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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.

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# Artist #Sng #Prf Rating Hi Lo σ 0-19 20-39 40-59 60-79 80-100
101 Who0001The Who 1 1
69.0
 
69 69 21.0 0 0 0 1 0
102 Arie, India0001India.Arie 1 2
71.5
 
75 68 20.5 0 0 0 2 0
103 White Lion0001White Lion 1 1
68.0
 
68 68 20.0 0 0 0 1 0
104 Dc Talk0001dc Talk 1 1
67.0
 
67 67 14.0 0 0 0 1 0
105 DeCastro Sisters0001The DeCastro Sisters 1 1
67.0
 
67 67 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
106 Lambert, Miranda0001Miranda Lambert 1 2
69.0
 
71 67 22.0 0 0 0 2 0
107 Loggins, Kenny0001Kenny Loggins 1 1
67.0
 
67 67 19.0 0 0 0 1 0
108 Nitty Gritty Dirt Band0001Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 1 1
67.0
 
67 67 24.0 0 0 0 1 0
109 Faces0001Faces 1 2
70.5
 
75 66 17.5 0 0 0 2 0
110 Jobe, Kari0001Kari Jobe 1 1
66.0
 
66 66 26.0 0 0 0 1 0
111 Vera, Billy And Beaters0001Billy Vera & The Beaters 1 1
66.0
 
66 66 20.0 0 0 0 1 0
112 Hansard, Glen And Marketa Irglova0001Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova 1 3
73.0
 
77 65 23.3 0 0 0 3 0
113 Heatwave0001Heatwave 1 1
65.0
 
65 65 20.0 0 0 0 1 0
114 Jackson, Alan0001Alan Jackson 1 1
65.0
 
65 65 23.0 0 0 0 1 0
115 Abdul, Paula0001Paula Abdul 1 1
64.0
 
64 64 24.0 0 0 0 1 0
116 Adams, Bryan and Turner, Tina0001Bryan Adams & Tina Turner 1 1
64.0
 
64 64 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
117 Perry, Steve0001Steve Perry 1 1
64.0
 
64 64 22.0 0 0 0 1 0
118 Tricoli, Kathy0001Kathy Tricoli 1 1
64.0
 
64 64 17.0 0 0 0 1 0
119 Clovers0001The Clovers 1 1
63.0
 
63 63 25.0 0 0 0 1 0
120 Hornsby, Bruce And Range0001Bruce Hornsby & The Range 1 1
63.0
 
63 63 21.0 0 0 0 1 0
121 Hughes, Jimmy0001Jimmy Hughes 1 1
63.0
 
63 63 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
122 LaMontagne, Ray0001Ray LaMontagne 2 4
70.0
 
75 63 18.8 0 0 0 4 0
123 Nicks, Stevie and Petty, Tom0001Stevie Nicks & Tom Petty 1 2
66.0
 
69 63 21.0 0 0 0 2 0
124 Searchers0001The Searchers 1 1
63.0
 
63 63 25.0 0 0 0 1 0
125 Sullivan, Jazmine0001Jazmine Sullivan 2 2
71.0
 
79 63 19.0 0 0 0 2 0
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