Nyle and Peta’s moving freestyle dance on Monday night’s Dancing With the Stars was a highlight of the season and — some might say — of the entire series. But it’s a moment that would not have had the same impact had it not been set to heavy metal band Disturbed’s take on Simon and Garfunkel’s “Sound of Silence.”

Released in late 2015, the song became a viral hit after the band performed it on Conan, and the official video has now been seen more than 55 million times on YouTube.

When it came time to pick a song for his freestyle, Nyle and Peta turned to the haunting cover. The only hitch was that pairs always need to obtain permission before using any song in their routines. So Nyle, who is deaf, took matters into his own hands and penned a touching letter to the band, which they shared on their website Monday. Read more…

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Disturbed let Nyle DiMarco use their song on ‘DWTS’ after reading his powerful letter