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Man Shoots His TV in 'Dancing With the Stars' Rage

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 18th 2010 7:10AM
A Wisconsin man angry at the continuing success of Bristol Palin on 'Dancing with the Stars' Monday night blasted his TV with a shotgun as she waltzed her way into the show's finale.

According to The Smoking Gun website, Steven Cowan allegedly became so enraged that he fired a shotgun round into his television, triggering a 15-hour standoff with local police.

His wife called the cops after Cowan -- who'd been drinking -- allegedly pointed the shotgun at her. Janice Cowan said that they were watching the show when "he jumped up and swore ... Steven was upset that a political figure's daughter was dancing on this particular show when Steven did not think that she was a good dancer."

Critics have said that Bristol's benefiting from the popularity of her politician mother, Sarah Palin, with Tea Party supporters and the largely older, female viewers of the show voting for her in droves. Each week she has survived elimination despite never having earned the highest score, while other, arguably better, dancers have been nixed.

In a shock result this week Bristol was voted through to next week's 'DWTS' finale with a record number of public votes, ousting the more confident and composed dancer, Brandy. More than 17 million viewers tuned in to Tuesday's results show, in what broadcaster ABC said was the biggest audience for the show since late September.

The next day Brandy and partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy talked about their loss on 'Good Morning America.' She said she was shocked at losing out Palin for a spot in the finals, and he seemed even more disappointed: "In this case you cross the finish line first, and somebody [Palin] barely finishes, and you get a tie because they showed heart. It's kind of difficult for me to deal with," he said.

Bristol hit back at her critics, attributing her success to hard work. She also says her mother's high profile has its disadvantages. "I've gotten so many people who just attack me every day because of who my mother is," she told 'Access Hollywood' on Monday. She will compete in next week's 'DWTS' finale against Jennifer Grey and Kyle Massey.

And Steven Cowan? He surrendered to police and has been charged with reckless endangerment and use of a deadly weapon. He was in jail when the results show aired Tuesday night, where, according to a police spokesman, he did not have access to a TV.

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