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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
501 Kristofferson, Kris0001Kris Kristofferson 1 1
77.0
 
77 77 17.0 0 0 0 1 0
502 Kroeger, Chad0001Chad Kroeger 1 1
42.0
 
42 42 21.0 0 0 1 0 0
503 Lang, Jonny0001Jonny Lang 1 1
73.0
 
73 73 22.0 0 0 0 1 0
504 Lewis, Huey And News0001Huey Lewis and The News 1 1
50.0
 
50 50 17.0 0 0 1 0 0
505 Lifehouse0001Lifehouse 1 1
52.0
 
52 52 22.0 0 0 1 0 0
506 Little Big Town0001Little Big Town 1 1
34.0
 
34 34 15.0 0 1 0 0 0
507 Live0001Live 1 1
75.0
 
75 75 20.0 0 0 0 1 0
508 Lloyd, Spencer0001Spencer Lloyd 1 1
21.0
 
21 21 18.0 0 1 0 0 0
509 Loggins, Kenny0001Kenny Loggins 1 1
67.0
 
67 67 19.0 0 0 0 1 0
510 London, Julie0001Julie London 1 1
62.0
 
62 62 20.0 0 0 0 1 0
511 Los Lonely Boys0001Los Lonely Boys 1 1
81.0
 
81 81 20.0 0 0 0 0 1
512 Lovin Spoonful0001Lovin' Spoonful 1 1
77.0
 
77 77 17.0 0 0 0 1 0
513 Lymon, Frankie And Teenagers0001Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers 1 1
33.0
 
33 33 15.0 0 1 0 0 0
514 Madcon0001Madcon 1 1
61.0
 
61 61 23.0 0 0 0 1 0
515 Manhattans0001The Manhattans 1 1
87.0
 
87 87 17.0 0 0 0 0 1
516 Mann, Tamela0001Tamela Mann 1 1
61.0
 
61 61 22.0 0 0 0 1 0
517 Manzanero, Armando0001Armando Manzanero 1 1
72.0
 
72 72 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
518 Marley, Bob And Lauren Hill0001Bob Marley & Lauryn Hill 1 1
9.0
 
9 9 18.0 1 0 0 0 0
519 Marshall Tucker Band0001Marshall Tucker Band 1 1
72.0
 
72 72 20.0 0 0 0 1 0
520 Martin, Dean0001Dean Martin 1 1
57.0
 
57 57 17.0 0 0 1 0 0
521 Mary Mary0001Mary Mary 1 1
46.0
 
46 46 20.0 0 0 1 0 0
522 Matthews, Dave Band0001Dave Matthews Band 1 1
42.0
 
42 42 24.0 0 0 1 0 0
523 Maxwell0001Maxwell 1 1
80.0
 
80 80 25.0 0 0 0 0 1
524 McKay, Margery0001Margery McKay 1 1
11.0
 
11 11 7.0 1 0 0 0 0
525 Menzel, Idina0001Idina Menzel 1 1
16.0
 
16 16 13.0 1 0 0 0 0
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