"I feel closest to my dad when I'm with my family," Bindi Irwin told reporters backstage Monday
The teen conservationist posed with Powell on the red carpet Monday night, smiling and hugging the wakeboarder as cameras flashed.
Bindi, 17, first revealed that she and Powell, 18, are dating in July, and they’ve documented their romance on social media ever since.
On DWTS, Bindi scored 8s despite her foot injury, and she vowed to heal up and be back stronger than ever next week.
Besides her beau, Bindi had two other special cheerleaders in the audience: mom Terri Irwin, 51, and brother Bob, 11. (Her father, famed Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin, died in 2006 after being stung by a poisonous stingray while working.)
“I feel closest to my dad when I’m with my family,” she told reporters backstage Monday. “It’s when I see my family in the audience that I really feel like, I hope that Dad would be proud ,but I feel like that he’s still with us. It’s so much fun to be able to get out on the dance floor and just pour your heart and soul into something. That’s something I try to do everyday in my life. This is something that I can really, really dedicate myself to. I hope that he’d be proud of me, and having my family along with me is just the greatest gift.”
DWTS airs Monday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.