If you’ve ever wondered what the glitz-heavy aesthetic of “Dancing With the Stars” would look like if it were transferred to the edge of a swimming pool, wonder no more. The opening moments of ABC’s diving show “Splash” answer the question in full.
The two-minute sequence that opens Tuesday’s (March 19) series premiere is a riot of dancing paparazzi, synchronized swimmers (wearing high heels!) and some pretty impressive choreographed diving. You can watch the opening now exclusively on Zap2it.
The show beings with a woman jumping from the 10-meter platform, trailing a huge red sash behind her, and also features several divers slingshotting themselves off a swinging board. Chances are the contestants’ dives won’t be that good at first. The includes former “Baywatch” star Nicole Eggert, NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and comedian Louie Anderson, none of whom is ready for a triple somersault off the high platform at first.
(You’ll also notice that “Chelsea Lately” sidekick Chuy Bravo is in the opening credits. He dropped out of “Splash” earlier this week with an injury, but ABC says it occurred after the taping of the premiere.)
Words alone can’t really do justice to the over-the-top “Splash” opening, so watch it for yourself below. The show premieres at 8 p.m. ET Tuesday on ABC.