The Hunt to replace the Cruising heart-throbs had to include choosing NOT to accept quite a few “can’t-miss” girls, proving that the UCLA Spirit Squad will not be self-destructing in 5 seconds, or any time soon
How do you replace a legend? And how do you replace THREE legends?
The answer is, “You can’t.” But with the Holy Trinity of Katie, Brianna, and Elise looking on from loge seats in Pauley Pavilion on Sunday, Mollie Vehling and her Selection Committee came as close as possible to being able to honsetly say “Mission Accomplished.”
Shockingly, the FINAL RESULTS are already posted on UCLA’s Spirit web site, so you will be able to see in the photos below exactly who will be cheering on your Bruins next season. First of all, all the girls from last year’s squad who tried for for next year’s squad MADE it. That would be Roxanne of the Cheer Squad, and 5 Dance Teamers: Jenna, Nicolette, Erin, Maya, and Nikki. Apparently, no other female Cheer Squad member beside Roxanne desired to return, and neither did Shannon or Rachel of the Dance Team. Shannon was in attendance, and there was a Rachel sighting, I’m told. And by the way, I mean absolutely no disrespect to those two, by highlighting Katie, Brianna, and Elise — Those three have just been in my heart a little longer. And as I told them on Sunday, they spoiled me — The Dance Team will never be the same. But that doesn’t mean that it won’t still be the Nation’s Best.
You already know how stellar the returnees are, and you are about to see how phenomenal the new class is. In fact, you’ve probably already scanned the photos, and then come back to check out these notes, so you are already pleased. And before I talk about the new class, I want to whine that one of my absolute favorites on Sunday did not make the cut. The public cannot really hear the INTERVIEW portion of the audition process, so I certainly can not in good faith CRITICIZE the committee for any choices that they make. Not to mention, I am certainly not an expert on the Art of Dance. So 80% of my opinion is SUBJECTIVELY based on PURE LOOKS (face and figure), and maybe 20% on Spirit Level/Demeanor…
That being said, I am really disappointed to not see #236 on the Final Roster (I don’t want to put her name here, because I feel sad for her). I thought her Dance moves were great, and obviously, I thought she was beautiful — UCLA Spirit Squad beautiful. But like I said, maybe 11 other girls had superior interviews, or more technical skill.
The only thing that I WILL say about the Interview, is that I did hear a tiny bit of one of Maya’s answers, and she was simply captivating. In just a five-second snippet of a soundbyte, I thought I heard something really heartwarming, about her being a Bruin. [I hope Mollie doesn’t consider this an invasion of the privacy of the Interviews. It was just like ONE sentence, out of 90 minutes of Interviews.]
Now, back to the New Recruits. First of all, congratulations are in order… to the PARENTS of #220, whose name, apparently, is Francesca. I don’t know if Mom picked that name or not, but I wouldn’t be surprised at all — Cool name, really cool Mom. In fact, I would say that Mom was probably on a high-caliber Dance Team too, and not that long ago. Okay, who am I kidding? With all due respect to the Francesca’s Dad, Francesca’s Mom could have taken the Pauley floor on Sunday and easily gotten my vote. And she has a son on the Arizona football Team! He’s a Kickoff Specialist… Hope he doesn’t want to kick my ass now. My adoration of his Mother is all meant with the utmost respect!!
I am going to collect all my shots of Francesca, and send them to her Parents, if they want. Actually, a really nice guy WITH A MUCH, MUCH BETTER CAMERA, is probably already got them covered. And by the way, a note to the Parents: The reason why that Francesca Leap Shot that I showed you on the camera isn’t posted below is that it actually came out a little too blurry. But you guys may still like it, and others that are similar, so if you contact me, I’ll send them to you. Either way, I plan on posting lots more of her HERE, during the week… and you’re not going to BELIEVE what happens here during Football Season! You may get TIRED of your OWN daughter!
I’m just really happy that Francesca made it — Not only did I think she deserved it on merit, but also, it’s pretty cool to have met the parents of one the Dance Teamers (especially because they were normal, and nice). It changes things slightly when you know that Dad is going to be checking out the photos I post of his sweet little Princess! No worries, Pop — I usually show a little “respect” to Mollie’s Girls (because Mollie would kill me if I didn’t!!).
I am going to post about 50 photos from the Auditions, over the next few days, starting with the best 14 right now. The captions of the solo pics will mention whether the person in the photo made it or not. Also, I’ll try to talk about the selection PROCESS a little more when I have more time. If you want the full list of names and numbers, go to the Official UCLA Spirit site.
And one last comment: I’m not a style/fashion guy by any means, but Katie, Brianna, and Elise all looked amazing. I was too in awe to remember anything, and I didn’t think it would be appropriate to snap their photos while they were just unsuspecting students in the crowd, but I think Katie had on these shiny black pumps (do they still call them that?) and Elise had on these very striking stick heels with designer jeans, I think. See? I don’t know what I’m talking about. All I know is that the threesome looked breathtaking from head to toe, probably without even trying hard. Legends, indeed.
[As always, the photos enlarge when you click on them, and to see the captions, just MOUSE-OVER the photos.]
Okay – Let’s get on with it already!