Tonight on CMT, find out what it takes to become a “Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders: Making the Team 9.” How does it feel to be one of 500 women who believe they deserve to be a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader. Go through the tryout process and experience the rigors that these women go through just to wear that uniform.
Out of the 500 girls who try out for the 2014-2015 season, they will be put through the toughest dance audition in professional sports. Kelli Finglass, the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders director, has a mandate to have a squad of 36; making this a super competitive year. Two celebrity judges; former Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader and Dancing With the Stars winner Melissa Rycroft and platinum-selling country music recording artist Neal McCoy joined the mix this season. Quickly, it becomes clear to all the judges that the level of talent is very high as they witness jaw-dropping dance moves.
Their job is to bring the field of 500 down to 110 for the semi-finals, which will surely be a task of great trepidation. These 110 will learn a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders dance routine the group will then be reduced by half to 55. See firsthand, how some hopes and dreams are crushed, while others are fulfilled.
After nine seasons, it does not get any easier, but these women aspired to this job as children and have practiced, attended dance classes and worked each day to follow this dream. This is not just a whim; it is a dedication. A dedication that pays so little, one would wonder if it is worth it? They receive $150 per home game, that is $1,500 a season. Not much when compared to the enormous salaries the players receive. They could make more at Olive Garden; however, this notoriety is much more important to them, and there are other incentives, like public appearances. However, they put in an enormous amount of time practicing; sometimes up to six hours per practice, several nights a week. If they work a full-time job, it is a very long day. Figure in no compensation for practice time and game days can be 12-hours long for a $150 paycheck.