Whether anyone readily admitted it or not, there was plenty of anticipation for ABC’s celebrity reality show Splash, leading up to Tuesday’s premiere.
Splash pits celebrity contestants in a diving competition under the tutelage of five-time Olympic gold medal-winning diver Greg Louganis.
Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, Katherine Webb (the better half of Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron), and NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar made waves in the literal sense during the competition, but also stirred the waters during filming.
Suh played lifeguard in January when he helped pull fellow contestant comedian Louie Anderson from the water when Anderson began drowning. Webb and Abdul-Jabaar did their part in a viral rendition of the Harlem Shake.
With all this excitement before the show, there was no question the premiere was going to sink like Louie Anderson, right?
Louie Anderson (Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
Here are five important things we learned from the premiere of Splash:
1. Synchronized Swimming might be the hardest sport average people think they can do
The show opened with professional synchronized swimmers, divers, and acrobats executing an impressive routine. It was the best part of the show, and unfortunately, it was also the first.
2. Greg Louganis still has it and Joey Lawrence is still alive
Louganis stepped out and executed a vintage dive, proving he will forever be a master. Louganis’ still-Olympic ability was as surprising as the discovery that Joey Lawrence was still alive and finding work. Did Brian Dunkleman already have plans?
3. Ndamukong Suh is a wimp compared to Katherine Webb
Footage from diving practice showed no one wanted to jump off the 10-meter platform. Everyone except Webb, who mustered a flailing leap from 33-feet, prompting Suh to exlclaim “It’s on!” Webb should watch out for a rogue stomping motion in her direction.
4. Katherine Webb dedicated her first dive to Brent Musburger
Fitting Webb dedicated her second moment on national TV to the man who created her first. Webb said “Brent Musburger, this dive is for you,” before leaping of the platform. She scored a 6.75, a point lower than Louie Anderson.
Anderson’s dive looked like this:
5. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar belly flopped …
… And got the second-highest score, a 7.25, regardless. This score was based purely on Kareem being 65, the nicest guy on the show, and being really, really tall. Hard to argue with that criteria. When asked if fellow Los Angeles Lakers great Magic Johnson could hack it in the pool, Kareem smiled and said, “I don’t know how good Magic is in the pool, I don’t if he can even swim.”