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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 Carnes, Kim0001Kim Carnes 1 1
48.0
 
48 48 24.0 0 0 1 0 0
452 Casinos0001The Casinos 1 1
29.0
 
29 29 14.0 0 1 0 0 0
453 Charice0001Charice 1 1
42.0
 
42 42 21.0 0 0 1 0 0
454 Cheap Trick0001Cheap Trick 1 1
28.0
 
28 28 9.0 0 1 0 0 0
455 Chicago0001Chicago 1 1
27.0
 
27 27 21.0 0 1 0 0 0
456 Church, Eric0001Eric Church 1 1
32.0
 
32 32 20.0 0 1 0 0 0
457 Clare, Alex0001Alex Clare 1 1
67.0
 
67 67 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
458 Clark, Gary Jr.0001Gary Clark, Jr. 1 1
42.0
 
42 42 17.0 0 0 1 0 0
459 Clean Bandit0001Clean Bandit 1 1
41.0
 
41 41 19.0 0 0 1 0 0
460 Cleveland, Ashley0001Ashley Cleveland 1 1
84.0
 
84 84 16.0 0 0 0 0 1
461 Clovers0001The Clovers 1 1
63.0
 
63 63 25.0 0 0 0 1 0
462 Cohn, Marc0001Marc Cohn 1 1
35.0
 
35 35 23.0 0 1 0 0 0
463 Collective Soul0001Collective Soul 1 1
61.0
 
61 61 24.0 0 0 0 1 0
464 Common and Legend, John0001Common & John Legend 1 1
80.0
 
80 80 21.0 0 0 0 0 1
465 Como, Perry0001Perry Como 1 1
72.0
 
72 72 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
466 Connick Jr., Harry0001Harry Connick, Jr. 1 1
76.0
 
76 76 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
467 Contours0001The Contours 1 1
54.0
 
54 54 19.0 0 0 1 0 0
468 Cook, Kristy Lee0001Kristy Lee Cook 1 1
74.0
 
74 74 23.0 0 0 0 1 0
469 Coolidge, Rita0001Rita Coolidge 1 1
31.0
 
31 31 16.0 0 1 0 0 0
470 Cornelius Brothers And Sister Rose0001Cornelius Brothers and Sister Rose 1 1
89.0
 
89 89 17.0 0 0 0 0 1
471 Corrs0001The Corrs 1 1
46.0
 
46 46 15.0 0 0 1 0 0
472 Costa, Mary and Bill Shirley0001Mary Costa and Bill Shirley 1 1
77.0
 
77 77 25.0 0 0 0 1 0
473 Cravalho, Auli'i0001Auli'I Cravalho 1 1
63.0
 
63 63 21.0 0 0 0 1 0
474 Crawford, Michael0001Michael Crawford 1 1
87.0
 
87 87 15.0 0 0 0 0 1
475 Croce, Jim0001Jim Croce 1 1
74.0
 
74 74 21.0 0 0 0 1 0
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