She can sing, act and let’s now add ‘dance!’
“Glee” star Amber Riley and her partner Derek Hough have officially won the coveted “Dancing With The Stars” championship trophy on Tuesday night.. beating out Corbin Bleu and Jack Osburne for the title.
27-year-old actress, who danced off her ass off for 12 weeks and suffering from a knee injury, revealed that the competition has done wonders for her body as she is now in much better shape:
“I’m a lot stronger,” she said. “I have muscles and aches in places I didn’t know existed. My clothes definitely fit differently. I feel better as a person. My energy is better,” she told People’s Magazine.
But when she initially signed on to do the show, Amber said that she didn’t think she was ever going to win:
“At the beginning, I didn’t think I was going to win,” she told reporters. “When we first started, that wasn’t the goal. It really wasn’t. I was like, ‘Okay, well, you know, it’ll be great exercise – it’s going to be fun. I’m going to learn dances because I love dancing and maybe I’ll look like a dancer and experience something new.'”
Now that she has a shiny disco ball souvenir in her possession, Riley, who plans to use the award as “a centerpiece at Thanksgiving,” is “looking forward to sleep because I haven’t slept in two months.”
She also thanked her dance partner, Derek, who is making a name for himself in the competition for winning DWTS two times in a row. Last year, Derek was paired up with country star Kellie Pickler, and both took home the trophy for Dancing with the Stars 16th season.
Here’s her message to the audience:
“I want to let women of all sizes out there know… you can do whatever you put your mind to!”
She added: “I’m so grateful to know that I can be someone who young girls can look at, as a big girl in a dancing dress, moving like there’s no tomorrow, showing everyone out there that passion can do everything.”
Amber’s presence on season 17th has helped to boost the show’s ratings by 17 percent, according to USA Today.
Check out the tweets from her ‘Glee’ co-stars below:
Congrats to you Amber on a job well done!