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.
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."
Steve Irwin died in 2006 after a stingray punctured his heart while he was filming a segment on the Great Barrier Reef for a television show.
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.
Now, Bindi is left to work with her lawyers to prove her father is dead.
Brad Esposito is a news reporter for BuzzFeed and is based in Sydney, Australia.
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