Derek Hough gushes over Bindi Irwin — but she's too young to date (PHOTO)

Sep 2, 2015 at 7:39 p.m. ET
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Derek Hough is psyched he landed Bindi Irwin as his new Dancing with the Stars partner, and his comments about the teen are so sweet.

Hough shared the news that he was paired up with the Aussie animal educator with an enthusiastic post on Instagram.

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"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," Hough told People about his teen partner.

"I'm trying to figure out what it is," he continued. "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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Hough better be careful, because such sweet words from such a gorgeous man could cause a 17-year-old girl (or a 40-year-old woman, ahem) to have certain, uh, feelings. And despite Hough's reputation as a ladies' man, the age of consent in California is 18.

But seriously, how cute is she?

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Love her!

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