Figures released show that Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards topped voting throughout new celebrity diving series Splash!
Eddie didn't only impress the judges it was ultimately down to the viewers to decide in a public vote.
British skiing legend Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards scored a perfect 10, diving his way into the finals of Splash!
Twenty-five years after shooting to fame as a figure of fun with the world's worst Olympic ski jump, Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards is to make a comeback.
The Cheltenham-born plasterer has announced he is due to fly to Bavaria to take on the Garmisch-Partenkirchen New Year ski jump.
Edwards came last in the 70m and 90m ski jumps at the 1988 Calgary Winter Games but became a household name and the unlikely hero of that Olympiad.
Once contracts are confirmed, Edwards, who lives near Stroud in Gloucestershire with his wife and two children, will test the conditions at the venue before the competition starts.
Edwards, who turns 50 tomorrow, told the Gloucestershire Echo that he plans to fly to Germany next week to try the jump for the first time.
"I'm still fit and in pretty good shape and I wanted to do it before it was too late for me physically," he told the paper.
"This will be my last chance to have a go and see if I can still do it.
"I've always had that 'have a go' spirit. It's not reckless because I think about the risk and every conceivable thing that could go wrong. I am nervous but also quite excited."
A peak audience of 6.6 million watched as Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards triumphed ahead of Benidorm actor Jake Canuso and Changing Rooms Linda Barker, in the last show of the series.
The Olympic medallist said he was"over the moon" about the news: "It's a dream come true for me to be involved in an entertainment show which has been so successful and also fits so well around my training schedule.
"Splash! has put diving on primetime TV and diving clubs all across the country have kept telling me that they now have waiting lists, following the popularity of the show. That in itself is an incredible achievement and I'm very excited to be part of it."
ITV's director of entertainment and comedy Elaine Bedell said: "We're looking forward to even more Saturday night spectacle, and sparkle, with the second series."
Veteran ski jumper Eddie 'the Eagle' Edwards has been crowned the winner of ITV's celebrity diving show Splash!
He saw off Benidorm actor Jake Canuso for the pool title, while celebrity interior designer Linda Barker finished third.
Never have to dive again! Thank you for all your lovely support... Xxx
Watching Splash ! First time ever. How good was that dive by Lynda Barker !!!
OMG it's the bonkersness that is splash!!!!!
I will not be diving tonight. It's just everyone who took part in splash are all going to watch the final at the pool. #Re-UnitedSplash
The final of Splash! is underway on ITV. Ahead of tonight's show some of the celebrities tweeted as they prepared for their final dives.
Not long now. Final checks and then it's getting ready for the big finale. Fingers crossed. Gonna try give you the best dives tonight! :-)????
1 hour to go. They'll take my phone soon... It's ALL on your votes tonight! Go girls! Linda xxx
Everyone tune into the #SplashFinal in 5 mins on ITV1 :) gonna be a good show!!!
So excited for the #SplashFinal tonight!!! :D gonna be a good show...can't believe they are making me wear my trunks for 3 parts! Ha ;)
The three remaining celebrities have been practising synchronised dives with Tom Daley, ahead of the final of ITV's entertainment show Splash!
They will all be diving alongside Daley, the Olympic bronze medallist who has been their mentor on the show, tomorrow night.
Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards is the favourite to win, after the former ski jumper scored the first perfect 10 of the series in the semi-finals.
Interior designer Linda Barker also impressed the judges.
Benidorm actor Jake Canuso won the semi-final splash-off to complete the final line-up.