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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
526 Monkees0001The Monkees 2 2
9.5
 
10 9 14.5 2 0 0 0 0
527 Montgomery Gentry0001Montgomery Gentry 2 4
60.8
 
70 42 20.8 0 0 1 3 0
528 Moody Blues0001The Moody Blues 1 1
12.0
 
12 12 14.0 1 0 0 0 0
529 Moody, James0001James Moody 1 1
82.0
 
82 82 12.0 0 0 0 0 1
530 Moore, Melba0001Melba Moore 1 1
62.0
 
62 62 20.0 0 0 0 1 0
531 Morgan, Craig0001Craig Morgan 1 1
47.0
 
47 47 22.0 0 0 1 0 0
532 Morrison, James0001James Morrison 4 4
31.0
 
46 16 20.0 2 0 2 0 0
533 Mraz, Jason and Caillat, Colbie0001Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat 1 1
11.0
 
11 11 10.0 1 0 0 0 0
534 Muldaur, Maria0001Maria Muldaur 1 2
78.5
 
88 69 13.5 0 0 0 1 1
535 Murdock, Shirley0001Shirley Murdock 1 1
43.0
 
43 43 23.0 0 0 1 0 0
536 Murray, Anne0001Anne Murray 1 1
9.0
 
9 9 14.0 1 0 0 0 0
537 Mute Math0001Mute Math 1 1
71.0
 
71 71 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
538 Myles, Alannah0001Alannah Myles 1 2
56.5
 
57 56 25.5 0 0 2 0 0
539 Nail, David0001David Nail 1 1
50.0
 
50 50 24.0 0 0 1 0 0
540 Naked Eyes0001Naked Eyes 1 1
15.0
 
15 15 18.0 1 0 0 0 0
541 Nero, Franco0001Franco Nero 1 1
55.0
 
55 55 19.0 0 0 1 0 0
542 Nicks, Stevie and Petty, Tom0001Stevie Nicks & Tom Petty 1 2
66.0
 
69 63 21.0 0 0 0 2 0
543 Nitty Gritty Dirt Band0001Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 1 1
67.0
 
67 67 24.0 0 0 0 1 0
544 Nixon, Marni0001Marni Nixon 1 1
62.0
 
62 62 17.0 0 0 0 1 0
545 Norful, Smokie0001Smokie Norful 1 1
82.0
 
82 82 19.0 0 0 0 0 1
546 Nsync0001*NSYNC 2 2
10.5
 
14 7 10.5 2 0 0 0 0
547 Nsync And Estefan, Gloria0001*NSYNC & Gloria Estefan 1 2
33.5
 
59 8 14.5 1 0 1 0 0
548 O'Jays0001The O'Jays 2 2
67.5
 
80 55 19.5 0 0 1 0 1
549 One Direction0001One Direction 1 1
73.0
 
73 73 19.0 0 0 0 1 0
550 OneRepublic0001OneRepublic 1 2
24.0
 
45 3 13.0 1 0 1 0 0
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