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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
176 Robinson, Smokey And Miracles0001Smokey Robinson & The Miracles 5 14
58.9
 
87 35 21.2 0 1 8 3 2
177 Rogers, Kenny0001Kenny Rogers 2 3
41.0
 
47 29 21.7 0 1 2 0 0
178 Sedaka, Neil0001Neil Sedaka 3 5
43.6
 
92 15 15.4 2 1 1 0 1
179 Simply Red0001Simply Red 1 5
55.4
 
75 25 20.0 0 1 1 3 0
180 Sledge, Percy0001Percy Sledge 1 8
56.1
 
91 19 18.3 1 1 3 2 1
181 Springsteen, Bruce And E Street Band0001Bruce Springsteen & The E St. Band 2 4
45.0
 
59 21 17.0 0 1 3 0 0
182 Stewart, Amii0001Amii Stewart 1 3
40.3
 
69 15 15.7 1 1 0 1 0
183 Supremes, The and Four Tops, The0001The Supremes & The Four Tops 1 3
67.0
 
86 36 15.7 0 1 0 1 1
184 Swift, Taylor0001Taylor Swift 3 4
38.3
 
67 9 18.5 1 1 1 1 0
185 Tears For Fears0001Tears For Fears 2 5
58.8
 
94 17 15.0 1 1 0 1 2
186 Train0001Train 2 4
31.5
 
54 9 16.8 1 1 2 0 0
187 Tritt, Travis0001Travis Tritt 3 4
49.3
 
60 35 18.8 0 1 2 1 0
188 Tunstall, KT0001KT Tunstall 2 4
52.0
 
81 34 18.3 0 1 2 0 1
189 Turner, Ike And Tina0001Ike & Tina Turner 4 11
69.5
 
86 36 18.2 0 1 2 4 4
190 Twillie, Carmen0001Carmen Twillie 1 3
55.0
 
89 24 20.7 0 1 1 0 1
191 U20001U2 4 8
41.5
 
67 9 19.5 2 1 3 2 0
192 UB400001UB40 1 4
66.0
 
93 21 16.8 0 1 0 1 2
193 Uncle Kracker0001Uncle Kracker 1 3
52.7
 
84 29 21.0 0 1 1 0 1
194 Usher0001Usher 3 3
37.3
 
80 5 17.7 1 1 0 0 1
195 Van Halen0001Van Halen 2 4
36.3
 
67 10 18.8 1 1 1 1 0
196 Westlife And Diana Ross0001Westlife & Diana Ross 1 3
29.3
 
50 14 17.3 1 1 1 0 0
197 Williams, Andy0001Andy Williams 1 3
46.3
 
70 26 19.7 0 1 1 1 0
198 Williams, Robbie0001Robbie Williams 1 3
44.0
 
70 21 17.7 0 1 1 1 0
199 Withers, Bill0001Bill Withers 3 8
60.9
 
90 18 18.1 1 1 1 3 2
200 Zombies0001The Zombies 2 3
50.0
 
71 25 21.3 0 1 1 1 0
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