Heather Mills won praise from the judges as she became the first contestant with an artificial leg on US TV show Dancing With The Stars.

The estranged wife of Sir Paul McCartney scored 18 out of 30 for her foxtrot with dance partner Jonathan Roberts – and in the end it was her upper body movement that drew criticism.

Six other couples were ahead of them in the rankings, but they left four more trailing in their wake.

Heather, dressed in a flowing sequinned pink and yellow dress with pink elbow-length gloves which she admitted made her feel like an ice-cream sundae, said: “I’m just glad I didn’t fall over.

“I thought I’d be the lowest so I’m pleased.”

The judges applauded her decision to enter the competition despite only having one leg, and said her biggest problems had been above the waist.
“You’ve got to watch your arms,” choreographer Carrie Ann Inaba told the former model.

“When you’re worried about your leg and your weight on your leg, your shoulders get really tense.”

Bruno Tonioli told 38-year-old Heather, who was shown taking a tumble during training: “You’ve got more guts than Rambo.”

But he added: “The thing to pick on was actually the top half. Watch your frame, neck to shoulder frame.”

Len Goodman said: “There was far more right about that routine than there was wrong.”

He insisted Heather would be judged by exactly the same standards as the other dancers.

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