Bindi Irwin has had family and friends cheering her on from the very start of her run on Dancing With the Stars.
"I have the best family," the 17-year-old animal conservationist gushed to ET after Monday’s show. "I don't know how I got such a gorgeous family but somehow I did and I feel very, very lucky."
This week, however, Bindi had one very special supporter in the DWTS audience, her boyfriend Chandler Powell. The 18-year-old professional wakeboarder flew to Los Angeles this week to watch his girlfriend compete.
"It's really nice to have that support. I have my family, my mom and brother here with me, and then to have Chandler here as well," Irwin said. "It's really funny because every night I'll come home and he'll be like, let's get the ice, let's get a cup of tea and let's get you food. It's kind of this checklist. I think that love and support is just something we all need in life. We need those people to keep us going."
That family now includes Bindi’s pro partner Derek Hough, who has apparently been giving pointers to Powell on keeping his partner well-rested and properly iced.
"You know, I've got four sisters, now I've got five sisters here," Hough told ET with a smile. "I'm a protective brother, what can I say?"
Bindi’s mother, Terri Irwin, and younger brother Bob have been a big part of her DWTS journey, and Bindi has been as effusive in praising her mom -- whom she calls "the most beautiful and strong human being I have ever known" -- as she has in paying tribute to her late father, "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin.
"No matter what has happened in life, her strength and her support has never once waivered," Bindi marveled of her mom. "She is so kind, she's there every single day during rehearsals. Derek will tell you, she sits on the little couch running Australia Zoo. She's running the zoo, but she's still with me in rehearsals, and that means everything."