Adam Rippon had so much more pressure in week two of “Dancing with the Stars: Athletes” than he had just a week ago. He tied for the highest judges’ score in the season premiere. He’s still the Mirror Ball front-runner according to our odds. His individual routine came last of all the celeb contestants. And that was followed by a team dance that he also had to learn in a week. And that doesn’t even count his demanding touring schedule with “Stars on Ice.” Was he able to withstand all that pressure? Watch his performance above to find out.
“I am definitely having a hard time with this one,” said Rippon while he was preparing for the physically demanding choreography of the quickstep. But he needn’t have worried. His resulting performance was so good that he once again tied for the top of the judges’ leaderboard. He received 9s from Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman and guest judge Rashad Jennings, and he got the second perfect 10 of the season from Bruno Tonioli — his Olympic teammate Mirai Nagasu beat him to the first 10 of the season earlier in the evening. So while he won a bronze medal in PyeongChang this past winter, he still looks like a strong contender for the top of the podium on “DWTS.”
Did you agree with the judges about Rippon’s performance? Check out what they had to say below, and vote in our poll to let us know who you think had the best individual dance of the night.
Carrie Ann Inaba: “You better work! What’s so impressive is that every single step — do you guys measure it out with a centimeter stick? Everything is exactly in sync together. I did see, though, that this is hard for you. I saw in the turns that you were not on balance, which is amazing. It makes me excited because there’s room for growth.”
Rashad Jennings: “That was absolutely stunning … I loved the routine. What I really love is your chemistry. You’re a true partnership, and I love watching you dance.”
Len Goodman: “If you were wearing one of those watches that told you how many steps you did, you did a day’s steps in one-and-a-half minutes in that quickstep. So much content, so much speed, but so much clarity of movement. Well done.”
Bruno Tonioli: “What I like about you is that there’s no messing around, no distraction, just absolutely fantastic dancing all the way through. Your timing is impeccable. And your partner work is outstanding.”
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