Timbaland Protege Won Mtv Talent Contest
RYAN TEDDER, the ONEREPUBLIC singer featured in Timbaland's new hit APOLOGIZE, won his big break on an MTV talent show in 2000. The singer/songwriter won a record deal with former 'N Sync star Lance Bass' Free Lance Entertainment after judges Pink and Brian MCKnight picked his performance over four other wannabes. Tedder admits the Bass deal didn't amount to much - but the show got him noticed. He recalls, "Timbaland saw me on that TV show and reached out to me the following summer."