‘Dancing With the Stars’ recap: Season 17 ep. 1

    Amber Riley blew the competition away on the season 17 premiere of “Dancing With the Stars.”

    Couple: Amber Riley and Derek Hough

    Dance: Cha Cha
    Score: 27

    While most stars don’t find their groove until a few episodes into the competition, Amber has already gotten well acquainted with her inner ballroom dancer. A lot of that could have to do with the fact that being on “Dancing With the Stars” is the opportunity of a lifetime for the “Glee” star.

    “Dancing for me is like a dream deferred,” Amber told her partner Derek Hough. “For me, coming up, it was either singing or dancing. We couldn’t afford both, so I never really, like, seriously tried to do it.”

    Now that she does have an opportunity to get in the groove, she wants to show women everywhere what she can really do. And she hopes to inspire other girls with a little extra cushion to do the same!

    “I’m a big girl. I’m not small, but I think it would be good for young girls to see somebody my size actually, actively trying to dance and throwing this weight around.”

    With her co-stars from “Glee” in the house, Amber turned out a Cha Cha that had snap, attitude and precision. It was everything Cha Cha should be and her skills in the ballroom sent the audience and the judges into a tizzy. With a score of 27, she took the #1 spot on last night’s premiere rankings!

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