Rivera’s a “Survivor” on Glee…

It’s hard to believe Naya Rivera started her stint on Glee as a background actor/singer… She’s now one of the show’s brightest stars!

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The 24-year-old half-Puerto Rican actress has not only conquered Adele’s music and breathed new life into the role of West Side Story’s Anita, but now she’s taking on Beyonce and Gloria Gaynor in one fierce mash-up on Fox’s hit musical dramedy!

During next week’s episode, Rivera’s character Santana Lopez, who could soon be singing alongside Gloria Estefan, and her all-girl glee club The Troubletones perform a mix of two iconic anthems—Destiny’s Child’s “Survivor” and Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive”—as they gun for a big win at Sectionals.

There’s no denying Rivera, Amber Riley and the rest of the divalicious ladies give a rousing performance that could give them a win over their fellow McKinley High glee club, New Directions.

Don’t miss the Sectionals episode of Glee next Tuesday, December 6 at 8:00 pm ET/PT on Fox.

Pure Glee: Rivera’s “Anita” Performances…

Move over Chita Rivera, Rita Moreno and Karen Olivo… There’s a new “Anita” stealing the show in West Side Story… And her name is Naya Rivera.

During this week’s episode of Glee, the 24-year-old half-Puerto Rican actress’ character, Santana Lopez, starred as Anita in William McKinley High School’s production of the musical, West Side Story.

In the episode, Rivera was a showstopper as Anita, the scene-stealing role that landed Moreno an Academy Award and Olivo a Tony Award.

Rivera’s big performance of “America” was pure musical theater magic, while her duet of “A Boy Like That”/”I Have a Love” was a gem.

It’s no wonder why the ALMA Award-winning singer/actress—who signed a deal with Columbia Records to produce a solo album—has seen her stock rise on FOX’s hit musical comedy series. She’s gone from back-up singer and dancer to lead vocalist in more and more performances recently. Here’s hoping there’s plenty more to come!

This week’s episode is available for viewing on the Fox.com.