Curvy Cutie from Glee Amber Riley and her partner in dance Derek Hough are the season 17 winners of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.”Hough, no newbie to the mirrored ball with this being his fifth win, was none the less visibly happy with the outcome.The finale looked and felt like a homecoming. The finalists — Amber and Derek, Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff, and Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke — were joined by the eliminated cast members. Each ousted couple performed one of their most popular routines during the two-hour finale.As the show began, Hough stated,“It might not be about the highest scorers … it might not be about the dances at all,” he said. and he was right.
After she was announced as the winner, Riley said she wanted to be an inspiration to people of all sizes. Amber then thanked Hough for his support and encouragement, She also said that the show was instrumental in overcoming many fears.