Bindi Irwin pulls off a Halloween thriller to remain favourite on Dancing With the Stars

Bindi Irwin and her dance partner Derek Hough have claimed another perfect score on <i>Dancing with the Stars</i> in the US.
Bindi Irwin and her dance partner Derek Hough have claimed another perfect score on Dancing with the Stars in the US. Photo: David Livingston

Go #TeamCrikey!

Bindi Irwin has pulled a thriller out of the bag on Dancing With the Stars, slaying the competition with a fang-tastic performance on the US show's Halloween special.

Tooth hurts: Derek Hough in costume.
Tooth hurts: Derek Hough in costume.  Photo: Instagram/Derek Hough

Irwin, the 17-year-old TV presenter, conservationist and daughter of the late Steve Irwin, and partner Derek Hough scored a perfect score for the second-week running and remain the hot favourite to take the season title.

Performing Cry Little Sister, the goth-rock track from 1987 teen horror The Lost Boys, Irwin and Hough pulled off a perfect 30, the same score as last week's Dirty Dancing triumph.

Dressed as a vampires, complete with fangs and ghostly make-up, Irwin and Hough cemented their place as the fans' favourite and frontrunners to win, with the top score for their Argentine tango.

Twitter predictably erupted in full support of Irwin and #TeamCrikey, with high-profile fans including paralympic snowboarder Amy Purdy and actress and Dancing With the Stars host Leah Remini, plus mum Terri Irwin.

The US media also lavished praise. Entertainment Tonight called it a "show-stopping, bloodthirsty performance", while US Weekly said Irwin continued "her reign".

Irwin has been the surprise hit of the US Dancing With the Stars, including pulling in praise and admiration for an emotional tribute to Steve Irwin earlier this month when she broke down after performing The Police's Every Breath You Take.