Derek Hough Sick With Strep Throat Before Perfect ‘DWTS’ Week

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‘Dancing with the Stars’: Who went home and Bindi Irwin’s success.

As another contestant left “Dancing With the Stars,” a stunt by conservationist Bindi Irwin may have made her the frontrunner for the ABC reality competition.

You’d never guess it, but five-time Dancing With the Stars champ Derek Hough was once intimidated by the thought of teaching celebrities how to tango. “When you’re a dancer, especially a ballroom and Latin dancer, it’s a very small world you live in and it’s this little bubble,” he shares in episode 2 of our new series, “My Journey.” “All of a sudden we’re on this national stage with millions of people watching and on top of that we’re working with celebrities. So you have to come in and act like you know what you’re doing and act like you’re in charge and you’re the boss and you’re trying to tell this celebrity that you’re a fan of how to dance. … It was like, fake it until you become it.” Hough, who moved to London when he was 12 to study with dance instructors Corky and Shirley Ballas, says he never imagined then – or even now — this would be his career. “I don’t think at any point did I ever think dancing was going to be my life and even now I still don’t think it’s the case,” he says. “I really enjoy the competition aspect of it and the structure … and having a career goal and knowing if I train and I worked really hard then I could obtain that goal.” Joining the ABC competition program as a pro in season 5, Hough has had his share of talented partners, but there’s one he calls extraordinary: Paralympian Amy Purdy. “I got so used to [dancing with her], but when you step back and realize … that it was pretty remarkable,” he says. “We literally had to invent and work with prosthetic doctors to create different feet and legs and that was pretty extraordinary. For me, it was more extraordinary to see her eyes light up when she realized she could do things she never thought she could do.” From moving abroad to winning the Mirror Ball Trophy, it’s been an incredible ride for Hough so far. “I always envisioned being on a stage in front of thousands of people and I always day-dreamed, especially [living] in London on the train,” he shares. “It’s cool to look back and think, man, I had these dreams and visions and they’re coming true.”

This has been true since she was a small child, frequently appearing on television in tiny zookeeper outfits with her superstar father, the famed “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin. Next, the couples were matched in sets of two for a second dance — and by some miracle, Tamar made it back to the studio in time for that one, thereby saving herself from an automatic, lawyer-mandated elimination.

Both she and Alexa PenaVega received perfect scores of 30 from the panel for their routines, with PenaVega performing a contemporary routine with Ballas. Despite the fact that Derek got way too in his own head during rehearsal, he and the teenage wildlife conservationist performed a Viennese waltz that left the judges stunned and on their feet. (Did we mention she was blindfolded for the performance?!) “Every week you are so flawless, but tonight there was something different,” Julianne Hough said. “The thing that makes you grow is that you takes risks.

Losing a parent at a young age is unnatural and devastating, so there’s already an element of morbid curiosity, coupled with the public spectacle: Think Kurt Cobain, Michael Jackson or Anna Nicole Smith. You don’t play it safe ever.” Bruno Tonioli said the “dance spoke for itself” and Carrie Ann Inaba mused, “It felt like I was watching a sunrise.” In other words, they liked it and Derek and Bindi received yet another perfect score. and also had a big night, nailing their contemporary routine inspired by the Spy Kids star’s struggle with bulimia. Meanwhile, Carter and his partner Sharna Burgess scored 28, Carlos PenaVega and his partner got a score of 27, Skarlatos and his partner Lindsay Arnold received a score of 24, and Braxton and her partner Val Chmerkovskiy got a score of 22. Though they’re strangers, years later, you still might be interested about the well-being of Frances Bean Cobain or Paris Jackson or Danielynn Birkhead. Carter has been a strong contender as well, but Irwin’s performing parts of her dance blindfolded this week impressed the judges and no doubt impressed viewers as well.

While filming a 1998 commercial, Steve Irwin sat baby Bindi on a crocodile: “You’re watching Animal Planet with the Crocodile Hunter … and family!” he said. Pictures flooded the media of Steve Irwin with his daughter in one arm, a koala bear or crocodile in the other. “My dad has let me help whenever he thought it was safe,” Irwin, age 6, chirps in one TV special. Alek Skarlatos and Lindsay Arnold continued to struggle. “If we’re being honest, Alek is not the best dancer who’s left in this competition,” Lindsay admitted during their video package (ouch!). Irwin was already no doubt somewhat familiar to American TV viewers since she’s the daughter of the late Steve Irwin of “The Crocodile Hunter” fame.

For his part, Alek wasn’t thrilled with having to show his stomach, but he did get some help from a bunch of the ladies on set who waxed his (rather hairy) chest in preparation for his performance. Her parents founded the Australian Zoo Wildlife Warriors organization and Irwin has worked extensively with it, receiving the Young Conservationist of the Year Award from Australian Geographic for her time spent with Wildlife Warriors. He was always there for me when I needed him,” she read as her mom cried in the audience holding Bindi’s two-year-old brother, Bob. “I don’t want Daddy’s passion to ever end. I had the best daddy in the whole world, and I will miss him every day.” From that moment, “Crocodile Hunter” fans all over the world couldn’t get enough of Steve Irwin’s sweet, bubbly, surprisingly eloquent daughter.

It was a little awkward and pro Val Chmerkovskiy seemed a little defensive, arguing it wasn’t good because she was sick and only showed up 15 minutes before they rehearsed. True to her word, Irwin threw herself into her father’s legacy. “Bindi the Jungle Girl” aired for two seasons and made Irwin the youngest Daytime Emmy award recipient in history. Alexa and Mark as well as Bindi and Derek slayed their Chicago-inspired Charleston and landed a perfect score, while Alec and Lindsay along with Carlos and Witney fell short with a paso doble to “We Will Rock You” by Queen that failed to rock the judges.

She and her mother, conservationist Terri Irwin, were anointed Australian tourism ambassadors, charming the likes of David Letterman and Ellen DeGeneres in TV appearances. In 2010, one newspaper noted the launch of a “tongue-in-cheek ‘Free Bindi’ campaign, which seems to consist entirely of a line of snarky T-shirts … This mirage-like wellspring of concern has to do with the notion that Bindi is being coerced to follow in her father’s footsteps.” But Irwin didn’t slow down. The mere fact that pneumonia-addled Tamar showed up to dance had the judges bowing down and they rewarded her (as well as her teammates) with a solid score.

She had her first movie acting gig in a direct-to-DVD “Free Willy” release as a teenager, and starred in a Hallmark movie sequel “Return to Nims Island” in 2013. And just when it seemed nothing more shocking could happen, it was revealed that Alexa — who had just received two perfect scores! — would be going home. In episode four, Irwin completely broke down while rehearsing a contemporary dance tribute to her father, struck by a sudden memory of him from when she was little. “It took a really long time to understand what actually happened,” she sobbed. “For the rest of my life, I kind of feel like he’s going to come home.” Even the judges were on the verge of weeping by the end of her performance.

The viewers love her, as evidenced last week by the outcry over a Los Angeles judge who demanded proof of her father’s death to approve that she (as a minor) was allowed to receive her “DWTS” winnings directly.

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