Glee's Amber Riley Fights Through the Pain to Win Dancing With the Stars

November 27, 2013 2:02 PM

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Even her battered knees couldn't stop her from waltzing away with the trophy. Amber Riley and her pro partner, Derek Hough, beat out Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff to win Season 17 of Dancing With the Stars Tuesday night. "I definitely feel beaten down right now," Riley says with a laugh. The Glee star, 27, who has been plagued with knee injuries all season, is looking forward to giving her whole body a rest — probably in Hawaii. "I've always wanted to go there," she says.

But not before taking her victory lap in Los Angeles and New York with the Mirror Ball trophy. "There were times when I could've quit," she says. "I could've come back from the doctor's office and said, 'This is what he said that it is.' But I tried to find every solution that I could. I had needles...

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