In her You Tube video, an advertisement for a dating site was prominently displayed, causing speculation her hunger strike was really for profit.Other members of the My Space online community created a page entitled Team Sanjaya in support for him.The music news website reported that this was due to Malakar's departure.One American Idol fan on My Space claimed to be on a hunger strike until Malakar was voted off; she later admitted that she was canceling her strike, after his stay was longer than expected.After performing "Something to Talk About" on the previous night, Malakar was placed in the bottom three and was subsequently eliminated in 7th place on April 18, 2007.American Idol's ratings dropped 9% in the episode following Malakar's elimination, which was Idol Gives Back, a charity episode featuring many celebrity guests.
Malakar was portrayed by Andy Samberg, and the crying girl was portrayed by Kristen Wiig.
For his next performance, in Hollywood, Malakar sang "Some Kind of Wonderful".
He was shown tearfully embracing his sister when she was cut, though he progressed to the Top 40.
A 13-year-old girl named Ashley Ferl was highlighted repeatedly during Malakar's performance in the Top 11 episode, crying tears of joy, although Ferl also cried for Melinda Doolittle, Jordin Sparks, and many other contestants.
Simon Cowell remarked, "Sanjaya, I don't think it matters anymore what we say ...