Tuesday, July 2, 2013 , Updated 12:00 p.m., September 6, 2013
Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders reality show premieres September 6
Only 5 rookies make the cut.
ARLINGTON Back for its eighth year, Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making The Team will bounce through eight episodes as women vie for a coveted spot on America's Team's cheer roster. The premiere is September 6 on CMT.
We photographed part of the auditions in May, and competition really is tough: Hopefuls can toss their hair all they want, but if they don't have the precise moves and look, they don't make the cut. Nearly 500 women auditioned, coming from as far as Japan and Australia, for just 37 spots. And even more interesting: 32 veterans returned to the squad, so there is only room for five brand-new dancers.
The show features director Kelli McGonagill Finglass and choreographer Judy Trammell, according to a press release.
"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," reads a statement.
Sneak-peek some key moments during auditions in May:
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