The BEST Episodes of Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 20, 2021

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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Week 2

#1 - 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
Week 8

#2 - 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
We have a team

#3 - 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
Gettin' Real

#4 - Gettin' Real

Season 15 - Episode 3 - Aired Dec 8, 2020

star 8.88
8 votes
Vets aren't safe

#5 - 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

#6 - 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
Game Day

#7 - 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

#8 - 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 8.70
10 votes
Week 6

#9 - 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
Game Day

#10 - 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 8.67
3 votes

#11 - Unexpected

Season 15 - Episode 2 - Aired Dec 1, 2020

star 8.64
11 votes
First Home Game

#12 - 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

#13 - 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
Week 8

#14 - 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

#15 - Who's Got The Magic

Season 14 - Episode 8 - Aired Sep 20, 2019

star 8.50
18 votes
Time is Running Out

#16 - Time is Running Out

Season 14 - Episode 12 - Aired Oct 18, 2019

star 8.50
16 votes

#17 - Overwhelmed

Season 14 - Episode 4 - Aired Aug 23, 2019

36 hours after making Training Camp the candidates are thrust into a new level of pressure. Some break down.

star 8.44
18 votes
Proving You're the Best

#18 - Proving You're the Best

Season 14 - Episode 7 - Aired Sep 13, 2019

star 8.44
16 votes
The Bubble Bursts

#19 - The Bubble Bursts

Season 15 - Episode 7 - Aired Jan 6, 2021

Training Camp has come down to a dance off. With many dreams on the line, things come to a grinding halt as Kelli gets some bad news.

star 8.43
7 votes
Choreography Competitions

#20 - Choreography Competitions

Season 14 - Episode 2 - Aired Aug 9, 2019

With the field narrowed down to 101 women, the pressure is on. They must conquer their nerves, master tough choreography, and learn the famous kickline. Melissa Rycroft and Charm LaDonna are featured.

star 8.42
19 votes
It's Going Down

#21 - It's Going Down

Season 14 - Episode 3 - Aired Aug 16, 2019

It’s Finals! The new rookie candidates face off against the re-auditioning veterans. Melissa Rycroft and Charm LaDonna are featured.

star 8.42
19 votes
Hit The Field

#22 - Hit The Field

Season 12 - Episode 9 - Aired Sep 28, 2017

The squad goes on an appearance to support pop music star Demi Lovato; the ladies learn the entrance to the famed pre-game dance.

star 8.42
24 votes
Picture Perfect

#23 - Picture Perfect

Season 14 - Episode 11 - Aired Oct 11, 2019

star 8.39
18 votes
High Performance

#24 - High Performance

Season 7 - Episode 8 - Aired Oct 26, 2012

The squad has their first game day performance behind them, but after a bad rehearsal Kelli warns her new team she will cut girls if they don’t give 110 percent.

star 8.33
3 votes
Week 5

#25 - Week 5

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 1, 2008

After saying goodbye to one of their own, reality sets in for the remaining training camp candidates:  nobody's position on the squad is secure.  Hard charging, Kitty Carter is asked to work with the weaker girls and whip them into shape.  The rookies are given “makeovers” to transform them into the image of a DCC.  Can these makeovers give them enough confidence to raise their performance?  Tonight is proof that your past can come back to haunt you as girls are called into Kelli’s office.  How many live to dance another day?

star 8.29
7 votes