Tuesday 27 September 2016

Bindi Irwin pays emotional tribute to late dad Steve on 'Dancing With The Stars'

Published 06/10/2015 | 14:37

Dancing With The Stars contestant Bindi Irwin welled up as she spoke about her famous father Steve, who was killed in 2006.

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The 17-year-old chose to perform to The Police track 'Every Breath You Take' in honour of her late dad, Steve Irwin aka 'The Crocodile Hunter'.

Steve and Bindi
Steve and Bindi

The teen impressed the judges as she received the first 'perfect 10' score of the season.

It was an emotional night for Bindi, as the theme was centred around "the most memorable year".

Steve and Bindi
Steve and Bindi

Bindi was just 8-years-old when her world-renowned dad was killed by a stingray in 2006.

"You know, it's been nine years, and I never really dwelled on that point — when he did pass away," she explained before her dance.

A 6-year-old Bindi helps dad take down a crocodile
A 6-year-old Bindi helps dad take down a crocodile

"I think that I'm kind of ready to tell that story."

"I can remember being little and thinking, 'The one thing I want to do is be just like dad when I grow up," she recalled. "And I still feel like that."

"It took a really long time to understand what actually happened," she said with tears in her eyes. "For the rest of my life, I'll kind of feel like he's going to come home."

"His spirit lives on," she concluded.

Bindi and Derek
Bindi and Derek

Bindi was visibly upset during rehearsals, but managed to wow judges during the live performance with her partner, Derek Hough.

The audience could be seen shedding tears as Bindi and Derek took to the floor for the contemporary dance.

"I wish he could fully understand how much he's done for me," Bindi said of her dad. "And that I miss him."

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