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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 Fun0001fun. 1 1
51.0
 
51 51 20.0 0 0 1 0 0
452 Gatlin, Larry0001Larry Gatlin 1 1
32.0
 
32 32 23.0 0 1 0 0 0
453 Gayle, Crystal0001Crystal Gayle 1 1
32.0
 
32 32 24.0 0 1 0 0 0
454 Georgia Satellites0001The Georgia Satellites 1 1
36.0
 
36 36 17.0 0 1 0 0 0
455 Gerry And The Pacemakers0001Gerry & The Pacemakers 1 1
50.0
 
50 50 22.0 0 0 1 0 0
456 Gill, Vince0001Vince Gill 1 1
42.0
 
42 42 16.0 0 0 1 0 0
457 Goodman, Benny0001Benny Goodman 1 1
22.0
 
22 22 11.0 0 1 0 0 0
458 Gotye0001Gotye 1 1
55.0
 
55 55 28.0 0 0 1 0 0
459 Goulet, Robert0001Robert Goulet 1 1
55.0
 
55 55 19.0 0 0 1 0 0
460 Grand Funk Railroad0001Grand Funk Railroad 1 1
40.0
 
40 40 19.0 0 0 1 0 0
461 Gray, Skylar0001Skylar Gray 1 1
76.0
 
76 76 22.0 0 0 0 1 0
462 Greaves, R.B.0001R.B. Greaves 1 1
15.0
 
15 15 18.0 1 0 0 0 0
463 Green, Pat0001Pat Green 1 1
48.0
 
48 48 23.0 0 0 1 0 0
464 Guetta, David0001David Guetta 1 1
57.0
 
57 57 24.0 0 0 1 0 0
465 Hagar, Sammy0001Sammy Hagar 1 1
71.0
 
71 71 21.0 0 0 0 1 0
466 Hamilton, Anthony0001Anthony Hamilton 1 1
33.0
 
33 33 24.0 0 1 0 0 0
467 Happenings0001The Happenings 1 1
86.0
 
86 86 13.0 0 0 0 0 1
468 Hawkins, Screamin' Jay0001Screamin' Jay Hawkins 1 1
88.0
 
88 88 13.0 0 0 0 0 1
469 Head, Murray0001Murray Head 1 1
71.0
 
71 71 19.0 0 0 0 1 0
470 Heatwave0001Heatwave 1 1
65.0
 
65 65 20.0 0 0 0 1 0
471 Hebb, Bobby0001Bobby Hebb 1 1
46.0
 
46 46 15.0 0 0 1 0 0
472 Hendrix, Jimi Experience0001The Jimi Hendrix Experience 1 1
43.0
 
43 43 27.0 0 0 1 0 0
473 Henley, Don0001Don Henley 1 1
49.0
 
49 49 16.0 0 0 1 0 0
474 Hermans Hermits0001Herman's Hermits 1 1
25.0
 
25 25 21.0 0 1 0 0 0
475 Hinder0001Hinder 1 1
70.0
 
70 70 25.0 0 0 0 1 0
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