We’re pretty sure there was a try eye in the place.
“I think that I’m ready to kind of tell that story,” Bindi told Derek in the pre-dance package, and we were sobbing through clips of Bindi giving a speech at her father’s 2006 memorial service, accompanied by family photos with crocodiles.
Even the DWTS crew members were crying in a clip from rehearsals when Bindi suddenly remembered a sweet memory with her father.
“I wish that he could fully understand what he’s done for me, and that I miss him,” she said to the camera, and we knew there was literally no way we were making it through this without totally losing it.
The emotional dance, set to “Every Breath You Take,” pretty much blew away the competition while Bindi’s mother and brother watched from the audience.
The judges gave it a 28 out of 30, with Bruno Tonioli awarding it the season’s first 10.
Julianne Hough said that the dance actually took her breath away, and Bruno promised Bindi that her dad was dancing with her every step of the way. Carrie Ann Inaba praised Bindi for making every dance a “moment of her life.”
“This dance is for my dad, and for my family, and for everyone back at home, but for my dad,” Bindi said through tears. “This is for him.”
Bindi’s mom, Terri, 51, and brother Bob, 11 were in the audience, although the DWTS star was waiting until after the show to actually reconnect with them.
“I haven’t seen them yet because I’m afraid I’m going to start bawling again,” she revealed. “Tonight, we have a plan: I’m going to get pizza and chocolate milk and lay down! And then hug my family!” she added. “I think I took all the emotion for this week and let it pour out of me. I’m glad we got through the dance and now I’m ready to just embrace the sunshine again! I’m glad I got to share it with everybody though,” she added.