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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 Art Of Noise And Tom Jones0001Art Of Noise & Tom Jones 1 1
39.0
 
39 39 19.0 0 1 0 0 0
377 Asciutto, Jena Irene0001Jena Irene Asciutto 1 1
82.0
 
82 82 7.0 0 0 0 0 1
378 Askew, Charlie0001Charlie Askew 1 1
47.0
 
47 47 24.0 0 0 1 0 0
379 Azalea, Iggy0001Iggy Azalea 1 1
87.0
 
87 87 21.0 0 0 0 0 1
380 Backstreet Boys0001The Backstreet Boys 1 1
36.0
 
36 36 22.0 0 1 0 0 0
381 Badlands0001Badlands 1 1
94.0
 
94 94 11.0 0 0 0 0 1
382 Band0001The Band 1 1
41.0
 
41 41 18.0 0 0 1 0 0
383 Bangles0001The Bangles 1 1
46.0
 
46 46 18.0 0 0 1 0 0
384 Barry, Len0001Len Barry 1 1
45.0
 
45 45 25.0 0 0 1 0 0
385 Basie, Count0001Count Basie 1 1
22.0
 
22 22 11.0 0 1 0 0 0
386 Bass, Fontella0001Fontella Bass 1 1
22.0
 
22 22 14.0 0 1 0 0 0
387 Bastille0001Bastille 1 1
38.0
 
38 38 20.0 0 1 0 0 0
388 Bedingfield, Daniel0001Daniel Bedingfield 1 1
36.0
 
36 36 18.0 0 1 0 0 0
389 Benet, Eric0001Eric Benét 1 1
45.0
 
45 45 24.0 0 0 1 0 0
390 Bishop, Stephen0001Stephen Bishop 1 1
51.0
 
51 51 17.0 0 0 1 0 0
391 Blind Pilot0001Blind Pilot 1 1
51.0
 
51 51 17.0 0 0 1 0 0
392 Bonoff, Karla0001Karla Bonoff 1 1
41.0
 
41 41 20.0 0 0 1 0 0
393 Boone, Debbie0001Debbie Boone 1 1
54.0
 
54 54 19.0 0 0 1 0 0
394 Brandy0001Brandy 1 1
43.0
 
43 43 16.0 0 0 1 0 0
395 Brown, Maxine0001Maxine Brown 1 1
23.0
 
23 23 19.0 0 1 0 0 0
396 Brown, Zac Band0001Zac Brown Band 1 1
10.0
 
10 10 10.0 1 0 0 0 0
397 Bryson, Peabo0001Peabo Bryson 1 1
52.0
 
52 52 21.0 0 0 1 0 0
398 Bryson, Peabo And Belle, Regina0001Peabo Bryson & Regina Belle 1 1
90.0
 
90 90 10.0 0 0 0 0 1
399 Busboys0001The Busboys 1 1
71.0
 
71 71 17.0 0 0 0 1 0
400 Bush, Kate0001Kate Bush 1 1
80.0
 
80 80 25.0 0 0 0 0 1
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