Bindi Irwin Wins ‘Dancing with the Stars’
She beat Backstreet Boys star Nick Carter, who came in second, followed by soldier Alek Skarlatos, who stopped a gunman on a train bound for Paris, France in August. Irwin, who paid tribute to her father in routines throughout the series, scored a perfect 30 from the judges for her final performance. Nick also received 30 points, but viewer votes made Bindi the winner. Before the show, she shared a photograph on Instagram of her family, taken before Steve was killed by a stingray barb in 2006 at age 44.
“The last photo ever taken of us as a family. The day before I had to wave goodbye to my hero, without knowing it would be the last time,” she wrote. “But Dad, I know you walk beside me always and your strength lives within me. I love you.” After her win, she added, “I am speechless. This is a gift and I can’t tell you how much love I have for all of your support throughout this beautiful journey. My life has been changed.”