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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 Connick Jr., Harry0001Harry Connick, Jr. 1 1
76.0
 
76 76 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
452 Contours0001The Contours 1 1
54.0
 
54 54 19.0 0 0 1 0 0
453 Cook, Kristy Lee0001Kristy Lee Cook 1 1
74.0
 
74 74 23.0 0 0 0 1 0
454 Coolidge, Rita0001Rita Coolidge 1 1
31.0
 
31 31 16.0 0 1 0 0 0
455 Cornelius Brothers And Sister Rose0001Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose 1 1
89.0
 
89 89 17.0 0 0 0 0 1
456 Corrs0001The Corrs 1 1
46.0
 
46 46 15.0 0 0 1 0 0
457 Crawford, Michael0001Michael Crawford 1 1
87.0
 
87 87 15.0 0 0 0 0 1
458 Croce, Jim0001Jim Croce 1 1
74.0
 
74 74 21.0 0 0 0 1 0
459 Cross, Christopher0001Christopher Cross 1 1
42.0
 
42 42 20.0 0 0 1 0 0
460 Crudup, Arthur0001Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup 1 1
73.0
 
73 73 22.0 0 0 0 1 0
461 Dan Shay0001Dan + Shay 1 1
21.0
 
21 21 12.0 0 1 0 0 0
462 D'Arby, Terence Trent0001Terence Trent D'Arby 1 1
28.0
 
28 28 17.0 0 1 0 0 0
463 Davis, Billie0001Billie Davis 1 1
49.0
 
49 49 21.0 0 0 1 0 0
464 Davis, Sammy0001Sammy Davis, Jr. 1 1
85.0
 
85 85 18.0 0 0 0 0 1
465 Day, Andra0001Andra Day 1 1
61.0
 
61 61 16.0 0 0 0 1 0
466 Dc Talk0001dc Talk 1 1
67.0
 
67 67 14.0 0 0 0 1 0
467 DeBarge0001DeBarge 1 1
46.0
 
46 46 24.0 0 0 1 0 0
468 DeCastro Sisters0001The DeCastro Sisters 1 1
67.0
 
67 67 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
469 Dee, Kiki0001Kiki Dee 1 1
84.0
 
84 84 21.0 0 0 0 0 1
470 Del Rey, Lana0001Lana Del Rey 1 1
76.0
 
76 76 21.0 0 0 0 1 0
471 Denver, John0001John Denver 1 1
17.0
 
17 17 18.0 1 0 0 0 0
472 DeRulo, Jason0001Jason DeRulo 1 1
31.0
 
31 31 22.0 0 1 0 0 0
473 DeShannon, Jackie0001Jackie DeShannon 1 1
62.0
 
62 62 16.0 0 0 0 1 0
474 Dion, Celine and Bocelli, Andrea0001Celine Dion & Andrea Bocelli 1 1
84.0
 
84 84 16.0 0 0 0 0 1
475 Disclosure0001Disclosure 1 1
60.0
 
60 60 21.0 0 0 0 1 0
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