Linda Barker shocked to be in final of Splash

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Linda Barker in the Splash contest Linda Barker in the Splash contest

Bradford-born interior designer Linda Barker braved the heights to dive her way into the finals of ITV’s hit show Splash!

The 51-year-old impressed judges and viewers with her inward dive with tuck from a 10m board to book her place in next Saturday’s showdown, where she will perform a synchronised dive with Olympic bronze medalist Tom Daley.

The TV presenter, who grew up in Shelf and found fame through BBC's Changing Rooms, will also perform her most technically challenging solo dive as she competes with fellow finalists daredevil Olympian Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards and Benidorm actor Jake Canuso for the chance to win the diving-inspired talent show’s title.

Speaking after finding out she was the first celebrity to get through after a public vote during Saturday night’s live semi-final, Linda said: “I’m so thrilled!”

Linda became the show’s first female contestant to dive from the 10m board and, before taking the plunge, told host Gabby Logan: “It’s a very scary place to be, I cannot kid you. I mean, my nerves are shredded.”

But after performing her dive in front of cheering crowds, the panel of judges – diving coach Andy Banks, Jo Brand and former diver Leon Taylor – praised her effort and gave her a score of 25.5 out of 30.

Comedienne Jo told Linda: “It was a very difficult dive and it was executed beautifully!”

Afterwards Linda told host Vernon Kay she had only decided to tackle the 10m board that morning and said: “That was my sweetest dive I think – I hope!”

Eddie ‘The Eagle’ scored the first perfect ten of the series for his one-and-a-half somersault from the 10m board and was the second celebrity to find out he had won a public vote to put him through to the final.

Jake won the last place after a semi-final dive off with fellow competitors Omid Djalili and Charlotte Jackson.

Olympic boxer Anthony Ogogo was forced to announce his retirement from the contest early in the semi-final, after aggravating a pre-existing injury during a dive on last week's show. As the results were announced, and asked where she could take her diving, Linda replied: “I’m not even thinking about the final, I’ve got no ideas, it wasn’t in my sights!

“I’m thrilled, thank you everybody for voting at home.”

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5:39pm Sun 27 Jan 13

Not so simple says...

Well done Linda.

Why is it that people abandon Bradford as soon as they hit the limelight? I wonder.
Well done Linda. Why is it that people abandon Bradford as soon as they hit the limelight? I wonder. Not so simple

5:53pm Sun 27 Jan 13

Albion. says...

ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ
ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ Albion.

5:59pm Sun 27 Jan 13

Rambo says...

Does she still pretend she's not from Bradford?
Does she still pretend she's not from Bradford? Rambo

7:16pm Sun 27 Jan 13

wobbley-bob says...

She's not from Bradford....Never has been.
The postcode of her parents farm in Shelf is HX3.
She's not from Bradford....Never has been. The postcode of her parents farm in Shelf is HX3. wobbley-bob

8:19pm Sun 27 Jan 13

madzippy says...

Was funny when she did that stupid hanging shelf.Not so funny for the woman who's prized collection of teapots was smashed to bits.Silly linda.
Was funny when she did that stupid hanging shelf.Not so funny for the woman who's prized collection of teapots was smashed to bits.Silly linda. madzippy

10:47pm Sun 27 Jan 13

Patrick Bateman says...

Not so simple wrote:
Well done Linda.

Why is it that people abandon Bradford as soon as they hit the limelight? I wonder.
Because they can.
[quote][p][bold]Not so simple[/bold] wrote: Well done Linda. Why is it that people abandon Bradford as soon as they hit the limelight? I wonder.[/p][/quote]Because they can. Patrick Bateman

8:17am Mon 28 Jan 13

bhuna156 says...

Rambo wrote:
Does she still pretend she's not from Bradford?
Quite funny how wrong you've got that.

She is actually from Shelf (Calderdale), She does however always say she's from Bradford because she went to Bradford Girls Grammar School, and lived in Clayton for a while.

If you knew anything about her you'd know she loves Bradford and does a lot of work to promote living in the city.
[quote][p][bold]Rambo[/bold] wrote: Does she still pretend she's not from Bradford?[/p][/quote]Quite funny how wrong you've got that. She is actually from Shelf (Calderdale), She does however always say she's from Bradford because she went to Bradford Girls Grammar School, and lived in Clayton for a while. If you knew anything about her you'd know she loves Bradford and does a lot of work to promote living in the city. bhuna156

8:30am Mon 28 Jan 13

Apollo says...

Is it me or is Splash not one of the most cringe worthy attempts at making a television programme in recent years?

It makes the skating and dancing programmes look good by comparison.

Awful, awful, awful.
Is it me or is Splash not one of the most cringe worthy attempts at making a television programme in recent years? It makes the skating and dancing programmes look good by comparison. Awful, awful, awful. Apollo

10:16am Mon 28 Jan 13

jenias says...

Not so simple wrote:
Well done Linda.

Why is it that people abandon Bradford as soon as they hit the limelight? I wonder.
she looks great for her age,it was always her squeeky voice that got on my nerves ,a bit like minnie mouse.
[quote][p][bold]Not so simple[/bold] wrote: Well done Linda. Why is it that people abandon Bradford as soon as they hit the limelight? I wonder.[/p][/quote]she looks great for her age,it was always her squeeky voice that got on my nerves ,a bit like minnie mouse. jenias

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