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Season 9

This season, DCC hopefuls face the most talented crop of candidates from around the world the organization has ever seen. In each episode, cameras follow as the most poised and articulate rookies and veterans are put to the test emotionally and physically for a chance at making the team and their dreams come true.

Calling the shots and making the cuts are once again longtime DCC director Kelli Finglass and choreographer Judy Trammell. These hard-nosed former DCC continue to uphold the highest standards and expectations for the new squad. Kelli strongly believes that to be a DCC, you have to look like a DCC. She takes the training camp candidates to a hair salon for makeovers and puts them through fashion school to learn fashion do's and don'ts. When some of the veterans are looking heavy to Kelli, she takes away their uniforms and puts them on weight probation and a 21 day My Fit Foods Challenge to encourage them to lose weight in a healthy manner. Kelli knows that in order to survive training camp, where they must learn 50 routines in eight weeks, the ladies must be in tip-top shape.

Joining them this season is former DCC and reality star Melissa Rycroft who will serve as a guest judge as well as mentor for the candidates. Melissa will coach the ladies along as they strive to carry out Kelli's gold standard of showmanship and always "perform with their Ps" - purpose, personality and projection. She helps struggling girls overcome challenges they are facing and at one point, Melissa even calls a "Dance Intervention" to boost the confidence of a couple candidates in need.

Ranging in ages from 18-40, hailing from Canada, Japan, Australia and 37 states nationwide, more than 500 candidates showed up on May 10 for the first day of auditions at the AT&T stadium in Dallas, TX. Following an intense weekend of fierce competition, only 110 will survive and move on to semi-finals where they learn the world-famous kick line. From there, 55 will make the cut to the finals where they must go toe-to-toe with the 30 veterans. Ultimately, 36 lucky ladies will make the team in the end.


Season 8

Each season, the Lone Star State's most iconic group of women take on more challenging dance routines and face incredibly talented candidates while navigating all the drama that comes with competition; with more action-packed episodes, heart-tugging storylines, challenges and surprises, this season will be no different.

Making dreams come true or crushing them are longtime DCC director Kelli McGonagill Finglass and choreographer Judy Trammell. Once again, the hit series follows the girls as they must survive the rigorous auditions, training camp, the powerhouse technical coaching of former DCC Kitty Carter, meet the demanding expectations of fitness trainer, Jay Johnson and of course rehearsals for their first performance at the enviable Cowboys Stadium. A lot has changed in the sports world since the DCC came on the scene, but one thing remains a constant: The Dallas Cowboys are still considered "America's Team," and their cheerleaders, the best in the business.

Rookies have their work cut out for them, however, as an unprecedented 32 veterans return, making this the most competitive season ever. And the competition doesn't stop with veterans — out of the 500 vying for a coveted spot on the squad, 30 are former professional cheerleaders from other teams, 50% of the girls are from states outside of Texas and cheerleader hopefuls from as far as Japan, Canada and Australia raise the stakes for a Texas-sized showdown the likes of which the friendly state has never seen.

Following Season 8 preliminary auditions, 146 competitors make it to the semi-finals where that number will dwindle down to 86, leaving 47 young ladies to duke it out in training camp for one of the prized 37 spots on the squad. In a never-before-seen twist, this season DCC democratizes the voting process by allowing fans to also vote online for their favorite candidate to make it into training camp. (Voting began on May 9, 2013 and closed on May 17th).

Proving that Season 8 is rife with real emotion and adversity is a storyline of a training camp candidate who tears her ACL on camera while performing a routine and is forced to withdraw from the competition; a 26-year-old single, working mom fights for her right to try for the squad and in a most dramatic, first of its kind, turn of events, Kelli and Judy make an "in the moment" split decision to bring back a veteran who had already been cut, but then pulled four veterans from the "Cameos" photo shoot because she thought they weren't in good enough shape.

And the cameras never stop rolling as rookies finally settle into Dallas and adjust to life in training. The ladies soon realize that when they are not being tested physically, their emotional and mental strength is put to task. Once the quintessential Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader herself, Kelli understands the importance of image so she calls on world-renowned designer Abi Ferrin who has dressed celebrities such as Carrie Underwood and the Duchess of Cambridge herself, Kate Middeleton, to host a "Do's and Don'ts of How to Dress Like a DCC," fashion seminar. The result is a few of the most dramatic makeovers DCC has ever seen. And teaching the ladies new and different styles of choreography are celebrity choreographers, DJ Guthrie ("American Idol," "Dancing with the Stars") and Jordan Johnson ("So You Think You Can Dance").

"Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team" is produced by Triage Entertainment with executive producers Stu Schreiberg, Stephen Kroopnick, Eugene Pack, Adam Vetri, Peter Zasuly and Kelli McGonagill Finglass. Melanie Moreau and Jayson Dinsmore are executive producers for CMT.

Season 7

"Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team" Season 7 brings back America's most-loved cheerleading squad. Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, is once again the venue for the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders auditions. Five hundred candidates with dreams of making the 2012-2013 DCC team arrive before sunrise for the preliminaries including several familiar faces cut in training camp last year.

For DCC director Kelli McGonagill Finglass, DCC choreographer Judy Trammell and Executive VP Dallas Cowboys Charlotte Jones Anderson, these auditions are extremely important because they have a number of slots to fill. After the grueling preliminary auditions, over a hundred young ladies are invited to compete at semifinals the following weekend. At semis, the candidates struggle to learn a powerful DCC dance routine and the signature DCC kick line routine. The auditions come to an end with dozens of girls invited to Finals auditions. Now they are one step closer to Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Training Camp.


Season 4

"Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team" brings back America's most-loved cheerleading squad. This season, the competition is as fierce as ever as cameras capture hundreds of hopefuls auditioning for the first time at the new Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, and follow those lucky few through training camp and onto the field.

Back to whip the new recruits and seasoned veterans into top performance shape are Kelli Finglass, director of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders; Jay Johnson, the no-nonsense fitness trainer; and Judy Trammell, the team choreographer. Finglass, Johnson and Trammell test the rookies for the tough physical and mental stamina required to represent the organization. New recruits must compete toe-to-toe and learn precision dance routines alongside veteran cheerleaders for a coveted spot in training camp. The pressure to look their best in those iconic blue and white uniforms is made all the more intense for the hopefuls knowing they will appear on the new stadium's state-of-the-art LED video displays that span 60 yards. In the end, only the best will make the squad and the privilege to be called a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader.