Thursday, August 02, 2007

Big Easy Buzz: Twenty-Four Women Chosen to 2007-08 Honeybees 

Posted by Sasha at 1:16 PM ET

By: Jim Eichenhofer
July 24, 2007

On Sunday, I was among about 400 people who attended the final round of Honeybees auditions at Generations Hall in New Orleans. The 2007-08 Honeybees roster was unveiled, consisting of 24 members. Hornets.com is planning to post a handful of photo galleries from Sunday’s festivities, and we hope to have a new Honeybees homepage up on the website very soon.

In the meantime, a few notes on the 2007-08 Honeybees and Sunday’s event:

• Due to the overlapping NBA and NFL seasons, women in New Orleans must choose between participating on either the Honeybees or the Saintsations. The 2007-08 Honeybees actually have seven members with previous experience on the New Orleans Saints’ cheerleading squad, including Angelle M., who has been a member of the Honeybees for the last two seasons. One of the first-time Honeybees, Stacey, was a Saintsation for three years while she attended college. In 2006, the LSU graduate was featured by FHM magazine

• Of the 24 members of the current squad, 11 have participated with the Honeybees in previous seasons. Among those who were on the 2006-07 squad, Martine, Trista, Donna, Adrienne P., Shannon, Adrienne C. and Angelle are returning to the Honeybees this season.

• Former Honeybee Dawn Richard, now a member of the international pop group Danity Kane, performed during a break in Sunday’s Honeybees finals and thrilled the audience by singing her group’s hit song “Show Stopper.”

• Special thanks go out to the celebrity judges who helped handle the arduous task of selecting the final roster, including Gus Kattengell (WWL radio), Wild Wayne (Q93 radio), Trapper John (KKND 106.7) and Neil Wilson (DIVA 92.3).

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