Nobody puts Bindi in the corner! Or gives her a score lower than 10. Bindi Irwin and her Season 21 “Dancing With the Stars” partner Derek Hough earned a perfect score for their Week 6 routine -- and rightfully so.
The twosome took on the rumba during “Famous Dances Night” while performing a routine inspired by the 1987 movie classic “Dirty Dancing.” But there was nothing messy about their performance. In fact, it was Bindi’s clean lines that really took judge Julianne Hough’s breath away.
“Your legs were on fire. Gorgeous, gorgeous legs,” Julianne noted before stating that she was transported during the performance.
And viewers were, too -- especially when Derek and Bindi nailed the iconic lift from “Dirty Dancing.” When the two finished the routine, the partners shrieked with joy after completing the difficult move -- one they’ve practiced rigorously during rehearsals.
— Bindi Irwin (@BindiIrwin) October 19, 2015
“That was the most nerve-wracking moment for me,” Derek revealed during his red room interview with Leah Remini, who was standing in for Erin Andrews during Week 6 of the 2015 competition. “I didn’t want to let her down.”
The Season 21 pro, who never performed a lift while dancing, then admitted that they had a 50-50 chance of perfecting the lift during the live show.
“I’m glad you didn’t say that before,” Bindi said in disbelief.
Olivia Newton John, who was acting as a guest judge during Week 6 of the hit ABC series, told the couple that they “touched her heart” with their reenactment of the beloved “Dirty Dancing” routine. Judge Bruno Tonioli then noted that although the couple borrowed elements from the iconic routine and applied it to their own dance, they didn’t copy the 1987 routine. “You made it your own,” he told the duo.
“Dancing With the Stars” airs Monday nights at 8 p.m EDT on ABC.