She’s Ready For Her Close-up: Amber Riley Talks About ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Rehearsal

September 8, 2013  |  

If the cast is any indication, this season of Dancing With The Stars will be one of the best yet and Amber Riley is ready to go!

The former Glee cast member and singer was announced as part of the season 17 cast of DWTS and will be partnered up with four time mirror ball champion Derek Hough.  Her experience as an ensemble cast member works in her favor but  as she told PEOPLE, Amber says dancing as just a duo is quite different so she’s glad to be with Derek:

“When I found out he was the person I was going to be dancing with it boosted my confidence a little bit, so I’m really excited about it.  I’m used to having 11 other people around me camouflaging my bad dancing. Now it’s me and Derek.”

The other thing Amber seems to be excited about is the workout she’ll get by performing weekly. In case you haven’t noticed, Amber has been dropping a couple of pounds here and there already so the always intense rehearsal schedule will help her even more.

“The rehearsal schedule is grueling but I’ve been really enjoying the workout aspect of it. It’s four hours a day for six days a week.”

We’ll see if the first few weeks of practice pay off for Amber when Dancing With the Stars premieres on Monday, September 16th on ABC. Other celebrity dancers will include singer Christina Milian, former NFL player Keyshawn Johnson, and reality star Snookie.

Will you be watching?

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