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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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Vote for Kyle!

November 23 2010 at 3:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Ok, really, every season, i hear someone say, I am never watching dwts again because its fixed. Every season there is one person that gets picked at. Last season it was Nicole because she was a quote unquote professional dancer. Everyone looks for someone to gripe at and this year it happens to be Bristol. Yes she is not the best dancer out there, but she tries. She does no backstage drama, nor does Kyle. Brandy is a diva, I'm sorry. Come on it was what the third episode she told Maks to quit being an @$$hole. Every week I have seperated my votes between kyle and bristol because they come out and do what there suppose to do. They listen to what Len said last season. Show Up, Shut Up, and trust in your pro. Its a dance show. And I hate to remind you all, but it's never going to be who the best dancer is. The sad fact is its a popularity contest. Brooke never says vote for what you think is the best dance, but if so and so is your favorite, call in your vote. The judges are there for the contestants, but it is america that voted. One more thing about this and I'm sure I'll get lynched for this but who cares, Maks (who is my favorite dancer) showed so much disrespect for the judges. Knowing full well that Carrie Ann plays favorites, and yet he still put brandy at risk with his attitude, and not even one apology. When you sit there showing that much disrespect to those judges, you show disrespect to us as the viewer judges, because alot of people agreed with Carrie Ann. Rewatch the before clip where he said we sit, we dance for one minute then repeat. So with that said, doesnt it make any of you wonder if Maks maybe didnt have alot of confidence in his partner? Watch his argentine tango again, alot of his moves with brandy were simalar to his with erins. He himself had no confidence in his partner which showed through the season. No matter what, Lacey and Mark showed confidence in their partners and it was endearing. So deal everyone and leave this girl alone. She's not hurting anyone with being on the show. If you don't like it, stop watching like you keep promising to do.

November 22 2010 at 2:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dennis hill

Bristol is the worst dancer ever. She is robotic and has no morals. Her parents taught her no respect for herself. Her mother is a typical politician who is crooked and rigs the voting system for her own benefit and now my family and friends will never watch the show again. Shame on ABC for allowing politics to enter their viewers home with an unmoralististic teenager who looks ridiculous on the dance floor.

November 21 2010 at 8:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Essie Hough

CLONETAC...I don't believe anyone is judging Bristol on her out of wedlock child at all. Let's NOT get on the 'poor me' wagon. They are judging her lack of personality, and talent, as noted by the judges.
The real point is Sarah Palin found 'free' time to work her Political Future. Who are we kidding??? ...do not insult anyone's intelligence. The Nework just blew it! They allowed Sarah Palin to take over the show....It was so fun until now...even if the one you REALLY wanted didn't win at least you knew that the 3 that were left were qualified Dancers and their Mother's were not Political Tea Party Members. end of Story! What's fair is fair...Sarah and the network made a desl...she monopolizes every interview and SAYS NOTHING!

November 18 2010 at 5:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Come on,everyone knows now that this year was a set-up,the show is supposed to be about "Stars dancing" first of all Bristol Palin is not a star,she gained National attention when her mother was selected as Vice Presidential Candidate,yes she has tried to compete,but she is greatly inadequate talented Stars have week after week gone home because the fix is in, and it is sad that an enjoyable diversion has been used to this end. Back to TVland for me.

November 18 2010 at 3:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Pat get over yourself she is there and your are not sounds like you are afraid of getting fat

November 18 2010 at 2:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Some people love to call Bristol and her family a bunch of hillbillies.

Seems to me that the joker in Wisconsin who shot-out his tv because of Bristol is the real hillbilly.

November 18 2010 at 1:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
R. Steinmetz

She won simply by getting more votes. People voteing aren,t just looking for a professional dancer, if so the show would be completly different, you have people that are more experienced and people who are not. Its the effort from some inexperienced people that affects people to sometime vote for someone that you think is not worthy. Its called MY VOTE. Thats why she got more votes because she qualifies for all my reasons.
PS. and I'm a demacrat so stop wineing.

November 18 2010 at 1:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Well I will tell you this even though I think Brandi was the better dancer I vote for Bristol because to me Branid had gotten to big for her britches. She got arogant and I smug. So I wouldn't have voted for her if the worset dancer was going against her. Ilike brandi to just seems like something really happened and she had to much confidence. I don't think Bristol will win. She shouldn't win but we will see. She's a great girl just not a great dancer.

November 18 2010 at 1:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

palin cant dance period its all fixed shes just a chubby thing get a grip the only people is voting ia the stupid tea partytake the show off air if you cant do it right and that bruno ia anut case

November 18 2010 at 1:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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