If their track record is any indication their current standing, then Adam Rippon and Jenna Johnson are handily in the lead on the current season Dancing With the Stars: Athletes. After two stunning performances, earning them the top scores each respective night, the duo were faced with pulling f yet another masterclass in dance on Monday night’s (May 14) epsiode.
Performing to “O” by Coldplay, the song that Rippon skated to during his bronze-winning Olympic program, the two performed a beautiful contemporary number. The performance’s start sees the two decked out in feathers, slowly dancing in a cage, reflecting the song’s opening line: “Flock birds/ Hovering above/ Just a flock birds/ It’s how you think love.”
Rippon dedicated the performance to his mother, saying in a tearful clip before the dance that she has been his strongest source support for as long as he’s been alive. “I came out in my early 20s,” the skater said, fighting back tears. “She was always there for me, and it didn’t matter to her.”
The emotional, technically beautiful performance certainly caught the eyes the judges. “I just wanted to thank you,” said judge Carrie Ann Inaba. “This is why artists create; to have moments like this where it’s just pure perfection.”
The judges went on to give Rippon and Johnson’s routine a 39 out 40, the highest score not only the night, but the season so far. Needless to say, the duo earned their spot in the final three, along with pairs Tonya Harding and Sasha Farber, and Josh Norman and Sharna Burgess.
Watch Rippon and Johnson’s full routine to “O” by Coldplay below: