Actress Tatum O'neal is thrilled with her new reality dancing role on US TV hit Dancing With The Stars after wowing judges with her ballroom performance on Thursday night (05JAN06).

The Oscar winner finished joint second after the judging panel's votes and is delighted she made it through to next week's (beg09JAN06) rhumba round.

She says, "I'm excited to do the rhumba. I have this Latin craziness about me that I think will be very well channelled into the Latin type dances."

The show is a triumph for O'Neal, who recently overcame years of drug abuse.