Amber Riley took dwelling the Golden Mask trophy on Nov. 30, turning into the primary movie star to win each “The Masked Singer” and “Dancing With the Stars.” For the embellished musician and Broadway actor, profitable “The Masked Singer” is simply additional proof that her onstage abilities run the gamut. Back in 2013, she was topped the winner of “DWTS” season 17.
“I hope everyone felt my soul, as a result of I bared it proper right here on this stage.”
“This has been such an incredible expertise simply to have the ability to come out right here and be utterly lined and let my expertise converse for itself,” the season eight winner instructed the viewers after she was unmasked on Nov. 30. “And the love that I’ve for folks and wanting folks to heal and really feel what it’s that I’m saying. So I hope everyone felt my soul, as a result of I bared it proper right here on this stage.”
Riley secured her win with highly effective renditions of “The Edge of Glory” by Lady Gaga and “Gravity” by John Mayer. “You’re actually among the finest that has ever graced our stage,” decide Nicole Scherzinger mentioned following the performances. In response, Riley instructed the judging panel, “It feels so superb. I’m so excited.” She continued, “It simply means quite a bit to be validated. I’ve been by way of quite a bit on this business, and typically you overlook who you might be and typically you want folks to remind you.” Previously, she wowed the judges with profitable performances of “Perfect” by P!nk, “I Have Nothing” by Whitney Houston, and the “Golden Girls” theme track, “Thank You For Being a Friend.”
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As Mercedes Jones on “Glee” from 2009 to 2015, her breakout performing function, Riley blew viewers away together with her beautiful vocals. In 2013, the proficient actor and singer showcased her dancing abilities on season 17 of “Dancing With the Stars” alongside her dance associate, Derek Hough, the present’s six-time champion. On Nov. 26, 2013, Riley took dwelling the Mirrorball trophy, making her the primary Black lady to win the dance competitors.
Following her historic victory, Riley went on to allure audiences on Broadway as Dionne in “Hair” (2014), Effie White in “Dreamgirls” (2016–2017), and Audrey II in “Little Shop of Horrors” (2019). For her onstage performances in “Dreamgirls,” Riley obtained a Laurence Olivier award for finest actress in a musical. In 2020, she additionally launched her EP, “Riley,” which received her a Classic Brit award for album of the yr in 2018.
Closing out the ultimate episode of “The Masked Singer” season eight, Riley left followers with one piece of recommendation: “Whatever it’s that you really want on this life, go after it,” she mentioned. “It could also be onerous, it might be a rocky journey, however on the finish of that journey it’s going to completely and utterly be price it, so maintain going.”
After singing, dancing, and performing her approach to the highest, there is not any telling what unbelievable expertise Riley will mesmerize us with subsequent. See all of her performances from “The Masked Singer” and the second she was unmasked forward.