Over 1,000 women, including at least one guy in jeans, took part in the 2014 Houston Texans Cheerleading tryouts this Saturday.
Like they do every year, the Houston Texans set up a panel of judges that included coaches and super-fans.
Slideshow: Texans Cheerleader Tryouts 2014
You think of cheerleaders as the ultimate guy fantasy, but many of the participants who came out were there just because. No one was turned away and of the hundreds that signed up they all got their shot to learn the moves and show off their dance moves.
After seeing so many people strut in awkward unison for over two hours everyone started to look the same. But, if you really paid attention all the women were distinct and they all fell into four different categories of cheerleader hopefuls.
The professionals. The entire cheerleading squad has to try year after year for their positions. So in the mix on tryout day are those women who could do complete back flips with healed boots on and had the dexterity of years of cheerleader trainer under their hot shorts. Amazing.
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The JKs, or the "just kiddings". This is the guy who came and waiting hours so he could do some poorly choreographed break dancing. Or, the girls who came out on a bet. There were others maybe making a feminist statement about "real girls". Fun to watch that level of confidence.
The delusional. If you're 4 ft. tall and look 17, you're probably not getting on the squad. If you can't dance to save your life, why bother? That and other features you'd never think of when you see a pro cheerleader were on display. Open calls get all types, so its good to see the diversity, but with the price of football tickets, we'd prefer the fantasy. Thanks.
Contenders If you're old enough to remember Soul Train then lets just say there were some participants who were dance-show capable. They had the looks, the moves, and maybe not the white cheerleader boots, but they were capable. When all the current cheerleaders who tried out again this time around huddled next to each other, the contenders were on the sidelines hating. Still, they had a shot.
Check out more photos from our slideshow: Texans Cheerleader Tryouts 2014