“Wishing @derekhough and the entire @dancingabc family the biggest congratulations for the Emmy nominations,” the 17-year-old wildlife conservationist wrote alongside an adorable pic of her and Hough holding a koala. “Incredibly blessed to have been a part of the magic that is created on the show.”
Irwin went on to praise Hough, 31, for encouraging others through his artistry and vision.
This year, Hough should be a favorite to win his third. One of the three submitted DWTS routines choreographed by Hough includes this heart-wrenching freestyle routine wherein Irwin honored her late father, Steve Irwin, and left everyone in tears.