Dancing with the Stars season 21 first episode opened on Monday, September 14, with the biggest production number on the famous Hollywood Boulevard.
This season has 13 celebrities vying for the Mirrorball trophy of the Emmy award-winning “Dancing with the Stars.” Judges for this season include dancer/choreographers Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli as well as 2-time Mirrorball champion Julianne Hough.
The thirteen performances presented for the night ended with a tie between “Backstreet Boy” Nick Carter and “The Jungle Girl” Bindi Irwin. Nick Carter and Sharna Burgess danced the Cha Cha while Bindi Irwin and Derek Hough performed an energetic Jive to Elton John’s Crocodile Rock. The judges gave them both 24 points out of 30 points.
According to CNN, Irwin dedicated her performance to her late father Steve Irwin, who died from a stingray bite on his TV show.
Seventeen-year-old Bindi Irwin is an award-winning celebrity who shares her father’s passion for wildlife and conservation, according to Australia Zoo. She is the daughter of Steve and Terri Irwin, both wildlife conservationists.
At a young age of 9, Bindi had guested on several American shows such as “Oprah,” “Larry King Live,” “The Late Show with David Letterman,” and “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”
After the death of her famous father, Bindi had her own TV show “Bindi: The Jungle Girl” which earned an Emmy in 2008. She also launched her clothing line Bindi Wear International in the same year in Las Vegas and received two Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards, Biggest Greenie and Fave Aussie.
Both Bindi and brother, Robert Irwin, “were awarded the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Award for Biggest Greenies in 2009,” wrote Australia Zoo.
Bindi got the lead role in the movie, “Free Willy: Escape from Pirate’s Cove,” in 2010 and starred in “Return to Nim’s Island,” which was released on 2013. She also co-created the book series “Bindi Wildlife Adventures” which had been distributed in Australia and New Zealand in 2010 and in the United States in 2011.
In 2013, two TV shows were launched by Bindi, “Steve Irwin’s Wildlife Warriors” and “Bindi’s Bootcamp,” the former she starred in with her mother Terri and brother Robert. They got the biggest gift of their lives when the Queensland State Government finally declared that the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve, a special conservation property, is safe from mining. They have been fighting for seven years to protect the reserve dedicated for Steve.
The Australian Geographic Society’s Young Conservationist awardee and her brother continued the legacy of their father, by dedicating their lives for the wildlife’s welfare.
News.com.au wrote that “in a fitting tribute to her dad’s legacy, the 17-year-old Queenslander chose none other than Elton John’s Crocodile Rock for the show’s Monday night premiere.”
The duo known as #TeamCrikey, Bindi Irwin and partner Derek Hough, wowed the audience and the judges with their high-energy routine, prompting Italian judge Bruno Tonioli to proclaim Bindi as the “wonder from Down Under,” News.com.au reported.
Bindi is an instant hit with the audience with her entertaining facial expressions and awesome dance moves. DWTS veteran Derek Hough gushed about his adoring partner and her incredible energy.
CNN reported that the show is up for best reality competition in the Emmy Awards and has racked up a total of eight nominations. The first elimination will be on September 22, Tuesday, which will lead to a final competition for the remaining three couples.