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ValleyWho Central: Our final four is set


What was once a tournament of 64 ValleyWho contenders is now down to four: Audra McDonald, William Saroyan, Chris Colfer and Ryan Beatty. Voting is live now and runs until 8 p.m. Tuesday.

The final matchup will be announced Wednesday morning and voting will last until 8 p.m. Thursday. The ultimate winner will be announced Saturday at Beehive Birthday at Rotary Playland. Remember: We hid the results for the final two rounds to keep y’all surprised.

(1) William Saroyan vs. (10) Ryan Beatty
(1) Audra McDonald vs. (1) Chris Colfer

It’s an interesting mix, I think, that will surely put generations at odds. Represented is the past (Saroyan), the present (Audra and Colfer) and the future (Beatty). Our final four is diverse in that includes an author, actors of TV and stage and a singer. We’ve got a Pulitzer Prize winner, a Tony winner, a Golden Globe winner and a teenager with 200K+ Twitter followers.


  • The McDonald/Colfer matchup is interesting because it pits two stars to rise from our local theater community. Colfer and “Glee” have more mainstream name recognition, but McDonald is more revered locally.
  • By names alone, Beatty vs. Saroyan is laughable. But if you’ve been following this since the first round, you know that the Beatty Bunch is strong and mobilized. The question is whether the prospect of young Ryan knocking off the great Saroyan is enough for voters to say “enough already” and start a movement of their own.

This about sums it up.


Join us Saturday at Beehive Birthday 7 for the announcement of the winner, plus all kinds of other fun. I’ll have a post up later with more info about the party, but for now:


Responses to "ValleyWho Central: Our final four is set"

birdbaby says:

All Audra McDonald has to do is sing “Run the World (Girls)” by Beyonce in order to win school president against Kurt.. I mean Chris Colfer. :B

Scott says:

seriously, I had no idea that the Biebs was from Fresno

Reality Check says:

Yeah, let’s all recognize Chris Colfer, a kid who has such disdain for the Valley, he’s ripped it publicly in Hollywood to multiple media sources.

Mike Oz says:

So it sounds like you voted for Audra then?