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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
126 Nilsson0001Nilsson 2 6
50.0
 
82 22 19.8 0 2 2 1 1
127 Keys, Alicia0001Alicia Keys 6 16
47.8
 
81 12 18.8 1 5 6 3 1
128 McCain, Edwin0001Edwin McCain 2 9
56.4
 
81 22 18.0 0 2 3 3 1
129 Sheeran, Ed0001Ed Sheeran 8 9
50.0
 
81 22 16.9 0 4 1 3 1
130 Supremes, The0001The Supremes 5 11
44.0
 
81 6 16.4 2 2 4 1 2
131 Taylor, James0001James Taylor 3 8
39.9
 
81 15 16.8 2 2 2 1 1
132 Tunstall, KT0001KT Tunstall 2 4
52.0
 
81 34 18.3 0 1 2 0 1
133 Vanilla Fudge0001Vanilla Fudge 1 5
49.6
 
81 6 17.2 1 0 2 1 1
134 Wilde, Kim0001Kim Wilde 1 5
49.6
 
81 6 17.2 1 0 2 1 1
135 Benatar, Pat0001Pat Benatar 3 6
52.0
 
80 22 19.0 0 1 3 1 1
136 Brooks, Garth0001Garth Brooks 8 11
55.4
 
80 25 19.3 0 1 6 3 1
137 Crosby, Bing0001Bing Crosby 1 3
69.3
 
80 59 20.0 0 0 1 1 1
138 Cyrus, Miley0001Miley Cyrus 3 6
49.2
 
80 6 16.8 1 1 1 2 1
139 Doobie Brothers0001The Doobie Brothers 2 4
48.3
 
80 19 19.0 1 1 0 1 1
140 Green, Al0001Al Green 1 5
56.2
 
80 27 19.2 0 1 2 1 1
141 Mars, Bruno0001Bruno Mars 6 9
44.6
 
80 14 17.7 1 3 2 2 1
142 Turner, Tina0001Tina Turner 2 9
38.6
 
80 5 16.7 2 3 2 1 1
143 Usher0001Usher 3 3
37.3
 
80 5 17.7 1 1 0 0 1
144 Guetta, David0001David Guetta 1 4
52.0
 
79 33 17.5 0 2 1 1 0
145 Hansard, Glen And Marketa Irglova0001Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova 1 3
73.7
 
79 65 23.3 0 0 0 3 0
146 James, Etta0001Etta James 4 4
65.0
 
79 58 19.0 0 0 1 3 0
147 Morissette, Alanis0001Alanis Morissette 3 3
61.3
 
79 36 22.0 0 1 0 2 0
148 Police0001The Police 3 8
47.4
 
79 10 18.8 2 2 0 4 0
149 Rascal Flatts0001Rascal Flatts 4 7
52.6
 
79 18 20.1 1 1 2 3 0
150 Aguilera, Christina0001Christina Aguilera 7 10
50.6
 
78 21 18.9 0 2 7 1 0
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