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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 Madonna0001Madonna 2 2
27.0
 
42 12 16.5 1 0 1 0 0
527 Manhattans0001The Manhattans 1 1
87.0
 
87 87 17.0 0 0 0 0 1
528 Mann, Tamela0001Tamela Mann 1 1
62.0
 
62 62 22.0 0 0 0 1 0
529 Manzanero, Armando0001Armando Manzanero 1 1
72.0
 
72 72 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
530 Marley, Bob0001Bob Marley 2 2
9.0
 
9 9 15.5 2 0 0 0 0
531 Marley, Bob And Lauren Hill0001Bob Marley & Lauryn Hill 1 1
9.0
 
9 9 18.0 1 0 0 0 0
532 Marshall Tucker Band0001Marshall Tucker Band 1 1
72.0
 
72 72 20.0 0 0 0 1 0
533 Martin, Dean0001Dean Martin 1 1
57.0
 
57 57 17.0 0 0 1 0 0
534 Mary Mary0001Mary Mary 1 1
46.0
 
46 46 20.0 0 0 1 0 0
535 Matchbox Twenty0001Matchbox Twenty 2 2
47.5
 
52 43 19.0 0 0 2 0 0
536 Matthews, Dave Band0001Dave Matthews Band 1 1
42.0
 
42 42 24.0 0 0 1 0 0
537 Maxwell0001Maxwell 1 1
80.0
 
80 80 25.0 0 0 0 0 1
538 McCartney, Paul0001Paul McCartney 3 6
60.2
 
82 19 20.5 1 0 2 2 1
539 McEntire, Reba0001Reba McEntire 3 3
65.0
 
75 55 21.3 0 0 1 2 0
540 McGraw, Tim0001Tim McGraw 2 2
45.5
 
46 45 18.0 0 0 2 0 0
541 McKay, Margery0001Margery McKay 1 1
11.0
 
11 11 7.0 1 0 0 0 0
542 Menzel, Idina0001Idina Menzel 1 1
15.0
 
15 15 13.0 1 0 0 0 0
543 Merman, Ethel0001Ethel Merman 1 1
86.0
 
86 86 13.0 0 0 0 0 1
544 Messina, Jo Dee0001Jo Dee Messina 1 1
58.0
 
58 58 19.0 0 0 1 0 0
545 Meuse, Jessica0001Jessica Meuse 1 1
89.0
 
89 89 16.0 0 0 0 0 1
546 Michael, George0001George Michael 1 1
78.0
 
78 78 15.0 0 0 0 1 0
547 Michaelson, Ingrid0001Ingrid Michaelson 1 1
61.0
 
61 61 20.0 0 0 0 1 0
548 Miller, Glenn, Band0001Glenn Miller Band 1 1
60.0
 
60 60 21.0 0 0 0 1 0
549 Miller, Roger0001Roger Miller 1 1
50.0
 
50 50 23.0 0 0 1 0 0
550 Mills, Stephanie0001Stephanie Mills 1 1
60.0
 
60 60 24.0 0 0 0 1 0
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