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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
451 Del Rey, Lana0001Lana Del Rey 1 1
76.0
 
76 76 21.0 0 0 0 1 0
452 Denver, John0001John Denver 1 1
17.0
 
17 17 18.0 1 0 0 0 0
453 DeRulo, Jason0001Jason DeRulo 1 1
31.0
 
31 31 22.0 0 1 0 0 0
454 DeShannon, Jackie0001Jackie DeShannon 1 1
62.0
 
62 62 16.0 0 0 0 1 0
455 Dion, Celine and Bocelli, Andrea0001Celine Dion & Andrea Bocelli 1 1
84.0
 
84 84 16.0 0 0 0 0 1
456 Disclosure0001Disclosure 1 1
60.0
 
60 60 21.0 0 0 0 1 0
457 Dixon, Colton0001Colton Dixon 1 1
74.0
 
74 74 15.0 0 0 0 1 0
458 Dorsey, Jimmy0001Jimmy Dorsey 1 1
48.0
 
48 48 25.0 0 0 1 0 0
459 Drake0001Drake 1 1
57.0
 
57 57 20.0 0 0 1 0 0
460 Duran Duran0001Duran Duran 1 1
43.0
 
43 43 17.0 0 0 1 0 0
461 Eagles0001The Eagles 1 1
17.0
 
17 17 15.0 1 0 0 0 0
462 Eldredge, Brett0001Brett Eldredge 1 1
61.0
 
61 61 16.0 0 0 0 1 0
463 Elliman, Yvonne0001Yvonne Elliman 1 1
79.0
 
79 79 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
464 Ellington, Duke0001Duke Ellington 1 1
52.0
 
52 52 23.0 0 0 1 0 0
465 Eminem0001Eminem 1 1
76.0
 
76 76 22.0 0 0 0 1 0
466 Eternal0001Eternal 1 1
60.0
 
60 60 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
467 Eurythmics0001Eurythmics 1 1
11.0
 
11 11 9.0 1 0 0 0 0
468 Everett, Betty0001Betty Everett 1 1
46.0
 
46 46 14.0 0 0 1 0 0
469 Everly Brothers0001The Everly Brothers 1 1
53.0
 
53 53 23.0 0 0 1 0 0
470 Exciters0001The Exciters 1 1
49.0
 
49 49 21.0 0 0 1 0 0
471 Fabian, Lara0001Lara Fabian 1 1
31.0
 
31 31 19.0 0 1 0 0 0
472 Fall Out Boy0001Fall Out Boy 1 1
75.0
 
75 75 13.0 0 0 0 1 0
473 Fantasia0001Fantasia 1 1
76.0
 
76 76 17.0 0 0 0 1 0
474 Farnham, John0001John Farnham 1 1
45.0
 
45 45 20.0 0 0 1 0 0
475 Farrell, Gia0001Gia Farrell 1 1
34.0
 
34 34 20.0 0 1 0 0 0
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