“O” on ice is better than “O” in the ballroom. On Monday’s “Dancing with the Stars: Athletes,” Adam Rippon performed to Coldplay’s “O,” which just so happened to have been his free skate music the past two years. Coincidence? We think not. While his contemporary routine with Jenna Johnson earned a 39, 57 percent of our readers prefer the Olympic bronze medalist’s figure skating routine.
That certainly makes sense — figure skating, after all, is Rippon’s day job and the thing he’s best at. He literally started learning how to dance a month ago. And frankly, it’s not a fair fight, since free skates are four minutes long compared to the paltry 90 seconds he got on “Dancing.” Throw in a bunch of triple lutzes and triple loops and it’s a TKO.
Still, Rippon conveyed the same emotion and story in both iterations, playing a broken bird taking flight. He dedicated his “Dancing” number to his mother, Kelly, who shepherded his skating career while raising six children as a single mother.
“O” will be the first and last skating music Rippon will dance to on the show. Neither of his finale tunes, “Anything You Can Do” from “Annie Get Your Gun” and “Scooby Doo Pa Pa” by DJ Kass, have been in his skating programs.
“Dancing with the Stars: Athletes” airs Mondays at 8/7c on ABC.
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