This time with photos! Big ups to Karla from the DCC group on Yahoo for the scanned pics of the veterans. Rookie pics (starred) come from Twitter.
This time with photos! Big ups to Karla from the DCC group on Yahoo for the scanned pics of the veterans. Rookie pics (starred) come from Twitter.
I’m sure I’m about to alienate a whole bunch of you, but I refuse to give any member of that family one second more of attention by mentioning them by name. In fact, I pray nightly for their 15 minutes of fame (which, admittedly is up to about 45 minutes now) to end. When? When will it be over? And is there anything I can do to make that happen sooner rather than later?
By Molly Chance
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.
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
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
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
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
For what it’s worth, I definitely did not make up the theme song. I remember that song like yesterday.
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!
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.
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):
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.
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!
By Joe Hermitt
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.
AMERICA’S SWEETHEARTS CHEER THEIR WAY BACK INTO OUR HEARTS IN AN ALL-NEW SEASON OF “Dallas COWBOYS CHEERLEADERS: MAKING THE TEAM”
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?
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?
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.)
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.
SitcomsOnline: Which stars do you think should hit the dance floor on the upcoming fall season?
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!
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!
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!
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.
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