Brynne busts a move
A socialite risks her image and her body by diving into Celebrity Splash, writes Darren Devlyn
FROM the moment Channel 7 commissioned Celebrity Splash, the cynics pounced. It was predicted the show would prove the car-crash TV event of the year and that it would bomb in the ratings.
Seven, however, is adamant it’s on a winner.
The format was hot property at the international TV sales market last year, with versions launching in Holland, France, Spain, Britain and most recently, the US.
And Seven feels a talent roster that includes Brynne Edelsten, former cricketer Andrew Symonds, comic Josh Thomas and retired swimmer Leisel Jones will prove a hit with viewers.
It’s been suggested wellproportioned Edelsten could be the only contestant to jump into the water without getting her hair wet.
The truth is that Edelsten’s bust can be a bit of a problem in the diving department, but more of that later. Howis the training going? I’m doing more of the platform work than the diving board because I feel like when I bounce on the springboard I lose sense of where I am.
If you tense up or try to protect yourself, it ends up worse
So how do you feel — excited, scared or both? It’s both. I’m trying to block out that it’s coming so soon because I don’t feel prepared at all. It’s been five weeks of training and it’s so difficult. My coach says I’m a natural and that I’m graceful in the water, which is surprising because I’m not the most graceful or coordinated person. You have really good days, but also really bad days. When you have a bad day you lose all of your confidence. Mentally, it can be very scary. I imagine when things don’t go according to plan it can hurt quite a bit. It does. When I first started I thought, ‘it’s only water’. But it hurts and it hurts a lot when you fall wrong. That happens every day. The second you have fear, or think about something too much, that’s when it goes horribly wrong. If you tense up or try to protect yourself, it ends up worse. I have bruises up and down my spine. What about when your head hits that water? I was doing a 5mdive and that’s really difficult for me because I have a fear of heights. Because my hands were in the wrong position the first thing that hit the water was my face. I just wanted to cry. What were your initial thoughts on doing the show? Everything I’ve done in TV has been about glamour — my TV show ( My Bedazzled Life) and on Dancingwith the Stars I was hiding behind sequins. I gave the network every reason not to do this show and they gaveme every reason why they could fix my fears — like waterproof make-up spray, waterproof hair spray and so on. And then I thought, I love a challenge, love the water and learning new things so why not. I didn’t watch overseas versions until I signed up. Then I thought, ‘oh my God, what did I get myself into?’. I have a fear of heights. But I amopen to the idea of doing the 10m if my coach thinks I’m comfortable enough. Not in the first show, though. Did Geoffrey (husband Geoffrey Edelsten) play any part in your decision to do this? Absolutely not. I’m very stubborn. It’s like if he says, ‘baby, you don’t have to do this, don’t feel pressured’, I’m like. ‘what do you mean, I can do this’. I want to prove I’m strong. It’s a bit silly. Sometimes I come home and he says, ‘why don’t you just drop out’ and as soon as he says that I’m like, ‘I’m not going to quit’. He sees me come home when I can’t move, when I amabsolutely wrecked. He’s supportive. Has your dog Juddy been down to watch you training? No, he’d be too much of a distraction because when I’m with him he’s the only thing on my mind. I think if he were there he’d be terrified and jump in the water after me. We don’t have a door on our shower (at home) and I can’t even take a shower without him coming in with me. It looks like you’ve been on a fitness campaign. I’ve lost more than 16kg. Last Anxiety: Brynne Edelsten, with dog Juddy, has a fear of heights spring when Geoff was in court over a girl he may or may not have had an affair with, that was very, very stressful for me. I had no appetite because I was stressed out of my mind. I lost a bit of weight and after I thought I’m going to keep goingwith this and kept going to the gym and eating properly. You are well built, so in terms of diving . . . Are you talking about my boobs? Yes. Do your boobs affect your diving in a good or a bad way? They don’t affect the diving, but because it was breast augmentation and they’re not natural, I do have some fear. My doctor said it’s a very serious thing that can happen. If I were to land wrong there is a chance it (implants) could go right back up into my armpit. So anything above three metres (on a board or platform), I have to strap it. My doctor showed me how to strap it. I have to strap underneath and around the sides for extra support. I don’t profess to be an expert on the subject, but you’re saying the implants could move? It’s not that they move on their own, but if I were to hit the water wrong, it would be more likely that if they were to move, they’d go back up into my armpit because that’s where they were put in through. Is the upside here that when you dive down deeply they help you resurface a bit quicker? That’s funny. My brother said once if the boat went down he would just hold on to Brynne because her implants would keep us all above water. Unfortunately it doesn’t work that way. I wish it did because I hate being under water and just want to get back up as soon as possible. Celebrity Splash, Channel 7 Monday, 7.30pm