The US public appears a little more sympathetic to Heather Mills than the British – she’s been voted through to the second round of US TV show Dancing With The Stars.

Sir Paul McCartney’s estranged wife escaped being the first to be eliminated after stunning judges and viewers with a backflip in her mambo on Monday.

Her participation in the show has seen its internet message boards flooded with both abusive and supportive messages. But voters at home seemed to have followed the judges’ lead and kept 38-year-old Heather in the contest.

The panel’s scores for her mambo and foxtrot had placed her and professional dance partner Jonathan Roberts in fifth place out of 11 couples.

The judges’ and viewers’ votes are combined to decide which pair is eliminated each week.

Supermodel Paulina Porizkova was the first to go.

Also taking part in the show are Laila Ali, daughter of boxing legend Muhammad, singer Billy Ray Cyrus and NBA Hall of Famer Clyde Drexler.

Watch Heather do a backflip, below…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvBISjZHIEU