The Games viewers go wild over Holly Willoughby’s ‘acrobatic’ opening routine on ITV show

The Games viewers go wild over Holly Willoughby’s ‘acrobatic’ opening routine on ITV show

May 9, 2022

The Games viewers went wild on Monday's opening episode as host Holly Willoughby appeared to perform an impressive acrobatic stunt during a cheerleader routine.

The new series sees 12 super-fit celebs compete in sporting challenges, including in an athletics arena, swimming pool, gymnasium and velodrome.

At the start of the episode, it saw Holly and co-host Freddie Flintoff join in a group routine complete with a marching band to celebrate the first episode.

In one moment, Holly was seen being lifted up as the next scene saw what appeared to be the presenter doing a series of impressive acrobatic moves.

Taking to Twitter, one person said: "Did Holly really just do that jump?! #TheGames."

A different account put: "Yes! Getting cheerleading on the map!"

While another follower added: "And she’s live! @hollywills doing what she does best tonight on #TheGames."

However, some eagle-eyed viewers were quick to point out that it wasn't Holly doing the impressive moves and it was instead a stunt double.

One person tweeted: "That was not Holly’s acrobatics! #TheGames," followed with a crying laughing emoji.

While a different account joked: "Yes, Holly. That little bit of acrobatics was really convincing #TheGames."

Holly also took to Instagram to share a snap of the moment as she captioned the photo with: "Morning… going to miss my @thismorning family this week however I’ve had a change of career and become a Cheerleader… it was only a matter of time … @thegamestv @unity_allstars #thegames."

During The Games, six male and six female contestants will compete in the athletics arena, the swimming pool, gymnasium and velodrome with the hope of racking up points on the medals table and eventually being crowned Champion of The Games.

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Those taking part in the show, hosted by Holly and Freddie, include current Corrie star Colson Smith, Harry Potter actor Josh Herdman, author, model and National Autistic Society ambassador Christine McGuinness, newsreader Lucrezia Millarini and Emmerdale star Rebecca Sarker.

Love Island stars Olivia Attwood and Wes Nelson, influencer – and daughter of Spice Girls star Mel B – Phoenix Gulzar-Brown, ex-Strictly professional Kevin Clifton, The Wanted's Max George, and songwriter Chelcee Grimes will also feature.

The Games continues this week at 9pm on ITV.

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