Bindi Irwin has come a long way since she started on Dancing With the Stars.
On Monday's DWTS semifinals, we got a look at Bindi's personal journey in a touching pre-recorded package. Filled with footage from heartwarming home movies of Bindi and her late dad, Steve Irwin, hanging out with wild animals, and interviews with her family and close friends, the emotional segment showcased the 17-year-old nature conservationist's evolution during her time on the show.
Bindi and her mom, Terri Irwin, also opened up how they moved on after losing Steve.
"A couple weeks after he passed away I said to mom, 'When are we going to start filming again?'" Bindi recounted.
"And I thought that was so weird that she would want to start filming when we're right in the middle of all this turmoil," Terri said. "And then I realized that was Bindi's normal. What she always used to do with her dad was what she wanted to continue doing."
"I just always wanted to make sure that dad's legacy carried on," Bindi added.
Bindi is doing more than just carrying on the memory and message of her dad, she's also quickly figuring out who she is, and becoming a confident, self-possessed young woman. "It’s very special to see her taking on this role in a way that her dad never would," Terri said.
"I feel like I've found so much of myself along this journey," Bindi said. "I'll always be dad's daughter, but to really touch on places in my heart that I haven’t really gone to, ever, has been a great honor. Words can't describe how grateful I am to be here."
For her first dance of the night -- which was also the first dance of the semifinals, Bindi and her partner Derek Hough kicked things off with a high-tempo salsa set to Sia's "You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile."
Bindi rocked a shimmering pink and silver jewel-encrusted gown while Derek showed off his abs in a bedazzled pink suit jacket, and they delivered a vibrant, life-affirming routine that ended in Bindi crowd-surfing like a champ.
During the semifinals dance-off, Bindi and Derek were pitted against Nick Carter and Sharna Burgess and they both performed complex Sambas.
Bindi brought all of her elegance, talent and charm to the performance, and the duo made sure to infuse some passion and sassy style into the number, which the judges responded to enthusiastically.
Despite Nick and Sharna putting up a good fight, the judges voted unanimously for Bindi and Derek, earning them some extra points.
Finally, Bindi and Derek were joined by DWTS pro Mark Ballas for the semifinals' trio round. Decked out all in black, the three pulled off a powerful, artistic jazz routine that called back to some of the spectacularly creative dances and set pieces of last season.
Bindi's third dance of the night was perhaps her most grown-up, as the trio brought an intensity and innovation that was compelling and inspirational. It may have been Bindi's most intense performance to date, and she was rewarded with a perfect score from the judges.
At the end of the semifinals, it turned out that the two couples in jeopardy were Bindi and Derek, as well as Nick and Sharna, but because Tamar Braxton was forced to quit the show due to health concerns, there was no elimination this week.
While Bindi spent Monday proving that she's simply the best, on Sunday she honored her dad for International Steve Irwin Day with a super sweet Instagram pic. Check out the video below to see what Bindi had to say about her late father.