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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 Kings of Leon0001Kings of Leon 1 1
70.0
 
70 70 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
102 Rival Sons0001Rival Sons 1 1
70.0
 
70 70 20.0 0 0 0 1 0
103 Sam And Dave0001Sam & Dave 1 1
70.0
 
70 70 16.0 0 0 0 1 0
104 White, Barry0001Barry White 1 1
70.0
 
70 70 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
105 Mimms, Garnet And Enchanters0001Garnet Mimms & The Enchanters 1 1
69.0
 
69 69 19.0 0 0 0 1 0
106 Muldaur, Maria0001Maria Muldaur 1 2
78.5
 
88 69 13.5 0 0 0 1 1
107 Steppenwolf0001Steppenwolf 1 1
69.0
 
69 69 23.0 0 0 0 1 0
108 Who0001The Who 2 2
72.5
 
76 69 22.0 0 0 0 2 0
109 Arie, India0001India.Arie 1 2
71.5
 
75 68 20.5 0 0 0 2 0
110 Travolta, John and Newton-John, Olivia0001John Travolta and Olivia Newton John 1 1
68.0
 
68 68 19.0 0 0 0 1 0
111 White Lion0001White Lion 1 1
68.0
 
68 68 20.0 0 0 0 1 0
112 Clare, Alex0001Alex Clare 1 1
67.0
 
67 67 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
113 Dc Talk0001dc Talk 1 1
67.0
 
67 67 14.0 0 0 0 1 0
114 DeCastro Sisters0001The DeCastro Sisters 1 1
67.0
 
67 67 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
115 Nitty Gritty Dirt Band0001Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 1 1
67.0
 
67 67 24.0 0 0 0 1 0
116 Trainor, Meghan0001Meghan Trainor 1 1
67.0
 
67 67 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
117 Faces0001Faces 1 2
70.5
 
75 66 17.5 0 0 0 2 0
118 Jobe, Kari0001Kari Jobe 1 1
66.0
 
66 66 26.0 0 0 0 1 0
119 Sandler, Adam0001Adam Sandler 1 1
66.0
 
66 66 17.0 0 0 0 1 0
120 Vera, Billy And Beaters0001Billy Vera & The Beaters 1 1
66.0
 
66 66 20.0 0 0 0 1 0
121 Adams, Bryan and Turner, Tina0001Bryan Adams & Tina Turner 1 1
65.0
 
65 65 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
122 Hansard, Glen And Marketa Irglova0001Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova 1 3
73.7
 
79 65 23.3 0 0 0 3 0
123 Heatwave0001Heatwave 1 1
65.0
 
65 65 20.0 0 0 0 1 0
124 Jackson, Alan0001Alan Jackson 1 1
65.0
 
65 65 23.0 0 0 0 1 0
125 Led Zeppelin0001Led Zeppelin 3 5
83.0
 
93 65 20.4 0 0 0 1 4
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