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.”
“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.”
#Repost @dancingabc ・・・ #DWTS welcomes our first star of the new season, @bindisueirwin! “I am unbelievably thrilled and truly blessed to be in the City of Angels to be part of this season of Dancing With The Stars. This will be a completely new adventure for me and I’m excited to share my journey. Life is about daring to dream, I’m in love with this city and ready to fall in love with the music and dance to come.” A photo posted by Bindi Irwin (@bindisueirwin) on
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!