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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
376 Bush, Kate0001Kate Bush 1 1
80.0
 
80 80 25.0 0 0 0 0 1
377 Byrds0001The Byrds 1 1
17.0
 
17 17 20.0 1 0 0 0 0
378 Calloway, Cab0001Cab Calloway 1 1
84.0
 
84 84 11.0 0 0 0 0 1
379 Campbell, Tevin0001Tevin Campbell 1 1
57.0
 
57 57 23.0 0 0 1 0 0
380 Cantrell, Blu0001Blu Cantrell 1 1
10.0
 
10 10 16.0 1 0 0 0 0
381 Carey, Mariah and Boyz II Men0001Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men 1 1
32.0
 
32 32 12.0 0 1 0 0 0
382 Carlile, Brandy0001Brandi Carlile 1 1
50.0
 
50 50 20.0 0 0 1 0 0
383 Carnes, Kim0001Kim Carnes 1 1
48.0
 
48 48 24.0 0 0 1 0 0
384 Cascada0001Cascada 1 1
55.0
 
55 55 20.0 0 0 1 0 0
385 Casinos0001The Casinos 1 1
29.0
 
29 29 14.0 0 1 0 0 0
386 Chicago0001Chicago 1 1
27.0
 
27 27 21.0 0 1 0 0 0
387 Cleveland, Ashley0001Ashley Cleveland 1 1
84.0
 
84 84 16.0 0 0 0 0 1
388 Clovers0001The Clovers 1 1
63.0
 
63 63 25.0 0 0 0 1 0
389 Cohn, Marc0001Marc Cohn 1 1
35.0
 
35 35 23.0 0 1 0 0 0
390 Collective Soul0001Collective Soul 1 1
61.0
 
61 61 24.0 0 0 0 1 0
391 Como, Perry0001Perry Como 1 1
72.0
 
72 72 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
392 Connick Jr., Harry0001Harry Connick, Jr. 1 1
76.0
 
76 76 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
393 Contours0001The Contours 1 1
54.0
 
54 54 19.0 0 0 1 0 0
394 Cook, Kristy Lee0001Kristy Lee Cook 1 1
74.0
 
74 74 23.0 0 0 0 1 0
395 Coolidge, Rita0001Rita Coolidge 1 1
31.0
 
31 31 16.0 0 1 0 0 0
396 Cornelius Brothers And Sister Rose0001Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose 1 1
89.0
 
89 89 17.0 0 0 0 0 1
397 Cornell, Chris0001Chris Cornell 1 1
95.0
 
95 95 12.0 0 0 0 0 1
398 Corrs0001The Corrs 1 1
46.0
 
46 46 15.0 0 0 1 0 0
399 Crawford, Michael0001Michael Crawford 1 1
87.0
 
87 87 15.0 0 0 0 0 1
400 Croce, Jim0001Jim Croce 1 1
74.0
 
74 74 21.0 0 0 0 1 0
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