First Splash! Celebrities Line-Up For New 2014 Series – What’s Hot and What’s Trending 23 December 2013

23 Dec
Gemma Merna

Gemma Merna

First Splash! Celebrities Line-Up For New 2014 Series – the line-up has been announced for the first part of the new series of celebrity diving show Splash!.

The Splash! production team has obviously been taking a cue from the formula that has worked so well for BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing and given it such high ratings this last few seasons. There is literally something, or more accurately, someone, to appeal to everyone in the new series.

From Hollyoaks comes a classic looking bikini winner in the shape of 29-year old Gemma Merna a former glamour model who plays the part of Carmel Valentine in the soap. If you want a heads up on Gemma’s approach to her look for the show then read this section of her interview with Closer in 2009: ‘Gemma’s other tip for looking great in a bikini is a killer cleavage. As a teen she dreamed of boosting her bust with implants. She spent four years researching the options before going under the knife at 21, and now describes her boob job as “the best thing I’ve ever done,” adding: “Even my mum thought they looked fantastic.”

For those that are looking for a bigger girl than Gemma then the producers have kindly provided busty 32-year old Gemma Collins from TOWIE. As well as taking part in the Essex based reality show Gemma also has her own plus-size fashion collection for the SimplyBe label.

Gemma has said that she is thrilled to be invited to take part in the show and hopes that she won’t be dismissed by the tv viewers as just a ‘big whale in the pool’ and instead aims to show everyone that ‘big can be beautiful.’

The last of the ladies confirmed for part one of the show is someone who is sure to appeal to any men who watched children’s television in the UK during the 1980s. If any young lad told their parents that they watched Wide Awake Club because they liked Timmy Mallett let me tell you they were lying and were sure to have had a crush on the young Michaela Strachan.

Michaela is now 47 but still looks very much as she did back in those Wide Awake Club days so we would guess that there will be plenty of nostalgic middle-aged men tuning in to Splash! over the next few weeks to see her dive into the water wearing a bikini.

She is also the only one of this season’s celebrities to have a love song written about her by a major band. On their 2007 debut album Scouting For Girls included the song ‘Michaela Strachan (You Broke My Heart)’ as a bonus track.

The first round line-up is completed by 18-year old Diversity dancer Perri Kiely and the former Eastenders actor and series 7 Strictly Come Dancing competitor 45-year old Ricky Groves.

You can see how they all get on when Splash! returns to our screens at 7.20pm on 5 January on ITV1.

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