“Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team” takes us to the first week of training camp as vets compete with rookies to make a squad that numbers in the mid-thirties. The learning curve is almost non-existent. It’s sink or swim and all mistakes are seen and noted by Director Kelli Finglass and Choreographer Judy Trammell.
In the video preview posted below, Kelli asks a candidate, “Why are you crying?”. We know the answer, of course, and it’s rarely something other than the usual frustration, embarrassment and stress-related pressure that comes from learning so many dance routines in so little time.
“Brianna is a technical dancer,” Finglass says, which means she isn’t showy. You aren’t going to get to be a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader unless you go big. Yes, it’s go big or go home, but don’t make mistakes. Ya’ got that? Brianna was one of those candidates at auditions that was a star until the final day. Her kicks weren’t as high as expected and she looked less than confident.
“DCC: Making the Team” spares no one with its intrusive cameras, and that includes Kelli, Judy and the other advisers around. Comments made in confidence among them are caught by the microphones. Haven’t you wondered how that is taken when the show is aired and the girls who competed watch it along with the rest of us?
Melissa Rycroft plays a large role going forward, acting as somewhat of a coach, but also a shoulder to cry on. She makes herself available for anyone who reaches out. Having been through the experience she offers insight into Judy, Kelli and what they expect. Then again, there’s only so much she can help if her message isn’t getting through.
“DCC: Making the Team” airs Thursdays on CMT, beginning at 10 p.m. ET/PT Image/video credit: CMT, used with permission