Google


Artists

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

Click on a column header to sort by that column.
# Artist #Sng #Prf Rating Hi Lo σ 0-19 20-39 40-59 60-79 80-100
526 Lorde0001Lorde 1 1
72.0
 
72 72 20.0 0 0 0 1 0
527 Los Lonely Boys0001Los Lonely Boys 1 1
81.0
 
81 81 20.0 0 0 0 0 1
528 Loveless, Patty0001Patty Loveless 2 2
55.5
 
69 42 18.5 0 0 1 1 0
529 Lovin Spoonful0001Lovin' Spoonful 1 1
77.0
 
77 77 17.0 0 0 0 1 0
530 Madcon0001Madcon 1 1
61.0
 
61 61 23.0 0 0 0 1 0
531 Madonna0001Madonna 2 2
27.0
 
42 12 16.5 1 0 1 0 0
532 Manhattans0001The Manhattans 1 1
87.0
 
87 87 17.0 0 0 0 0 1
533 Mann, Tamela0001Tamela Mann 1 1
62.0
 
62 62 22.0 0 0 0 1 0
534 Manzanero, Armando0001Armando Manzanero 1 1
72.0
 
72 72 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
535 Marley, Bob0001Bob Marley 2 2
9.0
 
9 9 15.5 2 0 0 0 0
536 Marley, Bob And Lauren Hill0001Bob Marley & Lauryn Hill 1 1
9.0
 
9 9 18.0 1 0 0 0 0
537 Marshall Tucker Band0001Marshall Tucker Band 1 1
72.0
 
72 72 20.0 0 0 0 1 0
538 Martin, Dean0001Dean Martin 1 1
57.0
 
57 57 17.0 0 0 1 0 0
539 Mary Mary0001Mary Mary 1 1
46.0
 
46 46 20.0 0 0 1 0 0
540 Matchbox Twenty0001Matchbox Twenty 3 4
56.0
 
66 43 19.8 0 0 2 2 0
541 Matthews, Dave Band0001Dave Matthews Band 1 1
42.0
 
42 42 24.0 0 0 1 0 0
542 Maxwell0001Maxwell 1 1
80.0
 
80 80 25.0 0 0 0 0 1
543 McCartney, Paul0001Paul McCartney 3 6
59.8
 
82 17 20.5 1 0 2 2 1
544 McEntire, Reba0001Reba McEntire 3 3
65.0
 
75 55 21.3 0 0 1 2 0
545 McGraw, Tim0001Tim McGraw 2 2
45.5
 
46 45 18.0 0 0 2 0 0
546 McKay, Margery0001Margery McKay 1 1
11.0
 
11 11 7.0 1 0 0 0 0
547 Menzel, Idina0001Idina Menzel 1 1
15.0
 
15 15 13.0 1 0 0 0 0
548 Merman, Ethel0001Ethel Merman 1 1
86.0
 
86 86 13.0 0 0 0 0 1
549 Messina, Jo Dee0001Jo Dee Messina 1 1
58.0
 
58 58 19.0 0 0 1 0 0
550 Meuse, Jessica0001Jessica Meuse 1 1
89.0
 
89 89 16.0 0 0 0 0 1
WhatNotToSing.com copyright © 2007-2015, The WNTS Team.  All rights reserved.  Use of this website implies that you accept our Terms Of Use and Privacy Policy.  American Idol is a registered trademark of 19 TV Ltd.  We are not affiliated in any way with American Idol, Fox Television, FremantleMedia North America, or any of their parent or subsidiary companies.