MP Penny Mordaunt and Paul Young booted off Splash!

MP Penny Mordaunt. Credit: ITV

There was disappointment at the pool and at the polls for MP Penny Mordaunt as she crashed out of ITV diving competition Splash! in spectacular style.

The 40-year-old MP, recently voted Parliament's sexiest elected member, took on the trickiest dive of the night.

But she mistimed her back somersault from 7.5m - twice - leaving reality television regular Dan Osborne and model Danielle Lloyd to sail through.

Co-presenter Tom Daley warned of "a night of daring dives", and the show did not disappoint as contestants performed somersaults and challenged their fears.

And there were plenty of gasps as Mordaunt went for a fiendishly difficult dive from height.

But the MP for Portsmouth North, wearing a sparkling red one-piece, overcooked her entry and smacked the water. Judges commended her have-a-go attitude but said the execution fell short.

New father Osborne for the third heat, and he wowed the judges with a back somersault from 10m to take first place in the competition.

Judge Andy Banks said: "It was the best-controlled dive we have seen all night."

But fellow panellist Leon Taylor was less impressed: "You looked like a bad guy being thrown out of a plane in a James Bond movie."

Former Miss Great Britain Lloyd conquered her demons by taking on the forward pike fall from 5m.

The model, married to Wolves footballer Jamie O'Hara, had initially planned to dive from 7.5m, but had a mishap in training which dented her confidence. Taylor described her showing as "very simple" but "well-executed".

Her simplicity proved her undoing, and judges placed her at the bottom of the leaderboard.

But the public vote propelled her into a play-off place with Mordaunt - the latter replicating her daring but grimace-inducing plunge, with similar results, leaving judges to elect Lloyd

It meant Mordaunt joined pop star Paul Young and Irish-Iranian comedian Patrick Monahan in failing to make it past the heat. Monahan opened the show, performing the forward one-and-a-half somersault with tuck.

"I got overexcited," said the 37-year-old, after he over-rotated slightly. Taylor praised Monahan for "the most difficult dive we've seen this series," while fellow panellist Jo Brand described him as "brave".

Singer Paul Young with MP Penny Mordaunt and Danielle Lloyd. Credit: PA

Eighties singer and occasional Cornish pasty judge Young, 57, performed a routine forward dive from 7.5m.

"I think I've done better, but I can't remember a single thing I just did," said the Love Of The Common People singer.

His disappointment was echoed by Taylor, who condemned it for being basic.

"Now we've gone into just falling into the water," he said. Osborne and Lloyd join TV presenter Michaela Strachan, Diversity dancer Perri Kiely, Boyzone singer Keith Duffy and children's TV presenter Anna Williamson in the semi-finals.