As Dancing With the
Stars readies for its 21st season of competition, the show announced its
first celebrity cast member.
Bindi Irwin, known to the world as the daughter of the late
Steve Irwin, will compete for the coveted mirror ball trophy, Good Morning America revealed on Monday.
WATCH: Bindi Irwin on Her Father's Legacy: 'His Message Lives on in All of Us'
"The judges scare me more than crocodiles," Irwin joked with the GMA hosts, adding that she's very excited to compete.
While the show will surely shine a new spotlight on the
17-year-old, Irwin has been generating headlines as she keeps her father’s
legacy alive. Irwin was 8-years-old when her father died after a stingray
NEWS: Bindi Irwin Is All Grown Up and Super Cute Now!
"Dad is and always will be my living, breathing
superhero," she told ET when the show traveled down under where she’s
following in her father’s footsteps by working with animals at the Australia
"I'm very lucky to have such a beautiful family,"
she added of her mother, Teri, and younger brother, Robert. The three of them
now live on the grounds of the Zoo, which the family owns.
NEWS: Bindi Irwin's Boyfriend Sends Her a Sweet Birthday Message
Irwin also opened up to ET about her dating life.
"There is someone special in my life right now, and I'm
really happy with that," Irwin said of her boyfriend, who was later
revealed to be 18-year-old professional wakeboarder Chandler Powell. "Life
is wonderful at the moment."
Surely Powell will be cheering for Irwin as she competes in Los Angeles. The show will announce Irwin's competition over the next two weeks.
The new season of DWTS
premieres at 8 p.m. ET on Monday, Sept. 14, on ABC.
Watch Irwin reflect on her father's legacy in ET's exclusive interview with the budding star: