The eighth season of Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team began on Sept. 6 on CMT. The network’s longest running non-music series chronicled how the ladies the dealt with adversity and emotion and demanding expectations of joining America's Sweethearts and this season comes to an end on Nov. 1 at 8 p.m.
The quest to join the 2013-14 edition of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders began the first weekend in May with close to 500 women -- 30 were former professional cheerleaders, 50 percent were from outside the state of Texas and other hopefuls from as far as Canada, Japan and Australia -- on hand for the preliminary and semi-final auditions at AT&T Stadium. Two weeks later, the 54 who advanced beyond the first weekend were joined by the 32 returning veteran cheerleaders for the finals auditions inside the AT&T Star Club on the South concourse of the stadium.
"These are the girls who will be the new component to our squad," said longtime DCC Director Kelli Finglass. "We're not only looking for ladies who will be great performers at our football games, but we are also looking for girls who are great ambassadors and can represent our football club for the next 12 months."
The ladies who heard their names called at the final auditions were only beginning the battle to make the ream as the summer-long training camp was about to get underway. The cameras were constantly rolling on the selection processes made by Finglass, choreographer Judy Trammell and Dallas Cowboys executive vice president Charlotte Jones Anderson. The storyline over the first seven episodes included a training camp candidate who tore her ACL in the studio at Valley Ranch, a 26-year-old single working mom chasing her dream, four veterans pulled from the cameo photos due to weight issue,s and one of the returning veterans excusing herself from training camp before it actually began due to personal reasons.
The season finale "Game Day" is where the women will learn their fate and see if their dreams are coming true. They will go through many on-the-fly adjustments on game day as well as performing at the inaugural "Meet the Team" event in front of friends and family, where everyone will officially learn who made this year's team.
To view the first seven episodes of Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team 8, visit CMT.com.
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