Olympian Tom Daley has stated he appreciates his gay fans following being named “Sexiest Man” by readers of Attitude magazine.
The Olympic swimmer beat the likes of David Beckham and Henry Cavill in the poll run by the gay lifestyle magazine with votes cast by its readers. In a new interview with Digital Spy the Olympian addressed the Attitude poll and stated he was grateful for his gay following.
Daley told Digital Spy “It’s cool, any support I appreciate. Everyone’s been so supportive. [The voters] are the people cheering me on during the Olympics, these are the people that give me extra motivation during training. I really appreciate it.”
In the same interview with Digital Spy, Daley revealed he is up for being a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing, Dancing On Ice or I’m A Celebrity. Daley told D.S “I’d have a go on all of them. I’d be terrible on Bushtucker Trials, but I’d give it a go….Strictly and Dancing on Ice – they’re both so sparkly… I’d do either. I’d have to speak to my friends and let them vote which one”
The most recent series of Strictly Come Dancing was won by fellow Olympian Louis Smith who also has a large gay following. Olympians Luke Campbell and Beth Tweddle took part in this year’s Dancing On Ice; the series was won by Tweddle. ITV has confirmed the 9th season of Dancing on Ice, set to air in January 2014, will be the last following declining ratings.
Daley is expected to return for the second series of Splash! which will air next year on ITV. Daley was the diving coach on the first series of the celebrity diving show which featured famous faces such as Tina Malone, Caprice, Joey Essex and Linda Barker. Although it was savaged by the critics it was a surprise ratings hit and soon re-commissioned by ITV. Its likely the major appeal of Splash! was the sight of Tom Daley in his speedos rather than the line-up of celebrities, the judges or the premise of the series.