OneRepublic and 5 Other Artists Discovered on 'So You Think You Can Dance'
So You Think You Can Dance is renowned for featuring some of the coolest music on reality TV — Sleigh Bells, M.I.A., Bjork, Robyn, Hot Chip, Sam Sparro, Roisin Murphy, Goldfrapp, et al. Forget about that corny wedding band on Dancing With the Stars. SYTYCD is truly in step with what's going on in music.
But there are some musical acts that have benefited from the SYTYCD exposure more than others, including OneRepublic, who went on to greatness after their first single was featured on the show. Tyce Diorio's contemporary routine to "Apologize" for Danny Tidwell and Anya Garnis really put Ryan Tedder and company on the map. Danny and Anya ended up in the bottom three that week, but soon "Apologize" was on top of the charts. OneRepublic were later invited to perform their debut single on a SYTYCD results show. And the rest was history... as the band explains in the flashback 2008 interview above.
Here are five other big winners in the So You Think You Can Dance songbook:
5. Olafur Arnaulds
Clearly the SYTYCD choreographers are in love with this Icelandic composer's oeuvre. Either that, or Olafur makes his music really easy and cheap to license. But it's probably the former case. The neo-classicist's sweeping soundscapes serve as the ideal backdrops for SYTYCD's push/pull/love/hate routines, which explains why his music has been featured on the show six times, in couples' dances choreographed by the great Stacey Tookey, Travis Wall, and Sonya Tayeh, as well as in solos. We've already heard more Olafur compositions this season.