The BEST Episodes of Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jan 17, 2022

Network: CMT

It takes a lot more than pompoms and a winning smile to become a member of one of the nation's most iconic cheerleading teams in the world as CMT discovers in the two-hour special, Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team. CMT cameras document the audition process as 1,000 women descend upon Texas Stadium for Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders open auditions. CMT cameras will capture the entire journey of the 2005-2006 squad from auditions, through training camp, all the way to the first home game, with unprecedented access. "Through the years, I have found that most people don't truly understand what it takes to be a cheerleader," says Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders director Kelli McGonagill Finglass. "This CMT special breaks through the mystique of the organization to reveal a group of women with extraordinary talent, sacrifice and diversity. I am proud for the nation to see how truly impressive the ladies are while always embracing a humble, hometown girl spirit." With unlimited access, CMT's original special will take viewers every step of the way, as the field of candidates is whittled down from more than 1,000 to just 38. CMT will go behind the scenes throughout the three audition phases -- preliminaries, semifinals and finals. Then it's off with the 45 remaining candidates for a grueling three-month training camp to learn more than 50 song-and-dance routines for the upcoming football season. Ultimately 38 women will be selected for the 2005-2006 Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders squad, and CMT will be there as they perform at the first home game against their rivals, the Washington Redskins.

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Turn Them Out

#1 - Turn Them Out

Season 16 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 15, 2021

Criscilla Anderson teaches LA-style choreography and gives some hard-learned life lessons; Emmy-winning choreographer Travis Wall comes to help Kelli and Judy make some tough decisions.

star 9.38
8 votes
Week 2

#2 - Week 2

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 11, 2008

In the finals audition, the competition really heats up.  Now, surviving candidates must go head-to-head against experienced veteran cheerleaders for a coveted spot in the DCC Training Camp. All trying out are interviewed by judges, have their backgrounds checked and are asked to perform solo dance routines.  Which candidates can handle the stress and “WOW” the judges to prove they are the total package?  Only 45 have what it takes and in a dramatic DCC upset, returning veteran cheerleaders are not invited back to the squad.

star 9.20
5 votes
Show Group Showdown

#3 - Show Group Showdown

Season 16 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 29, 2021

The DCC candidates try out for coveted positions on the elite show group; with five cuts left to make the top 36, some candidates stand out in a bad way.

star 9.11
9 votes
Week 8

#4 - Week 8

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 22, 2008

With more cuts looming, and only two rehearsals left, the girls struggle into their famous white cowboy boots for the first time. Then, Judy and Megan Fox dish out the critiques as they run through their final dance routines. In the blistering heat of Texas Stadium, Jay puts the girls' endurance to the test with an event he calls Pom Pom Punishment. It's four minutes of non-stop madness that should get the girls in shape for their pre-game dance, kick line, and flying splits. Later, Kelli and Judy make their final decisions as the girls dance their hearts out on the practice field. Suddenly, a veteran is on the bubble. Amid tears of disappointment, Kelli makes the very last cuts. Relief fills the hearts of all as the '08-'09 squad is announced. It's off to the team photo and some poolside sun bathing, as the girls bond at the DCC annual campout. Join 65,000 screaming Cowboys fans as the cheerleaders hit the turf and wow the entire stadium and themselves during their first Dallas Cowboys football game of the season.

star 9.00
4 votes
Game Day

#5 - Game Day

Season 8 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 1, 2013

This is it, a last chance, as the girls finally learn their fate. Dreams start coming true as the girls pose for Squad Photo.

star 9.00
4 votes
We Have a Team

#6 - We Have a Team

Season 15 - Episode 8 - Aired Jan 13, 2021

Kelli & Judy fight through adversity to announce the new squad.

star 9.00
10 votes
Social Media Dilemma

#7 - Social Media Dilemma

Season 16 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 8, 2021

Denise DiCharry teaches high level choreography to see who learns quickly. Kelli gets to know the rookie candidates better during uniform fittings. And will an inappropriate post on social media lead to one of the ladies being cut?

star 9.00
6 votes
Gettin' Real

#8 - Gettin' Real

Season 15 - Episode 3 - Aired Dec 8, 2020

star 8.88
8 votes
Vets Aren't Safe

#9 - Vets Aren't Safe

Season 15 - Episode 5 - Aired Dec 23, 2020

Famed celebrity choreographer, Travis Wall teaches and realizes the new candidates are tough competition for the veterans.

star 8.88
8 votes
Field Ready

#10 - Field Ready

Season 14 - Episode 9 - Aired Sep 27, 2019

The women take the field for the first time in their signature DCC boots; learning the DCC entrance proves very challenging for some, while others struggle to get accustomed to dancing in cowboy boots.

star 8.87
15 votes
You Are Wasting Our Time!

#11 - You Are Wasting Our Time!

Season 16 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 12, 2021

A veteran's shocking exit leads Kelli and Judy to make their toughest decision of the season.

star 8.86
7 votes
Game Day

#12 - Game Day

Season 13 - Episode 13 - Aired Oct 25, 2018

The final rehearsal - to cut or not to cut, that is the question; dreams come true as the squad photo is taken; the ladies hit the field for their first game, but first they must prove the moment isn't too big for them.

star 8.85
13 votes
Call the medic!

#13 - Call the medic!

Season 16 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 1, 2021

The candidates are taught techniques to get their kicks even higher; Evan Miller teaches his fast-paced choreography that has Kelli concerned for one of the candidates.

star 8.75
8 votes
Upstaged

#14 - Upstaged

Season 15 - Episode 6 - Aired Dec 29, 2020

As the candidates perform different genres of dance it becomes clear who has great stage presence and who doesn't.

star 8.73
11 votes
Judge's Showcase

#15 - Judge's Showcase

Season 16 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 17, 2021

The team's largest and most talented training camp must impress DCC judges with solos and field dances to stay in the running.

star 8.73
11 votes
Week 6

#16 - Week 6

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 8, 2008

The entire squad needs a wake up call and guest choreographer Kitty Carter gives it to them. She takes the group through a grueling dance rehearsal only to leave a few girls emotional wrecks. Then it's time for a lesson in DCC etiquette. The fashion dos and don'ts put the squad on notice that they must perform off the field in the perfect DCC style.  When Jay shows up with Dallas Cowboys football players, the game is on, in the 1st annual Vets vs. Rookies football game. The night's rehearsal is a challenge as the pace quickens and missteps on the dance floor lead to more girls falling short of the mark. Kelli continues cutting as she looks for the best 36 in the room!

star 8.67
6 votes
Stomp the Roach!

#17 - Stomp the Roach!

Season 16 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 22, 2021

Judy teaches the DCC entrance and the candidates must do jump splits for the first time, though not everyone is successful. A rookie rehearsal reveals the weaker candidates.

star 8.67
12 votes
Unexpected

#18 - Unexpected

Season 15 - Episode 2 - Aired Dec 1, 2020

star 8.64
11 votes
Everybody Needs a Dream

#19 - Everybody Needs a Dream

Season 16 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 19, 2021

With the final full squad announced, Kelli leads the team into the pressures of Game Day, including a first-time ever performance

star 8.64
11 votes
I've Heard Rumors

#20 - I've Heard Rumors

Season 16 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 5, 2021

Kelli and Judy have announcements to share. A veteran gives a surprising and heartfelt goodbye.

star 8.63
8 votes
First Home Game

#21 - First Home Game

Season 7 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 9, 2012

The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders are in full dance mode preparing for their first regular season home game performance. Kelli and Judy want the choreography to be perfect and press the girls through a few intense rehearsals.

star 8.60
5 votes
Like No Other

#22 - Like No Other

Season 15 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 24, 2020

After an unusual online audition process, the rookie candidates for the 2020 squad move into an isolated training camp bubble amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

star 8.60
10 votes
You Came to Play!

#23 - You Came to Play!

Season 16 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 24, 2021

Melissa Rycroft comes to the first rehearsal to look for showmanship mentoring candidates; then Brittany Perry-Russel shakes up teh candidates with her choreography.

star 8.60
10 votes
Week 8

#24 - Week 8

Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired Dec 11, 2010

Thirty-four rookie candidates and veterans suit up for the squad photo. But a day of celebration and joy is dampened by the fact that DCC director Kelli McGonagill Finglass and DCC choreographer Judy Trammel have yet to officially announce the 2010 squad. Tensions run high among the girls as Kelli and Judy inspect each in the DCC uniform. Will the girls win Judy's and Kelli's approval, or will this be the last time some of them wear the iconic star-spangled uniform? With the squad finally set, the 2010 DCC take to the turf of Cowboys Stadium for their first field performance in front of 85,000 ecstatic fans. For the rookies, it is a once-in-a-lifetime moment, and the veterans cherish the reignited excitement once again. Next it's time for the 2011 DCC Swimsuit Calendar photo shoot, and we follow the veterans on their trip to an exotic location in Mexico. The tropical surroundings and top model treatment have the girls letting their hair down as we get an inside look at how this celebrated calendar comes to life. Finally, the DCC Show Group is scheduled to take to the stage at Cowboys Stadium for the Super Bowl Kickoff event. These girls are the most accomplished and powerful dancers on the squad, but the staging is tricky and rehearsals reveal they have yet to master the choreography. By show time, Judy and Kelli make the necessary adjustments and the DCC deliver another explosive performance.

star 8.55
11 votes
Who's Got The Magic

#25 - Who's Got The Magic

Season 14 - Episode 8 - Aired Sep 20, 2019

star 8.50
18 votes