HOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) - Dozens of young women made a splash on stage, Sunday, in hopes of becoming part of the Miami Dolphins’ sideline show.
The final auditions for the 2017-18 season took place at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood.
The tryouts follow a previous audition held in Orlando, back in May, to narrow down the many hopefuls vying for a spot on the team. That audition was the first time held outside of South Florida.
The Dolphins’ director of entertainment and brand impact said this is the final stage in a long process. “There were over 1,800 women who inquired about auditions, and then there were over 500 who applied, then over 300 who showed up on the day of [the audition] to try for the spots,” said Dorie Grogan.
More than 70 hopefuls joined veteran cheerleaders on Sunday to compete for the available slots. Applicants strutting their stuff on stage for judges, including 7’s own Chris Van Vliet, who took a break from his Deco Drive duties to help choose the b-e-s-t.
Many of the ladies proved they’ve got the skills, but they’ll need more than some killer choreography to make the team. “We are looking for beautiful, talented women who are dynamic, that just have a great energy about them,” said Grogan. “[Women who], whenever fans see them on field, or when they meet them in person, that they [possess] a great energy.”
The women were forced to answer questions on the fly during a Q-and-A portion of the competition. “I would love to dance with the best team and cheer for the best fans in the NFL. I want to be here,” said one hopeful.
The audition marked the end of the road for many but a brand-new beginning for the chosen few. “It is a dream come true because it’s much more than just cheering on the sidelines,” said Grogan. “It’s a sisterhood, the bond of these ladies, whenever they’re rehearsing. It’s also an opportunity to travel the world. It’s also an opportunity to give back to your community.”
Grogan said just over 70 applicants remain in the running for 40 available slots.
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