Shelbi, of Dallas, dances during the 2016 Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders final auditions held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Saturday May 21, 2016. (Andy Jacobsohn/The Dallas Morning News)

Shelbi, of Dallas, dances during the 2016 Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders final auditions held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Saturday May 21, 2016. (Andy Jacobsohn/The Dallas Morning News)

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Who will be one of America's Sweethearts? 

The final round of Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader auditions were held over the weekend at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. Check out the video below for a sneak peek of the action. 

More than 500 candidates showed up for the preliminaries last week. That number was quickly reduced to 71, including 23 veterans. (Even if you were on the team last season, you still had to tryout like all the other finalists.) The 71 ladies performed individual presentations, then danced as a group on the field of AT&T Stadium. And they come from all over. Locals were mixed in with hopefuls from Iowa, Wisconsin, and even Australia and Japan. 

All eyes were on the finalists as 16 judges from the media and entertainment world watched their every move. Judges included Candice Romo, wife of Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and Meredith Land, evening anchor at KXAS-TV (NBC 5). If dancing individually or as a group wasn't enough, each candidate also had to go through panel interviews with the judges. 

"Whether a candidate makes the team or not depends on competition, but just the experience of trying out for America's sweethearts is a bucket list moment for many," said director Kelli McConagill Finglass in a news release. 

So who made it? That's kept a secret as the auditions and finalist announcements are part of the CMT reality show Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team. It premieres on August 4 at 8 p.m.  

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