Credit: Adam Taylor/ ABC Photo: Dancing With the Stars Season 16, Week 6: Peta Murgatroyd and Sean Lowe

It’s a good thing Sean Lowe looks good shirtless. His Dancing With the Stars Season 16 Week 6 Samba really needed that help.

The routine wasn’t
terrible, as head judge Len Goodman noted, but it wasn’t great. But did it deserve the beating it got?

Sean missed a day of rehearsals this week, and admitted he was struggling with his Samba with Peta Murgatroyd, as well as his team dance. Sean put a lot of work into his routine, and you can see how hard he tried. (Watch the video below.) Judge Carrie Ann Inaba said he showed the most bounce she’s seen in a long time, which is good for the Samba, but he has to learn to listen to the music. He lacks musicality, big time.

Len went in pretty harsh, adding a random diss to Andy Dick, who danced right before Sean and got a score of 18 out of 30. “You know, Sean, you’ve got to set your sights a bit higher if all you want to do is beat Andy. You’ve got to go for somebody...” The audience booed at that, and Len even insulted them! “What? Is that the best you can do on the booing?” He criticized Sean’s bounce action, saying his legs are like a huge spring. They go down but they have to come up again under pressure. He was just collapsing, collapsing, collapsing. “It was riddled with mistakes, you kept getting on the wrong foot, you had no hip action, your upper body had no musicality about it.” Len also doesn’t like how the guys all take their shirts off during the Samba. (No complaints here!)

Judge Bruno Tonioli offered his own backhanded compliment, “Sean, look at the bright side, you can always get a job as a stripper.” (Um, thanks?)

Overall, Sean & Peta got three 7s, which was lower than last week but not their worst score. And it was higher that Andy’s three 6s, even though Len basically told Andy to keep doing what he was doing — having fun and entertaining the audience.

Was Len too harsh with Sean, or do you agree with the criticism?