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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.

[back to top] American Idol  Artists (3x Performances)

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# Artist #Sng #Prf Rating Hi Lo σ 0-19 20-39 40-59 60-79 80-100
51 Aguilera, Christina0001Christina Aguilera 7 10
50.6
 
78 21 18.9 0 2 7 1 0
52 Black Crowes0001The Black Crowes 3 5
49.4
 
66 31 19.6 0 2 1 2 0
53 Boyz II Men0001Boyz II Men 4 6
37.0
 
57 11 18.3 1 2 3 0 0
54 Carmen, Eric0001Eric Carmen 1 5
56.8
 
92 23 15.0 0 2 0 1 2
55 Dayne, Taylor0001Taylor Dayne 1 3
19.0
 
27 7 12.7 1 2 0 0 0
56 Destiny's Child0001Destiny's Child 2 3
43.3
 
61 34 17.3 0 2 0 1 0
57 Diamond, Neil0001Neil Diamond 10 10
43.1
 
77 10 20.1 2 2 3 3 0
58 Franklin, Aretha And Michael, George0001Aretha Franklin & George Michael 1 3
42.0
 
72 22 17.3 0 2 0 1 0
59 Fray0001The Fray 3 3
49.3
 
87 23 18.3 0 2 0 0 1
60 Gaynor, Gloria0001Gloria Gaynor 2 5
48.0
 
72 23 17.6 0 2 2 1 0
61 Heart0001Heart 6 13
54.4
 
89 13 16.9 1 2 4 3 3
62 Isley Brothers0001The Isley Brothers 2 3
35.3
 
44 27 19.7 0 2 1 0 0
63 Jodeci0001Jodeci 1 6
48.7
 
67 25 19.5 0 2 2 2 0
64 Lady Gaga0001Lady Gaga 4 7
59.0
 
77 34 19.7 0 2 1 4 0
65 Lauper, Cyndi0001Cyndi Lauper 4 11
48.6
 
75 15 18.1 1 2 4 4 0
66 Lawrence, Carol And Kert, Larry0001Carol Lawrence & Larry Kert 2 4
58.8
 
88 23 15.0 0 2 0 0 2
67 Loaf, Meat0001Meat Loaf 2 4
46.3
 
59 35 18.5 0 2 2 0 0
68 Maroon 50001Maroon 5 5 8
44.6
 
74 4 20.6 1 2 3 2 0
69 Martha And Vandellas0001Martha & The Vandellas 3 8
49.0
 
67 34 18.0 0 2 3 3 0
70 Marx, Richard0001Richard Marx 3 3
29.7
 
38 17 15.3 1 2 0 0 0
71 Midler, Bette0001Bette Midler 4 8
55.5
 
95 15 17.6 1 2 1 3 1
72 Nilsson0001Nilsson 2 6
50.0
 
82 22 19.8 0 2 2 1 1
73 Nixon, Marni And Bryant, Jimmy0001Marni Nixon & Jimmy Bryant 2 4
58.8
 
88 23 15.0 0 2 0 0 2
74 Pink0001Pink 4 7
44.6
 
67 19 18.7 1 2 1 3 0
75 Police0001The Police 3 7
42.7
 
76 10 19.0 2 2 0 3 0
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