Friday, September 6, 2013
Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders’ reality show returns Friday
We chatted with cheerleaders as they handled the pressure of making the team.
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 Lene from California, Kelsey Lauren from Minnesota, Jasmine Raphaella from New Jersey and Jessica Marie 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?
Lene: 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.
Raphaella: 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.
Marie: 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?
Lene: They’re teaching me little things like how to speak, how to present myself.
Lauren: 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?
Lauren: 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?
Lauren: 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).
Marie: Some girls move back home.
Lauren: 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.
Raphaella: 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.
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