Celebrity Splash – The Good, The Bad And The Ugly
The much anticipated Celebrity Splash kicked off tonight and the question on everyone’s lips was whether a celebrity diving show will be entertaining and who had withdrawn from the show.
The viewers did not have to wait long to find out Laura Csortan was the injured cast member and was withdrawing with an injured back, however she must have had to fulfill her contractual obligations to wear a bikini and fake tan to announce this to the audience. Surely there was no other rationale other than gratuitous perving by her fans for her to be standing talking to Larry with her robe undone Fans of hers or just people who appreciate a fit body would have liked the fact her robe was not done up and we could see most of her skimpy two piece.
However was the show entertaining? A definitive yes cannot be given but the show can be broken down into the good the bad and the ugly.
First the good:
- Larry and Kylie kept their energy up throughout the long two hour program and they do have a good chemistry together. Larry Emdur truly is the Dorian Gray of Australian television the man does not age;
- Matt Mitcham was the highlight of the judging panel and he definitely has some media talent and did anyone else think he and Josh Thomas got a bit flirty?
- Great that reality TV was showcasing a minority group on screen, no I am not talking about gay men that is so passe in reality TV land, but pregnant women. Alissa Camplin was pregnant as was one of the diving coaches;
- Derek Boyer’s belly flop, we had been waiting for one all night and he delivered unfortunately he was eliminated;
- Brynne Edelsten again proved she is very popular and likeable, and husband Geoffrey looked genuinely proud of her. However it did appear that Brynne deciding to dive from the 7.5 metre board instead of the 5 metre board was a bit of a stunt. Also were the judges told to score her high to keep her in? Not that there is anything wrong with that.
- Pauley Fenech was there to entertain and he did surrounded by so many sportsmen the comedians role is to make the show amusing and he did that witha lot of energy;
- Tamsyn Lewis’s awesome dive where she did a handstand as well as having to start the show;
- Actually most of the diving was fun to watch and also how they trained;
- It was a sleek production and it looked like SEVEN has put money and effort into it and it did make the show more enjoyable to watch;
- Even though Greg Louganis is American but if you are trying to pretend this is a celebrity TV show it is a good idea if you get the contestant’s names right. The former US Olympian and judge mistook Pauly for Derek. Though to be fair I have no idea what the name of that Miss Universe Australia is;
- Greg is easy on the eye but he really did not add much to the judging panel except for his diving pedigree, and Alissa was fine she just there as the nice female;
- Matt Mitcham was likeable but saying he that it was good to see someone not being a “little girl” up on the diving board could be construed as being demeaning as would someone saying a dive was “so gay”;
- Andrew Symonds gave an OK dive but he needs to let his personality out more, his face barely changed expression the whole episode;
- There are only six episodes, which some people might say belongs in “the good” section, but with only half of them showcased in each episode it will be hard to emotionally connect or get to know the celebrities to really care who is going to win. Tonight three were were eliminated – Derek, Josh Thomas and Miss Universe Australia, Renae Ayris.
- Two hours of television was too long for nine dives. There were the seven contestants and nine dives which meant too much filler, much like that other SEVEN show Dancing With The Stars. Sure I will be watching Celebrity Splash but it won’t be live to air.
Celebrity Splash on SEVEN on Monday and Tuesday night at 7.30pm.