Last night saw the launch of new ITV show Splash! which sees Olympic diver Tom Daley mentoring celebrities in the art of diving…
And it seems that 18 year old Tom has been well and truly bitten by the TV bug because he intends to pass up a place at University in order to pursue a career on-screen.
Tom, who is predicted to get A* passes in all his exams, could be offered places at top Universities such as Oxford and Cambridge, and has even reportedly been offered a place at Harvard in the States.
However, the Star states that Tom has set his sights on “becoming the next Dermot O’Leary” and is therefore likely to pass up uni.
Tom recently said, “I don’t know about university any more. I want to go into TV and if I am getting TV opportunities now, I’d rather have work experience and do that kind of stuff than wait and say no for the next four years because of university.”
He added, “I’d like to present Saturday night TV, that is what I’d ultimately like to do once I’ve finished diving.”
And before he learned he was indeed going to act as a mentor on Splash! he said, “I’d like to host Splash!
“That would be my dream job because it is a diving show, a reality show and on Saturday night primetime.
“Hopefully it will run for ten years like Dancing on Ice and I can take Vernon’s spot.
“But I’d love to do anything like Dermot O’Leary or Ant & Dec.”
However, he is still intending to compete in the next Olympics, so he’s not abandoning his old life entirely.
He explained, “I wouldn’t have time to do a reality show like Strictly or Dancing on Ice because I couldn’t miss that much training.
“But something like Splash! is fine because I can still train full time.
“I want to do more TV over the next few years but leading up to the Olympics there will be no interviews or jobs.”
Here’s a reminder of Helen Lederer’s dive in last night’s debut show…