Bindi Irwin Announced as First Celebrity Contestant on ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Season 21

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Bindi Irwin joins Dancing with the stars season 21

Dancing with the Stars just announced its first celebrity contestant, and it’s none other than the late “Crocodile HunterSteve Irwin‘s daughter, Bindi Irwin.

The 17-year-old revealed she was “honored” to be part of the 21st season, adding “this is completely different to anything I have ever done in my life…I am used to wrangling crocodiles.”

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“I actually just got back from our annual crocodile research trip,” she told Good Morning America. “About four days ago I was in far north Queensland catching crocs and now here I am in New York City, about to be in LA.”

Irwin, who was 8 when her father was tragically killed after being stung by a stingray off the Australian coast, will temporarily relocate from Australia to Los Angeles during filming along with her mother Terri and brother Robert.

“I’m quite nervous about this,” she admitted. “I have to tell you though, the judges scare me more than crocodiles…They are so knowledgeable. They’re supreme athletes. I’m just this girl from Australia who’s used to crocs so give me a 15-foot crocodile any day.”

The animal-lover added, “I just hope my dance partner, whoever it is, is very patient and likes animals, because you never know what I’m going to bring to rehearsal.”

In the years following her father’s death, Irwin has hosted a number of shows, created a fitness DVD, released an album, pursued acting, not to mention she’s carried on her father’s legacy and conservation/philanthropy efforts.

Good luck to Irwin and the rest of the contestants, who will be announced over the next two weeks!

[Good Morning America]