“Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team” began the long slog to pick the 2017 squad with much pomp and circumstance. The usual cast of characters was in attendance to judge the auditions and as always, there were head-scratching performances alongside stellar ones.
There were familiar faces among the hopefuls, women who got only so far in previous years. Brennan made it to the second to last cut night before bowing out. Kelli Finglass, Director DCC told her, “Use this as dress rehearsal for another year.” Brennan survived the first day.
Whitney returned despite getting no encouragement to last season. “I don’t think this is the right team for you,” were Kelli’s exact words. She saw her number put up on the board, despite Kelli’s belief her talents don’t fit the DCC’s needs.
Christina was back with a whole new look. Her new bob was full of blonde highlights. Her hot pink two-piece audition costume sparkled, as did she. The sad story of Christina was all about an injury that prevented her from making the team. That was in 2014, so she’s had a long spell to return to health and practice her moves. She lived to move on to the semis.
According to Kelli Finglass, the star of the first day was Brianna, an eighteen year-old from Newark, Delaware. She was the favorite among Kelli, Charlotte Jones as well as DCC choreographer Judy Trammell. The threesome also gave kudos to the mom who auditioned alongside her daughter. While she didn’t make the cut, and didn’t expect to, she had a front row seat to see her daughter’s dream come true. Take a sneak peek at that.
Madisyn, 20 from Oklahoma spoke about her hearing deficit during her introductory remarks. “I wear hearing aids”, she said, then proceeded to audition alongside four other women and do her best to make the cut.
“I was diagnosed with a hearing disorder when I was two years old. I really want to be a Dallas Cowboys Cheeleader. It would give me the opportunity to show others that no matter what your life challenges are you can do anything.” Kelli was all smiles during the audition, but during the final judging phase, she, Charlotte and Judy had this to say.
“Something didn’t seem right,” Judy said, as Charlotte agreed. They pulled out her bio photo and compared it to what they just witnessed. Kelli realized what disturbed her. “Literally when we went back to Madisyn’s application we were questioning ourselves because we didn’t recognize her.” “My remarks do not match her picture,” Charlotte said as a split screen gave us that photo and a clip of Madisyn’s audition.
She went from blonde highlights to red hair and the photo was of her in a skirt and top in a seated position. She wasn’t wearing her audition outfit or any other two-piece suit like the one she wore that day. “Case of flattering photo?”, Charlotte asked. “Flattering photo”, confirmed Judy. Then the kicker: “She was a really good dancer,” Kelli said with sadness in her voice.
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“Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team” airs Thursdays on CMT beginning at 10 p.m. ET/PT Image credit: CMT, used with permission