Perri Kiely gives dive star Daley "goosebumps" en-route to winning Splash!

2:45pm Sunday 16th February 2014

By Matt Abbott

OLYMPIC bronze medallist Tom Daley said South Ockendon boy Perri Kiely's Splash winning dive gave him "goosebumps".

Former Gable Hall pupil Perri was crowned champion of the hit ITV show on Saturday night after polling the most votes.

The 18-year-old, who shot to fame with Britain's Got Talent dance troupe Diversity, had been struggling with illness ahead of the show and there were doubts as to whether he would be able to compete at all.

But he was fit enough to attempt two dives and flip and splash his way to winning the second series of the ITV show.

Perri's first dive, the forward two-and-a-half somersault, with tuck off the three metre spring board, was dubbed the hardest ever tried on the programme. 

Tom Daley said: "It gave me goosebumps watching that. To see him take off like that and hit the water, very proud of you tonight Perri, well done."

Judge Leon Taylor said Perri's dive had "everything". The youngster was then awarded straight 10s - the first clean-sweep of the series.

The teenager then attemted a sychronised dive with Daley. The duo were awarded 27.5 for the inward one-and-a-half somersault with tuck from the 10m board.

After being confirmed the winner, Perri said: "Thank you so much to the judges, everyone who voted, Diversity, Tom, the coaches. It's been absolutely incredible!"

Thurrock Gazette: perri kiely ahead of first jump

Perri before his first jump [Pic: ITV]

The stand-out performer throughout the series, Perri beat Boyzone member Keith Duffy, Towie star Dan Osborne and Paralympic gold medallist Richard Whitehead in the final.

Thurrock Gazette: Perri presented with the trophy by Tom Daley

Tom Daley presents Perry with the trophy [Pic: ITV]


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