Bindi Irwin is sending love to her Dancing With the Stars family!
The season 21 winner celebrated Derek Hough’s Emmy nomination for Outstanding Choreography on DWTS with a sweet note on Thursday.
“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.
“Derek, you inspire people all over the world every day through what you create,” she continued. “Thank you for letting me be a part of the journey last year.”
Wishing @derekhough and the entire @dancingabc family the biggest congratulations for the Emmy nominations. Incredibly blessed to have been a part of the magic that is created on the show. Derek, you inspire people all over the world every day through what you create, thank you for letting me be a part of the journey last year.
Earlier in the day, Hough took to Instagram to thank Irwin “for inspiring me and allowing me to create for her,” he wrote. “It was such a special season.”
WOW!!! Thank you so much to the #Emmys for the nomination! Always such an honor!! I also want to thank my beautiful partner @bindisueirwin for inspiring me and allowing me to create for her. It was a such a special season:) I want to give a HUGE shout out to the @dancingabc production team for always bringing the choreographers ideas to life. Dream team 👊🏼 I share this nomination with all of you. Thank you once again @televisionacad for the amazing honor
Hough is no stranger to the Emmys, having already won two -- most recently in 2015, when he and his sister, Julianne, shared the choreography award.
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.
To find out more about Irwin and Hough’s memorable tearjerker moment on DWTS, watch the video below.