“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.”
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.