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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
101 Carnes, Kim0001Kim Carnes 1 1
48.0
 
48 48 24.0 0 0 1 0 0
102 Carpenters0001Carpenters 4 6
58.5
 
92 2 15.2 1 1 0 2 2
103 Cascada0001Cascada 1 2
63.5
 
72 55 21.0 0 0 1 1 0
104 Cash, Johnny0001Johnny Cash 3 4
56.8
 
75 43 27.0 0 0 3 1 0
105 Casinos0001The Casinos 1 1
29.0
 
29 29 14.0 0 1 0 0 0
106 Cassidy, Eva0001Eva Cassidy 1 4
81.8
 
90 77 18.3 0 0 0 2 2
107 Chaplin, Charlie0001Charlie Chaplin 1 4
35.3
 
48 14 13.8 1 1 2 0 0
108 Chapman, Tracy0001Tracy Chapman 1 3
74.0
 
90 60 14.3 0 0 0 2 1
109 Charice0001Charice 1 1
42.0
 
42 42 21.0 0 0 1 0 0
110 Charles, Ray0001Ray Charles 4 8
61.4
 
87 43 20.1 0 0 4 3 1
111 Cher0001Cher 3 3
51.0
 
84 23 15.0 0 1 1 0 1
112 Chesnutt, Mark0001Mark Chesnutt 1 8
41.1
 
68 13 18.1 1 2 3 2 0
113 Chicago0001Chicago 1 1
27.0
 
27 27 21.0 0 1 0 0 0
114 Church, Eric0001Eric Church 1 1
32.0
 
32 32 20.0 0 1 0 0 0
115 Clapton, Eric0001Eric Clapton 2 2
18.5
 
28 9 15.5 1 1 0 0 0
116 Clare, Alex0001Alex Clare 1 1
67.0
 
67 67 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
117 Clarkson, Kelly0001Kelly Clarkson 12 22
44.1
 
89 6 15.1 5 7 2 5 3
118 Clean Bandit0001Clean Bandit 1 1
41.0
 
41 41 19.0 0 0 1 0 0
119 Cleveland, Ashley0001Ashley Cleveland 1 1
84.0
 
84 84 16.0 0 0 0 0 1
120 Cline, Patsy0001Patsy Cline 3 5
43.6
 
56 25 19.0 0 1 4 0 0
121 Clovers0001The Clovers 1 1
63.0
 
63 63 25.0 0 0 0 1 0
122 Club Nouveau0001Club Nouveau 1 2
53.5
 
69 38 19.0 0 1 0 1 0
123 Coasters0001The Coasters 2 2
23.5
 
34 13 14.5 1 1 0 0 0
124 Cocker, Joe0001Joe Cocker 3 9
58.3
 
77 27 18.6 0 1 3 5 0
125 Cohen, Leonard0001Leonard Cohen 1 3
70.3
 
86 54 23.7 0 0 1 1 1
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