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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 Bass, Fontella0001Fontella Bass 1 1
22.0
 
22 22 14.0 0 1 0 0 0
377 Bastille0001Bastille 1 1
38.0
 
38 38 20.0 0 1 0 0 0
378 Bedingfield, Daniel0001Daniel Bedingfield 1 1
36.0
 
36 36 18.0 0 1 0 0 0
379 Benet, Eric0001Eric Benét 1 1
45.0
 
45 45 24.0 0 0 1 0 0
380 Bishop, Stephen0001Stephen Bishop 1 1
51.0
 
51 51 17.0 0 0 1 0 0
381 Blind Pilot0001Blind Pilot 1 1
51.0
 
51 51 17.0 0 0 1 0 0
382 Bonoff, Karla0001Karla Bonoff 1 1
41.0
 
41 41 20.0 0 0 1 0 0
383 Boone, Debbie0001Debbie Boone 1 1
54.0
 
54 54 19.0 0 0 1 0 0
384 Brandy0001Brandy 1 1
43.0
 
43 43 16.0 0 0 1 0 0
385 Brown, Maxine0001Maxine Brown 1 1
23.0
 
23 23 19.0 0 1 0 0 0
386 Brown, Zac Band0001Zac Brown Band 1 1
10.0
 
10 10 10.0 1 0 0 0 0
387 Bryson, Peabo0001Peabo Bryson 1 1
52.0
 
52 52 21.0 0 0 1 0 0
388 Bryson, Peabo And Belle, Regina0001Peabo Bryson & Regina Belle 1 1
90.0
 
90 90 10.0 0 0 0 0 1
389 Busboys0001The Busboys 1 1
71.0
 
71 71 17.0 0 0 0 1 0
390 Bush, Kate0001Kate Bush 1 1
80.0
 
80 80 25.0 0 0 0 0 1
391 Byrds0001The Byrds 1 1
17.0
 
17 17 20.0 1 0 0 0 0
392 Calloway, Cab0001Cab Calloway 1 1
84.0
 
84 84 11.0 0 0 0 0 1
393 Campbell, Tevin0001Tevin Campbell 1 1
57.0
 
57 57 23.0 0 0 1 0 0
394 Cantrell, Blu0001Blu Cantrell 1 1
10.0
 
10 10 16.0 1 0 0 0 0
395 Carey, Mariah and Boyz II Men0001Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men 1 1
32.0
 
32 32 12.0 0 1 0 0 0
396 Carlile, Brandy0001Brandi Carlile 1 1
50.0
 
50 50 20.0 0 0 1 0 0
397 Carnes, Kim0001Kim Carnes 1 1
48.0
 
48 48 24.0 0 0 1 0 0
398 Cascada0001Cascada 1 1
55.0
 
55 55 20.0 0 0 1 0 0
399 Casinos0001The Casinos 1 1
29.0
 
29 29 14.0 0 1 0 0 0
400 Chicago0001Chicago 1 1
27.0
 
27 27 21.0 0 1 0 0 0
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