In an odd turn of events, a Los Angeles Superior Court Judge has demanded proof that Bindi Irwin‘s father, Steve Irwin, is in fact dead. That is, if the dancing animal lover ever wants to get paid.

Citing Bindi’s age, the judge has requested her father’s signature on the Dancing With the Stars contract, saying that he needs both parents to sign off on the release. As an alternative, she may produce a death certificate.


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Bindi’s mother, Terri, has already signed off on the contract, handing over all rights to the money she makes from the show, but the judge is requesting her father’s signature, too—or at least a death certificate—as proof that he’s relinquished his rights to her earnings. It’s unclear if the judge is unaware who her father—the famous “Crocodile Hunter”—is as she makes no reference to his death, but unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for 10 years, everyone knows he died while filming his famous show in 2006. So far, we can confirm the rights of Bindi’s contract with DWTS states that she was guaranteed $125K for joining the show. By making it to weeks 3 and 4, she received $10K per week on top of that. Then, she was granted an additional $5K for each week she made it through week 7. By getting through week 8 and 9, she would be granted an additional $30K. h/t eonline

Bindi has already earned $230K. If she gets through the DWTS finals weeks, she will take home an extra $50K, which would earn her a total of $360K overall.