Tom Daley: Stars have fun on Splash!

Tom Daley claims training for ITV reality show 'Splash!' is like a "party in the pool" for contestants

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Tom Daley

Tom Daley thinks 'Splash!' brings the fun-factor to TV.

The Olympic diving champion says this year's crop of celebrities - who include 'The Only Way Is Essex' star Gemma Collins, 'Hollyoaks' beauty Gemma Merna and The Saturdays singer Una Foden - didn't hesitate to sign up to the ITV show because they knew they would have a laugh while learning top diving skills.

He told The Sun newspaper: "The first series of 'Splash!' really struck a chord with people. I think audiences connected with it because they could tell the celebrities were really having fun.

"The talent in this series has been incredible, too. After just two days of training, all the celebrities were further ahead than the guys last year were after three weeks. They have all been so incredibly brave.

"And the beauty of 'Splash!' is that the set is a swimming pool. That means I can complete my normal training sessions and train the celebrities. It's brilliant ... It's like a party in the pool. Everyone wants to get involved."

Meanwhile, bubbly blonde Gemma Collins thinks she has perfected her diving so much she might give 19-year-old coach Tom a run for his money at the next Olympics.

She joked: "I'm not going to lie - the training is exhausting. But I feel that at Rio in 2016, Tom might have some competition.

"I've asked for the most sequins and crystals possible on my costume, in true Essex fashion!"

TV presenter Michaela Strachan, former 'EastEnders' star Ricky Groves and Diversity's Perri Kiely will also be making a splash when the show returns on January 4.

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