Amber Riley became the winner of the eighth season of The Masked Singer on Wednesday night, making reality TV history. The actress made history by becoming the first celebrity to win both the singing competition and “Dancing with the Stars.” In 2013, she and her partner Derek Hough won the Mirrorball Trophy.
Amber Riley was revealed to be Harp, the season’s first performer and the last one standing. Throughout the weeks, she played Pink’s “Perfect,” Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing,” “Thank You For Being a Friend” from “The Golden Girls,” Lizzo’s “About Damn Time,” Lady Gaga’s “The Edge of Glory,” and John Mayer’s “Gravity.” In the finale, she defeated the Lambs, who were revealed to be the singing trio Wilson Phillips.
Riley told “The Masked Singer” host Nick Cannon after her win, “This has been such an amazing experience.” “To be able to come out here and be completely covered and let my talent speak for itself is a dream come true.” And my love for people, and my desire for people to heal and feel what I’m singing. So I hope everyone felt my soul because I bared it here on stage.”
This year, Wayne Brady was vying for the same honor. After winning “The Masked Singer” as Fox in Season 2, he and partner Witney Carson made it all the way to the “Dancing With the Stars” finale this year. The pair finished third, trailing winner Charli D’Amilio (with Mark Ballas) and runner-up Gabby Windey (with Val Chmerkovskiy).
Although no one had ever won both shows before Riley, a select few had claimed victory in one but failed to close the deal in the other. Rumer Willis and Val Chmerkovskiy won the Season 20 Mirrorball Trophy, but she was eliminated after her semifinal performance as Lion in the first season of “The Masked Singer.” Donny Osmond won Season 9 of “DWTS” with partner Kym Johnson, but fell short of winning Season 1 of “The Masked Singer” as Peacock. He came in second place to Monster (T-Pain).
Nick Lachey won the Golden Mask as Piglet on Season 5 of “The Masked Singer,” but he struggled on “DWTS,” finishing ninth on Season 25. There are no other winners from one show who competed on the other, but there are a couple of intriguing relationships. Teyana Taylor, who won “The Masked Singer” Season 7 as Firefly, is married to “DWTS” Season 30 winner Iman Shumpert. Scherzinger won “DWTS” Season 10 and has been a panelist on “The Masked Singer” for all eight seasons.
Amber Riley Personal Information:
Amber Patrice Riley (born February 15, 1986) is an American actress and singer who goes by the moniker RILEY. She is best known for her role as Mercedes Jones on the Fox comedy-drama Glee (2009–2015). She and the rest of the cast won a Screen Actors Guild Award for their work on the show, and they were nominated for three Teen Choice Awards, three NAACP Image Awards, and a Grammy Award.
Amber Patrice Riley
February 15, 1986
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Amber Riley Engaged
Amber Riley was engaged to Desean Black, but she later announced that she had broken off her engagement with him. During an episode of the Nice & Neat podcast, the 36-year-old former Glee star opened up about her breakup.
Amber Riley Net Worth:
Amber Riley aka Amber Patrice Riley is an American actress and singer. As of 2022, Amber Riley’s net worth is $2 million
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Amber Riley Early Life:
Amber Riley was born in Los Angeles County, California, to a woman named Hightower. Toiya and Ashley are her two older sisters. Riley auditioned for American Idol when she was 17 years old during the show’s second season, but the producers turned her down. In 2004, she graduated from La Mirada High School in La Mirada, California.
Amber Riley Career:
Riley auditioned for American Idol at the age of seventeen but did not advance past the producers.
She tried out for the role of Effie White in the 2006 film Dreamgirls, but Jennifer Hudson was chosen instead.
Riley was cast as Mercedes Jones in 2008 and appeared on Glee from 2009 to 2012. Her role was reduced to that of a guest star after that.
Riley was cast in NBC’s upcoming live-action remake of The Wiz, titled “The Wiz Live,” in August 2015. She played Addaperle, the Good Witch of the North, in the episode, which aired on December 3rd.
Riley played Jackie Turner in UP’s television movie musical My One Christmas Wish, which is based on Turner’s true story.
Riley was a judge on BBC One’s musical theatre talent show Let It Shine in 2017.
Riley began filming for Tyler Perry’s Nobody’s Fool on April 4, 2018. Filming lasted until April 20, 2018. Riley has long wanted to collaborate with Perry. Riley stated during an interview with AOL Build: “It was fantastic. Tyler was in the bullseye of my dream book. I write a dream book at the end of the year, and he was in the bullseye on the page. I was desperate to collaborate with him. And I got the audition in January, and then I booked it, and I was like, ‘Wow, that was fast God, thanks!’… I had to bring my A Game, and I had so much fun. Everyone was just inviting… It was a dream come true. I nailed it.” The film grossed $33.5 million at the box office.
Amber Riley Music
Amber Riley first single was called “Colorblind.” It first aired live on The Queen Latifah Show on April 3, 2014. The song was written by Emeli Sandé, Claude Kelly, and Steve Mac. Riley later performed the song on Glee in an episode called Bash (Season Five, Episode Fifteen).
Amber Riley Dancing with the Stars
Amber Riley won the seventeenth season of ABC’s dance competition Dancing with the Stars in 2013. She was paired with Derek Hough, the show’s only six-time champion. Riley and Hough tied for the highest first-week score of 27, received 5 perfect scores of 30, and only once received a score lower than 8. Riley is the first African-American woman to be crowned the winner of Dancing With the Stars.
Amber Riley stage
Riley made her New York stage debut in an off-Broadway production of Cotton Club Parade in 2012.
Riley debuted in ‘Hair the Musical’ on August 1, 2014, alongside friend and Glee co-star Jenna Ushkowitz. The production, directed by Adam Shankman, was shown at the Hollywood Bowl.
Riley was announced as Effie White in the West End production of Dreamgirls at the Savoy Theatre on February 5, 2016. Riley won the 2017 Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance as Effie. Her time with the show lasted from December 2016 to November 18th, 2017.
Amber performed at the 2018 National Geographic Awards on June 14, 2018 at GWU Lisner Auditorium in Washington, DC.