Thursday, May 15, 2008
By Chris Holmes
NASHVILLE, TN, May 14, 2008 — The 2008 Tennessee Titans’ cheerleading auditions came to a close on Tuesday in front of a packed house at City Hall in downtown Nashville.
The final audition, presented by Sun Tan City, consisted of the remaining 53 hopefuls performing in front of a panel of 12 celebrity judges. The judges were joined in the private seating area by Titans staff and players, including safety Michael Griffin, kicker Rob Bironas, cornerback Eric King and wide receiver Justin McCareins.
Outside the private seating area, family members and supporters of the cheerleading candidates waved signs and cheered enthusiastically for their favorite contestant. Many of them were experiencing their first Titans cheerleading audition. Each lady had a chance to show off her best moves in groups of three, performing to contemporary dance music while host, “DJ Clyde the Glyde” riled up the crowd.
The grueling process of selecting the final squad began April 19 with nearly 200 applicants and culminated with the selection of 32 girls that now make up the 2008 Titans Cheerleading squad. Each member of the final 2008 squad was called to the stage and presented with a rose during the night’s final ceremony.
Kristen, and her twin sister Alyson from Hendersonville, Tenn., made the squad this year for the first time.
“I tried out last year and didn’t make it, so this year we were so excited,” Kristen said. “The most challenging aspect was learning the dance and going out and doing it in front of all these people. I was really nervous.”
Jocey, a recent graduate of Nashville School of Law, also made the team for the first time. Her father, Floyd, from Savannah Tenn., spoke about what she did to prepare for the competition. “She’s worked hard since she was five years old and has gone to schools all over and has about 20 years of dance experience,.” He said.
Titans Director of Cheerleaders Stacie Kinder was pleased with the judges’ final choices.
“This was one of our best pools of talent yet and it is always a tough decision,” Kinder said. “The judges did a wonderful job and we are pleased with who we have. We are looking forward to a great year.”
The next step for the Titans’ cheerleading squad will be a photo shoot at the Sandestin Golf Resort in Destin, Fla. during the last week in May.
[Final Audition Slideshow](photos by Bub Edwards)