Splash results April 9: Miss Alabama USA 2012 Katherine Webb survives, Louie Anderson eliminated

ssorich@ledger-enquirer.comApril 9, 2013 

Miss Alabama USA 2012 Katherine Webb narrowly escaped elimination on the April 9 episode of "Splash."

She had the second-lowest score on the episode, which required each celebrity to include a flip in his or her dive. Comedian Louie Anderson had the lowest score and was eliminated from the competition. It was an automatic elimination, as opposed to the dive-offs that took place in previous weeks.

Webb, 23, graduated from Auburn University and was raised in the Columbus-Phenix City area. She entered the national spotlight when she watched her boyfriend, starting quarterback AJ McCarron, play for the University of Alabama in the Jan. 7 BCS National Championship. During the game, ESPN’s camera turned to Webb and sportscaster Brent Musburger gave some remarks admiring her beauty.

Here's a full recap of Tuesday's show.

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar says he's aiming for redemption. Unfortunately, his height is somewhat of an obstacle. He opts for the springboard again this week. His flip actually looks pretty good. He gets a "6" and "6.5" from the judges.

Katherine Webb gets an interesting introduction from one of the show's hosts: "She's been a perfect 10 her whole life." This week, Katherine is attempting a reverse somersault dive from a 23-foot-high platform. It's intimidating, largely because Greg Louganis was doing this dive when he hit his head on the diving board.

She struggles during practice. Her mom is in the audience. Katherine successfully completes the flip, but her body sort of flails around in the air as she's entering the water. She struggles with the landing. Both judges give her a "6." After Katherine gets her scores, her mom says, "I'm just so excited for her."

Nicole Eggert attempts a back somersault from a 16-foot-high platform. She's nervous, but the dive looks pretty good. The judges agree. She gets an "8.5" and an "8" from the judges.

Rory Bushfield defies doctors' recommendations and dives even though he has a ruptured eardrum. He practices on a trampoline, rather than in the pool. He attempts his flip from a 33-foot-high platform. It looks pretty good and the judges like it. They give him a "7" and a "7.5."

Drake Bell also dives from the 33-foot-high platform. He's getting a little too full of himself. The judges give him a "6.5" and a "6."

Brandi Chastain dedicates her dive to her grandma, who gives her strength. Her dive from the 23-foot-high platform looks pretty good. Was that a slight belly flop at the end? I think so. The judges give her a "6" and a "6.5."

Louie Anderson says, "I can hardly flip in bed." Um, OK. He says it's the first time he's not sure if he can do a dive. He gets on the 16-foot-high platform and begins his dive by...sitting down?!? Yes, really. He faces the opposite direction of the diving board and flips backward while sitting down.

Now, it's the moment of truth. Will Katherine or Louie go home?

Louie gets a "6" and a "5.5" from the judges. Katherine lives to dive another week! Louie goes home. "This is my first step into a brand new life," he says.

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