How Bindi Irwin Hopes to Honor Dad Steve Irwin on 'Dancing With the Stars'

by Raphael Chestang 2:49 PM PDT, September 11, 2015
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Dancing With the Stars might seem like an unlikely choice for Bindi Irwin, but she told ET that rocking with the beat runs in her family.

"Dad's favorite music was AC/DC. He loved it so much!" Bindi said of her late father, Steve "The Crocodile Hunter" Irwin. "Any of that kind of rock he loved."

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Bindi hopes to dance to some of the Australian rock band's tunes, but gave no promises.

Last Sunday marked Australia's Father's Day, and Bindi tweeted a tribute to honor her father, whom she said was "always so supportive" of her.

"My heart lives @AustraliaZoo just like Dad's always did," she tweeted on Sept. 6. "Take time with the ones you love."

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Bindi has been taking her own advice as she gears up to hit the Dancing With the Stars ballroom with partner Derek Hough. She told ET that her mom and brother will be with her "every step of the way."

"The meaning of life is unconditional love and I have that with my family," Bindi said. "I hope to be able to make Dad proud, and I'm working to see how far I can take this."

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Outside of her Dancing stint, Bindi shared with us in July that she wants to make her dad proud by following in his footsteps and continuing their work at the Australia Zoo, which was founded by her grandparents, Bob and Lyn Irwin, in 1970. The zoo is currently owned by Bindi's mom, Terri, and features many "amazing creatures" such as koalas, tortoises and lemurs.

"I think that Dad's spirit and passion lives in every single one of us," she said at the time. "He always used to say that he didn't mind if people remembered him or not. He just cared if they remembered his message, and that's what we're trying to do. To make sure that his message lives on in all of us."

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Dancing With the Stars returns to ABC on Monday at 8 p.m. ET/PT, where Bindi and Derek will perform the Jive as their first dance.

"We started from ground zero. She came in with no experience," Derek told ET. "As she said, 'straight out of the bush!'"

Going from the jungle to the Jive also called for a change in wardrobe. Bindi joked that she'll be dancing in something much skimpier than her normal khakis.

"When I get home, I'm going to have to bedazzle my boots," Bindi kidded. "I've officially decided!"

While her normal life differs in many ways to the DWTS process, Bindi found some core elements that she's familiar with, which has helped her form a bond with her dancing partner.

"At home at Australia Zoo with our conservation work, it's all about teamwork," she said. "You have to have that passion and dedication in your soul, and you have to let that out to be able to do a great job. I feel like it's similar here. We're working as a team. We're trying to achieve greatness together."