As we approach tonight’s 8 p.m. deadline to vote in the ValleyWho Sweet 16 round (go here!), I thought it would be fun to ask some of the now-eliminated ValleyHopefuls who they’re supporting in the competition.
Here’s what they had to say:
STEFANI BOOROOJIAN: “Honestly, I’m pulling for Richard Kiel. What is so bizarre is that I had scheduled an interview with him the day this contest was revealed. He is so genuine and nice and was concerned about beating me. Needless to say, he squashed me. But that’s OK, I still want him to win.”
ANTHONY TAYLOR: “I’m picking Audra McDonald to win this whole thing. She doesn’t need my support, but she’s a great representative of what I believe is one of Fresno’s greatest assets: the theatre and arts scene here. Plus, she’s from the Peach Regional like me so she’s got cred there too.”
RAY APPLETON: “There is only ONE name. William Saroyan. How could it be anybody else? Really!!!!!”
ART DYSON: “It would be difficult for me to select only one from the remaining list. It was from William Saroyan’s writings that I first learned of Fresno. I have also been moved and motivated by the works of Mas Masumoto, Phil Levine, Audra McDonald, Theodore Kuchar, and Pop Laval. Bob Mathias was a great inspiration during my youth.”
GNARLEY CHARLEY: It was a honor just to make the top 64. Team Gnarley would like to endorse The Highway 41 Waving Lady”, a true Fresno icon. I’m Gnarley Charley and I approved this message.