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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 Marley, Bob0001Bob Marley 2 2
9.0
 
9 9 15.5 2 0 0 0 0
527 Marley, Bob And Lauren Hill0001Bob Marley & Lauryn Hill 1 1
9.0
 
9 9 18.0 1 0 0 0 0
528 Marshall Tucker Band0001Marshall Tucker Band 1 1
72.0
 
72 72 20.0 0 0 0 1 0
529 Martin, Dean0001Dean Martin 1 1
57.0
 
57 57 17.0 0 0 1 0 0
530 Mary Mary0001Mary Mary 1 1
46.0
 
46 46 20.0 0 0 1 0 0
531 Matchbox Twenty0001Matchbox Twenty 2 2
47.5
 
52 43 19.0 0 0 2 0 0
532 Matthews, Dave Band0001Dave Matthews Band 1 1
42.0
 
42 42 24.0 0 0 1 0 0
533 Maxwell0001Maxwell 1 1
80.0
 
80 80 25.0 0 0 0 0 1
534 McCartney, Paul0001Paul McCartney 3 6
60.2
 
82 19 20.5 1 0 2 2 1
535 McEntire, Reba0001Reba McEntire 3 3
65.0
 
75 55 21.3 0 0 1 2 0
536 McGraw, Tim0001Tim McGraw 2 2
45.5
 
46 45 18.0 0 0 2 0 0
537 McKay, Margery0001Margery McKay 1 1
11.0
 
11 11 7.0 1 0 0 0 0
538 Menzel, Idina0001Idina Menzel 1 1
15.0
 
15 15 13.0 1 0 0 0 0
539 Merman, Ethel0001Ethel Merman 1 1
86.0
 
86 86 13.0 0 0 0 0 1
540 Messina, Jo Dee0001Jo Dee Messina 1 1
58.0
 
58 58 19.0 0 0 1 0 0
541 Meuse, Jessica0001Jessica Meuse 1 1
89.0
 
89 89 16.0 0 0 0 0 1
542 Michael, George0001George Michael 1 1
78.0
 
78 78 15.0 0 0 0 1 0
543 Michaelson, Ingrid0001Ingrid Michaelson 1 1
61.0
 
61 61 20.0 0 0 0 1 0
544 Miller, Glenn, Band0001Glenn Miller Band 1 1
60.0
 
60 60 21.0 0 0 0 1 0
545 Miller, Roger0001Roger Miller 1 1
50.0
 
50 50 23.0 0 0 1 0 0
546 Mills, Stephanie0001Stephanie Mills 1 1
60.0
 
60 60 24.0 0 0 0 1 0
547 Mimms, Garnet And Enchanters0001Garnet Mimms & The Enchanters 1 1
69.0
 
69 69 19.0 0 0 0 1 0
548 Mindbenders0001The Mindbenders 1 1
41.0
 
41 41 24.0 0 0 1 0 0
549 Monae, Janelle0001Janelle Monae 1 2
76.0
 
78 74 16.0 0 0 0 2 0
550 Monica0001Monica 2 2
50.5
 
60 41 19.0 0 0 1 1 0
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