Bristol Palin advances on Dancing with the Stars, but not without controversy

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Brandy earned a perfect score for her Argentine tango on Monday's "Dancing With the Stars," only to learn Tuesday it would be her final dance in the competition.

The 31-year-old singer and actress was eliminated from the hit ABC dance-off just before next week's final showdown for the mirrorball trophy. She was speechless when host Tom Bergeron said she would be leaving the show.

Professional dancer Derek Hough, who is headed to the finals with his celebrity partner Jennifer Grey, didn't hide his surprise at her dismissal: His jaw dropped.

Brandy, who collected 57 points out of 60 on Monday, was pitted against Bristol Palin, who earned 53 points, for a spot in the finals. Judges' scores are combined with viewer votes to determine which couple is ousted each week.

The decision apparently didn't go over well with one viewer. Authorities say a 67-year-old rural Wisconsin man enraged over Bristol Palin's "Dancing with the Stars" routine blasted his television with a shotgun, leading to an overnight standoff with a SWAT team.

A Dane County Sheriff's detective says in court documents that Steven Cowan, of the town of Vermont, felt Palin was not a good dancer and was only on the show because of her famous mother. They say Cowan loaded his shotgun and blasted the TV before turning the gun on his wife, who escaped.

Tactical officers surrounded the home and managed to talk Cowan out Tuesday morning. Cowan was charged second-degree reckless endangerment and could be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

Authorities say he has bipolar disorder.

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