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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 Rival Sons0001Rival Sons 1 1
70.0
 
70 70 20.0 0 0 0 1 0
102 Sam And Dave0001Sam & Dave 1 1
70.0
 
70 70 16.0 0 0 0 1 0
103 White, Barry0001Barry White 1 1
70.0
 
70 70 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
104 Mimms, Garnet And Enchanters0001Garnet Mimms & The Enchanters 1 1
69.0
 
69 69 19.0 0 0 0 1 0
105 Muldaur, Maria0001Maria Muldaur 1 2
78.5
 
88 69 13.5 0 0 0 1 1
106 Steppenwolf0001Steppenwolf 1 1
69.0
 
69 69 23.0 0 0 0 1 0
107 Who0001The Who 1 1
69.0
 
69 69 21.0 0 0 0 1 0
108 Arie, India0001India.Arie 1 2
71.5
 
75 68 20.5 0 0 0 2 0
109 White Lion0001White Lion 1 1
68.0
 
68 68 20.0 0 0 0 1 0
110 Clare, Alex0001Alex Clare 1 1
67.0
 
67 67 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
111 Dc Talk0001dc Talk 1 1
67.0
 
67 67 14.0 0 0 0 1 0
112 DeCastro Sisters0001The DeCastro Sisters 1 1
67.0
 
67 67 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
113 Nitty Gritty Dirt Band0001Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 1 1
67.0
 
67 67 24.0 0 0 0 1 0
114 Travolta, John and Newton-John, Olivia0001John Travolta and Olivia Newton John 1 1
67.0
 
67 67 19.0 0 0 0 1 0
115 Faces0001Faces 1 2
70.5
 
75 66 17.5 0 0 0 2 0
116 Jobe, Kari0001Kari Jobe 1 1
66.0
 
66 66 26.0 0 0 0 1 0
117 Trainor, Meghan0001Meghan Trainor 1 1
66.0
 
66 66 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
118 Vera, Billy And Beaters0001Billy Vera & The Beaters 1 1
66.0
 
66 66 20.0 0 0 0 1 0
119 Adams, Bryan and Turner, Tina0001Bryan Adams & Tina Turner 1 1
65.0
 
65 65 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
120 Hansard, Glen And Marketa Irglova0001Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova 1 3
73.7
 
79 65 23.3 0 0 0 3 0
121 Heatwave0001Heatwave 1 1
65.0
 
65 65 20.0 0 0 0 1 0
122 Jackson, Alan0001Alan Jackson 1 1
65.0
 
65 65 23.0 0 0 0 1 0
123 Led Zeppelin0001Led Zeppelin 3 5
83.0
 
93 65 20.4 0 0 0 1 4
124 Sandler, Adam0001Adam Sandler 1 1
65.0
 
65 65 17.0 0 0 0 1 0
125 Perry, Steve0001Steve Perry 1 1
64.0
 
64 64 22.0 0 0 0 1 0
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