Bindi Irwin Joins Dancing With the Stars Season 21: "I'm Used to Wrangling Crocs!"

ABC revealed the first celebrity for season 21 and it's The Crocodile Hunter's daughter

By Chris Harnick Aug 24, 2015 1:07 PMTags
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Dancing With the Stars is revealing its season 21 celebrity contestants slowly but surely on Good Morning America, and first up is a precocious TV star: Bindi Irwin.

"The happiness of adventures that await," she tweeted this morning.

The daughter of the late Steve Irwin and Terri Irwin, Bindi appeared on her father's show The Crocodile Hunter. The 17-year-old went on to appear in her own series, Bindi the Jungle Girl. On film she had roles in Return to Nim's Island and Free Willy: Escape from Pirate's Cove.

"I'm really, really excited and so honored to be a part of this new journey and new chapter of my life," she said on GMA. "I have to tell you, this is completely different to anything I have ever done in my life. I'm used to wrangling crocodiles!"

Bindi currently resides with her mother Terri and brother Robert on the grounds of the Australia Zoo, but she will relocate to Los Angeles for DWTS. Her mom and brother will be by her side.

With the new journey comes some new looks.

"I'm used to khaki and boots and I think it will always be a part of my life," she said. "We always say khaki just isn't a color, it's an attitude; it's a part of who we are. You can't just climb a tree or wrangle a snake in a dress very easily, so this is completely different. For me, Dancing With the Stars has always been something I've admired." Bindi said she wants to inspire others to take a leap into the unknown with her stint on DWTS.

Bindi admitted she has "no dance experience at all." "My family's not known for dancing," she said.

"The judges scare me more than crocodiles," Bindi admitted, also noting her dance partner should be patient and like animals. Who could that partner be? Pro dancers onfirmed for season 21 include Derek Hough, returning champ Val Chmerkovskiy, Artem Chigvintsev and Mark Ballas.

The new season of DWTS premieres Monday, Sept. 14, at 8 p.m. on ABC.

Watch: The Uncommon Life of Bindi Irwin