54-year-old woman hoping national TV contest helps her earn spot on Ben-Gals

Casey Weldon and Scott Wegener
WCPO Cincinnati
February 20, 2014

CINCINNATI — A 54-year-old math teacher wants to become an NFL cheerleader and the hosts of a popular national TV show are trying to turn that dream into a reality.

By day, Brenda Gold works as a teacher at School for Creative and Performing Arts in downtown Cincinnati. Some seem to think having a relatively conservative day job means she wants to spend her time traveling, going to shows or picking up any number of off-the-wall hobbies.

Even though she doesn’t hate those things, that’s not all she’s interested in doing with her life. In fact, she has her eyes set on a much more colorful pastime – one that’s decked out in orange and black.

The West Side resident said it is her dream to dance with the cheerleading squad of the Cincinnati Bengals, the Ben-Gals.

To help prepare for her audition in May, Gold said signed up for 10 practice dance classes to train to be a Ben-Gal that begin March 4. She also plans to attend some of the squad’s workshops, though she’s not ashamed to admit she’s already in great shape.

One of Gold’s primary strengths is her personality, which she describes as “positive and enthusiastic.” She also likes to point out half-seriously that she was named “most spirited” in high school.

And she’s not going into this tryout on a whim, either. She has also trained for this her entire life, taking part in dance classes her entire life and cheerleading from the time she was in sixth grade.

But while she has the passion to make the team and is capable of performing the necessary dance skills, she believes she needs a little help in the glamor department.

“I noticed that they wanted glamor,” she said after the reviewing contract for the tryout.

The Bengals and several other NFL franchises recently came under fire for the lengthy list of model-like requirements they have for their cheerleaders.

Despite their lofty set of standards, Gold isn’t going to give up her dream — and neither are Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan, a former professional football player.

Gold sent a heartfelt plea to the hosts of the popular morning show “Live with Kelly and Michael” to help her achieve her goal.

“The show can glam me up, and maybe they can get me ready try out for the Bengals cheerleading squad.”

Her aim is to win the program’s “LIVE’s Look As Young As You Feel Makeover” contest. The intended purpose is to give “age-defying” new looks — a head-to-toe makeover, a shopping spree and a fresh hairstyle — to a handful of people preparing for a special life event.

Or, in Gold’s case, a new part-time job.

“I am 54 years old and a math teacher at School for Creative & Performing Arts in Cincinnati, Ohio. I am going through my second divorce and decided to try out for the BenGals Cheerleading squad. I really want to be a BenGal!!!!” she wrote in a message to show producers.

“But, in order to do that, I seriously need a lot of glamour! I think that I can do the dance steps, and I think that I can get in shape enough to do this, but I really need some glamour lessons! I know you are probably thinking that there is no way that a 54-year old woman can do this, but I really think that I can.”

The people at “LIVE” were so impressed by Gold’s note that they chose her and two other applicants to appear on the show during the week of Feb. 24-28. Each person will get to model their transformation on-air.

Producer Michael Gelman said Gold’s willingness to go after he dreams is what impressed him most. He also called her decision to compete for a spot on the Ben-Gals against women 1/3 her age “really amazing.”

“The fact that she wants to be a cheerleader, and wants to try out is really amazing,” he said.

Gold will make her appearance Feb. 26 – and she wants the world to watch.

“I am so excited!!!! I was chosen as one of three finalists to appear on the Live with Kelly and Michael Show on about February 26th!!!!! If I win, I get to fly to Hollywood to hang out on the Red Carpet for the Oscars on March 2nd!!!! They are going to provide GLAMOUR!!!!!” she wrote on Facebook shortly after finding out the news Feb. 11.

“So PLEASE vote for me online between February 26th and 27th!!!!!! I want to go to Hollywood and be a Glamour queen!!!!!”

One of the three finalists will win a trip for two to Los Angeles, Calif. The trip comes with seats at the Academy Awards red carpet and tickets to “LIVE’s After Oscar Show.”

Of course, just meeting Ripa and Strahan and visiting New York City isn’t a bad consolation prize.

“P.s. I am not going to lie, I really want to meet you both! You are both awesome!!! Michael, are we “ALL IN”??”

After the last makeover airs on the show, “LIVE’s” viewers will vote determine the grand prize winner. The lucky person will be announced Friday, Feb. 28, on during the show.

‘Survivor’: San Jose ‘beauty’ among new cast announced by CBS

By Chuck Barney
Contra Costa Times
January 22, 1014

Morgan McLeod is proving that it pays to be beautiful.

The San Jose resident and former San Francisco 49ers cheerleader is one of 18 new cast members of “Survivor,” as announced on Wednesday by CBS. And she will be competing on the “Beauty” tribe in the reality show’s latest twist which has the contestants divided into teams of “Brawn,” “Brains” and “Beauty.”

According to a CBS media release, the groupings of these tribes, each comprised of six castaways, reflect “the distinguishing qualities that people bring to the game and test whether there is any truth to the pre-conceived notion that certain characteristics will help you win the game.”

The cast also includes a high-stakes poker player, an attorney, a nuclear engineer, the president of the Miami Marlins and a former NBA all-star.

In her cast bio, McLeod, 21, says that her claim to fame was being selected to the 49ers cheerleading squad while still in high school. Her hobbies are “interior design, working out and dancing,” and she says the three words that best describe her are “mature, determined and attractive.”

The bio goes on to say that the former “Survivor” contestant she relates to most is Parvati Shallow because “she is beautiful and manipulative just like me. She has the ability to make everyone love her but also fear her.”

The reason she signed up to be on “Survivor”?

“(For) the chance to experience a once in a lifetime journey and to show everyone that just because I have huge boobs and a pretty face does not mean I am dumb. It just means I look better when I am winning.”

So she’s beautiful AND cocky.

Asked if she considers herself a Brain, a Beauty or a Brawn, McLeod replied, “I consider myself all three but if I have to pick, I would pick Beauty. Who wouldn’t want to be beautiful? When you are beautiful you get what you want and I like getting what I want.”

McLeod is the latest in a long line of Bay Area “Survivor” contestants, two of whom became champions: Vecepia Towery (2002) and Yul Kwon (2006).

“Survivor” returns for its 28th season with a two-hour premiere at 8 p.m. Feb. 26 on CBS. This edition was filmed in Cagayan, a province in the Philippines.

The rest of the cast is as follows:

Brawn Tribe

Cliff Robinson — 46; Newark, N.J.; former NBA All-Star

Lindsey Ogle — 29; Kokomo, Ind.; hairstylist

Sarah Lacina — 29; Cedar Rapids, Iowa; police officer

Tony Vlachos — 39; Jersey City, N.J.; police officer

Trish Hegarty — 48; Needham, Mass.; pilates instructor

Yung “Woo” Hwang — 29; Newport Beach, Calif.; martial arts instructor

Brains Tribe

David Samson — 45; Plantation, Fla.; president, Miami Marlins

Garrett Adelstein — 27; Santa Monica, Calif.; pro poker player

J’Tia Taylor — 31; Chicago, Ill.; nuclear engineer

Kassandra “Kass” McQuillen — 41; Tehachapi, Calif.; attorney

Latasha “Tasha” Fox — 37; St. Louis, Mo.; accountant

Spencer Bledsoe — 21; Chicago, Ill.; student

Beauty Tribe

Alexis Maxwell — 21; Addison, Ill.; student

Brice Johnston — 27; Philadelphia, Penn.; social worker

Jefra Bland — 22; Campbellsville, KY.; Miss Kentucky Teen USA

Jeremiah Wood — 34; Dobson, N.C.; male model

LJ McKanas — 34; Boston, Mass.; horse trainer

Behind the scenes with Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders before ‘Making the Team’ returns this week

By Meagan Clark
September 4, 2013

Ready? OK! The eighth season of Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team premieres at 8 p.m. Friday on CMT. On the night of the final rehearsal last month, we got to go behind the scenes and talk to a few veteran cheerleaders to see how they were handling the pressure of trying to be one of the 37 who make the roster.

Jenna from California, Kelsey from Minnesota, Jasmine from New Jersey and Jessica from Iowa made the cut as newcomers last year, but even returning cheerleaders have to audition every year and hope a newbie won’t outshine them. We asked them about their experiences leading up to this season:

What’s it like being on camera while you’re auditioning?

Jenna: Being on camera for the Making the Team show, it’s a little nerve-wracking, especially coming in for your first year, you’re just like, ‘OK, I’m just trying to prove myself. I’m just trying to get on the team.’ But at the same time, there’s a camera right up in your face, the whole time you’re dancing. It’s a little distracting… Coming in for my second year, it’s better because we just learn to ignore it.

Jasmine: It’s just stressful. It never really gets easy, because you know the world’s gonna see it, and if you mess up, someone’s gonna notice it.

Jessica: As hard as it is having the cameras around, with the added stress and pressure, it’s kind of nice that we have these little moments captured because then my family got to go through the process with me. It’s kind of a blessing in disguise.

What did you learn from your experiences on the team last year?

Jenna: They’re teaching me little things like how to speak, how to present myself.

Kelsey: Our first public appearance, we had to mix and mingle with all of these people we didn’t know. I had never been in a situation like that where you’re representing the whole organization, you’re wearing the uniform and so much is expected of you, you have these standards to uphold. I definitely think I’ve developed a lot more confidence and have developed how to be a role model and a leader.

Does everyone get along or is there drama the cameras don’t catch?

Kelsey: It’s kind of like a sorority because everyone has the same drive and passion for what we’re doing. Everyone just automatically clicks. It’s kind of like going through rush, you’ve gone through so much to make it together that you just bond over that. So everyone is really close, surprising as that is.

What are your plans if you don’t make the team?

Kelsey: You’re living your dream, so you really don’t want a plan B, as sad as that sounds. If I didn’t make it back on the team, I’d probably go back and get my master’s (degree).

Jessica: Some girls move back home.

Kelsey: Other girls go on to try out for other professional teams. If you love dancing and it’s your passion, you try everything to make it on a team.

Jasmine: DCC is like a platform. Girls can use being on this team to help them in their future, like being a director of another team. Making different connections has helped a lot of people to open studios, teach Pilates, yoga. … Not making it back isn’t the end of the world, it’s just something to say we did, and I loved it and I can move on and try something else.

Videos by Tommy Noel/The Dallas Morning News

Candice Stewart Evicted from ‘Big Brother’

(I totally missed this when it happened. In face I didn’t even know Candice as on the show. She’s a former New Orleans Saintsation, Houston Texans Cheerleader and Miss Louisiana USA.)

By Dave Walker

Former Saintsation and Miss Louisiana USA Candice Stewart was one of two “Big Brother” contestants eliminated from the CBS reality game show Thursday (Aug. 8). The other, in a surprise: Judd Daugherty.

Now a pediatric speech therapist and pageant coach in Houston, Stewart, a Xavier University graduate, joins the “jury” of evicted players that will vote on the season’s winner.

It was an unpleasant exit for her, by unanimous vote by her fellow contestants, though her later interview with Julie Chen went somewhat better. Stewart has been the target of racist remarks by her fellow contestants this season, and CBS’ response to that atmosphere sparked a controversy, which continues. It will be the issue the season is remembered for, no matter who wins. Meanwhile, the controversy has been good for the show’s ratings.

“I felt like the game got really personal this week,” Stewart told Chen. “I don’t let people talk about me.”

It’s been EIGHT YEARS? Really??


Amanda Kondolojy
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.

Seven Questions with Melissa Rycroft of Dancing with the Stars

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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Howland Grad Gets Role in Dance Show

Monday, June 3, 2013

A Howland teen’s dancing skill has landed her a recurring role on a new television series on VH-1.

Howland High School graduate Alaina Hoolihan, 19, has been dancing since the age of 3 at the James Dance and Performing Arts Center on North River Road. Now, she can be seen in the Dean Cain drama, “Hit the Floor.”

Hoolihan said it was her first audition ever and she couldn’t believe she landed the show.

“This is my 16th year of dancing and the show is all dancing,” said Hoolihan. “It’s about the Los Angeles Devil Girls, and we are the premier basketball dance team. We are like the best of the best. They wanted the best of the best dancers for this show.”

Hoolihan was still in high school when she landed the role. She was visiting her sister at the time of the audition.

“It’s crazy how it happened so fast because it usually never happens that way, but I’m thankful I can dance this young and so everything this young,”Hoolihan said.

The second episode of Hit the Floor airs Monday at 9 p.m. on VH-1.

VH1 Launches ‘Hit the Floor’

The network’s second scripted series, about a professional dance squad, premieres Monday night at 9 p.m. ET
Tony Maglio
The Wrap
May 27, 2013

VH1 is entering uncharted territory by treating its new scripted series as a reality show — at least when it comes to social media.

The network is launching a number of websites over various social media platforms on Monday, the same day that “Hit the Floor” will premiere. The transmedia strategy will see writers and producers of the series operating character-owned Facebook and Twitter pages throughout the week in an effort to drive conversation similar to VH1’s popular reality television stars.

[Hit the Floor” on Facebook]

[LA Devil Girls on Facebook]

“What we’d really love to do here is take that social fervor and bring it to a scripted show…It’s really kind of a cross-disciplinary kind of effort that we’re super-excited about,” senior vice president of connected content Dan Sacher told TheWrap. “We’re testing the boundaries of the TV experience, we’re really trying to make it a seven-days-a-week extended storyline.”

The series, which premieres Monday night at 9 p.m. ET, is a scripted show about a fictional basketball dance squad, the Devil Girls, famous in its own fabricated world. The Devil Girls, who dance for (and occasionally sleep with) the professional Los Angeles Devils men’s basketball team, are kind of like the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders with (more) attitude.

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Cheers for new VH1 scripted series ‘Hit The Floor,’ which examines the glamorous and treacherous world of big-time sports

Charlotte Ross, Dean Cain and Taylour Paige star in series about cheerleading squad for pro basketball team
New York Daily News
May 27, 2013

“Hit The Floor,” VH1’s new scripted series about the cheerleaders for a fictional pro basketball team, reconfirms one of the great truths of our time: We never really escape high school.

Except for the age of the actors, “Hit The Floor” could be a Disney or Nickelodeon movie about the obstacles that face every kid who just wants to get through high school alive.

Only now it’s those same kids a few years later, trying to survive in the glamorous and treacherous world of big-time pro sports.

The show plays its position well, establishing the lineup quickly and efficiently.

Taylour Paige plays Ahsha Hayes, who has just quit her job at a bank to try out as a cheerleader for the Los Angeles Devils.

Turns out her mother was one of the original “Devils Girls,” some 25 years earlier, and Ahsha apparently got the gene.

But “Devils” is not just a random nickname for the team or the people involved with it.

Ahsha has entered a world of guy complications, girl dramas and agendas she can’t imagine.

High school, anyone?

Jelena Howard (Logan Bryant) is the head “Devil Girl,” also known as the mean girl.

Kyle Hart (Katherine Bailess) is the girl who lives on the edge and plays by her own rules.

Olivia Vincent (Charlotte Ross) is the Devils Girls coach, hardline but fair. Dean Cain plays Pete Davenport, who coaches the basketball team and has secrets that also involve Ahsha’s mother Sloane (Kimberly Elise).

This world has been the subject of reality shows, and “Hit The Floor” shows why scripted shows are almost always more interesting. But the high school connection never recedes in a place with so much déjà vu they even have lockers.

“Hit the Floor”

Entertainment Tonight
May 22, 2013

The Laker Girls are famous the world over and now a new VH1 scripted series will reveal to the world what it takes to earn — and keep — a spot on the team!

Hit The Floor, premiering on May 27, explores the lives and loves of The Devil Girls (dancers who support The Los Angeles Devils basketball team) and ETonline scored an exclusive clip from the series premiere that introduces you to wannabe Devil Girl Ahsha (played by Taylour Paige) and her mother, Sloane (played by Kimberly Elise), who knows this treacherous, tempting world all too well having been a Devil Girl herself.

Hit The Floor premieres May 27 at 9 p.m. on VH1!

The Amazing Race Comes To The Finish

From the Buffalo Pro Cheer Blog our good friend Phil recaps how former Buffalo Jill Katie and her husband Max did on the latest season of The Amazing Race:

For the 1st time, the Buffalo Pro Cheer Blog followed a reality show pretty closely thanks to the fact that Buffalo Jills alum Katherine (2007-08) was one of the contestants along with her new husband. After a rough start to the race, Max and Katie had 1st place finishes the last two weeks going into last night’s 2-hour finale. The 1st part of the finale, which took place in Scotland and Ireland, was promising as Max and Katie again finished 1st, setting themselves up nicely for their trip back to the States.

Had they finished the race in Europe, Max and Katie would be $1,000,000 richer but luck wasn’t with them in the challenge at the Tidal Basin. After receiving a briefcase with their clue upon arrival, Max had to exchange the briefcase for another containing the next set of instructions. Unfiortunately, he had to almost circle the entire Tidal Basin to find the man with their next instructions. Whereas most of the challenges along the entire race were dependent on skills, this one seemed to be all luck. The rest of the leg was spent trying to catch up and had they had another challenge or two, they likely would’ve won as they did seem to gain on the leaders and eventual winners, the Hockey brothers Bates and Anthony Battaglia.

Max and Katie’s “amazing” journey

They called into Winging It! Monday morning after the finale aired and the audio of the call is up online.

Max and Katie learned a lot about themselves and each other through this. Katie said during the Race that if they got through it without killing each other, they could get through anything. Even though they didn’t win the million dollars, they won a lot more. These days, more than 50% of all marriages end in divorce. With everything this race put them through, I’d say they’ll be one of the long-lasting marriages that won’t end that way. That’s probably worth more than any amount of money.

Vintage Gold: The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Movies on Ebay

Someone on ebay is selling the two Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders movies on DVD. $18 for the set, and he has a few copies to sell. If you’ve never seen these movies, they’re a hoot. The movies aired on tv in 1979 and 1980. Huge ratings the first time, hence the sequel.

[Interested parties click here]

HUGE disclaimer here, folks. I don’t know the seller and am not involved in this auction in any way. As far as I know, these movies never been “officially” released on DVD, so you’re taking your chances in terms of quality (the video below is from youtube, not from the auction.) However, if you’re willing to risk it, and haven’t seen these movies, they’re awesome.

Pats cheerleaders gear up for big game

Patriots take on Ravens this Sunday
By Melissa Sardelli

Jan 16, 2013

(WPRI) – The Patriots are gearing up to take on the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Championship game this Sunday.

Fans across New England are excited to be cheering for their favorite team to make it to the Super Bowl, along with the Patriots cheerleaders who appeared on the Rhode Show to show off some of their signature moves.

The team’s cheerleaders are very active in the community. They will be holding a Junior Patriots Cheerleading Clinic happening on May 11 &18th.

The junior cheerleaders will get a chance to perform on the field in the first pre-season game alongside the veterans, also attending other promotional events.

If you’re interested in becoming a Patriots cheerleader, auditions are being held March 2nd.

Find out more on the audition process and what’s happening with the cheerleaders on their Facebook page.

Pats cheerleaders gear up for big game

Lauren Marchetti Leaves ABC’s The Bachelor

Go Local Prov
January 8, 2013

There was no rose for Rhode Island’s Lauren Marchetti last night on ABC’s season premiere of The Bachelor. Along with 5 other contestants, the former GoLocalTV anchor and Patriots Cheerleader was eliminated from the competition.

Friends on Facebook were already rallying around Marchetti, telling her that “She could do way better than Sean,” referring to this season’s new Bachelor, Sean Lowe. Lowe himself was eliminated on a previous season of ABC’s The Bachelorette.

Watch Lauren’s interview on ABC last night where she talks about her overprotective dad, her family, and more.