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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 Live0001Live 1 1
75.0
 
75 75 20.0 0 0 0 1 0
552 Loggins, Kenny0001Kenny Loggins 2 2
54.0
 
67 41 15.5 0 0 1 1 0
553 London, Julie0001Julie London 1 1
62.0
 
62 62 20.0 0 0 0 1 0
554 Lorde0001Lorde 1 1
72.0
 
72 72 20.0 0 0 0 1 0
555 Los Lonely Boys0001Los Lonely Boys 1 1
81.0
 
81 81 20.0 0 0 0 0 1
556 Loveless, Patty0001Patty Loveless 2 2
55.5
 
69 42 18.5 0 0 1 1 0
557 Lovin Spoonful0001Lovin' Spoonful 1 1
77.0
 
77 77 17.0 0 0 0 1 0
558 Madcon0001Madcon 1 1
61.0
 
61 61 23.0 0 0 0 1 0
559 Madonna0001Madonna 2 2
27.0
 
42 12 16.5 1 0 1 0 0
560 Manhattans0001The Manhattans 1 1
87.0
 
87 87 17.0 0 0 0 0 1
561 Mann, Tamela0001Tamela Mann 1 1
62.0
 
62 62 22.0 0 0 0 1 0
562 Manzanero, Armando0001Armando Manzanero 1 1
72.0
 
72 72 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
563 Marley, Bob0001Bob Marley 2 2
9.0
 
9 9 15.5 2 0 0 0 0
564 Marley, Bob And Lauren Hill0001Bob Marley & Lauryn Hill 1 1
9.0
 
9 9 18.0 1 0 0 0 0
565 Marshall Tucker Band0001Marshall Tucker Band 1 1
72.0
 
72 72 20.0 0 0 0 1 0
566 Martin, Dean0001Dean Martin 1 1
57.0
 
57 57 17.0 0 0 1 0 0
567 Mary Mary0001Mary Mary 1 1
46.0
 
46 46 20.0 0 0 1 0 0
568 Matchbox Twenty0001Matchbox Twenty 3 4
56.0
 
66 43 19.8 0 0 2 2 0
569 Matthews, Dave Band0001Dave Matthews Band 1 1
42.0
 
42 42 24.0 0 0 1 0 0
570 Maxwell0001Maxwell 1 1
80.0
 
80 80 25.0 0 0 0 0 1
571 McCartney, Paul0001Paul McCartney 3 6
59.8
 
82 17 20.5 1 0 2 2 1
572 McEntire, Reba0001Reba McEntire 3 3
65.0
 
75 55 21.3 0 0 1 2 0
573 McGraw, Tim0001Tim McGraw 2 2
45.5
 
46 45 18.0 0 0 2 0 0
574 McKay, Margery0001Margery McKay 1 1
11.0
 
11 11 7.0 1 0 0 0 0
575 Melanie0001Melanie 1 1
72.0
 
72 72 20.0 0 0 0 1 0
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