Ellen Degeneres Show

Derek Hough Plays Heads Up with Amber

Derek Hough and Amber Riley Have Fun on Ellen

In the middle of a long promotional tour for DWTS and Glee Amber Riley has a moment of laughter. The actress turned Broadway star has been rehearsing 3 days a week for Dancing With The Stars and just finished filming 7 episodes of Glee. Lawd how does her hair stay in place. But she is holding it all together and Ellen gives her a break. She and her partner Derek Hough play Heads Up. Take a look at the cute video above the jump and vote for Amber on DWTS season 17.

Amber Cried During Monteith Tribute

Amber Discusses Cory Monteith Tribute


Amber Riley makes a quick stop on the Ellen Degeneres show letting the world know about her upcoming stint on Dancing With The Stars. She also is in LA filming scenes for Glee season 5. The actress discussed her Cory Monteith tribute. She sings a solo and claims it was an emotional performance. Although the cast is still in mourning it was a therapeutic moment for her and everyone else.

Glee returns to the tele September 26th. But the Monteith tribute will not air until episode three. It follows a two part Beatles tribute that was filmed before the stars passing.

We can expect Amber to give a soulful performance.

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Glee Season 5 Promo

Glee Season 5 Promo – Beatles Tribute

Amber Riley and Glee cast in season 5 premiereGlee alum Amber Riley returns after her character Mercedes Jones graduated in season 3. On the season 5 premiere which airs September 26th on Fox Amber and the rest of the cast including Darren Criss and Lea Michele give a rousing tribute to the greatest band of all time the Beatles. The cast will be signing a medley of their biggest hits along with dance routines and choreography woven into the story line. The outfits are similar to the Beatles Sgt. Pepper era.

Amber RileyIn this 30 second clip released today fans finally get to see what’s next for the series. Glee was picked up for 2 more season by Fox earlier this year. There is also another clip released with the stars talking about this season. They return with their best secret weapon the Beatles catalog. The episode will be a two parter before the memorial episode dedicated to late Glee star Cory Monteith.

It seems September will be a busy month for Riley who is not only in Glee but Dancing With The Stars.

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Amber Riley at Fashion Week

Amber Riley at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week

Amber+Riley+MBFW+Samsung+Galaxy+Blue+Room+QvKoPWcza0wlGlee actress, gospel singer, Broadway star and now Dancing With The Stars contestant Amber Riley is making her rounds this week. She recently promoted her new role on Dancing With The Stars and is looking absolutely beautiful at New York’s Fashion. One of the most epic moments of the year in fashion Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, which highlights the best in American fashion brings out all the celebrities and fashion elite.

Riley appeared front row at the Tadashi Shoji show sitting next to model Jessica White and Alyssa Milano. She was also seen with former America’s Next Top Model mentor Misses J.

Riley of course looked absolutely beautiful wearing one of his creations. She stepped on the red carpet wearing a black dress with sheer lines going horizontal on the top and vertical down the bottom.

 

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Amber Riley Getting In Shape for Dancing With The Stars

Amber Riley Losing Weight for DWTS

Derek Hough Amber RileyIt was revealed earlier this week Amber Riley was joining the season 17 cast of Dancing With The Stars. The former Glee actress is preparing for her big gig by getting in shape. She told Access Hollywood that she’s very nervous. Her dance partner Derek Hough who was broke records becoming the first and only choreographer to win 4 season of the series feels confident with the actress and is excited about their performance. It’s her charisma he says that has added a lot of energy to their routine. Amber has been preparing for her debut by getting physical in shape.

“This year, I completely changed my eating habits because of health issues that I had previously…But I guess it was preparation for this. Maybe God knew I was going to do [‘DWTS’] and then had me change my eating habits and work out more!”

Amber Riley on Glee

Glee promo photo

But she says that the main driving force behind her losing weight came from her young glee fans. Glee is going into it’s 5th season and has become a breakout hit on FOX.

“I really do want to put my money where my mouth is. I’m supposed to be like a role model, I want to take care of my insides as well as my outside, So, this was encouraging for me to get my body moving and just get healthy. I feel strong. I really do. It’s been an experience, a great one.”

Those same fans have already noticed a difference after Riley posed for Essence magazine this year looking trim and absolutely gorgeous. Her hard work and motivation seems to be rubbing off on her partner Hough who mentioned she is inspiring him.

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Amber Riley Dancing With The Stars Cast

Amber Riley Dancing With the Stars

Derek Hough Amber RileyThe beautiful and talented Amer Riley gets cast in season 17 of the long running hit series Dancing With The Stars. Now in it’s 17th season it seems the show is not slowing down. With ratings topping over 12 million per episode celebrities are flocking to be apart of this huge publicity boost. The cast including Snooki, Valerie Harper and Jack Osbourne was announced Wednesday. She is teaming up with Derek Hough who is the series veteran. In an interview with E! he explained how excited he is to work with her and how much energy they have for their first performance.

Our girl Amber is in good hands with Derek who has a long extensive career in competitive dancing since he was 8 years old. He has earned five creative primetime Emmy awards for his work on the series. Hough has worked with Lil Kim, Shannon Elizabeth, Shawn Johnson, Nicole Scherzinger and most recently Kelli Pickler. During his tenure on the series Derek has won 4 mirror ball trophies becoming the only choreographer to ever do so. So Amber will definitely be in good hands and has a great chance of winning.

Riley is looking forward to the first dance but dreading the judges comments. They have been rehearsing for almost a month but feel prepared. Derek also talked about Riley’s charisma which should work in their routines.

Amber Riley Coaching Summer Camp

Amber Coaches at Summer Camp

Amber Riley with Fans

Amber hugs students and fans

The lovely Amber Riley took a break out of her busy schedule to mentor students at a summer camp in Michigan. The program is called “Broadway Break Thru Summer Intensive” at Ellington Academy of Arts and Technology in Grand Rapids. Riley made a surprise appearance greeting the students who are also fans of her work on Glee and Broadway. She gave a little advice and explained her story of how she entered the entertainment business. We all know about her struggles being an African American woman and her weight. It all put a burden on her being offered only roles to play sad and depressed characters struggling with those very things that make her who she is. But as Riley explained again and again she refuses to play a character that doesn’t love herself. She is wise and strong which has helped the 27 year old getting the role of a lifetime on Glee.

Amber Riley Glee Star mentors studentsRiley appeared as a mentor and coach for the students of the week-long intensive instruction. Up to 75 people were also able to purchase “celebrity day passes” to attend Riley’s Master Class where she was available for pictures and autographs. She gave the students a treat as well singing acapella. her vocal range is absolutely magnificent.

Source: Michigan Local News