Adam sings for Ice Skater Nick LaRoche


American Idol’s Adam Lambert’s ties to figure skating

The Inside Edge with Sarah and Drew

American Idol’s Adam Lambert (left) with friend Terrance Spencer (middle) and skater Nicholas LaRoche (right) in L.A. recently. (courtesy of Nicholas Laroche)

By Sarah S. Brannen and Drew Meekins, special to

(05/27/2009) –’s intrepid reporters Sarah S. Brannen and Drew Meekins spend some time talking about American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert’s ties to the figure skating universe, gelato and a Skating Club of Boston outing to Milan.

Wicked Adam
We were glued to the finale of American Idol, along with the rest of the country and most of the skating world. As it happens, Drew met runner-up Adam Lambert in Los Angeles last year; Adam and Drew are both friends with retired skater Nicholas LaRoche. We got the whole story from Nick this week.

“I met Adam when he was performing in Wicked with my partner Eric,” Nick told us. “He was in the ensemble, and he was also the understudy for Fiyero [the prince]. Eric was also in the ensemble.”

Wicked ran at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood for two years, and Nick, Eric and Adam became good friends. In the 2007-08 season, Nick was looking for music for a new exhibition program.


“I heard the song ‘I Just Love You’ by Five for Fighting on the radio, but didn’t necessarily like the arrangement of it,” he said. “I teamed up with Adam and the music conductor from Wicked, Brian Perry, who played the piano. We went into a private studio and recorded it. They only did the song three full times; it was amazing. Adam was thrilled when I asked him to record the song and it was so much fun to stand in the recording studio with the headphones on and listen to his wide range. I heard the ‘belts and screams’ first-hand. It was incredible!”

Nick has performed the program twice, and Adam came to one of the shows to see it.

“After seeing the performance, he couldn’t thank me enough for giving him the opportunity to do this,” said Nick.
So what is the glam rocker like in person?

“He is great — very humble,” said Nick. “I watched him do endless performances here in L.A., all for charities and benefits.”

Nick watched every episode of American Idol, of course.

“It was odd to see him without his fun makeup on and the glam look he carries,” said Nick. “When he would come out each week and be so conservative, it was weird. I’m used to seeing him in the glam stage like he was in the finale, when he had the crystals around his eyes, extravagant clothing, and belting those high notes that you would never think would come out of his mouth.”

Because Nick is in Los Angeles, he couldn’t wait until the show aired to find out what happened. He had a cousin on the East Coast text him the final result.

“When my cousin told me Kris has won, my initial reaction was ‘I will NEVER watch Idol again!’ Then I headed off to the gym,” joked Nick.

“I don’t know how this whole Idol thing works but I know Adam will be huge, and probably more so now than if he had won. I’m honored to have gotten to not only work with him on this exhibition piece, but to have seen him perform so many times.”

Apart from the Idol excitement, Nick is busy coaching at the Toyota Sports Center in L.A., and getting ready to skate in a Los Angeles Ice Theater benefit show on June 12 in Burbank, Calif. Yes, he’ll be performing to his exclusive, Adam Lambert version of “I Just Love You.”

Nick is also working hard on the new foundation he and his sister Tricia have started, the U.S. Athletic Foundation. They are putting together a skating benefit show, An Evening on Ice, which will take place on September 19 in Ontario, Calif. There is more information on the foundation Web site, and we’ll be reporting further about the show this summer. All proceeds from the show will go to the foundation on behalf of Nick and Tricia’s mother, Bunny, who was murdered in July 2008.

It seemed like half the skating world was in Italy in May, and a lovely time of year it was to visit Bella Italia. On May 15 and 16, the ISU Ice Dance Technical Committee held a test event in Milan for proposed new competition formats. The plan is for the compulsory dance to be dropped in the 2010-11 season and for the original dance to be replaced by one of three possibilities: a pattern dance, a rhythm dance or a combination of the compulsory and original dance.

Several teams made the trip to Milan, including Jane Summersett and Todd Gilles, Madison Chock and Greg Zuerlein, Kristina Gorshkova and Vitali Butikov, Ekaterina Rubleva and Ivan Shefer, Andrea Chong and Guillaume Gfeller, Tanja Kolbe and Sascha Rabe, and Terra Findlay and Benoit Richaud.

“It was a lot of fun to be involved in,” Madison wrote to us afterward. “I like feeling that we were a part of the future. But I’m sure it will take a while to decide what will happen since all the skaters did their job very well presenting great material. Personally, I think the two front-runners were the combination dance and the rhythm Waltz. It was fun to create our program because we got to see how it would work to have compulsories mixed with a normal original dance.”

All the teams we heard from said they had time to tour beautiful Milano, and of course to get in some shopping on the Via Montenapoleone.

“We saw the Duomo and the Castello Sforzesco,” said Madison, “And the Galleria and all the shops! We ate at a small restaurant by the castle and it was amazingly delicious! There was also a gelato place directly across the street from our hotel at which we made a stop at least twice a day. Jane and I had tons of cappuccinos and other coffee drinks.”

Meanwhile, some of our friends from the Skating Club of Boston also made a trip to Milan in early May. Coaches Mark Mitchell and Peter Johansson taught a seminar there and invited their students Stephen Carriere, Ross Miner, Katrina Hacker and Dana Zhalko-Tytarenko to go with them.

“Italy was fabulous,” said Katrina, who recently announced that she will take next season off to attend Princeton. “Even though I’m not training for any competitions, I still am skating and want to keep up my jumps. We had group stroking and edge lessons [I think it was the first time I actually enjoyed having a stroking lesson] and helped each other out on new spin positions, etc.”

The Boston skaters got a warm welcome from the Italians at the Forum rink, who included Francesca Rio, Fabio Mascarello, Paolo Bacchini, Alice Garlisi, Deborah Sacchi, coach Cristina Mauri and choreographer Raffaela Cazzaniga.

“The skaters and coaches were so welcoming!” said Katrina. “I can’t even tell you how nice everyone was. The rink is beautiful — it had a gym, a bowling alley, pool, squash courts, ‘jorky ball’ [some kind of two-person indoor soccer] courts, a dance studio and more.”

Katrina, befitting her Ivy League future, took in a lot of Italian culture instead of shopping.

“I loved the Pinacoteca di Brera, the art museum — with Caravaggio, Tintoretto, Raphael [one can watch paintings being restored inside a glass cube in the exhibition space!] — walking to the top of the Duomo and of course, the shopping!”

Well, of course she went shopping. Be serious. It was Milan!

“On Friday night we went to Venice,” added Katrina. “I absolutely love the Peggy Guggenheim collection!” That’s an art collection, by the way. Good girl.


Comment Below


  1. no video? Or is it just not showing on my computer…

  2. Natiann says:

    That was just beautiful!

    • it was very beautiful. i have that song on my ipod and i love it to pieces

      • Lisette agan..An agree I simply adore Adam’s ethereal gentle voice,l’chanson an skatinge of Nick tresbeau combinatione..Eva as I hed mentione am unable to see on Itune seletione,where did yu finde thes one to download?Thenks so much if yu can reply.
        Bravo agan to monamie Adam as ther’s always anothre songe more beautiful then last.An truly beliv he can singe any genre from rock,pop,old/motown/bleus,disco,romantique ballads,theatre,an even make country as Ring of Fire unique,exotique an his vocals are velveti,sensual an bit of ciel d’terre..heavenly.Pardon to go on,gathre I can nevre tire to remarque of Adam’s superbe talente an voice! bonwishes always Luv,Lisette!

  3. adamisthe1 says:

    Wow. Thank you for this.

  4. Yah… That’s so beautiful and emotional………..
    Is that really Adam sings for Ice Skater…. not the Skater just uses Adam’s song??
    Anyway,,,, it’s really fantastic…. I really love Adam’s voice…..

  5. Adamrulz says:

    Wow… that was impressive! Love Adam’s voice

  6. woooow amazing i am speechless really too much raw talent n this vid the Ice Skater is amazing just amazing and adam’s voice is just flawless god i luv him so much 🙂 thnx i enjoyed the vid alot ..

  7. SleepyBee says:

    That was exquisite!

    Was it just my perception, or did the crowd curtail their applause so they could listen to Adam?

  8. Glambert2160 says:

    Wow. A song I haven’t heard before and Adam’s voice is A-MAZ-ING!!! It goes great with the ice skating too. Who’s the skater? Is he American or Canadian?? He’s not one of the USA top skaters, but is really good. Is he a friend of Adams? Loved the video, thanks so much for putting it on.

  9. Adamzeyez says:

    From Wikipedia:
    Nicholas LaRoche (born July 29, 1983 in Gardner, Massachusetts) is an American figure skater. He was the 2002 US Junior National Champion

    He finished eleventh at both the 2006 and 2007 senior US Figure Skating Championships, but disappointing Sectional results kept him from qualifying for the 2008 US Figure Skating Championships. His last competition was the 2009 nationals. On April 13, 2009, he announced his retirement on his official site.

    LaRoche’s private life has been marred by tragedy. In 2003, his older brother, David, died at the age of 23. On July 1, 2008, his father, William LaRoche, apparently bludgeoned to death Nicholas’ mother, Bernadette, before killing himself.[1]

    He trains and coaches at the Toyota Training Center in El Segundo, California. LaRoche also runs the US Athletic Foundation, which he started with his sister Tricia, helping promising athletes in all sports get the funding they need for training.

  10. What a beautiful combination of Adam’s voice with Nick’s awesome and soulful skating. I love this clip. Thank you for posting!!

  11. Jane416 says:

    Thank you! Gorgeous blend for ALL my senses – Adam’s BEAUTIFUL voice combined with Nick’s SUPERB skting – brought tears to my eyes!

  12. Sun&Stars says:

    Thanks for sharing – the words are really beautiful and his voice is just astounding. I loved watching Nick’s skating – unbelievable talent!

  13. qcatlady says:

    WOW – Thanks you! Adam as wonderful as ever – I loved it! The skater was beautiful and very impressive – great combination! Loved this clip!

  14. redheadlisa2001 says:

    Thanks for posting all these amazing clips for us. I love Adam Lambert and the skating by Nick is amazing too!!!!

  15. Beautiful in too many ways – The skating, Adams voice…wow

  16. Brilliant. Nick’s skating to Adam’s voice brought tears to my eyes. I had heard this music done by Adam before on You Tube. Thanks for the post.

  17. marlis hanson says:

    I’m pretty sure this is the recording of Adam singing at the Upright Caberet, prior to Idol. I could go back to the youtube video and see if he sings it the same exact way, but I do recognize the Upright Caberet’s piano player’s..piano playing. It is nice to see how someone can use his music for addition artistic use.

  18. AdamAddict says:

    I thought I can see Adam there but just the voice??!! It’s definitely Adam’s voice because he’s the only one that can give me goose bump! Was he really there singing or he recorded the song and then this guy used it??!!
    Everybody who probably accidentally recorded Adam before,now going to post it.Next week,Adam singing in the bathroom,perhaps??!! 🙂

    • AdamAddict says:

      So Nick is Adam’s friend! Adam surely have a lot of interesting and talented friends,huh! Good for him!

    • Halfpint4Adam says:


      This is really Adam! He recorded this song. If you go to and type in adam lambert i just love you download and click on the recording that says w/download link, you can get a link to download this song for free. I love it! One of my faves by Adam.

  19. Chikolad says:

    That was beautiful!

  20. speechless says:

    WOW!!! There are NO words!! That is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen and heard! Thank you so much for making my day. 🙂

  21. Malocari says:

    Wow!! this was exquisite to look and listen to!!
    Adam’s version of this song is moving, I dare to say better than the original… he sings with such pasion.. I love him!!!

  22. I JUST LOVE Adam singing that song!

  23. Happy Friday to me…. wow. There are no words to even discribe that!!!

  24. Lamberkitten says:

    What joy! And what good taste shown by the skater dude who was amazing!

  25. Star Catcher says:

    Holy cow that was amazing….just wow.

  26. AdamAdmirer says:

    Wow, that is collaboration at it’s finest. I have enjoyed watching figure skating for 40+ years and to hear Adam’s voice in the background gave me chills. Looking forward to hearing and seeing more of the amazing Adam. Also, what is the song, does anyone know the name, so beautiful!

    • cmhagey says:

      That has been my favorite non-Idol song by Adam for months! That version was the YouTube version – no, Adam was not there singing. It’s a cover of Five For Fighting’s “I Just Love You.” It always brings tears to my eyes. I can only hope that someday Adam will have his own 4-year old, like he sings about here.

  27. Adam, I just love you too!

  28. The skater is great, but Adam’s voice is spectacular!!! Great combination of talents. AMAZING! Thank you for sharing.

  29. LOVE ADAM LAMBERT! The most amazing guy … can’t get enough!

  30. Famose1 says:

    OMG! So beautiful. There’s so much more to Adam than I ever knew. I love him even more.

  31. bridget says:

    Can’t wait to buy his album. i love you adammm

  32. Again, WOW. Beautiful singing, beautiful skating, beautiful combo. Wish I could get the song on iTunes

    • I got the song off youtube and posted it to my facebook page. If you don’t have that, there is an option to e-mail it to yourself.

  33. Vettcraz says:

    When did he record this song i have never heard it.Ilove how Adam sings,from the heart i feel every word.Thanks for sharing this was amazing..

  34. JRZGRL1 says:

    For those of you with questions about Nick LaRoche here’s a website:

    He was born in Masschusetts but look like he lives in California now. Don’t know if he’s ever had any direct contact with Adam but could be. He is now retiring from competitive skating but I would imagine he’ll show up at some of the ice shows (which I like to watch nowadays more anyway – they don’t try to do all the crazy jumps that they do competitively – I hate seeing skaters fall). Hopefully he will continue to use Adam’s music. He would probably love some feedback about how beautiful that performance was on video.

  35. Donna Cooper says:

    Adam holds new surprises for me every day. That was just beautiful, and a perfect song to skate to.

  36. adamfancajungirl says:

    That was beautiful.It brought tears to my eyes. Adam’s voice is unbelieveable. He sings with such feeling and passion. He will always be my idol.

  37. This is so wonderful! I am a huge figure skating fan and a HUGE Adam fan….what could be more perfect? (Tears in my eyes….)

    Thank you for posting this.

  38. Is there anything this guy CAN’T sing? I have never heard
    any singer before that can sing so many genres- and nail
    each of them! From rock, to ballads, to soft, to EVEN
    COUNTRY ( I loved Ring of Fire). Every time I listen to the
    radio, and for each time a new song comes on, I say to
    my husband “I bet Adam could sing that better”,,, and I honestly
    believe he could! I wish I could hear him sing so many of the
    classics, he could make them sound better. How awesome would
    a Christmas song album be? I would play in my house on
    “REPEAT” all day long during the holidays. Can’t get enough,
    so obsessed with his voice, his looks, his charm, WOW!

  39. beautiful! thanks for posting! great skating, and adam’s voice is like angelic water…there were diva rumors of him lately so i am happy to read (again) what a nice guy he really it.

  40. “I Just Love You” by Five for Fighting is one of my favorite songs. I love the original but Adam’s version is beautiful in a different way. He can really make any song his own. I was wondering why he did that song. So, thank you for the story.

  41. If anyone knows where we can get a copy of this video or where we can get this song let us know please. Adam’s version is so beautiful he makes me cry.

    • Adam’s version of this song has been in youtube for a while now. Been listening to it everyday since i chanced upon it. I’d say it’s a lot better than the original. But that’s just my bias talking 🙂

  42. Adams talent is beyond words!

  43. Stephanie says:

    That is a beautiful song and I can’t imagine any other arrangement but that version we just heard. Adam really knows how to use his voice to get you to feel the meaning of any song.

  44. wow
    i just loved that!
    adam has the voice of christo!
    truly amazing!

  45. I can’t believe how good he is!!

  46. Touching, beautiful, haunting!

  47. lambertlady54 says:

    Omg, nick laroche came from gardner MA. i saw him there when he first started. I cannot believe that they know eachother!
    the song is amazing!!!!

  48. This ismy very favoriate song Adam did pre-Idol time, and I listened to to countless times on YouTube. Thank you for so much for the background story on the song!

    I wish they sell it on iTune store, too. Ther are so many fantastic songs Adam did but recorded poorly outside of studio, and I wish I put all of them re-recorded and sold on iTune. Actually, ithink there is enough to compile a CD already, if we they can manage to get the rights to them…

  49. Theresa says:


  50. tinyteena1 says:

    Cindy-doubt that Adam ever does a Christmas carol album-he is jewish.

  51. I love Adam singing that song and often went to Utube to hear him sing it so I’m happy to have it here on my favorite Adam Lambert Web site. I wish that single would get released because I think it could be a huge hit.

    • Lisette here..
      Thenks agan dreamsound for thes lovli article with Nick’s skating an anothre toching song..lyriques an Adam’s celestial voice sont superbe. An yes Tweeterpie in visite to utube actual had hearde thes songe with still photos of tresbeau Adam. Truly a favorite displays
      Adam’s abilitie to singe any genre as thes one display his gentle inflectiones in a romantique
      ballad. Agree wishe I can finde on Itune as someone else here mentioned.
      An being a grande iceskating fan was lovli to see Nick iceskatinge an Adam in confuse was he there or a tape audio? Anyway no mattre whet songe Adam recordes one is more exquisite then the othre! Thenks dreamsounde as it is wondreful to visite here an have more surprises with new videos,interviewe an articles of Adam’s..As aftre Idol I thout it can be so sad non to have Adam entertaine us evri weeke in l’grande way he hed all his costumes,artistique ambiance an diverse style of musique.Bonwishes an I’ll nevre tire to visite
      here..A belle tribute page for thes very gifted multitalented vocaliste/artiste as Adam an just he’ll be here for so many yers to come..Many blessings for Adam..he has beene a rai d’lit in ma life,truly an angel of musique! Luv et bisous Lisette!

  52. AdamAddict says:

    Adam’s voice is so beautiful! I wish I can sing like that but I can’t! Nick can skate beautifully! I wish I can but the 1st time I tried rollerblade,I fell very hard. I remembered I put the rollerblade on and stood up and then I saw ceiling…and my sisters faces staring at me! Yeah,you guys can laugh because I always laugh whenever I remebered it.Hurts as hell,I’m telling you! I got headache for a 2 weeks! Never touch shoes that slide anymore after that! So,basically I’m suck at singing and skating! LOL!! 🙂

  53. Just hauntingly beautiful! Adam never ceases to amaze me. Do we have any answers to whether ITunes will hook us up with it? Keep us posted. Love Ya Adam!

    • Panseyy says:

      I have not had a response to my request – wonder how iTunes goes about getting it for purchase? It would be a WIN WIN if they could make it available! iTunes DID manage to provide us with “Is anybody Listening”. Please iTunes!!

  54. Perfection. *LOVE*

  55. BEAUTIFUL!!!

    love the song and the video too. yes, itunes, get the song and the brigadoon song too.

  56. AdamLovingFreak says:

    All I can say is….ADAM IS SIMPLY THE BEST!


  58. Never really been into ice skating much, but Adam’s vocals on that track are truly amazing. They said they recorded it so I wonder if it is for sale someplace??? I would love to have Adam’s version of that song! However, I hope the majority of his songs on his album aren’t so tame!

  59. Gari Takes says:

    This is so classical, The skating and singing are phenomial. Two great performers complimenting each other. That will make your heart happy.

  60. Lee Meeker says:

    GREAT! I have heard many background singers for skaters, such as Andra Bucelli, Josh Grogan etc. but, I tell you, Adam’s singing is far better. Adam is just starting to show us what he can do. I am looking forward to his CD this fall,I’ll be first in line at the store, plus I already have my order in at Amazon!!!


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