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DCC: Making the Team heads to training camp and cuts begin

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There is definitely a point at which a person is too old to make the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, but could 18-year-old Jenna Lene be cut from training camp for looking too young?

Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team on CMT is going through the process once again, this time choosing from a large range of (mostly) young, talented women. This season, both DCC director Kelli Finglass and DCC choreographer Judy Trammell made it clear: They have a lot of talent to choose from, so being slack, even as a veteran, is not going to get a girl into that coveted DCC uniform. And, as Charlotte Jones Anderson, executive VP for the Dallas Cowboys, expressed, while they are always picky, they can be extra picky this year. Even some veterans found themselves being shown the door in the finals.

So, does that mean a girl could get cut simply for having looks that are too “young” for the DCC image?

All of the girls have a story, and a reason why they are inspired to audition for the “often imitated, never equaled” Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders; Jenna Lene, an 18-year-old high school graduate currently living with her military family in Camp Casey, South Korea, was inspired after meeting some of the DCC members abroad:

“The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders came out to Korea for their USO tour, and they did a cheer clinic for my cheer team, and I was just very inspired, and I love everything they do. They have the same qualities that I think I have, and I think I could give a lot to them. … I’m ready, and I think I’ll fit in pretty well.”

Not a bad pitch. But, the “problem,” if you can call it that, with Jenna Lene is that, unlike some high schoolers who look about 10 years older than they actually are, Jenna Lene looks like she’s probably in junior high, at best.

But, then again, aren’t the DCC supposed to be the “all-American girl-next-door?”

Well, yes, but not literally the GIRL next door.

Cute, but Uncomfortably Young Appearance?

The judges all seem to like her; she is, as they have said, cute as a button, and she definitely has high energy. But, it’s hard to get beyond how young she appears, especially when placed next to some of the other candidates.

“I think she looks like 15, and I cannot get past that,” one judge remarked.

“I think you could really see it in the screen in the group,” Anderson said. “She was right next to Jessica, and there was just a big, womanly difference. She is darling, she is super-cute, but she is just a little young.”

She made it into training camp; possibly a make-over will help? And, of course, there is a lot of work yet to do; her dance skills may prove to be her downfall in the end. But, if not, could she get cut for simply looking too young? More than that, should she?

Stay tuned.

Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team airs tonight, Friday, September 14, on CMT, at 9/8c.

Image: CMT


I've loved this show for years, now; it's just fascinating, for some reason. Maybe because it's something I could never do in 100 lifetimes? :D There will be a new recap coming up shortly, btw; working on it right now! :)

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