This is the moment Keshia Knight Pulliam somersaulted straight off America's newest reality TV programme.
The actress was the first contestant voted off celebrity diving show, Splash - after failing to overcome her fears.
who shot to fame as child star Rudy Huxtable in sitcom The Cosby Show,
was forced to dive to survive at the end of the debut episode.
Diving to survive: Keshia Knight Pulliam (R)
became the first casualty of Splash while Katherine Webb was in the
bottom two but escaped elimination
But she was beaten by rival Katherine Webb, who impressed the judges by diving from a higher platform than Keshia.
celebrities - basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, 65, award-winning
comedian Louie Anderson, 59, actor Drake Bell, 26, extreme skier Rory
Bushfield, 29, Nicole Eggert, former Baywatch babe, 41, Keshia Knight
Pulliam, 33, beauty queen and actress Katherine Webb, 23, American
football star Ndamukong Suh, 26, former Playboy star Kendra Wilkinson,
27 and TV sidekick Chuy Bravo - are taking the plunge as they battle to
win the ABC show.
They were forced to undergo a six-week diving boot camp to get ready. Divemaster Greg Louganis - dubbed 'the greatest diver of all time' by the show - was in charge of their training.
And the 53-year-old Olympic gold medalist admitted he had his work cut out for him as he got to know the contestants.
Failing to face her fears: Keshia was booted out for playing it safe on the 10ft diving board
Brave move: Katherine originally dived off the 16ft board, but chose the 23ft for the dive-off
'Becoming a real diver is more
than overcoming your fear of heights,' Greg said as viewers saw the
celebs - including Kendra doing pull-ups and Chuy attempting push-ups -
being put through their paces. 'We have such a broad spectrum of celebrities.'
He said he had struggled because he had to train such a wide variety of body types.
Chelsea Handler's chat show sidekick Chuy stands just 4ft 2 in tall,
while Kareem towers over the other competitors at 7ft 2 in.
while Kendra tips the scales at just 117lbs, Louie weighs 417lbs,
according to Greg. And he said some of them were even scared of going
into the pool.
He added: 'Some of them are overcoming a fear of water. Diving takes a lot of courage. And the water is not very forgiving.'
Earlier Greg showed why he was in charge by executing a perfect dive for the studio audience.
'I would rather get hit on the football field,' admitted Ndamukong.
'If you land on your face, it'll probably knock you out,' added Kareem.
Pretty in pink: It's not hard to see why Katherine is a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model
Premiere: Katherine chatted to host Charissa Thompson during the show's first episode
In training the stars initially balked at jumping off the 10 metre board, the highest at the pool.
But then Katherine bravely said she would try.
'I've decided just to go ahead and get it over with,' she said as she disrobed and started the long climb to the top. 'I'm not usually afraid of heights but when you get up there it's a whole different ball game.'
As she peered over the ledge she had second thoughts. 'I'm shaking so bad.' The other contestants urged her to think again, with Kendra shouting: 'Don't!'
But she steeled her nerves - and took a running jump, pinching her nose as she plummeted down. 'It was so scary,' she said.
judges - American 2012 Olympic gold medal winner David Boudia, 23, and
Australian diver and now USA Diving-Performance director Steve Foley -
watched each diver and scored them, as did the live studio audience.
The divers with the lowest scores then went head to head in the 'dive-off' to determine who would stay and go home.
Good sport: Keshia took her elimination well and said she had done her best on the show
Making a splash: Competing on the show are
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Louie Anderson, Drake Bell, Rory Bushfield, Nicole
Eggert, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Katherine Webb, Ndamukong Suh, Kendra
Wilkinson, Chuy Bravo
Keshia was the first to go - and ran past the audience shaking hands in her cut-out, sparkly sequined swimsuit.
She said: 'I absolutely feel that I have a good chance to win this competition. I'm extremely competitive.'
viewers saw footage of her crashing headfirst into the pool when one
dive went wrong, she said: 'I definitely try to live my life in a very
fearless manner but there are no other sports that you jump from a
three-story building and land on your hands! Diving is a lot like life.
You just have to trust in what you know and allow it to happen.
'You can be the most confident person in the world but when you bellyflop on to that water, it's a whole new ballgame.'
she showed off the same smile that won the hearts of millions on The
Cosby Show, the actress walked on to the 10ft high board and then
readied herself before doing a handstand, then flipping over into the
water as her brothers watched in the crowd.
Fine form: Katherine gave it everything she had when it came to the dive-off
Somersault: The 23-year-old had failed to impress with her dive earlier in the show
David said: 'You have this
fierce competitiveness and a natural ability. You're trying to impress
the judges, right? You've got to hold that handstand. Nice job, though.' He awarded her a six point score.
Steve added: 'I think David hit the nail on the head. You had as much balance as a one-legged man at a butt-kicking contest.' He also gave her six points - leaving her looking close to tears.
Host Joey Lawrence said: 'Going first is always brutal.'
Next up was larger-than-life comedian Louie Anderson, who donned a black and camouflage-coloured wetsuit for his big moment.
hundred pounds going in the water is a lot easier than 400 pounds
getting out of the water,' he joked as viewers saw his fellow
contestants struggling to lift him to the side of the pool.
first time was my most embarrassing moment,' he confessed. 'It's
humiliating. My goal is that I'm going to be getting out of the pool on
my own. It's like a miracle that I was given this opportunity.'
Confident: Keshia was happy with her performance and revealed she is competitive
No hard feelings: Keshia wrapped her rival in a hug after it was announced that Katherine would stay in the competition
That was six weeks ago - now he says he has come a long way.
He added: 'Tonight my goal is to shock everyone at how far I've
progressed. I had to find my inner diver. He was buried very deep
obviously,' he laughed as he readied himself to dive off the 16ft board.
looked nervous as he shuffled to the edge - then said he wanted to dive
off a HIGHER platform, as the other contestants looked stunned. He then went to the 23ft high board and jumped off to huge applause.
Foley said: 'You looked like Tarzan as you took off, doing that swan
dive. As you got closer to the water it resembled [Tarzan parody] George
of the Jungle.' He said he was 'inspired' to give Louie seven points.
added: 'You're breaking your goals left and right. You're taking a step
in the right direction for a healthier lifestyle and that's way better
than a score I'll ever give. I'm going to score you a seven-and-a-half
Louie said he dove for troops serving around the world. 'My dad was a veteran,' he said after his dive.
up was Miss Alabama 2012 - also known as Katherine Webb - who got huge
cheers when she disrobed and paraded her swimsuit body around the
studio. 'Girls, we can't hate her,' said host Charissa.
Proving them wrong: Louie Anderson bravely took a plunge from a 23ft high diving board
He's come a long way: The comedian could barely get out of the pool when his training began
The name of the game: The 417lbs star certainly made a big Splash when he entered the water from such a great height
Katherine shot to fame after US
sportscaster Brent Musberger singled her out during a game as she stood
in the stands cheering on boyfriend, Alabama quarterback, A.J. McCarron. 'Thanks, Brent Musburger... this dive is for you,' she said.
she insisted: 'I'm more than just a pretty face. Training is hard. The
fears that I do have are busting my face, or bellyflopping. I want to
prove that I'm not all about the hair and the make-up. I'm a
Despite some last minute-nerves, she did a respectable back somersault dive from the 16ft high board as her sister watched on.
David said: 'You have the natural given talent.' He gave her seven points.
back somersault off a five-metre platform, that takes a lot of
courage,' said Steve Foley. 'And you really do have a lot of courage.
You are fearless.' He gave her six-and-half points.
it was the turn of extreme skier Rory Bushfield who showed off his
toned abs after taking off his robe and walking out in his green board
Raising the bar: Extreme skier Rory Bushfield headed straight for the 33ft board and threw himself off it
Frontrunner: Rory managed to get a score of eight-and-a-half from one of the judges
'I like to jump off of things,' he
said. 'That sense of zero gravity calms my head. I don't think I'm crazy
but I think some people would tell you that I was crazy.'
he detailed his struggles to dive properly he said: 'You don't land on
your head when you’re skiing. My brain won't let me dive.'
He even showed off a bloodied face after biting his own tongue in one practice attempt.
'He's crazy', said Greg Louganis. And he wasted no time during the competition - going straight to the 33ft high board.
'I'm trying to land upside down,' he said, before launching into a backward flip and twirl, as his parents watched nervously.
'Relax,' urged Greg from below. 'I give him 10 but it's not up to me,' joked Charissa.
Inspiring: At 65, basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the oldest contestant
Off to a good start: The 7ft 2in sports star was rewarded for his bravery with a high score
Steve Foley said: 'I'm in shock. A back double somersault with a single twist, that's unbelievable.' And he said he thought Rory had Olympic potential.
I dived the definition of a diver was a swimmer with their brains blown
out. You're the new breed of diver. Just maybe 2016, we'll have a skier
win the Olympics in diving.' He gave him seven-and-a-half - which saw the audience booing.
don't think America knows exactly how high this is,' said David,
explaining that Rory had just jumped off the equivalent of a three-story
building. 'Next week I want to see you go on your head. That was phenomenal.' David gave him eight-and-a-half points.
The last diver of the night was NBA basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. The sportsman - who played for the Los Angeles Lakers - said he feared his towering height would work against him.
though I'm 65-years-old I'm still enjoying the competition,' he said.
He looked to be struggling as footage showed him falling off the board. 'My height is not an advantage,' he said. 'Diving is a small person's game.'
Kareem, who donned a Lakers-coloured wetsuit, said he wanted to show that even people of his age can remain active.
Taking the plunge: Katherine had been the first star to throw herself off the high board during practice
'I think that everybody should
Nervous: A shaking Katherine suddenly developed vertigo when she peered over the edge
understand that they can be healthy and live a great athletic lifestyle
for their whole life. They don't have to stop at some imaginary number.'When
Charissa asked him if his one-time teammate 'Magic' Johnson would take
part in the show, he joked: 'I don't even know if he knows how to swim.'He then did a back somersault dive from the 10ft board, landing somewhat clumsily in the pool in a big splash.David said: 'This is a young guy's sport. But the whole crowd is cheering for you.' He told him he had to use his arms more - then did a backwards somersault standing up to show him.'The dive wasn't great but I'm going to give him a seven-and-a-half because he's seven feet tall,' David added. 'I didn't tuck my knees like I should have,' Kareem said.Steve
added: 'When I dived I was 6ft 1in and that was considered tall. Forget
your height, you're 65. You should be watching at home counting your
pension. But you're here. One word. Inspirational.'He gave him seven points.
Supportive: Katherine's fellow contestants applauded her gutsy attitude and cheered for her
Two extremes: Kareem is a whole three feet taller than 4ft 2in contestant Chuy
It was then revealed that Katherine and Keshia had the lowest overall scores before the audience voted. They and Louie, Kareem and Rory were called forward.
But even with the audience votes, Katherine and Keshia were still in the bottom two. So they were forced to go into a 'dive-off' to determine who would go home.
'They either win or they go home,' said host Charissa Thompson. 'Remember to breathe,' said Greg.
Katherine went first - and chose to dive off the 23ft board. She looked poised and determined as she made her way to the edge before plunging headfirst into the water.
A less confident looking Keshia again opted for the 10ft board - and tried a backwards somersault.
'I don't want to see either one of you go home tonight,' said David, as the two wet ladies hugged one another.
'Humiliated': Louie said it was tough as in the beginning he struggled even to get out of the water
Gently does it: Louie has come on leaps and bounds since he arrived for his first day of training
'Keshia, you have not pushed yourself. You stayed on the same platform,' he added. 'Katherine, you're fearless but your dive was not all that great. But it's about the journey.'
He chose to save Katherine - to the anger of some in the audience who started to boo. And Steve made the same choice, sending Keshia home.
about the hot seat. You both had mistakes. I wanted to see who could
overcome their fear so I have to save the person who went two-and-a-half
times higher than their opponent. I'm saving you Katherine.'
Afterwards Keshia said: 'I did my best and that is all that matters.' She then did one last splash - jumping off the 16ft board.
Next week will see the remaining five contestants diving.
Blood, sweat and tears: One clip showed Rory with a bleeding mouth after biting his tongue during a dive
Ouch: There were plenty of bellyflops as the
stars attempted to learn how to dive. Kendra witnessed a smack which
sounded particularly painful