With the field narrowed down to 119 women, the pressure is on. They must quickly learn a power pom routine and the famous kickline in order to perform it an hour later before the judges. The stress of learning the choreography in such a short time causes many mistakes.
The veterans finally enter the audition process. Now all 83 women are judged head to head during a panel interview, a solo dance performance and on their appearance on the football field as seen and the big screen. This high stress day will change the course of many lives as those selected head to training camp.
44 women begin the very first training camp at the new 1 billion dollar Cowboys' facility, The Star. At the First Meeting, Kelli lays down the law and makes it clear that eight women will be sent home this summer. First impressions count as the ladies try to "wow" Kelli and Judy with their talent. DCC alumni weigh in on the rookie candidates.
First the ladies need to have the "classic look" of a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader. Kelli's hair and make-up transformations are legendary. The ladies are also assessed through a new state of the art fitness test, "Styku".
Personality is critical when representing the DCC brand. Kelli takes the women on location to see how they interact during a public appearance. Melissa Rycroft teaches an innovative showmanship workshop.
Katy Perry's choreographer, Nick Florez, stops by to offer some performance advice to the ladies. A day that each cheerleader never forgets. The first time they wear the DCC uniform to pose for their cameo photos.
The ladies learn the entrance to the famed pre-game dance. It's a make or break moment. If a woman can't learn it quickly it might be her last night. Country music star, RaeLynn stops by to offer some encouragement. One unlucky lady is sent home.