Google


Artists

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.

[back to top] American Idol  Artists

Click on a column header to sort by that column.
# Artist #Sng #Prf Rating Hi Lo σ 0-19 20-39 40-59 60-79 80-100
376 Adams, Bryan and Turner, Tina0001Bryan Adams & Tina Turner 1 1
65.0
 
65 65 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
377 Air Supply0001Air Supply 1 1
54.0
 
54 54 17.0 0 0 1 0 0
378 Aldean, Jason and Clarkson, Kelly0001Jason Aldean & Kelly Clarkson 1 1
43.0
 
43 43 25.0 0 0 1 0 0
379 All 4 One0001All-4-One 1 1
25.0
 
25 25 14.0 0 1 0 0 0
380 Allan, Gary0001Gary Allan 1 1
40.0
 
40 40 25.0 0 0 1 0 0
381 American Authors0001American Authors 1 1
36.0
 
36 36 16.0 0 1 0 0 0
382 Anastacia0001Anastacia 1 1
19.0
 
19 19 10.0 1 0 0 0 0
383 Anderson, John0001John Anderson 1 1
27.0
 
27 27 18.0 0 1 0 0 0
384 Apple, Fiona0001Fiona Apple 1 1
23.0
 
23 23 20.0 0 1 0 0 0
385 Art Of Noise And Tom Jones0001Art Of Noise & Tom Jones 1 1
39.0
 
39 39 19.0 0 1 0 0 0
386 Asciutto, Jena Irene0001Jena Irene Asciutto 1 1
82.0
 
82 82 7.0 0 0 0 0 1
387 Askew, Charlie0001Charlie Askew 1 1
47.0
 
47 47 24.0 0 0 1 0 0
388 Azalea, Iggy0001Iggy Azalea 1 1
87.0
 
87 87 21.0 0 0 0 0 1
389 Backstreet Boys0001The Backstreet Boys 1 1
36.0
 
36 36 22.0 0 1 0 0 0
390 Badlands0001Badlands 1 1
94.0
 
94 94 11.0 0 0 0 0 1
391 Band0001The Band 1 1
41.0
 
41 41 18.0 0 0 1 0 0
392 Bangles0001The Bangles 1 1
46.0
 
46 46 18.0 0 0 1 0 0
393 Barry, Len0001Len Barry 1 1
45.0
 
45 45 25.0 0 0 1 0 0
394 Basie, Count0001Count Basie 1 1
22.0
 
22 22 11.0 0 1 0 0 0
395 Bass, Fontella0001Fontella Bass 1 1
22.0
 
22 22 14.0 0 1 0 0 0
396 Bastille0001Bastille 1 1
38.0
 
38 38 20.0 0 1 0 0 0
397 Bedingfield, Daniel0001Daniel Bedingfield 1 1
36.0
 
36 36 18.0 0 1 0 0 0
398 Benet, Eric0001Eric Benét 1 1
45.0
 
45 45 24.0 0 0 1 0 0
399 Bishop, Stephen0001Stephen Bishop 1 1
51.0
 
51 51 17.0 0 0 1 0 0
400 Blind Pilot0001Blind Pilot 1 1
51.0
 
51 51 17.0 0 0 1 0 0
WhatNotToSing.com copyright © 2007-2015, The WNTS Team.  All rights reserved.  Use of this website implies that you accept our Terms Of Use and Privacy Policy.  American Idol is a registered trademark of 19 TV Ltd.  We are not affiliated in any way with American Idol, Fox Television, FremantleMedia North America, or any of their parent or subsidiary companies.