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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
551 Judd, Wynonna0001Wynonna Judd 1 1
40.0
 
40 40 18.0 0 0 1 0 0
552 Jules, Gary0001Gary Jules 1 3
84.3
 
94 79 16.3 0 0 0 1 2
553 Kamakawiwo'ole, Israel0001Israel Kamakawiwo'ole 1 4
81.8
 
90 77 18.3 0 0 0 2 2
554 Kansas0001Kansas 1 1
5.0
 
5 5 15.0 1 0 0 0 0
555 Keane0001Keane 1 1
79.0
 
79 79 13.0 0 0 0 1 0
556 Khalifa, Wiz and Puth, Charlie0001Wiz Khalifa & Charlie Puth 1 1
71.0
 
71 71 17.0 0 0 0 1 0
557 Kiley, Richard0001Richard Kiley 1 1
11.0
 
11 11 8.0 1 0 0 0 0
558 King Pleasure0001King Pleasure 1 1
82.0
 
82 82 12.0 0 0 0 0 1
559 Kool And The Gang0001Kool and the Gang 1 1
9.0
 
9 9 10.0 1 0 0 0 0
560 Kristofferson, Kris0001Kris Kristofferson 1 1
77.0
 
77 77 17.0 0 0 0 1 0
561 Kroeger, Chad0001Chad Kroeger 1 1
42.0
 
42 42 21.0 0 0 1 0 0
562 Lafourcade, Miguel and Natalie0001Miguel and Natalie Lafourcade 1 1
69.0
 
69 69 24.0 0 0 0 1 0
563 LaMontagne, Ray0001Ray LaMontagne 2 4
70.3
 
75 63 18.8 0 0 0 4 0
564 Lang, Jonny0001Jonny Lang 1 1
73.0
 
73 73 22.0 0 0 0 1 0
565 Lansbury, Angela0001Angela Lansbury 1 1
82.0
 
82 82 21.0 0 0 0 0 1
566 Led Zeppelin0001Led Zeppelin 3 5
83.0
 
93 65 20.4 0 0 0 1 4
567 Legend, John0001John Legend 4 4
72.0
 
86 59 18.8 0 0 1 2 1
568 Levine, Adam0001Adam Levine 1 1
5.0
 
5 5 12.0 1 0 0 0 0
569 Lewis, Huey And News0001Huey Lewis and The News 1 1
50.0
 
50 50 17.0 0 0 1 0 0
570 Lewis, Leona0001Leona Lewis 2 2
48.0
 
82 14 15.5 1 0 0 0 1
571 Lifehouse0001Lifehouse 1 1
52.0
 
52 52 22.0 0 0 1 0 0
572 Little Mix0001Little Mix 1 1
77.0
 
77 77 16.0 0 0 0 1 0
573 Live0001Live 1 1
75.0
 
75 75 20.0 0 0 0 1 0
574 Loggins, Kenny0001Kenny Loggins 2 2
54.0
 
67 41 15.5 0 0 1 1 0
575 London, Julie0001Julie London 1 1
62.0
 
62 62 20.0 0 0 0 1 0
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