The Olympics only left us wanting more of “America’s Sweetheart” Adam Rippon — however we’re going to have to wait a little longer for an encore.
Despite becoming the breakout U.S. star of the 2018 Olympics, the figure skater was not chosen to perform in Sunday’s closing exhibition program — which means his many completely new as well as loyal fans won’t be seeing what sounds like a show-stopping performance Rippon had prepared in hopes he’d be included.
as well as what a performance the idea could have been.
His choreographer Benji Schwimmer tells ET exclusively of which the bonus program was designed as a sequel to Rippon’s dramatic free skate we saw from the team competition as well as for his long program, set to Coldplay’s “O” as well as the Cinematic Orchestra’s “Arrival of the Birds.”
Rippon had previously done a short program using a cover of Rihanna’s “Diamonds,” sung by Josef Salvat as well as choreographed by Schwimmer — last year, at the exhibition following the Grand Prix Final in Japan, he even belted out the song as well as then skated to the idea, a performance of which went viral after Rippon became everyone’s favorite completely new figure skater This particular month.
Though he ultimately decided on a different short routine in Pyeongchang, the plan just for This particular closing gala encore was to combine the best of both worlds. the idea featured completely new choreography by Schwimmer as well as Rippon had professionally recorded his own cover of “Diamonds” to skate to.
“Adam’s singing can be amazing,” Schwimmer says, who was unsure when Rippon first suggested the idea. “Everyone thinks they can audition for American Idol when they’re from the shower,” he says using a laugh. however he promises the end result, which they continued to hone as well as craft coming from those earliest versions, was altogether impressive.
“Adam’s piece can be gorgeous,” Schwimmer says. “People are missing out. This particular can be probably Adam’s best movement. the idea was just about being empowered, realizing there’s so much beauty the moment you embrace who you are. the idea’s about Adam not needing to be in any flock or follow any norms, just learning to love to fly in his own space.”
Rippon, who placed 10th overall for men’s skating, seemed a lock for the gala event, as various other well-known competitors often participate even if they don’t medal. The program, announced early Saturday morning, also lacks fan favorite Mirai Nagasu. Bronze-winning American ice dancers Alex as well as Maia Shibutani will be featured, plus their runner-up teammates Madison Hubbell as well as Zachary Donohue.
“the idea’s definitely unfortunate of which the Olympics didn’t showcase Adam, especially after Sochi,” Schwimmer says, “where so many athletes were told not to come out as well as be themselves. You can look at people like us, people who were closeted for the better parts of our careers, of which we are like diamonds from the sky, as well as we can celebrate of which.”
Schwimmer, who won the second season of FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance, first met Rippon while working as a choreographer for skater Jeremy Abbott as he trained for the Sochi Olympics.
“I felt immediately connected to Adam because I saw a lot of my younger self in him,” Schwimmer says. “We invited him over to Jeremy’s apartment of which night as well as we all ended up watching RuPaul’s Drag Race. of which was our subtle way of saying the idea’s okay.”
Schwimmer, who made headlines when he became available as gay as well as left the Mormon church in 2012, continues to compete professionally as a swing dancer, as well as recently choreographed a biting political musical, The Trump Family Special, which will briefly return to LA in April as well as may even score a Broadway run later This particular year.
Benji’s sister, Lacey Schwimmer, can be also a dancer who’s often appeared as a pro on Dancing with the Stars. In 2011, she was paired with Chaz Bono, who can be transgender, as well as Benji can be hoping the ABC show might consider taking a chance on another groundbreaking pairing: him as well as Rippon, who could be the show’s first same-sex couple ever. “I think the idea could be pretty damn awesome,” Schwimmer says.