The audition is a lengthy three to four day process during which the perspective cheerleaders must learn new dances, participate in a fifteen minute interview and show their stuff in front of both professional and fan judges.
Although it's certainly easiest to audition for and join an existing team, there is also the possibility of starting a team, which offers flexibility in the team you create, but is a lot of work to get a team up and running.
The audition episodes are considered by some to be their favorite part of the show, watching the lengths to which people are willing to go for a shot at stardom - not to mention some singers who are in serious denial.
Ultimately, even if you aspire to be a professional dancer in a corps de ballet and not a soloist, these finishing touches on your form are what will make the difference between a passable and a successful audition.
After delivering a shaky performance that others have blamed on her nerves and the building pressures from the media, she came back and sang a flawless and moving version of the same song she did for her audition.