TAGS:

Diversity’s Perri Kiely has won the final of Splash! 2014, after fighting off competition from Richard Whitehead MBE, Keith Duffy and TOWIE’s Dan Osborne.

The diminutive dancer, who had been the runaway favourite to take the title, triumphed with a complicated first round dive followed by a synchronised effort with Tom Daley himself.

Paralympian Richard finished as runner-up, while Keith was in third place and Dan Osborne fourth.

Despite being strongly fancied to win the competition, he looked appeared genuinely shocked to have won- admitting afterwards he was ‘speechless’.

Earlier in the show Perri became the first contestant of the series to score a perfect 30 for a dive – with his first round effort from the 3m springboard netting him a full house.

“It gave me goose bumps,” Tom later told him. “I’m very proud of you.”

Meanwhile Leon Taylor told him: “That dive had everything – complexity, execution and you absolutely nailed it.”

Leon also praised his dive with Tom, saying: “The synchronisation was a little off but apart from that it was perfect.”

Perri made it to the final and won despite having suffered a stomach bug earlier in the week which put his participation in Saturday’s show in jeopardy.

He fortunately recovered in time to take to the diving board with his fellow finalists.

Runner-up Richard also fared well on the show, with Tom saying of his first dive: “He’s done amazingly well to get it that good that quickly.”

Richard later dedicated his first dive to Austin Healey, who pulled out of last weekend’s semi-final after injuring his neck during training.

The rugby star, who was not seriously hurt, was in the audience of Saturday night’s show along with other contestants from the series including Danielle O’Hara, Martin Offiah and Michela Strachan.

It is currently unclear whether Splash! will return next year, with its future reportedly hanging in the balance after viewing figures fell.

Although the first series was an unexpected hit,with audiences of around 6m, the 2014 series has only managed to attract around half that audience.