As a former Midway High School Cheerleader, I found it very interesting when I heard that TLC was going to do a reality show following the cheerleaders. It's hard to admit, but I LOVE reality television. I think that people in general are so interesting and can't get enough of 'em. I have known several people who have been on reality tv and know enough to know that sometimes they hardly show the reality of the situation. My love for reality may change after next week!
I am still close to my High School cheer coach. I even helped her start an All Star cheer gym in my hometown 8 years ago that I worked at for 5 years. She had been the Cheer coach for almost 20 years at Midway, and had led them to Nationals for the majority of those years. Last year, unbenounced to her, she was no longer the cheer coach at Midway High School. (that is a whole different story). This is the part where I am reminded that everything happens for a reason, which may have not been clear at the time.
The Cheerleaders were given a new coach who was quick to sign them up for a reality show on TLC. TLC followed them for several months and it turned out, that for the first time in many, many years they did not do so well competing. I guess worse than unentertaining cheerleading is unentertaining television. The show is set to be aired on Monday, November 6th at 6pm on TLC under the name Texas Cheer Mom's.
I hate that title and everything that it portrays. Working in the cheer industry, I fully understand that the idea of the "Texas cheer mom" absolutely exists; however there is a lot of positivity surrounding the sport that often doesn't get seen. TLC apparently felt that the sport and characters of the girls was too uninteresting to play into, so they decided to make it about the Mom's. I think they are missing a big opportunity to show how the positive side to these girls and this sport. I happened to have coached a handful of the girls that are going to be portrayed and am nervous to see how it is going to go.
It was told to me that the school administrators have seen the first four episodes and were appalled. They went as far as to try and get the series pulled before it could be aired with no luck.
I will be watching with my hands over my eyes. It will be interesting if anything. If you happen to catch the show, let me know what you think.