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If you're looking to dispel some persistent American Idol urban legends, forget about Snopes.com or Mythbusters. This section of the WhatNotToSing.com database is the only place to turn.

Let's start by busting the granddaddy myth of all. "Never sing Whitney Houston", the judges and bloggers bleat repeatedly. Never sing Celine Dion, or Mariah Carey, or Aretha Franklin either. Well, maybe. If you click through to each of those artist pages, you'll find somewhat surprisingly that the better Idols have done OK with them (particularly Aretha.) The divas have been harsh mainly on deluded Semifinalists who mistakenly think they can handle the big girls' material.

So are we suggesting that contestants throw caution to the wind and belt out Saving All My Love For You at every turn? Not hardly. For one thing, we don't want hordes of angry Idol fans, their ears bleeding profusely, massing outside our windows with pitchforks and torches. For another, the naysayers are right — sort of. No matter what popular song you choose, you will inevitably be compared to the original artist. If you can't do Whitney justice (and if you could, chances are you'd have been signed to a record deal eons ago), why go out of your way to advertise this fact to 30 million of your closest friends? But, if you can do a decent Whitney cover, don't let some urban legend stop you.

Two artists who've fared considerably less well on Idol are Brian McKnight and LeAnn Rimes. That duo has combined for exactly one performance of 5-stars or 4-stars thus far, out of 20 rated ones total. We consider this no surprise. Most top amateur singers find it easier to pin back their ears and belt out an over-the-top number than to try to match the complex vocal subtleties of more nuanced artists.

[back to top] American Idol  Artists (3x Performances)

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# Artist #Sng #Prf Rating Hi Lo σ 0-19 20-39 40-59 60-79 80-100
101 Adele0001Adele 11 17
50.5
 
84 7 18.8 2 3 6 3 3
102 Blood Sweat And Tears0001Blood, Sweat and Tears 3 4
63.3
 
84 38 19.8 0 1 0 2 1
103 Cher0001Cher 3 3
51.0
 
84 23 15.0 0 1 1 0 1
104 Fleetwood Mac0001Fleetwood Mac 5 9
50.0
 
84 7 18.1 2 1 2 3 1
105 Gray, Dobie0001Dobie Gray 1 3
52.7
 
84 29 21.0 0 1 1 0 1
106 Mraz, Jason0001Jason Mraz 5 7
48.0
 
84 29 19.4 0 3 2 1 1
107 Redding, Otis0001Otis Redding 5 16
57.3
 
84 12 18.8 1 3 2 7 3
108 Uncle Kracker0001Uncle Kracker 1 3
52.7
 
84 29 21.0 0 1 1 0 1
109 Wonder, Stevie0001Stevie Wonder 25 67
46.3
 
84 14 18.3 9 19 17 19 3
110 Branigan, Laura0001Laura Branigan 2 10
47.6
 
83 18 18.3 1 4 1 3 1
111 Knight, Gladys And Pips0001Gladys Knight and the Pips 3 12
58.9
 
83 11 16.8 1 1 3 6 1
112 Lynyrd Skynyrd0001Lynyrd Skynyrd 3 7
61.4
 
83 37 18.0 0 1 2 3 1
113 Maroon 50001Maroon 5 6 10
48.8
 
83 4 19.8 1 2 4 2 1
114 Shinedown0001Shinedown 3 6
61.7
 
83 32 17.5 0 2 0 2 2
115 Adams, Oleta0001Oleta Adams 1 4
51.3
 
82 13 19.3 1 0 1 1 1
116 Badfinger0001Badfinger 1 5
55.6
 
82 39 20.4 0 1 2 1 1
117 Black Crowes0001The Black Crowes 4 6
54.8
 
82 31 18.7 0 2 1 2 1
118 Carey, Mariah0001Mariah Carey 8 18
49.9
 
82 14 19.9 1 4 8 3 2
119 DeGraw, Gavin0001Gavin DeGraw 2 7
47.1
 
82 10 19.0 1 0 4 1 1
120 Doors0001The Doors 1 3
59.0
 
82 47 18.0 0 0 2 0 1
121 Feliciano, Jose0001Jose Feliciano 1 3
59.0
 
82 47 18.0 0 0 2 0 1
122 Four Tops0001The Four Tops 3 11
53.2
 
82 6 16.4 2 1 2 5 1
123 Hill, Faith0001Faith Hill 9 11
45.8
 
82 20 17.4 0 6 1 2 2
124 McBride, Martina0001Martina McBride 7 17
54.1
 
82 34 19.2 0 5 5 6 1
125 McCartney, Paul0001Paul McCartney 3 6
59.8
 
82 17 20.5 1 0 2 2 1
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