Let’s cut right to the chase: Amber Riley is Kicking Ass on Dancing with the Stars. Here’s an insider view on Parade.com from Amber’s experience:
Amber Riley rose to fame playing diva-in-training Mercedes Jones on Glee. Now, she’s taking her performing career to the next level as a contestant on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars! Alongside pro dancer Derek Hough, the show’s only four-time champion, Riley will put her cha-cha, jive, and samba skills to the test.
Every week this season, Riley is blogging for Parade.com about her insider’s take on the drama before and after each performance. Read her blog every week at Parade.com/dwts.
Doing two routines this week was a lot of work! I don’t think I’ve ever been as nervous as I was yesterday on the show.
The quickstep was definitely more challenging than the salsa. The ballroom dances in general are more difficult for newcomers because there’s a specific hold that doesn’t come naturally to someone who doesn’t do it every day.
The salsa was so much fun! I had a great time in rehearsal with Mark and Derek. They’re definitely like brothers, so it was fun to see them interact and choreograph and fuss at one another—you know how brothers are! And the creativity in that …. READ MORE