Diversity dancer makes a Splash!

Halstead Gazette: Perri Kiely from Diversity has reached the Splash! final. Perri Kiely from Diversity has reached the Splash! final.

Pint-sized street dancer Perri Kiely flipped his way into the Splash! finals after a sensational double-dive on the ITV reality show.

The 18-year-old, best known for being thrown through the air during performances with urban dance troupe Diversity, soared to the top of the judges' leader board after a couple of textbook manoeuvres.

He posted the best score of the series - 27.5 out of 30 - for his first dive from 7.5m and will be joined in the last round by pop star Keith Duffy.

The Boyzone singer triumphed over wildlife presenter Michaela Strachan in a splash-off, while the fourth contestant - glamour model Danielle Lloyd - was the first to be voted off.

The will be joined in the final by two of next week's semi-finalists - television presenter Anna Williamson, reality personality Dan Osborne, ex-rugby star Austin Healey and paralympian Richard Whitehead.

Kiely, described by Olympic bronze medallist and co-host Tom Daley as the "stand out" diver in the competition, said he found it difficult diving without his high-strength spectacles.

But he was described as "courageous" and "fearless" by judges, with Andy Banks commending his backwards somersault from 7.5m as "nearly as professional as the European gold medallist".

Fellow panellist Leon Taylor said the teen was "a few lessons away from being a professional".

Kiely, cheered on by his Diversity colleagues at the poolside in Luton, said: "I have put so much hard work in to this, so to get a comment like that means the world."

He said he would tackle the hardest dive ever attempted on Splash! when he competes in the final.

Meanwhile singer Duffy, 39, repeatedly gave viewers a sneaky peak at his own boy-zone after a wardrobe malfunction as his emerald green trunks sagged loose upon entry.

Really Wild Show host Strachan, who at 47 was the oldest diver left in the competition, conceded the better athlete was put through.

Former glamour model Lloyd, 30, was commended for facing her fears by jumping form the higher 7.5m board after a taking to the water from a lower level for the first dive.

But the ex-Miss Great Britain, married to Wolves midfielder Jamie O'Hara, was twice guilty of over-rotation and missed out on the competition finale.

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