VALLEY RANCH (CBSDFW.COM) – It’s that time of year again! The 2012-2013 Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader squad will be chosen over the next few weeks here in North Texas.

Hundreds of hopefuls are expected to fly in from all across the country and even from overseas. Their goal? To become one of America’s Sweethearts!

Since 1972 the iconic Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders have entertained football fans, our military overseas, Presidents and Royalty. But it’s never easy to pick the ‘best of the best’ that come out to audition.

Hopefuls must be at least 18 years old and ready to learn a dance routine on the spot. Hopefuls must also perform a dance solo. There are 12 judges (I am proud to be a judge again this year for the 9th year in a row!).

Once again CMT will film the entire process for their top rated “Making the Team” reality television show. The series is in its 7th year.

I spoke to three returning cheerleaders at Valley Ranch and they all said the audition process is even more nerve wracking as a veteran! You now know the stakes and you want it even more!

This year as in years past the judges will select approximately 40 girls to take to training camp. The actual squad will be whittled down to 34 after training camp performances.

You’ll expect the talented candidates to be in peak form from now going forward, until the first pre-season game in August.

If you think you have what it takes — come out to Cowboy Stadium this Saturday by 8 a.m. and get in line with the rest of the hopefuls. Everyone has the same chance.

A footnote – this year there are two grandmothers trying out for the squad, so there is no reason to not take a chance! See you at tryouts!

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