Bindi Irwin having legal trouble with 'Dancing with the Stars' contract?

Bindi Irwin has reportedly had her "Dancing with the Stars" contract rejected because she needs to show proof that her dad, Steve, is actually dead.

The 17-year-old has been dazzling audiences each week on "Dancing with the Stars" where she and partner Derek Hough are one of the favorites to win the show.

However TMZ reports that because Bindi is just 17 she needs to have a form signed by her parents stating that they give up all rights to money she will earn by being on the show.

Her mum, Terry Irwin, has signed these forms, TMZ reports, but a judge said without proof that her Crocodile Hunter father, Steve Irwin, is happy to give up his rights as well “the court is unable to find that it is in the best interest of the minor to be bound by the terms of the contract.”

It is unclear if the judge knows that Irwin was killed by a stingray in 2006 or whether he is insisting on seeing a death certificate.

So far TMZ reports, Bindi has made $230,000 by making it to Week 8 of the series. She was guaranteed a starting amount of $125,000.

That figure is currently increasing by $30,000 for each week she makes it through. In the final two weeks that number increases to $50,000 per week.

Bindi is yet to comment on the legal mess. The youngster has captured hearts across America with her energetic routines and down-to-earth personality.

She scored the first perfect 10 of the season for her memorable dance to "Every Breath You Take," which she dedicated to her father.

She has also impressed with her "Dirty Dancing" and "Crocodile Rock" routines.

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