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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 Williams, Vanessa0001Vanessa Williams 2 2
27.0
 
38 16 17.0 1 1 0 0 0
377 A Great Big World0001A Great Big World 1 1
83.0
 
83 83 18.0 0 0 0 0 1
378 Abba0001ABBA 1 1
12.0
 
12 12 14.0 1 0 0 0 0
379 Adams, Bryan and Turner, Tina0001Bryan Adams & Tina Turner 1 1
65.0
 
65 65 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
380 Air Supply0001Air Supply 1 1
54.0
 
54 54 17.0 0 0 1 0 0
381 Aldean, Jason and Clarkson, Kelly0001Jason Aldean & Kelly Clarkson 1 1
43.0
 
43 43 25.0 0 0 1 0 0
382 All 4 One0001All-4-One 1 1
25.0
 
25 25 14.0 0 1 0 0 0
383 Allan, Gary0001Gary Allan 1 1
40.0
 
40 40 25.0 0 0 1 0 0
384 American Authors0001American Authors 1 1
36.0
 
36 36 16.0 0 1 0 0 0
385 Anastacia0001Anastacia 1 1
19.0
 
19 19 10.0 1 0 0 0 0
386 Anderson, John0001John Anderson 1 1
27.0
 
27 27 18.0 0 1 0 0 0
387 Apple, Fiona0001Fiona Apple 1 1
23.0
 
23 23 20.0 0 1 0 0 0
388 Art Of Noise And Tom Jones0001Art Of Noise & Tom Jones 1 1
39.0
 
39 39 19.0 0 1 0 0 0
389 Asciutto, Jena Irene0001Jena Irene Asciutto 1 1
82.0
 
82 82 7.0 0 0 0 0 1
390 Askew, Charlie0001Charlie Askew 1 1
47.0
 
47 47 24.0 0 0 1 0 0
391 Azalea, Iggy0001Iggy Azalea 1 1
89.0
 
89 89 21.0 0 0 0 0 1
392 Backstreet Boys0001The Backstreet Boys 1 1
36.0
 
36 36 22.0 0 1 0 0 0
393 Badlands0001Badlands 1 1
94.0
 
94 94 11.0 0 0 0 0 1
394 Band0001The Band 1 1
40.0
 
40 40 18.0 0 0 1 0 0
395 Bangles0001The Bangles 1 1
46.0
 
46 46 18.0 0 0 1 0 0
396 Barry, Len0001Len Barry 1 1
45.0
 
45 45 25.0 0 0 1 0 0
397 Basie, Count0001Count Basie 1 1
22.0
 
22 22 11.0 0 1 0 0 0
398 Bass, Fontella0001Fontella Bass 1 1
22.0
 
22 22 14.0 0 1 0 0 0
399 Bastille0001Bastille 1 1
38.0
 
38 38 20.0 0 1 0 0 0
400 Bedingfield, Daniel0001Daniel Bedingfield 1 1
36.0
 
36 36 18.0 0 1 0 0 0
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