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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 Hutton, Betty0001Betty Hutton 1 1
95.0
 
95 95 11.0 0 0 0 0 1
502 Impressions0001The Impressions 1 1
88.0
 
88 88 16.0 0 0 0 0 1
503 INXS0001INXS 1 1
37.0
 
37 37 18.0 0 1 0 0 0
504 Isaak, Chris0001Chris Isaak 1 1
73.0
 
73 73 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
505 Jackson, Alan0001Alan Jackson 1 1
65.0
 
65 65 23.0 0 0 0 1 0
506 Jackson, Freddie0001Freddie Jackson 1 1
46.0
 
46 46 18.0 0 0 1 0 0
507 Jackson, Michael and McCartney, Paul0001Michael Jackson & Paul McCartney 1 1
43.0
 
43 43 20.0 0 0 1 0 0
508 James, Harry0001Harry James 1 1
85.0
 
85 85 15.0 0 0 0 0 1
509 Jamiroquai0001Jamiroquai 1 1
73.0
 
73 73 23.0 0 0 0 1 0
510 Jefferson Airplane0001Jefferson Airplane 1 1
57.0
 
57 57 18.0 0 0 1 0 0
511 Jennings, Waylon0001Waylon Jennings 1 1
72.0
 
72 72 20.0 0 0 0 1 0
512 Jobe, Kari0001Kari Jobe 1 1
66.0
 
66 66 26.0 0 0 0 1 0
513 JoJo0001JoJo 1 1
43.0
 
43 43 21.0 0 0 1 0 0
514 Jolson, Al0001Al Jolson 1 1
22.0
 
22 22 11.0 0 1 0 0 0
515 Jonas, Nick0001Nick Jonas 1 1
62.0
 
62 62 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
516 Jones, Isham And Orchestra0001Isham Jones & His Orchestra 1 1
76.0
 
76 76 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
517 Judas Priest0001Judas Priest 1 1
83.0
 
83 83 15.0 0 0 0 0 1
518 Judd, Wynonna0001Wynonna Judd 1 1
40.0
 
40 40 18.0 0 0 1 0 0
519 Kansas0001Kansas 1 1
5.0
 
5 5 15.0 1 0 0 0 0
520 K-Ci And Jo-Jo0001K-Ci & Jo-Jo 1 1
20.0
 
20 20 8.0 0 1 0 0 0
521 Keane0001Keane 1 1
79.0
 
79 79 13.0 0 0 0 1 0
522 Kelly, Gene0001Gene Kelly 1 1
24.0
 
24 24 16.0 0 1 0 0 0
523 Kiley, Richard0001Richard Kiley 1 1
11.0
 
11 11 8.0 1 0 0 0 0
524 King Pleasure0001King Pleasure 1 1
82.0
 
82 82 12.0 0 0 0 0 1
525 Kings of Leon0001Kings of Leon 1 1
70.0
 
70 70 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
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