ByKristin Lai, writer at Creators.co
MP Staff Writer, cinephile and resident Slytherclaw // UCLA Alumna // Follow me on Twitter: kristin_lai
Kristin Lai

Monday night marked the beginning of the Dancing With the Stars season finale, and the competitors held nothing back. Bindi Irwin and her partner Derek Hough performed a contemporary dance that left viewers in studio and at home in tears.

What was already planned to be an emotional dance became the Final Freestyle routine to Leona Lewis's "Footprints in the Sand." Unbeknownst to Bindi, her partner and the people behind the show had a surprise planned for the end of her performance: a photo of her with her late father, Steve Irwin. Needless to say, there wasn't a dry eye in the house.

Here are a few bits of their beautiful choreography:

And it ended with the footprints in the sand taking the two to an image of Bindi with her late father. Bindi, who wasn't aware of where the footprints would lead, immediately teared up and hugged Derek Hough.

At the end of their routine the judges rightfully awarded the pair a perfect score. As far as seasons of Dancing With the Stars go, this has been an emotional journey from start to finish.

The Dancing With the Stars finale continues Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.

(Source: Hulu, EW)

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