Amber Riley and Derek Hough

After 11 long weeks of grueling rehearsals, Amber Riley took home the mirror-ball trophy.

Derrick Bryson Taylor
Nov, 26, 2013

Tonight, former Glee star Amber Riley danced her way to victory on Dancing with the Stars.

After 11 weeks of grueling rehearsals and a chronic knee injury, Riley pushed through to the finish line. Riley and her dance partner, Derek Hough, earned a perfect score for their final three dances—including a very tricky fusion routine featuring the samba and quickstep.

With a bright smile and confetti floating through the air, Riley said, "I danced in this competition because I didn't know if I could do it… I want women of all sizes out there to know you can do whatever you put your mind to."

Corbin Bleu and Jack Osbourne earned second and third place respectively.

A few weeks ago, Riley told ESSENCE.com that if she won she'd do the following three things: Go to Hawaii, have a special YouStream for her fans and "chow down" because it's the week of Thanksgiving.

Congratulations to Amber Riley on her win!