NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- In another close competition, the Tennessee Titans selected their 2015 cheerleaders in front of a sold-out crowd at Wildhorse Saloon on a night that included a surprise appearance by iconic rock star Steven Tyler of Aerosmith.
Titans Director of Cheerleaders called Sunday night's competition, sponsored by Price's Collision Centers, "extremely close" among the finalists.
Titans Cheerleaders compete for a spot on the 2015 squad during Final Auditions, presented by Price's Collision Centers, Sunday, May 3 at the Wildhorse Saloon. (Donn Jones Photography.com)
"We had just an incredible night of auditions," Kinder said. "The 47 finalists looked gorgeous and put on an amazing show. I can't wait to get started with the 2015 season."
The squad had been trimmed from 200 to 47 ladies during preliminary auditions held last month at Saint Thomas Sports Park.
The finalists spent the last few weeks rehearsing for Sunday night, while undergoing formal business interviews with Kinder.
A panel of celebrity judges that included former Titans linebacker Keith Bulluck, award-winning producer Michael Knox, multi-platinum selling artist Taj George and American Idol Top 10 finalist Paul McDonald, helped narrow the field to 28 ladies.
The cheerleaders will have little time to celebrate as they prepare to leave for their 2015 photo shoot at the Edgewater Beach and Golf Resort in Panama, City, Fla.
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2015 TENNESSEE TITANS CHEERLEADERS