She did it! Glee's very own Amber Riley (Mercedes) is the official champion of Dancing With the Stars 2013! Amber was crowned the winner of Season 17 during the Tuesday night finale on November 26, 2013, beating our Jack Osbourne and Corbin Bleu to take home that coveted mirror ball trophy.
Amber has been dominating the competition all season long, earning continually high scores, despite a persistent knee injury that threatened to hold her down. The judges loved her energy, her passion, and how much fun she had with every dance. Oh, and the fact that her footwork was pretty much spot on probably didn't hurt, either. Amber was paired with dance pro Derek Hough, who has won plenty of seasons in the past. Plus, he's an Emmy-winning choreographer, so his routines were always top-notch.
The moment that Amber's win was announced, her Glee co-stars flooded Twitter with messages of congratulations. Many, close pal Kevin McHale (Artie) in particular, had been tweeting throughout the show: praising every high score and encouraging fans to vote for her.
Leading lady Lea Michele quickly took to Twitter after the show to send her congrats, as did Naya Rivera, Chord Overstreet, and almost every other core cast member on the show. Naturally, Chris Colfer, who (along with Kevin) has been one of Amber's most vocal supporters all season, sent out a message of congrats, as well. We've rounded up a list of who's said what. Take a look!