The 30-year-old pro dancer spoke to People about getting Bindi, 17, as his partner for the new season.
“We are gonna bust out with a kind of on-the-nose song the first week,” he shared. “I’m in this space right now where I’m super pumped on life right now. I feel connected. I feel great. And then she walks in my life. You don’t understand what positive energy she is.”
Derek added, “I’m trying to figure out what it is,” he said of her spark. “I just got off a vacation on a lake, and I was thinking maybe it’s because she’s connected to nature and the animals or something. And if you’re that connected, you feel whole I guess. I don’t know what it is. I love her. She’s amazing. She’s a breath of fresh air. We all need a little Bindi in our life. Seriously.”
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