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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.

[back to top] American Idol  Artists (3x Performances)

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# Artist #Sng #Prf Rating Hi Lo σ 0-19 20-39 40-59 60-79 80-100
201 Pickett, Wilson0001Wilson Pickett 2 3
51.3
 
57 46 22.7 0 0 3 0 0
202 Quietdrive0001Quietdrive 1 4
46.3
 
63 25 19.0 0 1 2 1 0
203 Rare Earth0001Rare Earth 2 3
44.7
 
54 32 20.3 0 1 2 0 0
204 Richie, Lionel0001Lionel Richie 2 3
54.7
 
90 29 18.3 0 1 1 0 1
205 Robinson, Smokey And Miracles0001Smokey Robinson & The Miracles 5 11
57.7
 
87 35 21.2 0 1 6 3 1
206 Rogers, Kenny0001Kenny Rogers 2 3
41.0
 
47 29 21.7 0 1 2 0 0
207 Ronstadt, Linda0001Linda Ronstadt 4 10
47.8
 
66 34 18.5 0 3 5 2 0
208 Ross, Diana And Richie, Lionel0001Diana Ross & Lionel Richie 1 4
35.5
 
46 27 18.3 0 3 1 0 0
209 Rufus0001Rufus, Featuring Chaka Khan 3 5
56.8
 
85 42 18.6 0 0 3 1 1
210 Russell, Leon0001Leon Russell 1 4
66.5
 
88 51 15.0 0 0 2 1 1
211 Sheeran, Ed0001Ed Sheeran 3 3
50.0
 
73 27 18.7 0 1 1 1 0
212 Shinedown0001Shinedown 3 4
55.3
 
81 32 18.3 0 2 0 1 1
213 Simon And Garfunkel0001Simon & Garfunkel 4 6
58.0
 
86 44 21.0 0 0 4 1 1
214 Simone, Nina0001Nina Simone 2 7
56.7
 
88 37 21.1 0 1 4 1 1
215 Simply Red0001Simply Red 1 4
54.3
 
75 25 20.5 0 1 1 2 0
216 Stewart, Rod0001Rod Stewart 2 3
44.0
 
70 27 19.7 0 2 0 1 0
217 Streisand, Barbra0001Barbra Streisand 8 10
62.9
 
91 40 19.5 0 0 4 4 2
218 Supremes, The and Four Tops, The0001The Supremes & The Four Tops 1 3
67.0
 
86 36 15.7 0 1 0 1 1
219 Three Eleven0001311 2 3
71.7
 
96 56 14.0 0 0 1 1 1
220 Tritt, Travis0001Travis Tritt 3 4
49.3
 
60 35 18.8 0 1 2 1 0
221 Tunstall, KT0001KT Tunstall 2 4
52.0
 
81 34 18.3 0 1 2 0 1
222 Turner, Ike And Tina0001Ike & Tina Turner 4 9
69.3
 
86 36 17.7 0 1 2 2 4
223 Twain, Shania0001Shania Twain 7 10
45.2
 
77 23 22.3 0 2 7 1 0
224 Tyler, Bonnie0001Bonnie Tyler 3 5
56.0
 
73 42 18.8 0 0 4 1 0
225 UB400001UB40 1 4
66.0
 
93 21 16.8 0 1 0 1 2
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