave him a 9, saying: ‘That was the most difficult dive so far, that was the dive of the series so far. Technically just marginally short of vertical.’
I look like Borat! Eddie joked with Vernon Kay about his purple swimming costume
Andy praised Eddie for ‘controlling the rotation ready for the end’.
Meanwhile, at the bottom of this week’s leaderboard was celebrity gardener Diarmuid Gavin, who ended up with a total score of 16.5 for his pike fall.
Andy told him: ‘That was a pretty good effort. It was an easy dive, little bit floppy.’
Facing his fears: Celebrity gardener Diarmuid Gavin received 16.5 for his pike fall
Good natured: Diarmuid didn’t look too bothered with his low score
Jo praised him for overcoming his fears: ‘I know how scared you were,’ giving him a score of 6.5.
However, Leon gave him a 5: ‘Congratulations, it just shows how difficult it was for you. From a technical point of view it was a basic dive.’
Joey was the first to dive and admitted
he had only just decided to jump off the 10 metre board – even though he
hadn’t dived from that height before.
Gutsy: Joey performed a forward dive with tuck off the 10 metre board
Andy gave him a 6, explaining: ‘You
definitely achieved your daredevil status. It was a bravery and boundary
test. But execution wise, it did surf on the end.’
Leon also praised his bravery:
‘Gutsy effort. As you go higher it is more important to control your
body. There was some over-rotation. Technically the dive needs to be
Californian model Caprice was the second to dive and was seen in tears during training after crashing into the pool face first during one of her first dives.
However, she overcame her fears and ended up with a good score of 24.5 for her one and a half somersault tuck from the 3 metre springboard.
Looking good: Caprice showed her curves in a black and purple lace monokini
Judge Andy said: ‘That was oozing guts and determination. The dive was great and you landed upright.’
Jo agreed: ‘It looked beautiful. Athletic. You obviously spend a lot of time in the gym. Brilliant.’
Leon added: ‘Well done to get back on the board takes such tenacity after what happened. The springboard was incredibly technical. Your co-ordination was spot on.’
Celebrity trainer: The contestants have been taught to dive by bronze medal-winning diver Tom Daley
Friendly: Joey, Eddie, Diarmuid, Charlotte and Caprice at the beginning of the show