Why are people so fascinated by Dancing With the Stars front-runner Bindi Irwin?

11 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘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.”

Both she and Alexa PenaVega received perfect scores of 30 from the panel for their routines, with PenaVega performing a contemporary routine with Ballas. 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. 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.

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. 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.

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