Okay, so we’re more than a little devastated that Amber Riley (Mercedes) won’t appear much on Glee Season 5, with the exception of the upcoming Cory Monteith tribute. But the lack of Mercedes on Glee is almost acceptable, as it allows her to appear on the upcoming season of Dancing with the Stars. And it sounds like her Glee co-stars are sharing our excitement!

Amber was officially confirmed this week as a contestant on DWTS Season 17, which premieres on ABC on September 16. And she didn’t waste any time gathering her fanbase, as she tweeted out this call for votes on September 4:


Gotta love that glammed-out photo of her posing with hottie partner Derek Hough. Like, does Amber look amazing in that sequined dress or what?! And she let us know that she appreciates all the love she’s been getting on Twitter:

Derek himself got into the Twitter lovefest, tweeting this adorable message about their matching nicknames. Sounds like the chemistry between the two is already through the roof! Here’s what he wrote:

And while we can imagine her fellow Glee stars are bummed to not get to work with her much this season, they are definitely psyched to cheer on her fancy footwork. Here’s what her co-stars had to say about Amber’s new gig:

We love how supportive the Glee family is of each other’s various endeavors. And we can’t wait to see Amber on DWTS, since we think she has a real shot to make it to the end. After all, she’s shown off her capable dance moves on Glee, and singing stars have a strong track record on the show, including last season’s winner Kellie Pickler.

Long story short: You can guarantee that Amber has already got our vote! No offense, Bill Nye the Science Guy.

Sources: Amber’s Twitter, Amber’s Twitter, Derek’s Twitter, Naya’s Twitter


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