Splash! diving show sees TOWIE star exit

Dancer Perri Kiely from Diversity, The Only Way Is Essex's Gemma Collins, former EastEnders actor Ricky Groves and Hollyoaks star Gemma Merna and TV presenter Michaela Strachan competed in the first episode of the news series.

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TOWIE's Gemma reveals unfortunate Splash! bruising

Gemma Collins revealed bruising obtained during mishaps in training for the diving show. Credit: ITV / Splash

The Only Way Is Essex star Gemma Collins revealed the extent of her unfortunate bruising from her training before embarking on her first televised dive in Tom Daley's ITV show Splash!

Collins also said she had to overcome a fear of water as well as vertigo before taking part in rehearsals for the show.

The TOWIE favourite is competing with TV presenter Michaela Strachan, Hollyoaks star Gemma Merna, Diversity dancer Perri Kiely and former Eastenders actor Ricky Groves.

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Strachan fears swimsuit more than painful Splash!

The wildlife presenter is among the famous names being coached by Olympic medallist Tom Daley to plummet from several metres up. Credit: Joel Ryan/PA Wire

TV presenter Michaela Strachan claims the pain of a disastrous plunge on TV diving contest Splash! is not as terrifying as being seen in a skimpy swimsuit.

The Autumnwatch host, who will be seen taking part in the first heat of the ITV celebrity show tomorrow, has already been hurt and said it was like being spanked with plywood.

But the 47-year-old said: "The scariest thing was having to do a photocall in a swimsuit. I don't do glamour. I'm an outdoor person who is more comfortable in khaki and a woolly hat."

She is among the celebrities hoping to emulate Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards, who won the first series of the contest a year ago.