Joey Essex: Splash! is tough

Joey Essex is confident he has the "talent" to do well on 'Splash!', though he admits the celebrity diving contest is tougher than he expected

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Joey Essex is finding 'Splash!' "harder" than he expected.

The 'Only Way is Essex' hunk is one of a star-studded line-up competing in the new ITV1 diving show - which sees Olympian Tom Daley teach celebrities how to dive - and the 22-year-old star was surprised just how tough the competition is.

He said: "It's harder than I thought it would be! When you're up there and you look at the water, it's difficult. But I've got talent!"

Joey admits he has a secret weapon lined up for the show in the shape of his 'Reem' dive, but he is yet to show his special technique to mentor Tom.

He explained: "I was excited about meeting him, especially after the Olympics. I've got a special dive called "Reem", but I haven't showed it to him yet."

After meeting Tom, Joey believes the London 2012 bronze medallist should hook up with fellow Olympian Jessica Ennis rather than his 'TOWIE' co-star Lauren Pope, who the diver recently had a night out with.

He told new! magazine: "I wouldn't set him up with Lauren. I'd like to see him with someone sporty, like Jennifer Ennis.(sic)"

When asked if he means Jessica, he added: "Oh, yeah, that's the one!"

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