As it heads into its 21st season, the ABC dance competition staple “Dancing With the Stars” has named Bindi Irwin as the first of its celebrity contestants.
Her celebrity competitors will be revealed over the next two weeks. The lineup of pro dancers will include past champions Derek Hough, Mark Ballas and Karina Smirnoff.
Irwin, who recently turned 17, is the daughter of the late “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin. Steve Irwin died from a stingray attack when Bindi was 8 years old.
“Irwin has stayed in the spotlight since her father’s death, co-creating a book series, ‘Bindi Wildlife Adventures,’ starring in two films and multiple TV shows focused on wildlife and conservation efforts,” ABC News reports. “The teenager also already knows how to two-step on the ballroom dance floor. Irwin ‘loves to sing and dance, particularly about wildlife,’ and has her own dance troupe, ‘The Jungle Girls,’ according to her bio on the Australia Zoo’s website.”
The new season of “Dancing With the Stars” premieres Monday, Sept. 14.