Kelli Finglass, the DCC director, has a mandate to have a squad of 36, making this a super competitive year. New to the mix of judges this year are two celebrities -- former DCC and Dancing with the Stars winner Melissa Rycroft and platinum-selling country music recording artist Neil McCoy. With 55 high caliber new girls making it to finals, it's intimidating for the 30 veterans as they must fight to keep their place on the team. Unfortunately for a few vets, it's the end of the line. For the super talented 43 who make training camp, the exhilaration is short lived as the reality of the most demanding dance audition in professional sports becomes real. Season nine brings everything you love -- girls reaching for their dreams and the emotional, drama-ridden journey to make them come true. The payoff is becoming part of the best team in the business -- the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders.
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Down to the Wire 12x12
Hall of Fame Week 12x11
The Next Step 12x10
The team must re-block their formations for their Hall of Fame performance, due to two suspended veterans; new vets step up as a new point of the triangle is named; the rookie candidates try to get their footing during a rehearsal.
Hit the Field 12x09
The squad goes on an appearance to support pop music star, Demi Lovato. 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.
Picture Perfect 12x08
Personality Testing 12x07
Kelli takes the ladies on location to see how they interact during a public appearance with War Veterans. Later tears are shed after a very hard decision.
Media Training 12x06
Kelli media trains the rookie candidates to determine who best represents the DCC at press events; news anchor Meredith Land tests the ladies on-camera interview skills.
Getting the Look 12x05
The ladies first need to have the ``classic'' Dallas Cowboys cheerleader look; Kelli's legendary hair and makeup transformations; assessing the ladies with a new fitness test, ``Styku.''
Empty Your Bucket 12x04
The veterans finally enter the audition process; all 83 women are judged head to head during a panel interview, a solo dance performance and on their appearance on the football field.
The 119 remaining women have one hour to learn a power pom routine and the famous kickline; the stress of mastering the choreography in such a short time leads to numerous mistakes.