Tom Daley promises to be a nicer TV judge than Simon Cowell on Splash!

Tom Daley

Olympic diver Tom Daley says he'll be honest with the contestants on his new reality show Splash - but not as harsh as The X Factor's Mr Nasty, Simon Cowell!

The 18-year-old is preparing for the first episode of the new ITV series, which will see him teach celebrities how to dive, with viewers voting for the ones they think perform the best.

And Tom - who's reportedly been keen to launch a telly career for a while - is chomping at the bit for this weekend's first live show!

He told The Daily Mail's Live magazine: "The idea of presenting is incredibly exciting. Realistically speaking, I may have another ten or 15 years in diving, but you never know what’s going to happen.

"I think every kid wants to be on TV. Ant and Dec are my ultimate idols, but to think I can do a show where it’s actually entertainment but it’s about diving – that’s amazing."

Tom - who won a bronze medal at the London 2012 games in August - added: "I’d love to be at the next Olympics and maybe the one after, but I’d also love to think I have something else in my future."

Names rumoured to be taking the plunge include TOWIE's Joey Essex, Sugababe Jade Ewen, and model Caprice Bourret.

Splash starts this Saturday at 7.15pm on ITV1.

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