Even returning veterans aren’t a shoe-in to make the squad of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. Mouthing off, gaining weight and lackadaisical technique were all cited by Kelli Finglass and Judy Trammell on last night’s DCC: MAKING THE TEAM.
The CMT reality show is close to its season conclusion after six weeks of training camp and last night’s episode, “A Toxic Situation” demonstrated what DCC Director Finglass has said throughout the process. It’s not just how you dance or even how you look. There is an overall attitude and grace necessary to become one of the cheerleaders in a squad known worldwide as the best of the best. Season 11: cameo photo, show group week, plus Miss Kitty’s new quotes about who gets cut
The most cringe-worthy situation outside of the girls getting cut occurred during the cameo photo shoots. Kelli and Judy noticed one of the girls had spray tanned herself to the point of being orange, particularly her hands. She had been warned to stop the tanning, but somehow couldn’t grasp the concept.
“When did you tan last?” Judy inquired. “Last night,” was the response. Kelli, always to the point muttered to Judy, “Is she stupid or hard headed?” Cameo photo day magnifies everything, doesn’t it?
A second-year veteran, Chelsea was called into Finglass and Trammell’s office to face the music along with three veteran teammates. They all gained up to eight pounds over the winter and were told not to show up for the next day’s photo shoot. If they made the team again, last year’s photo would be used. Chelsea was guilty of bad behavior on top of all that. It didn’t help that her dancing lacked verve and intensity.
After their session with Kelli and Judy, the cameras found the four dealing with the aftermath, with a couple in tears. Chelsea openly ridiculed the suggestion that last year’s weight was achievable, nevermind sustainable. The girls sign a contract with a weight clause. Caught red handed by sassy Miss Kitty, Chelsea denied she intended any disrespect, but her protests rang hollow. It led to her exit after the next practice.
Fans of DCC: Making the Team all know that bubbly and energetic Vivian made it to training camp, but only barely. Although she was voted fan favorite in an Internet poll, Kelli and Judy were concerned about her height and build from the start.
Vivian knew she had to try very hard and was told to lose ten pounds off her shorter-than-average frame. Despite accomplishing it, her body composition, called “stocky” or “thick” just wouldn’t cut it after cameo photos were taken in full uniform. It didn’t help that she was still making a few mistakes on routines she learned weeks prior. She was encouraged to return next season.
Unlike Chelsea or Vivian, the long-legged blonde had no body issues. She continued to struggle with choreography despite weeks of practice. At this point in the process, Judy and Kelli knew that improvement was off the table.
“My suggestion,” Kelli told her, “..is for you to take intensive dance lessons from a lot of different style teachers…and be serious about introducing yourself to the dance technique that a lot of girls in this room had before you.”
It’s hard to know whether it’s worse to go home because you can’t cut it as a dancer or if your body type and weight just don’t fit the uniform. What do you think? Which of the girls sent home presented the saddest situation?
Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders: Making the Team airs on Friday nights starting at 9:00 p.m. ET on CMT.