The Masked Singer US: Glees Amber Riley makes TV history with victory in season 8

Amber Riley made TV history with her win The Masked Singer season eight.

Riley – best known for her recurring role as Mercedes on creator Ryan Murphy’s series – appears during the finale of the US version of the celebrity singing series on Wednesday night (November 30). joywalked away victorious.

After the top-secret 12-week singing competition, the 36-year-old actor, dressed as a shimmering gold harp, was the last standing contestant to unmask.

Riley’s latest triumph marks her second major win in a TV reality show competition. In 2013, she and dance partner Derek Hough took home the coveted Mirror Ball trophy Dancing with the stars season 17

Other celebrities, including Gladys Knight and Margaret Cho, have attempted both competitions, but Riley is the only one to ever double.

Even though The Masked Singer Season Two Winner, Wayne Brady (How I met your mother), came close when he made it to the Dancing with the stars He placed third in the season 31 finale.

“It was such an amazing experience,” Riley said after her award-winning performance of Lady Gaga’s “The Edge of Glory,” a song she previously covered in season four of Joy.

“Just to come out here and be completely covered and let my talent speak for itself. And the love I have for people and wanting people to heal and feel what I’m singing,” she added.

“So I hope everyone felt my soul because I bare it here on this stage.”

along her Masked Singer Riley also performed Pink’s “Perfect,” Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing,” Lizzo’s “About Damn Time,” and John Mayer’s “Gravity.”

This season had 22 participants, the most of any previous season. In second place was pop trio Wilson Phillips, followed by earlier eliminations of comedian Nikki Glaser, singer Ray Parker Jr. The exorcist’s Linda Blair, comedian Adam Carolla, professional wrestler Chris Jericho, singer George Clinton, retired boxer George Foreman, NFL player Le’Veon Bell, actor Joey Lawrence and actress Kat Graham.

Along with the first half of the season’s eliminations: talk show host Jerry Springer, singer Gloria Gaynor, Sex and the City Mario Cantone, TV personality Daymond John, The Brady Bund Stars Mike Lookinland, Barry Williams and Christopher Knight, singers Montell Jordan, ventriloquist Jeff Dunham, singer Chris Kirkpatrick, comedian Eric Idle and actor William Shatner.

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JOE HERNANDEZ

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