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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 Mimms, Garnet And Enchanters0001Garnet Mimms & The Enchanters 1 1
69.0
 
69 69 19.0 0 0 0 1 0
552 Mindbenders0001The Mindbenders 1 1
41.0
 
41 41 24.0 0 0 1 0 0
553 Monae, Janelle0001Janelle Monae 1 2
76.0
 
78 74 16.0 0 0 0 2 0
554 Monica0001Monica 2 2
50.5
 
60 41 19.0 0 0 1 1 0
555 Monkees0001The Monkees 2 2
9.5
 
10 9 14.5 2 0 0 0 0
556 Montgomery Gentry0001Montgomery Gentry 2 4
60.8
 
70 42 20.8 0 0 1 3 0
557 Moody Blues0001The Moody Blues 1 1
12.0
 
12 12 14.0 1 0 0 0 0
558 Moody, James0001James Moody 1 1
82.0
 
82 82 12.0 0 0 0 0 1
559 Moore, Melba0001Melba Moore 1 1
62.0
 
62 62 20.0 0 0 0 1 0
560 Morgan, Craig0001Craig Morgan 1 1
46.0
 
46 46 22.0 0 0 1 0 0
561 Morrison, James0001James Morrison 4 4
31.0
 
46 16 20.0 2 0 2 0 0
562 Mraz, Jason and Caillat, Colbie0001Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat 1 1
9.0
 
9 9 10.0 1 0 0 0 0
563 Muldaur, Maria0001Maria Muldaur 1 2
78.5
 
88 69 13.5 0 0 0 1 1
564 Murdock, Shirley0001Shirley Murdock 1 1
43.0
 
43 43 23.0 0 0 1 0 0
565 Murray, Anne0001Anne Murray 1 1
9.0
 
9 9 14.0 1 0 0 0 0
566 Mute Math0001Mute Math 1 1
71.0
 
71 71 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
567 Myles, Alannah0001Alannah Myles 1 2
56.5
 
57 56 25.5 0 0 2 0 0
568 Nail, David0001David Nail 1 1
50.0
 
50 50 24.0 0 0 1 0 0
569 Naked Eyes0001Naked Eyes 1 1
15.0
 
15 15 18.0 1 0 0 0 0
570 Neighborhood0001The Neighborhood 1 1
46.0
 
46 46 18.0 0 0 1 0 0
571 Nero, Franco0001Franco Nero 1 1
55.0
 
55 55 19.0 0 0 1 0 0
572 Nicks, Stevie and Petty, Tom0001Stevie Nicks & Tom Petty 1 2
66.5
 
70 63 21.0 0 0 0 2 0
573 Nitty Gritty Dirt Band0001Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 1 1
67.0
 
67 67 24.0 0 0 0 1 0
574 Nixon, Marni0001Marni Nixon 1 1
62.0
 
62 62 17.0 0 0 0 1 0
575 Norful, Smokie0001Smokie Norful 1 1
82.0
 
82 82 19.0 0 0 0 0 1
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