Tonight is why I don't really rant about Sanjaya on the show. Yes the show sucks this year, but that's not entirely his fault.
He is obviously a sensitive kid who hides it very well on camera. I remember watching a story about how he was spotted at a baseball game and waved to the camera... then the crowd decided to boo him until he was no longer on camera. He smiled through it, but he looked hurt.
Then tonight, people cheered when he got the boot. Probably not the reaction he was expecting. This was the place where the audience has gone mental over him. It was his safe place. He looked hurt. And I felt bad. It's not his fault the way people voted this past show. The judges put him through, and people wanted/tried to prove a point.