6 Artists Discovered on 'So You Think You Can Dance'
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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. Here are six.
1. Christina Perri
Back in 2010, a dancer friend of this struggling singer-songwriter got the demo for "Jar of Hearts" into the hands of SYTYCD choreographer Stacey Tookey — who loved it so much, she asked the then-unsigned songstress to rush-record a professional version to be used for a Billy Bell/Kathryn McCormick contemporary routine. The song then exploded overnight, hitting No. 13 on iTunes, No. 23 on the Billboard Hot Digital Songs chart, No. 58 on the Billboard Hot 100, No. 10 on Amazon's digital singles chart, and No. 2 on Billboard's Heatseekers countdown. And it quickly sold more than 100,000 copies — all without any label support. This led to Christina being invited to perform the song live on a SYTYCD results show, while all-stars Neil Haskell and Allison Holker danced around her piano. A deal with Atlantic Records soon followed. Christina, who performed on the show this week, has credited SYTYCD with literally changing her entire life.
2. Lady Gaga
Way back in 2008, this then-unknown pop starlet made of one her first U.S. television appearances on SYTYCD, singing the Season 4 theme song "Just Dance." (And she later recruited Season 4 contestant Mark Kanemura to be a principal dancer in her troupe.) While in retrospect Gaga's leotarded performance seems incredibly tame, at the time it was the perfect springboard for her colorful and controversial career in shock-pop. Three years later in Season 8, Gaga, now an international superstar, came full-circle and paid back the favor by serving as one of the best SYTYCD guest judges ever.