Five of the Splash
stars dive for the very first time. One will be eliminated in a dive-off.
After an awe-inspiring spectacle of performance diving and synchronized swimming, the first diver of the night is Keshia Knight Pulliam, of The Cosby Show fame. Keshia played everyone's favorite Cosby kid, Rudy!
Keshia's dive earns her a 6.00 from judge David Boudia and a 6.00 from judge Steve Foley, with an average of 6.00.
The next diver up is Louie Anderson, a standup comedian! Louie's journey has been a long one. He describes his most embarrassing moment as trying to get out of the pool for the first time at 400 pounds. His goal for the first night of Splash is to shock everyone at how far he's come since that first practice. Louie amps up the pressure on himself and Coach Greg Louganis by choosing to dive from the 7-meter (23 feet) board instead of the 5-meter (16 feet) board at the last minute.
Louie's brave dive inspires the judges, and Steve Foley awards him a 7.00 for his bravery. David Boudia, also inspired, gives him 7.50 for an average of 7.25.
Miss Alabama 2012, Katherine Webb, is the next contestant to climb up the platform. Katherine says she decided to take advantage of recent media attention and do Splash because she's more than a pretty face, and Coach Greg Louganis calls her fearless!
Katherine gets hit by nerves at the top of the platform but does her dive. David advises her to up the degree of difficulty of her dives and gives her a 7.00, and Steve gives her a 6.50, which is an average of 6.75.
The 4th diver of the night is extreme skier Rory Bushfield. Rory says that during training, he was on board with jumping off a diving board, but had trouble making his body go in the water head first. "You don't land on your head when you're skiing," he says. Rory admits he's relearning all his old habits so he can learn to land upside down with good form. He's also the first diver to dive off the 10-meter (33 feet) board!
Steve calls Rory's daring dive "unbelievable" and gives Rory a 7.50. David gives Rory an 8.50 for his "phenomenal" dive. The scores average to 8.00.
Finally, the moment everyone's been waiting for! NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, 65 years old and standing at 7-feet-2-inches tall, will perform his first dive. Kareem says his height is not an advantage in diving, and calls diving "a small person's game." Kareem performs a back somersault off the springboard.
David expresses his admiration for Kareem's participation in the competition even though divers are traditionally shorter. He also demonstrates a backflip. David gives Kareem a 7.50 for the dive because he's diving despite being 7-feet tall. Steve calls Kareem "inspirational" and gives him a 7.00, for an average of 7.25.
But the night's not over yet. The audience's vote actually counts for half of the final score, and after a dive-off between the bottom two divers, one contestant will be eliminated.
Rory, Kareem, and Louie are safe, so Keshia and Katherine will face off in Splash's first ever dive-off!
Katherine takes a risk and dives off the 7-meter board, 23 feet into the water, which impresses the judges more than Keshia's choice to play it safe and dive off the 5-meter board. David and Steve both choose to save Katherine, and Keshia becomes the first contestant to be eliminated.