- Publish Date
- Wednesday, 25 November 2015, 5:40PM
At the age of just seventeen, Bindi Irwin, having never danced in her life before, having never done so much as wear a pair of heels, has won the US version of Dancing With The Stars.
Bindi and partner Derek Hough knocked the socks of judges with their joyous final performance, scoring three perfect 10s.
The sweet 17-year-old from Queensland was without question the stand-out performer but she won the hearts of Americans with her story, as much as her determination.
Bindi dedicated pretty much every one of her performances on the top-rated show to Steve, her late father. He was, she said, her hero.
Bindi’s little brother Robert and her Mum, Terri, were there to see her triumph.
Judge Carrie Anne Inaba said: "I can’t think of a better way to end this series. Because of you, Bindi Irwin … from the moment you walked in here, you lit us all up. You have been a beacon of hope for everyone.
The second judge, Julianne Hough – who is Bindi’s partner, Derek Hough’s sister – said: "You have been pure joy. Beautiful."
The third judge, Bruno Tonioli, said: "You’re a sensation. You really are."
Her partner, Derek, said: "I can honestly say, for me at least, I’ve never seen anyone like (Bindi). You can have struggle but you can struggle with joy. She looks at the challenge in the face, and she smiles at it."
Bindi was the only female contestant left in the final by the time the finale came around.
"It’s a brilliant end," she said.
"It feels like a celebration. To remember moments in my life that I’d never been able to look at and smile. I never thought I’d be given that chance."