“For the rest of my life, I’ll kind of feel like he’s going to come home.”
Faced with confronting the moment Steve Irwin died back in 2006, the 17-year-old was asked to choose the most memorable year of her life to make into a touching routine.
“It’s been nine years and I’ve never really dwelled on that point when he did pass away,” she told her partner Derek Hough in a pre-recorded video shown before her performance.
“I think I’m ready to tell that story.”
Before the dance, which was a contemporary performance to The Police’s ‘Every Breath You Take’, Bindi and her mother, Terri Irwin, reflected on Steve’s life.
“Steve and Bindi were just absolutely inseparable,” Terri said.
“I’ve never met anyone bigger, tougher, stronger, and yet more sweet and sensitive, especially when it came to Bindi.”
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Through a montage of family photos, Bindi starts to cry.
“It took a really long time to understand what actually happened,” Bindi said.
“For the rest of my life, I’ll kind of feel like he’s going to come home.
“No matter where I go, Dad will always be with me. His spirit lives on. I wish that he could fully understand how much he’s done for me and that I miss him.”
Her performance was emotional, brilliant, and acted as a perfect tribute to the relationship she shared with Steve. She received an almost perfect score for the dance, finishing with a massive 38 out of 40.
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