Olympian Troy Dumais will teach the celebrities to high dive.
Fox's "Stars In Danger: The High Dive" features eight celebrities who will compete in a series of Olympic-style dives, including solo and synchronized diving, from a variety of heights (including 3, 5, 7.5, and 10 meters). The special premieres Wednesday, Jan. 9 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
Olympian Troy Dumais will help the stars in the competition.
Based on a long-running German format, STARS IN DANGER: THE HIGH DIVE is the ultimate test for eight celebrities who will step to the edge and take a flying leap or momentous belly flop into diving history. But, first, they must complete a crash-course in diving techniques, overseen by renowned diving coaches. After an intense training period, they will compete in a series of Olympic-style dives, including solo high diving and synchronized diving, from a variety of heights. With the help of Olympic diving medalist and commentator Troy Dumais, viewers will also get a poolside look at the courage and perseverance – as well as the twists, turns and flips – that go into turning a celebrity into an expert – or not so expert – diver.
"Jersey Shore" star JWoww
Pro surfer Bethany Hamilton
"Baywatch" and Lifetime movie veteran Alexandra Paul
"Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Kim Richards
"Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Kyle Richards
David Chokachi of "Baywatch" and "Witchblade" fame
Former NFL player Terrell Owens
Antonio Sabato Jr.
Mentor: Olympian Troy Dumais
Considering that plot description and those terrifying stakes in mind, a mental exercise: Imagine the length of (and the intricate clauses contained in) the waiver that each of these “celebrities” must sign, clearing Fox of all responsibility in the event of a death, head injury, traumatizing humiliation, etc. Next, another even more terrifying mental exercise: Imagine that this is not the only celebrity-endangering reality diving competition in production.
Because it’s not! Amazingly, ABC has ordered a reality series called Celebrity Splash, which also features “celebrities” competing in the sport, based on a series that premiered last August in the Netherlands.
Unfortunately for ABC, Fox has beaten it to the premiere date: Stars in Danger: The High Dive will air on January 9. If successful, it will likely give way to a series of hate-watch spin-offs such as Stars in Danger: The Pole Vault, Stars in Danger: Uneven Bars, and Stars in Danger: Luge. Unintentionally humorous waivers are presumably already being drafted.