Diversity star Perri Kiely crowned Splash! 2014 champion

A speechless Perri Keily was crowned champion. Credit: ITV News

Diversity dancer Perri Kiely was crowned the champion of ITV's celebrity diving competition Splash!

His win came after fears he would not be able to compete this evening after being struck by a mystery illness. The bookies' favourite overcame a "24-hour bug" to wow the judges and voting public with his two dives in the final.

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Kiely beat finalists Paralympic athlete Richard Whitehead, who was runner-up, Boyzone singer Keith Duffy and The Only Way Is Essex star Dan Osborne.

Kiely scored a perfect score from the judges with his first effort - a flawless double somersault with tuck from the three-metre springboard, described as "the hardest dive ever performed on Splash!". Daley said the dive gave him "goosebumps" as the judges - diving experts Leon Taylor and Andy Banks with comic Jo Brand - each gave the pint-sized dancer a top score of 10 out of 10. Olympic silver medallist Taylor said:

Kiely, who rose to fame winning Britain's Got Talent in 2009 with dance troupe Diversity, performed a one-and-a-half somersault with Daley from the highest 10-metre board.

The pair impressed the judges who gave a score of 27.5 out of 30, with Taylor describing the dive as "near on perfect". Kiely receiving the most votes ahead of double amputee Whitehead in second, Duffy in third place and Osborne in fourth.

Cheered on by Diversity leader Ashley Banjo in the crowd, Kiely put his head in hands as presenters Vernon Kay and Gabby Logan revealed the results. Afterwards, the teenager said he was "speechless".

The hosts and star judges of this year's Splash! celebrated the end of the series by jumping into the pool.

After Diversity star Perri Keily was crowned champion, hosts Vernon Kay, Gabby Logan, jumped into the pool fully clothed, along with Tom Daley, and judges Jo Brand, Andy Banks and Leon Taylor.