By Molly Chance
August 15, 2013
The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders are headed back to CMT with their trademark splits, high kicks, big hair and itty bitty cowgirl shorts. And Zap2it has your first look at the action-packed video super tease for Season 8 of “Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team.”
As Lenny Kravitz’ “American Woman” plays in the background, we see lots of dancing, smiling, beauty preparations, and CMT’s trademark body part closeups, as contenders for the world class cheerleading squad give it their all for a chance to be invited to the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders’ annual training camp.
But it’s not all happy faces, as the preview makes the point that this season, making the team is “not just about the dance.” During panel interviews, where the questions tend to be along the lines of what might be asked in the “brains” portion of a beauty pageant, one judge asks a group of DCC wannabes, “Can you tell us who the vice president is?”
Looks of confusion fall across several pretty faces before one offers, “Obiden?” The look — make that cringe — on DCC Director and extemporary drill sergeant Kelli Finglass’ face is priceless. “It’s hard to undo stupid,” she says.
We also get a glimpse of the bewilderngly brave women who show up to compete with thousands of skilled dancers at tryouts, but don’t quite make the cut — let’s just say they wouldn’t fit into the trademark DCC uniform, or couldn’t win a local dance competition — while dance coach Kitty Carter, never one to mince words, yells at a true competitor, “You’re a hot mess!” Ouch.
Glimpses of tryouts and training camp practice — where rookies compete against veterans for a spot on the world famous team — preview lots of falls, and one major injury that leaves an unidentified blonde sobbing on the dance floor. Meanwhile, Finglass tearfully informs the team, “We lost a teammate today.”
“Who will make the cut?,” Finglass asks at the end of the tease. Here’s a hint: It’s probably not going to be any of the number of women shown with mascara-laced tears streaming down their faces.
Watch the sneak peek video, then tune into CMT Sept. 6 for the premiere of “Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team” Season 8.
By Jonathan Rienstra
August 14, 2013
Saunders is the founder and lead designer for Waitressville, a new site that allows restaurants (both breasty and not) across the country to design custom uniforms. And though Waitressville is new, Saunders has been designing uniforms for more than 15 years.
It started with the Dallas Cowboys. Saunders was a cheerleader from 1995 to 2000; in 1997, she began a business designing uniforms, a fusion of her two passions.
“I had some horrible uniforms,” Terra Saunders says. “There was one that was a cummerbund with splatter paint, suspenders and a bowtie.”
“I’ve been designing my whole life,” she says. “It was a family thing, my mother and grandmother sewed, and I picked it up from them. I mean, when you know something so personally, wearing the clothes I was designing, it was a natural fit.”
After retiring from cheering, Saunders began selling her uniforms to cheerleading squads in the NFL and NBA. She’s designed outfits for the Cowboys, Atlanta Falcons, Oklahoma City Thunder and several others under the Dallaswear Uniforms brand.
In 2006, Twin Peaks approached Saunders about designing new outfits for their waitresses. She was suddenly in the breastaurant game.
“Here it cooooomes. Sunday afternoon FEEEEVAAAAAH!”
Thanks to the vigilant fans at the DCC Yahoo Group, word is out that you can now purchase both Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders made-for-tv movies on DVD. [click here]
Insert the usual disclaimer here: I’ve never purchased anything from this website, so I cannot speak to it’s legitimacy. But it’s only $32 for both movies, so if they take your money and run, it won’t take them much farther than across town.
I haven’t seen these movies in ten years or more, but I will give you the synopses, as I remember them. Keep in mind that although I love this kind of stuff, I am a card-carrying member of the UFPS (the United Federation of Professional Snarkers) and am duty-bound to represent the membership to the best of my ability.
Movie #1 first aired in January of 1979.
This movie is about aspiring DCCs going through the audition process and making it through to the first game. This is the movie with Jane Seymour and Lauren Tewes (Julie from “The Love Boat.”) There’s a million story lines here. There’s the reporter sent to write an expose on the team (that’s Jane), the former runaway who’s trying to put the past behind her and BE SOMEBODY (that’s Lauren), the shy housewife whose husband is way more into her making the team than she is (creeper!), and the aspiring starlette who wants to use the DCC as a stepping stone to Hollywood.
Guess which one doesn’t make the team?
The story also focuses on a veteran cheerleader who is all angsty about earning her spot back. If I recall correctly, she goes so far as to show up at the director’s office like “Oh ma gawd, I would just DIE if I don’t make the team again.” (Have some pride, woman!) And on top of that, she goes skulking around the stadium during the open call, to see “how many pretty ones there are.” She reeks of desperation.
Meanwhile she is being pursued by a guy who is trying out for the Cowboys football team. His best days are probably behind him, but he could make the team. And you know what will happen if he does. No
fraternization! Somebody’s getting the axe.
Most of the actresses in this movie couldn’t dance if were getting paid to do it. I mean that literally. They were getting paid to do it, and they could. Not. Dance. (Not as bad as Tina Yothers in the Laker Girls movie, but not much better than that either.) Jane Seymour had some classical ballet trainig, so she had some rhythm at least, but the others were a completely lost cause.) This is why there’s barely two seconds of any of them dancing with the group. But that’s part of what makes it fun. (Sidebar: did you know Jane Seymour’s birth nane was Joyce Penelope Willomena Frankenburger? No really. She changed it when she was in her late teens.)
The most famous cheerleaders from that era are all in the movie, and they do the heavy lifting when it comes to the choreography. I’m sure you’re all familiar with Tammy, the girl with the long blonde ponytails on either side of her head.
If I ever met Tammy in real life, I’d want to ask her if she regretted that ponytail thing. I mean, it made her instantly recognizable, but having worn my hair like that on many occasions as a child, I know she must have had couple of real sore spots on her head after those home games.
Thinking about this movie leads to an inevitable comparison with Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team. Makes me wonder when they started the training camp thing, because they for sure were not doing that in 1979. No boot camp, no swimsuit calendar, no jump splits, either. I wonder when they picked up those jump splits? I’m pretty sure that started with the Kilgore Rangerettes. Somewhere along the way, the DCC choreographer caught wind of that and was like “ok, we’re doing that now.”
Oops. Off topic again.
Movie #2 aired in January of 1980
It doesn’t have any famous people in it. I think they tried to get actresses who could actually dance this time. In this sequel, the Cheerleaders are in the midst of preparing for a big Super Bowl performance, when some famous character acter from that period shows up in a fake army uniform and says Uncle Sam needs to take the Cheerleaders on tour. Only he can’t take all of them, so they have to audition to see who goes. And by the way, they have to leave in a week. More Angst!
Tammy-with-the-ponytails takes the spotlight again because she SO wants to go on this trip to Japan and meet up with her brother who is stationed there. “Please, Mr. Important Army man, can’t we visit my brother? Pleeeeaaase?” (Maybe it was her boyfriend, not her brother. I don’t remember.)
She also appears in one scene sans-ponytails. I wonder if she had to negotiate for that?
Besides that, there is a sub plot involving cheerleader having an intense inner struggle about whether to go to med school or marry her man, quit cheerleading, or all of the above. Somethings like that. The
details are fuzzy. Alls I remember is her moms telling her to focus on her education, and Mr. Tall Dark and Handsome being all supportive and whatnot.
In addition to that, there’s another sub plot where a DCC who is a pediatric nurse by day struggles to stay emotionally distant from her young charges. An over-involved doctor pulls her aside to tell her that she needs to soften up a little. (Condescending jackass.) What he doesn’t understand is it isn’t that she doesn‘t care, it’s that she cares too much. (snort) That’s why she wears her professionalism like a suit of armor. (Or some crap like that). Eventually she – in a moment of spontaneity – promises one of her patients (Hannah, with the big sad eyes) that she’ll bring her teammates over to the hospital for a performance. When she gets around to checking with DCC Director, she is reminded that oh yeah, they’re busy with Super Bowl. And the trip to Japan, or wherever it is they’re going. So instead of going back to the hospital and telling the kids they’re out of luck, she gives her teammates a sob story and they volunteer to do the performance on their own time. (They don’t show the sob story part, but I’m pretty sure that’s how it went down. It probably started like this “OMG, y’all. I am so, so screwed…”) The movie ends with a rousing DCC performance at the hospital. Hannah with the Big Sad Eyes learns to smile again.
Meanwhile, Tammy is chosen for the Japan tour and her boyfriend/brother is assigned to the group as an official tour liaison. (How convenient) They didn’t show the trip to Japan. I think it was one of those
“everybody gets on the bus…and fade to black” situation. I can only assume everyone lived happily ever after.
I may have to buy these movies myself, if only to see how (in)accurate I was. And to marvel at those shorts. I bet those 1979 shorts look like culottes compared to the current DCC uniform. And I distinctly
remember one of the cheerleaders dancing in socks during the hospital performance. I’d like to know if I was right about that, or if I just made that up. Because if I made that up, probably a lot of this is made up.
For what it’s worth, I definitely did not make up the theme song. I remember that song like yesterday.
“Sunday! Here comes that fee-vah. Here comes that fee-vah that’s going around.
Sunday! And you’re a belie-ee-vah. You’re a belie-ee-vah in what’s going doooooown!”
Check out the photo gallery here!
The people have spoken! Or at least
a couple several quite a few people have spoken. Some quite loudly. Just some friends and relatives (who shall remain anonymous) making sure their loved ones get the appropriate props, and I can’t blame them.
Clearly I’m not the only one who thought “You think you can keep us in the dark, DCC? I think not. I’ll have the answers before the sun sets on your pretty white boots tonight. Mwahahahahahahaha….”
One of my newbies was incorrect, and the three missing DCCs have been identified. This is about as “confirmed” as it’s going to get until the show airs. The bottom part of this post has been corrected so scroooooooll down.
UltimateCheerleaders.com exclusive! Eh…not really. The “official” team announcement will not be made until this season’s “Making the Team” airs. However, the team was announced last night, and the internet being what it is, the names of those who made the team won’t be secret for long. It just takes a little rudimentary detective work. Having said that….
Spoiler Alert! Avert your eyes! Scroll away from here!
(Is that enough of a warning? I really hope this is the last time I have to post that this season, because it is starting to annoy me.~ sasha)
Veteran DCC Jasmine posted this photo on her twitter account. Jasmine knows how to keep a fan in the loop, is all I’m saying. She isn’t one of “my girls,” but if I knew her, I feel certain she would be.
All but two of the newbies are on the righthand side of the photo, so it’s not much of a clue, but it’s something to work with.
39 cheerleaders were chosen for this year’s team.
If you are obsessed with the show, or like myself, someone who views secrets like “who made the team” as something of a challenge, you will know that three veterans were cut at finals this year (Colin, Kali, and Teri). Two more left during training camp. (According to my sources, Chelsea was cut and Courtney was kidnapped by aliens. Or something.) This year’s team consists of 27 veterans and 12 rookies. These 9 rookies are pretty solid. I haven’t found out who the other three are. I’ll make additions/corrections as I learn more.
Veterans (pre 2013 headshots):
Alex, Ameilia, Angela, and Ashley
Brittney, Carisa, Danielle, and Emma
Holly, Jacie, Jackie, and Jasmine
Jenna, Jennifer, Jessica, and Jordan
Katy, Kelsey, Kim, and Kinzie
Lauren, Mackenzie, Mia, and Nicole
Olivia, Sydney, and Veronica
Abby, Ashley, Courtni, and Hannah
Jennifer, Jessica, Jinelle, and Kaitlyn
Morgan, Paige, Rachel, and Samantha
Fox Sports (July 29, 2013): Training camp is here!
Every year at this time, we get the remote reports from camp. The news conferences with coaches. The injury updates. To hell with all that. (Actually, we got that covered, too.) But how many places give you updates on the real backbone of the NFL? To see how the NFL’s real spirit is dealing with the summer heat, [click here].
The Dallas Cowboys are holding training camp in Oxnard, California once again and as usual, they brought the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders to help celebrate the opening of another season of football. And I was there to capture all the action for UltimateCheerleaders.com
The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders are the most renown and famous squad in all of professional cheerleading. They are the ultimate cheerleaders. And they were once again in my part of the country to add a little glamor to the opening ceremonies of the 2013 Dallas Cowboys training camp.
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A contingent of Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders arrived in Oxnard yesterday, in advance of tomorrow’s opening of the Cowboys Training Camp. This afternoon they hosted a 3 hour cheer camp for local girls and much fun was had by all. By “they,” I mean Brittney Schram, Emma Dutton, Carisa McMillan, Mia Greenhouse, Jackie Bob, Jacie Scott, Jennifer Efsthathion (how on earth do you pronounce that?), Mackenzie Weeks (who is adorable with her short hair this year), Olivia Carter, Holly Squier, Lauren Williams, and Sydney Durso. And let us not forget about DCC Director Kelli Finglass and DCC Choreographer Judy Trammell, who kept it all running like a well-oiled machine.
Here is my (admittedly shaky) video of Olivia, Jackie, Brittney, and Jacie working with the oldest group of girls. That’s Olivia on the left, Jackie onstage, Brittney with her back to us, counting it out, and Jacie on the right.
I took like a million photos, but this guy had access to the field (and no over enthusiastic parents standing in his way), so his are waaaaaaaaaaaay better than mine. (My kingdom for a media credential!) Forget about the lousy ones I took and click here to check it out photos from the Cowboys’ official photographer!
His pics don’t include captions, so I feel it necessary to point out that the kissy face was part of the routine. It was very cute on the little kids. It’s not like Mia was sucking on a lemon or anything.
- They passed out autographed team photos at the end of the session. I totally thought I was going to get a scoop, but it was last year’s photo. Drat.
- Kelli and Judy have their own fan base, aside from the Cheerleaders. There was all kinds of whispering the minute they appeared. Also, Kelli was wearing pink tennis shoes, which for some reason, really tickled me.
- This is absolutely positively Jackie’s last year on the team. She’s getting hitched and moving on to other things. I’m happy for her and all, but five years with the DCC and four years with the Gold Rush, and she was thisclose to making the decade list. She would’ve been the only DCC on there.
- Some of the ladies were rocking major sparkle on their ring fingers. It appears that aside from Jackie, Olivia, Holly, Emma, Jennifer, and Mackenzie are also off the market. I think Olivia is the only one who is actually married, though.
- There were no jump splits, for which I am grateful, because they were dancing on a high school track, and that would’ve hurt.
- There was one boy child in the crowd. He looked to be about 13 and was clearly extremely fond of Miss Olivia.
- The shorts those DCCs wear are extremely tiny, and extremely white. I wonder how they keep them so clean? (Sorry, that’s my mother speaking through me. Otherwise, I wouldn’t be wondering how they keep their “whites whiter and their brights brighter.”)
- Stay tuned. David is photographing the opening of training camp tomorrow, so I’m sure there will be more DCC photos coming soon!
More photos from Camp DCC in Oxnard! Click here!
By Joe Hermitt
Central PA Patriot-News
July 16, 2013
Peanuts, hot dogs, Cracker Jacks and cheerleaders? That was the theme for Tuesday night’s Harrisburg Senators game at Metro Bank Park, as the legendary Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders were the featured act. The world-famous squad entertained the crowd between innings and then met with fans later in the evening. Several in attendance wore their Cowboy colors, although a faint E-A-G-L-E-S, Eagles chant could be heard in the distance.
[Click here for photos from the game]
AMERICA’S SWEETHEARTS CHEER THEIR WAY BACK INTO OUR HEARTS IN AN ALL-NEW SEASON OF “Dallas COWBOYS CHEERLEADERS: MAKING THE TEAM”
PREMIERING FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 ON CMT
July 2, 3013
LOS ANGELES – July 2, 2013 – Summer heats up as America’s hottest cheerleaders return for the eighth season of Dallas COWBOYS CHEERLEADERS: MAKING THE TEAM beginning Friday, September 6 at 9:00 – 10:00 p.m., ET/PT on CMT. The network’s longest running non-music series will feature eight one-hour episodes. 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”).
Tune-in to find out who gets the privilege of MAKING THE TEAM for the 2013-2014 season and representing “America’s Team.” 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.
Sitcoms Online: Today we have a special “Seven Questions” interview with the very likeable Melissa Rycroft, who of course won Dancing with the Stars: All Stars last fall! Paired with professional dancer Tony Dovolani, Rycroft “waltzed” her way into America’s hearts and into a third place finish on season eight of the hit ABC series Dancing with the Stars (and later on the All-Star edition). Soon after she took on co-hosting duties on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin New Year’s Eve with Ryan Seacrest for ABC, as well as joined ABC News as a special contributor for Good Morning America, delivering fun and uplifting stories from across the country and from Hollywood’s most glamorous red carpets. She has also been a host or reporter for Entertainment Tonight, The Insider, and Bachelor Pad. In the midst of her entertainment career taking off, Rycroft found time to reconnect with the true love of her life, Tye Strickland. In little time the two were married and welcomed daughter Ava Grace to the world. Rycroft first gained fame as a member of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, appearing on two seasons of CMT’s Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team. Then she followed with a stint on The Bachelor. She has graced the cover of the People magazine and was featured among their 100 Most Beautiful People of 2009. Rycroft has also been named to Maxim’s Hot 100 list. Rycroft graduated from the University of North Texas with a degree in marketing and resides in Dallas with Tye and Ava. She had her own CMT reality series last spring called Melissa & Tye, as they packed their bags and moved to L.A.
We talked to her about the Dancing experience obviously, but she is now promoting the launch of the Unconditional Fun Sweepstakes to celebrate the Banana Boat® ultimate fun family! We find out how she got involved with this brand, her experiences on Dancing with the Stars, what she thinks of the Results Show being eliminated next fall and if she has any acting aspirations next. So let’s get right to another installment of “Seven Questions!”
SitcomsOnline: It is so great to finally interview you! We have been a fan and a supporter of yours for quite some time. Hope you remember us and our tweets! Anyway, so glad you have partnered with Energizer Personal Care, the makers of Banana Boat® sunscreen. Can you tell us how you got into this?
Melissa Rycroft: I have always been an active person and was raised in a very athletic family, but since becoming a mom I feel like I’ve been more active than ever! My family really enjoys being outdoors, and during our family fun time outside, I want to be sure we’re protected from the elements. With summer just around the corner, it was the perfect time to partner with Banana Boat® and their Unconditional Fun Sweepstakes to encourage families to get out and experience memorable moments together while protecting their skin from the sun.
Melissa with Tye and Ava
SitcomsOnline: So you mentioned there is a sweepstakes portion for Banana Boat® sunscreen as well. How can families enter and what prizes are in store?
Melissa Rycroft: That’s right! For seven weeks, Banana Boat® is giving families the opportunity to enter to win summer fun prizes including an outdoor swing set, an inflatable waterpark, and bikes for a family of four; and one family will win the ultimate four-day, three-night family getaway to any of the ten U.S. Great Wolf Lodge® Waterpark Resorts. Families can enter to win by uploading a picture of their family having fun in one of the 7 conditions or simply by clicking “Enter to Win” on the Banana Boat brand Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BananaBoatBrand
SitcomsOnline: Your daughter Ava is really an angel and I can’t believe it has been 2 years since she was born! Does she like playing outside in the sun with you and Tye? Using that sunscreen will sure come in handy today in this hot and humid day here in NY. (Note: This interview was conducted last week.)
Melissa Rycroft: Yes! Ava adores being outside in the sun. We love spending time taking family trips to the lake or the beach, or just doing anything outdoors! I also feel like that time outdoors is important not only for building family memories, but also to showing Ava how important a sun protection regimen is to helping keep your skin safe from harmful UV rays. She’s growing up so fast, and I hope that teaching her healthy skin care habits now will give her the tools she needs to continue those habits in the future.
SitcomsOnline: Let’s talk Dancing with the Stars for a bit, you were so great on season eight and then in the All-Star edition. I know you never thought you’d win the all-star edition, but we had a feeling you would. Can you share some secrets from behind the scenes of DWTS that many people probably don’t know about? It seems like such a fun place.
Melissa Rycroft: Dancing with the Stars: All Stars was really an amazing experience, and it definitely topped my first round on dancing–though that’s probably because we won! All around it was a great experience. The cast became so close, rehearsals became fun rather than a chore, and I had a blast with Tony!
SitcomsOnline: Which stars do you think should hit the dance floor on the upcoming fall season?
Melissa Rycroft: You know, I would recommend Dancing with the Stars to anyone and everyone that is considering joining the cast; it’s such a fantastic experience and not one I will ever forget – plus it gets you in incredible shape! I won’t name names, but I can certainly think of a number of people that I would personally love to see hit the floor!
SitcomsOnline: What is your take on the Dancing Results Show being eliminated this fall? How do you think they will handle the elimination process now on the performance show itself? It sounds action-packed!
Melissa Rycroft: I think there are lots of viewers that look forward to the results show (and I know I did as a contestant!), but there will still be two full seasons next year and it will give the competitors more time to train for their dances and competition. As for how they will handle the elimination process moving forward? I guess we’ll all have to tune in and watch!
SitcomsOnline: Finally, what’s coming up next for Melissa Rycroft? Any more GMA correspondent stories or another series? You need to be on TV every day. Frankly, we think you have the charisma and charm to star in a sitcom…any acting aspirations? Thank you for your time and hope we can actually meet one day!
Melissa Rycroft: Thank you! To be honest, right now I’m enjoying my family time. Summer is definitely the best time to take a few months off and relax with loved ones. We’ll see what’s in store in the future, but right now my focus is on family.
We definitely appreciate Melissa for taking the time to give us an interview to promote Banana Boat® and their Unconditional Fun Sweepstakes. She is so very nice and don’t forget to enter the sweepstakes for your chance to win! That’ll do it for this installment of “Seven Questions,” stay tuned next time for another brand new interview! But first, don’t forget to check out Melissa Rycroft all over the web and social media. Follow her everywhere!
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As if the Cowboys weren’t offering up enough to talk about this off-season, the Dallas Cowboys Star Magazine has released its annual swimsuit edition featuring the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders.
For the third time, the cheerleaders were photographed in Cozumel, Mexico, for the annual calendar. The magazine cover features Emma Mary, a three-year veteran of the squad.
The edition can be found at ShopCowboys.com, Dallas Cowboys Pro Shops and DFW-Area Albertsons, Hastings and Barnes and Noble stores.
The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders website has an official group photo of this year’s training camp candidates. Hopefully we’ll have all of the names sorted out soon, so we’ll know who is who. Click here to see the full size version.
You gotta love someone willing to go to these lengths just to give a member of her team a warm fuzzy.
[Check out the photo gallery!]
“Barbie Goes Red”
By Kelli Finglass (Director, Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders
May 30, 2013
Every now and then I get a wacky idea that is next to impossible to execute, but I will fixate until the mission is accomplished.
Each year at auditions, I select a few Director’s Choice Awards for outstanding solos performed by the candidates. The prize? My pride and joy in my journey as DCC director – the coveted DCC Barbie.
The DCC Barbie represents determination to me because, beginning in 1992, I wrote letters and made phone calls to Mattel with the hope of partnering on a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Barbie. I have all the copies of my letters and the “Thanks, but no thanks” responses I received back from Mattel in my file of “determination.”
Long story short, in 2006 I received a phone call from Robert Best, who was a designer for the Barbie Collectible Division. Robert also was the lead designer for the annual Holiday Barbie! He was based in Hollywood, had been a judge on Project Runway and was a fan of Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team on CMT. He continued the call by asking if I would ever consider lending the DCC image to a Collectible Barbie. He mentioned he was originally from Dallas and he loved the DCC uniform and how it could translate on Barbie.
I squealed, laughed at the fact that I had been writing my annual letter to Mattel each year, never took no for an answer, and the final ask came from Mattel to me by a lovely designer who was a Dallas native!
With impressive attention to detail in designing Barbie’s makeup, uniform and boots, every detail was articulate, right down to the crystal earrings she wore. In 2007, Barbie hit the market and sold out in just three days.
Told you so!
We released a blonde, brunette and an African-American Barbie as part of the collection, and you can now only find them on EBay and similar websites.
Fast forward to the present, and I am awarding Emma Mary, a third-year DCC veteran, the artistic excellence award for her outstanding solo at Final Auditions.
Challenge: Emma has red hair and we didn’t make a redheaded Barbie, a mistake I admit now.
Blonde barbie safe in her box Because I’m a visual perfectionist, and can be “over the top” on gift giving, I was bound and determined to transform one of my treasured Barbies (that we keep locked in a closet) into a vibrant REDHEAD. I mentioned it to my staff in a team meeting, and they all rolled their eyes with one of those “you gotta be kidding” moments. (This motivates me even more, by the way.)
So, my own hair color appointment was the next week at Premier Atelier, and I thought I’d take Barbie along for the ride, and see … just see … if the experts at the Salon could help me achieve my vision of “Making Barbie Red.” My concern was Barbie’s hair was synthetic, and we’d probably wind up with “Bald Barbie” instead of a vibrant redhead like Emma.
Barbie got a consultation and giggles from the pros at Premier Atelier, and it was decided that instead of doing permanent color and foils, Barbie would get a spray on color by the fashionable Bumble and Bumble product line.
After a painful attempt at getting Barbie out of her Collector’s Edition Box without damaging the packaging, we then had to get her “unwired” from the box. We almost made the fatal decision of pulling her head off for the procedure.
Jonny and Lindsay began the process of coloring Barbie as I looked on. I was getting my red refreshed, too! When the initial color was done, Lindsay did some touch-up red to Barbie’s roots and then laid her down to process. Barbie looked as if she was in post-surgery on a steel table as she was wrapped in a towel while her hair was “processing.”
Barbie checks out her new look
At the conclusion, the Barbie was a vibrant redhead and sat in the salon chair admiring her now look! We all giggled with pride and anticipation of how shocked Emma would be to not only win the Barbie, but also be the ONLY person in the world to have an Official Custom Redhead Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Barbie!
Emma and her BarbieI felt the joy of Christmas when I presented Emma her Director’s Choice Barbie, and the DCC in the room squealed when we revealed the one and only “Emma Barbie.”
In total, I awarded nine Director’s Choice Awards from this season’s Final Auditions: Jacie Scott, Olivia Rene, Carisa Rose, Hannah Alexandra, Mackenzie Lee, Mia Greenhouse, Jennifer Alexis, Ashley Marie, and Emma Mary. A fun time for all!