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    Posted: 27 Nov 2013 at 09:59

'Women of all sizes can do whatever they put their minds to': Pure Glee as Amber Riley wins Dancing With The Stars

By Daily Mail Reporter

PUBLISHED: 04:54, 27 November 2013 | UPDATED: 09:03, 27 November 2013

She's not stick thin or blonde like the previous champ Kellie Pickler - but that didn't stop Amber Riley winning Dancing With The Stars.

Holding the coveted mirror ball trophy aloft, the Glee star gave an emotional shout-out to ladies of all creeds, colours and body shapes.

'I want to let women of all sizes out there know that you can do whatever you put your mind to,' bellowed the actress who has gained the highest cumulative score of any contestant this season.

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Jumping for joy: Amber Riley let out a yell as it was announced she was the new Dancing With The Stars champion


Overjoyed: Amber Riley and Derek Hough celebrated after being crowned season 17 champions of Dancing With The Stars on Tuesday

'It doesn't matter what size you are, what colour you are…you can do whatever, whatever, whatever, you put your mind to,' shouted Riley, 27, who has been impressing fans and judges all season with her hard-working tenacity, flexibility and rhythm.

After achieving two perfect scores on Monday, Riley sealed the deal with another flawless 30 after a 'fusion dance' with her Emmy-winning partner Derek Hough.

Her samba and quickstep blend to Jackie Wilson's (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher And Higher had the judges on their feet.


She's thrilled: Amber clutched the Mirror Ball Trophy as confettie fell


Tense: The three couples listened intently as they waited to discover who had carried the day


Making it all worthwhile: Derek had danced through the pain barrier and was now champion once more


Champions: After achieving two perfect scores on Monday, Riley sealed the deal with another flawless 30 after a 'fusion dance' with her Emmy-winning partner Derek


Inspiration: 'It doesn't matter what size you are, what colour you are…you can do whatever, whatever, whatever, you put your mind to,' shouted Riley


In shock: Amber couldn't believe she had snapped up the coveted mirror ball trophy ahead of Jack Osbourne and Corbin Bleu

'This is supposed to be fusion but you guys just invented a whole new dance. You seamlessly and effortlessly went back and forth between the two styles,' praised Carrie Ann Inaba while Len Goodman called them 'bedazzling'.

'You, my little sausage, are a fantastic dancer,' the British expert told Riley, while her family sobbed with happiness in the audience.

'I counted every beat, and you did not put a foot wrong…incredible,' said flamboyant judge Bruno Tonioli.


Ecstatic: Amber celebrated with the judges and host Brooke Burke Charvet following her win


Flying high: Amber celebrated her win with her former competitors surrounding her


Affectionate: Amber and Derek have bonded throughout their time on the show together


Fancy footwork: In the last element of competition, the couples performed a new routine as part of a 24 Hour Fusion Challenge


Body confident: Amber thanks to her hours of dancing for the competition and looked fit and toned during the finale

Before her triumph the singer/philanthropist had been bawling her eyes out backstage.

'I'm a stronger person than I thought I was...and I can do things I never thought I could,' she blubbered.

Riley's victory left Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff in second place and Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke in third.  


Pure Glee: Amber Riley was crowned the winner of the 17th season of Dancing With The Stars on Tuesday


In shock! The Glee star couldn't believe she had been awarded the trophy, ahead of competitors Corbin Bleu and Jack Osbourne


Victorious: Amber held the mirror ball trophy aloft as she celebrated with her dance partner Derek Hough


Joyful: Amber was so overcome with emotion she spontaneously swept Derek off his feet, leaving the professional dancer looking shocked

'I've learned I'm definitely not a better dancer than my sister…we now tie,' joked Osbourne, while pointing to his 'Fashion Police' sibling Kelly in the front row.

Cheered on by his mother Sharon, the multiple sclerosis sufferer was resigned to his loss: 'I thought I was going to be out in week five and here I am in third place.

'I'll take that,' smiled the 28-year-old TV presenter, whose father is 'Prince of Darkness' Ozzy.


Tense: Amber and Derek were tense as they waited for the final results to be read out


Sweet relief: While Amber battled injury throughout the competition, she eventually emerged victorious and couldn't have been more delighted


Who cares about playing it cool: Derek and Amber couldn't contain their joy and relief as they were announced the winners of the 17th season of Dancing With The Stars on Tuesday


Never let go: Amber clutched tightly to her trophy following her triumphant win

The youngest contestant High School Musical star Corbin Bleu, 24, took defeat like a man.

'I've achieved everything I wanted and more,' he gushed while hugging his partner tightly.

Riley's win was preceded by two hours of spandex-stretching medleys from previous contestants, judges and resident dance troupes.


The winning moves: Amber and Derek showed off the dance moves that made them champions as they took to the stage in front of an enthusiastic audience


Fierce: Amber strutted her stuff, assisted by Derek, as she took to the dancefloor during Tuesday's finale


Flawless: 'I counted every beat, and you did not put a foot wrong…incredible,' said flamboyant judge Bruno Tonioli

Eliminated in week seven pint-sized Jersey Shore girl Snooki kicked her heals for a cheerleader-themed hop with her partner Sasha Farber.

Spanish heartthrob Enrique Iglesias put on an imposing a laser show for his synthpop-anthem Heart Attack.

After a public vote on Twitter Riley and Hough were asked to repeat their raunchy Country and Western freestyle from Monday's show.


No hard feelings: The duo were cheered on by their competitors who all looked delighted for them


On top of the world: Amber was hoisted on to the shoulders of some backing dancers as she celebrated her win

Norwegian comedy two-piece Ylvis played their infuriatingly ubiquitous Internet hit The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?). Dressed in bizarre furry suits the contestants flipped onto the stage to take part in the somewhat hallucinogenic spectacle. 

'I was not expecting to be dressed in a full fox onesie,' joked Bleu, who has been topless for several of his dances in the last 11 weeks.

Platinum country pop trio Lady Antebellum dropped by to strum their banjo-heavy single Compass. 


Emotional: Amber got emotional as she talked about her experiences on the show


In raptures: The judging panel of Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli couldn't contain their enthusiasm for the performances of Amber and Derek


Emotional: Things all got a bit too much for Amber earlier and she needed a hug from her partner during rehearsals


Hard work: Hours of hard work went into helping Amber and Derek take home the mirror ball trophy

Innumerable recaps of the 17th Season filled the two-hour show - including a generous montage of fan favourite Bill Nye (The Science Guy) who was eliminated in week three.

Now recovered from injury the 57-year-old mechanical engineer and TV educator executed a dramatic dance – with a little help from a gymnastic stunt double.

Week Five reject Christina Milian danced a gothic-themed tango with Pretty Little Liars actor Brant Daugherty and their partners Peta Murgatroyd and Mark Ballas.


Bittersweet: Corbin Bleu and his professional dance partner Karina Smirnoff congratulated Amber and Derek on their victory


It's all over: Corbn and Karina were determined to look be happy for the winners despite losing out

Scientology defector Leah Remini dressed in scarlet lace for a final foray with her partner Tony Dovolani.

Eliminated in fourth place, comic Bill Engvall was back again for a festive Cuban number with his British mentor Emma Slater.

Last came the final dance offs for the top three contestants. Given less than 24 hours to perfect their moves for the 'fusion round' the remaining couples were under extra pressure.


Big success: All of the couples were invited back to take part in the thrilling series finale


Upset: Karina couldn't hide the tears despite receiving a smooch from hunky Corbin


Positive: Corbin insisted 'I've achieved everything I wanted and more' after his narrow defeat


Smitten: Corbin appeared quite taken with Karina who is 11 years his senior

Combining a fluid foxtrot with a stoically rhythmical cha cha Bleu and Smirnoff were trying 'not to gyrate too much'.

'Len doesn't like gyrating,' joked Bleu in rehearsals. 

After a smooth start, and Bleu ripping his shirt open, the ending of their routine drifted into confusion.


Beaten but unbowed: Jack Osbourne's family seemed thrilled their boy had made it so far


Support: Jack Osbourne was supported by his sister Kelly, mother Sharon and wife Lisa as he competed in the SWTS finale


Disappointed: Jack hid his disappointment well as he and Cheryl Burke discovered they placed third

'I got lost in the moment with Karina and forgot what I was doing,' admitted Bleu, who appears to have developed a little crush on his sexy partner, who is 11 years his senior.

Goodman accused Bleu of 'messing up a little bit' in the cha cha while praising him for the gliding foxtrot at the start.

'It was one of your best foxtrots but you lost it on the cha cha,' agreed Inaba who gave them a nine.


Proud: Sharon and Lisa gave Jack a well deserved hug as he finished third


Unexpected: Jack admitted he thought he would be eliminated in the fifth week and was shocked to be in the final


Brave: The MS sufferer made it to the final three in the 17th season of DWTS


Competition: 'I've learned I’m definitely not a better dancer than my sister…we now tie,' joked Osbourne, in reference to Kelly who came third in 2009

With two other nines their total score was 27.

Fusing a salsa with a paso doble it was Jack Osbourne's first ever attempt at salsa.

The rehearsal was filled with laughs, swearing and camaraderie: 'Just like every other day,' he joked, while calling his partner 'a great friend'.


Third place: Jack and Cheryl's efforts saw them finish in third place behind Amber and Corbin


Close family: While Jack's daughter Pearl was too young to attend, the other main women in his life were all at the final to cheer him on


Emotional: Sharon Osbourne couldn't control herself as she cheered Jack on

'She's like family to me now,' said the Adrenaline Junkie host.

Wearing glitter and red Osbourne's bottom-spanking routine incorporated some flamboyant twists and holds.

'I didn't know you could be so tough…yet so playful and cheeky,' cheered Tonioli.


Joyous: The former contestants who were all voted off earlier this season showed their joy at Amber's win

Inaba called him 'a hair flat-footed on the salsa'.

'Until last night I thought salsa was something you ate,' he laughed.

Goodman said he had gained 'the most pleasure' from watching Osbourne this season.


Dirty joke: Before her final dance potty-mouthed mum-of-one Snooki couldn't help but crack a dirty joke with statuesque host Brooke Burke-Charvet


All grown up: Snooki joked, 'I'm still a hot mess but I'm like a mom hot mess not that college party girl anymore'


Work it: Jersey Shore star Snooki took to the floor for one final dance

'The others have climbed a hill but you've climbed a mountain,' he added, noting the other dancers' advantage over the M.S. patient.

Three nines gave them 27 points.

Valerie Harper was 'supposed to be dead in March' from brain cancer but she returned to the ballroom for another knees up with her partner Tristan MacManus.  


Final foray: Scientology defector Leah Remini dressed in scarlet lace for a final foray with her partner Tony Dovolani


Memorable: Leah and Tony put on a showstopping performance for their final dance


He's back: Bill Engvall was back again for a festive Cuban number with his British mentor Emma Slater


So close: Fourth place finishers Bill and Emma narrowly missed out on a place in the final


Comeback kid: Bill Nye made a comeback to perform with Tyne Stecklein despite his previous injury

'I'm looking at extending my life, we all should be just living every day,' said The Mary Tyler Moore actress, 74.

The Rhoda star swirled to a live performance of Wonderful World from two-time Grammy winner Colbie Caillat.

Glittering on a podium Caillat, 28, later sang her emotional single Hold On.


All that glitters: Elizabeth Berkley glittered in a sparkly dress as she took to the stage one final time


No chance: Despite their skills, the couple were eliminated early in the competition


Triumphant: Valerie Harper was 'supposed to be dead in March' from brain cancer but she returned to the ballroom for another knees up with her partner Tristan MacManus


Looking forward: 'I'm looking at extending my life, we all should be just living every day,' said The Mary Tyler Moore actress, 74

Before her final dance potty-mouthed mum-of-one Snooki couldn't help but crack a dirty joke with statuesque host Brooke Burke-Charvet.

'I've missed your boobs and your body,' she told the presenter, who has recently recovered from thyroid cancer.

'I'm still a hot mess but I'm like a mom hot mess not that college party girl anymore,' said the 26-year-old before embarking on a final routine with four male dance pros.


Country strong: Platinum country pop trio Lady Antebellum dropped by to strum their banjo-heavy single Compass


Spanish heartthrob:  Enrique Iglesias put on an imposing a laser show for his synthpop-anthem Heart Attack

Find this story at www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2514200/Pure-Glee-Amber-Riley-wins-Dancing-With-The-Stars.html

Published by Associated Newspapers Ltd

Part of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday & Metro Media Group

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