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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 Sam And Dave0001Sam & Dave 1 1
70.0
 
70 70 16.0 0 0 0 1 0
102 White, Barry0001Barry White 1 1
70.0
 
70 70 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
103 Mimms, Garnet And Enchanters0001Garnet Mimms & The Enchanters 1 1
69.0
 
69 69 19.0 0 0 0 1 0
104 Muldaur, Maria0001Maria Muldaur 1 2
78.5
 
88 69 13.5 0 0 0 1 1
105 Steppenwolf0001Steppenwolf 1 1
69.0
 
69 69 23.0 0 0 0 1 0
106 Who0001The Who 1 1
69.0
 
69 69 21.0 0 0 0 1 0
107 Arie, India0001India.Arie 1 2
71.5
 
75 68 20.5 0 0 0 2 0
108 White Lion0001White Lion 1 1
68.0
 
68 68 20.0 0 0 0 1 0
109 Clare, Alex0001Alex Clare 1 1
67.0
 
67 67 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
110 Dc Talk0001dc Talk 1 1
67.0
 
67 67 14.0 0 0 0 1 0
111 DeCastro Sisters0001The DeCastro Sisters 1 1
67.0
 
67 67 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
112 Nitty Gritty Dirt Band0001Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 1 1
67.0
 
67 67 24.0 0 0 0 1 0
113 Travolta, John and Newton-John, Olivia0001John Travolta and Olivia Newton John 1 1
67.0
 
67 67 19.0 0 0 0 1 0
114 Faces0001Faces 1 2
70.5
 
75 66 17.5 0 0 0 2 0
115 Jobe, Kari0001Kari Jobe 1 1
66.0
 
66 66 26.0 0 0 0 1 0
116 Trainor, Meghan0001Meghan Trainor 1 1
66.0
 
66 66 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
117 Vera, Billy And Beaters0001Billy Vera & The Beaters 1 1
66.0
 
66 66 20.0 0 0 0 1 0
118 Adams, Bryan and Turner, Tina0001Bryan Adams & Tina Turner 1 1
65.0
 
65 65 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
119 Hansard, Glen And Marketa Irglova0001Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova 1 3
73.7
 
79 65 23.3 0 0 0 3 0
120 Heatwave0001Heatwave 1 1
65.0
 
65 65 20.0 0 0 0 1 0
121 Jackson, Alan0001Alan Jackson 1 1
65.0
 
65 65 23.0 0 0 0 1 0
122 Led Zeppelin0001Led Zeppelin 3 5
83.0
 
93 65 20.4 0 0 0 1 4
123 Sandler, Adam0001Adam Sandler 1 1
65.0
 
65 65 17.0 0 0 0 1 0
124 Perry, Steve0001Steve Perry 1 1
64.0
 
64 64 22.0 0 0 0 1 0
125 Tricoli, Kathy0001Kathy Tricoli 1 1
64.0
 
64 64 17.0 0 0 0 1 0
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