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Mills is booted off US dance show
Jonathan Roberts  and Heather Mills
Heather Mills lost her leg below the knee in a 1993 traffic accident
Heather Mills McCartney has been voted off hit TV show Dancing with the Stars, the US version of the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing.

The 39-year-old and her dance partner Jonathan Roberts made it to the sixth week of the knock-out competition.

The former model, who has an artificial leg, said she was not surprised to be voted off and had a farewell speech hidden inside her costume.

She said the public response to her participation had been "overwhelming".

The judges ranked Mills and Roberts fifth out of the seven remaining pairs on Tuesday's show on the ABC network.

Heather Mills and Sir Paul McCartney
Mills and Sir Paul McCartney are in the process of getting divorced
But the public vote, which counts for half of the rankings, went against them.

On hearing the result, she said: "We knew we were going out. We were in the bottom two last week."

Mills, who donated her performance fee to vegetarian charity Viva!, added she "raised a fortune", which meant "hundreds of thousands of animals' lives will be saved".

Mills later failed to turn up for an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel's late-night talk show on ABC to talk about her participation in the contest.

The former model lost her left leg below the knee in a 1993 traffic accident.

She said she joined the contest to show people it was possible to overcome a disability and raise money for charity.

In the UK, Mills has been vilified by some sections of the press over her divorce from Sir Paul McCartney.

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