Bindi Irwin was in tears over her victory on Dancing with the Stars and thanked everyone for the challenge .
Bindi Irwin finally took the win in Dancing with the Stars finale. The 17 years old wildlife conservationist, presenter & actress was gleeful with partner pro Derek Hough when her name was announced.
Bindi did not disappoint with her performance of Argentine tango Cha-cha-cha for which she received a perfect thirty. Carrie Ann Inaba got up to praise Bindi with zest. She called Bindi perfection and a beacon of light for everyone. Bindi was emotional as Derek kept on encouraging her. Julian Hough also praised the performance and called the performance everything.
Irwin seemed to be a winner from the start, and not just because she was paired with the show’s most popular pro. Her personal story of triumph over tragedy of losing her dad, crocodile hunter Steve Irwin, in 2006 was an inspiration to viewers and even served as a sentimental narrative to some of her performances.
Irwin and Hough danced to “Footprints in the Sand” in memory of her dad previously. His picture was projected on the big screen behind her. The performance was an emotional override compared to the finale performance. Derek and Bindi managed to beat Nick Carter and third place underdog Alek Skarlatos.
Bindi was hoisted up on shoulders of her admirers as she thanked everyone for changing her life and giving her the challenge. She said that the experience had been exhilarating and she got a chance to look at moments that she thought she could never revisit and smile.
Derek said that he was inspired by her partner who had taught her to enjoy struggle with a smile. He said that whenever he felt like he was in trouble, he just looked at her smile. The smile that is as glittering as the Mirrorball trophy.
The finale featured multiple dancing and singing performances from this season’s stars. The only one missing from the celebration was Tamar Braxton, who withdrew during week nine because of pneumonia. Kim Zolciak-Biermann had to withdraw because of illness in week three, but she still returned for Tuesday’s episode to dance with Tony Dovolani.