Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Splash: The Latest In the "Celebrities Can Do Stuff" Competition Series

Tonight brought us the new ABC reality show, Splash, in which some celebrities (and sort of celebrities) get their fifteen additional minutes of fame by diving into a pool. I guess it takes skill and stuff, but as of the opening credits, I'm not convinced about this show.

The celebrities are:
Katherine Webb, Miss Alabama
Louie Anderson, Comedian
Nicole Eggert, Actress - Charles in Charge & Baywatch
Drake Bell, Actor - Drake and Josh
Kendra Wilkinson, Reality star - Girls Next Door
Rory Bushfield, Skier
Ndamukong Suh, NFL player
Keshia Knight Pulliam, Actress - Cosby Show
Chuy Bravo, Reality star - Chelsea Lately
Kareem Abdul Jabar, NBA player (who got a LOT of applause from the audience)

Joey Lawrence and Charissa Thompson were hosts.

The judges David Boudia and Steve Foley.

The premise of the show is that celebrities will compete and will be eliminated until only one diver remains. During the first episode, we'd see five divers. The lowest scoring (based on live audience and judges' votes) two would engage in a dive off, and that would determine who was kicked off the show.

Keshia Knight Pulliam dove first. There was a whole lot of build up leading to it. Then, she dove, and it was over. She stood on her hands on the board and landed in the water toes first. She was given scores of 6 and 6 from each judge.

Louie Anderson was second. He talked about all he'd overcome, then went up on the diving board. Instead of diving, he insisted on going up to a higher board - which he did. His dive looked like he was falling forward, with his hands coming out above his head as he fell. He got a 7 and a 7.5.

Katherine Webb was third. After a nervous moment, she stood backwards and did a somersault. She earned a 7 and a 6.5.

Rory Bushfield followed. To me, who knows nothing about diving, he looked awesome. He did a bunch of flips - awesome. He got 7.5 and an 8.5.

Last was Kareem Abdul Jabar. The show discussed that diving is tough for tall people. He did a spin and faceplanted. He got 7.5 and 7 as scores, despite that.

At this point, Katherine and Keshia were the bottom two, but the audience votes hadn't yet been included. Turns out it didn't matter because those two remained in the bottom two after the audience vote.

Katherine dove first. Keshia was second. Both were good, but in my opinion, Keshia's was a little bit better. However, Katherine chose a higher platform. David, the first judge, saved Katherine. Steve saved Katherine as well. And with that, Keshia Knight Pulliam was the first celebrity to be kicked off of Splash.

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