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Being a member of The Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders has been the dream of many young ladies for over 30 years. The program, Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team gives insight on just how difficult but fun that dream is to achieve. Many of the young ladies trying out for the squad have lived for the chance to audition for the elite Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders for years and have molded their lives for the opportunity. Being in shape, being the right height, having the cute smile, and knowing the proper head over the shoulder placement are just a few of the prerequisites of being in the running for the squad. The show, Dallas Cowboys: Making the Team does not sugar coat the grueling process and upfront and personal honesty required to meet the squad essentials. It all comes with the elite status that has become synonymous with the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader program.

The director, Kelli Finglass and choreographer, Judy Trammell take no prisoners. Nonetheless, it is all fair and balanced. The Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders have worked hard over the decades to create a squad that is instantly and certainly recognized by millions. If a young lady wants to join the team she must be ready and willing to put in the hard work.

The show gives viewers an insight into the lives of the young ladies and their experience in trying out for the team. Of course amongst them there is some bickering and snickering for that matter. However, there are more friendships created than enemies. It's sad to see the ladies you have been rooting for be cut. However, there are those who make the cut and become well deserving Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders; that is fun and encouraging and to watch.

Thursday 10:00 PM et/pt on CMT
12 Seasons, 107 Episodes
September 29, 2006
Documentary & Biography, Reality, Sports
Cast: Kelli Finglass, Judy Trammell, Sydney Durso, Jay Johnson
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Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team Full Episode Guide

  • Kelli announces the official squad and the women realize the hard fought dream of becoming a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader. Full of excitement and nerves, the squad prepares for their very first football game at AT&T Stadium.

  • 23 veterans travel to Canton, Ohio to perform at Jerry Jones’ induction to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. All eyes are watching as the DCC perform for the NFL elite.

  • With two suspended vets, the team must re-block their formations for their Hall of Fame performance; new vets step up as a new point of the triangle is named; the rookie candidates attempt to get their footing during a rehearsal.

  • The squad goes on an appearance to support pop music star Demi Lovato; the ladies learn the entrance to the famed pre-game dance.

  • Katy Perry's choreographer, Nick Florez, stops by to offer some performance advice to the ladies. Later, the cheerleaders pose for their cameo photos.

  • Kelli takes the ladies on location to see how they interact during a public appearance with War Veterans. Later tears are shed after a very hard decision.

  • Kelli media trains the rookie candidates to determine who best represents the DCC at press events; news anchor Meredith Land tests the ladies on-camera interview skills.

  • First the ladies need to have the "classic look" of a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader. Kelli's hair and make-up transformations are legendary. The ladies are also assessed through a new state of the art fitness test, "Styku".

  • Forty-four women begin the first training camp at The Star, the Cowboys' new billion-dollar facility. At the first meeting, Kelli makes it clear that eight women will be sent home over the summer.

  • The veterans finally enter the audition process; all 83 women are judged head to head during a panel interview, a solo dance performance and on their appearance on the football field.

  • The 119 remaining women have one hour to learn a power pom routine and the famous kickline; the stress of mastering the choreography in such a short time leads to numerous mistakes.

  • Hundreds of beautiful and talented women converge on AT&T Stadium to start the hardest audition process in professional sports, trying out for a coveted spot on the most famous NFL cheerleading squad in the world.

  • The squad is announced and it's bittersweet as some favorites are sent packing. Later, the team makes its first appearance at the Star Ribbon cutting, and game day arrives and dreams come true.

  • Kellie Pickler stops by to share her experience and motivate the girls as training camp comes to an end; Melissa Rycroft critiques Kelsey; Candice Romo helps with a big night of cuts.

  • Melissa Rycroft goes to Yuko's home to offer some personal advice; Kitty Carter rocks a few of the candidate's worlds; cameos give Kelli and Judy a fresh perspective on the girls; the girls let it all hang out at Show Group auditions.

  • A new choreographer shakes things up. The girls feel the pressure to look good because Uniform Fittings and the Belk fashion show are on the horizen. Surprises continue when two-time Grammy winner Kacey Musgraves, stops by rehearsal.

  • With the first cut hanging over their heads, the girls must push their dance skills to the limit. Melissa Rycroft promotes showmanship. Extra stress is added on Makeover day as the girls try to get the DCC look.

  • The newbies get a taste of what it is to be a DCC. As girls struggle to learn the dances, the reality of being "Big Time", sets in. Melissa Rycroft is introduced to the new girls.

  • Veterans hope to defend their positions as new girls try to live their dreams and make DCC Training Camp as they face panel Interviews, solos, an exhausting dance combination and a room full of very tough judges.

  • Season 11 begins with hundreds of beautiful and talented hopefuls arriving to try out for the team, while many of the returning girls are looking for redemption. New judges increase the pressure of moving on to Finals.

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