For all the straight up weirdness that her family has surrounding it – and, let’s be real, there’s a bit – and for how oddly strange it always is to see a child so utterly media trained from such a young age, at her core Bindi Irwin will always be a young girl who tragically lost her father.
Speaking through the tears, Bindi admitted: ‘It took a really long time to understand what actually happened’. Carrie Ann Inaba praised Bindi for making every dance a “moment of her life”.
Bindi Irwin and Derek Hough just totally blew us away with their Dancing with the Stars tribute to Bindi’s dad, Steve Irwin, and there can not possibly be a dry eye left in America, or Australia, or anywhere, really.
Looking back over the past nine years, the emotional teen started by saying, ‘ What shaped me the most would probably be when my dad passed away.
“He was dancing with you every step of the way”, Judge Bruno Tonioli told Bindi after her performance.
The routine shot Irwin to the top of the DWTS leader board ahead of Nick Carter, who paid tribute to his years in the boy band Backstreet Boys.
She was awarded 28 points out of 30, including the first ideal score of the season, from the show’s judging panel. “I was very lucky in my childhood in that my dad and my mom nurtured my instincts with wildlife and I grew up to be the wildlife warrior that I am, and so I reckon Bindi is going to follow in my footsteps”.