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Bindi Irwin Will Have To Prove Her Dad Is Dead To Sign "Dancing With The Stars" Contract

Bindi's father, Steve, died in 2006.

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Bindi Irwin, the daughter of famed "crocodile hunter" Steve Irwin, will have to legally prove her father is deceased in order to get her Dancing With the Stars contract approved.

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As Bindi is 17 years old, she is a minor and as such requires the approval of both guardians to work. Her mother, Terri Irwin, has signed the contract giving up all rights to any money her daughter earns.

A judge rejected the contract, ruling the "petitioner has failed to show that the minor's father has irrevocably and perpetually released, relinquished and quitclaimed to the minor any interest he may have to the minor's earnings."

In the contract, Bindi is set to earn at least $125,000, with more money guaranteed as she progresses further through the competition. She has already made it to Week 8 of Dancing With the Stars, bringing her total earnings to $230,000.

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None of this money will be made exclusively available to her, though, unless the contract is sorted out and approved.

Now, Bindi is left to work with her lawyers to prove her father is dead.

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The judge ruled that without proof of Steve "giving up rights" to Bindi's earnings, the court was "unable to find that it is in the best interest of the minor to be bound in the terms of the contract."

Brad Esposito is a news reporter for BuzzFeed and is based in Sydney, Australia.

Contact Brad Esposito at bradley.esposito@buzzfeed.com.

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