Bindi Irwin isn’t about to let any setbacks deter her from hoisting the mirror ball trophy as this season’s Dancing With the Stars champ.
The 17-year-old wildlife conservationist and her family got a rude awakening on Sunday, when the smoke alarms in their Los Angeles apartment complex went off in the early morning hours.
“So at 4 a.m. all of the smoke alarms in our entire apartment complex went off,” Irwin captioned an Instagram clip of her family and friends plugging their ears as they evacuated due to the shrill alarm. “Lights flashing, people running for the stairwells. Everything was taken care of and we're all okay, but goodness, this is one way to warm up for @dancingabc rehearsals....”
But smoke alarms aren’t the only thing that’s affecting Irwin’s rehearsals for the dancing competition. After suffering from painful blisters earlier in the season, her feet have begun to deteriorate under the strain of weeks of rehearsals and performances.
“This is like The Walking Dead, it looks like a flesh eating disease,” Irwin’s pro partner Derek Hough told ET during the pair’s rehearsals on Monday. “There's like, holes in her feet, literally holes.”
She’s the last female competitor standing -- though just barely -- as DWTS enters the semi-final round tonight, and Irwin’s sunny disposition and competitive nature won’t let a little pain slow her down.
“She's just like, ‘It's okay we have five more days left. Let's just do this,’” Hough marveled of his partner. “I've never met somebody who has like, ripped her feet apart and never complained once about it, or even spoken about it.”