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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
576 Sebastian, Guy0001Guy Sebastian 1 1
48.0
 
48 48 13.0 0 0 1 0 0
577 Sebastian, Gwen0001Gwen Sebastian 1 1
44.0
 
44 44 19.0 0 0 1 0 0
578 Secada, John0001Jon Secada 1 1
26.0
 
26 26 10.0 0 1 0 0 0
579 Secret Garden0001Secret Garden 1 1
51.0
 
51 51 22.0 0 0 1 0 0
580 Sedaka, Neil0001Neil Sedaka 3 5
43.6
 
92 15 15.4 2 1 1 0 1
581 Seether0001Seether 1 1
71.0
 
71 71 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
582 Segal, Vivienne0001Vivienne Segal 1 1
9.0
 
9 9 8.0 1 0 0 0 0
583 Seger, Bob And Silver Bullet0001Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band 2 2
44.5
 
74 15 21.5 1 0 0 1 0
584 Selena0001Selena 2 2
17.5
 
28 7 15.5 1 1 0 0 0
585 Sheeran, Ed0001Ed Sheeran 8 9
50.0
 
81 22 16.9 0 4 1 3 1
586 Shinedown0001Shinedown 3 5
60.8
 
83 32 17.2 0 2 0 1 2
587 Shirelles0001The Shirelles 1 1
92.0
 
92 92 13.0 0 0 0 0 1
588 Sia0001Sia 4 7
64.6
 
92 33 16.0 0 2 1 2 2
589 Simon And Garfunkel0001Simon & Garfunkel 4 8
57.3
 
86 44 21.1 0 0 5 2 1
590 Simon, Carly0001Carly Simon 1 1
83.0
 
83 83 11.0 0 0 0 0 1
591 Simone, Nina0001Nina Simone 2 10
54.1
 
88 29 20.5 0 3 4 1 2
592 Simple Minds0001Simple Minds 1 1
62.0
 
62 62 17.0 0 0 0 1 0
593 Simply Red0001Simply Red 1 5
55.4
 
75 25 20.0 0 1 1 3 0
594 Simpson, Jessica0001Jessica Simpson 1 1
13.0
 
13 13 16.0 1 0 0 0 0
595 Sinatra, Frank0001Frank Sinatra 13 20
54.4
 
87 9 18.4 1 5 5 6 3
596 Sinatra, Nancy0001Nancy Sinatra 1 1
84.0
 
84 84 12.0 0 0 0 0 1
597 Sisqo0001Sisqo 1 1
58.0
 
58 58 26.0 0 0 1 0 0
598 Sixpence None Richer0001Sixpence None The Richer 1 1
30.0
 
30 30 13.0 0 1 0 0 0
599 Sledge, Percy0001Percy Sledge 1 8
56.1
 
91 19 18.3 1 1 3 2 1
600 Smash Mouth0001Smash Mouth 1 1
10.0
 
10 10 15.0 1 0 0 0 0
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