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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
176 Disclosure0001Disclosure 1 1
60.0
 
60 60 21.0 0 0 0 1 0
177 Dixie Chicks0001The Dixie Chicks 3 4
46.3
 
89 7 16.3 2 0 0 1 1
178 Dixon, Colton0001Colton Dixon 1 1
74.0
 
74 74 15.0 0 0 0 1 0
179 Doobie Brothers0001The Doobie Brothers 2 4
48.3
 
80 19 19.0 1 1 0 1 1
180 Eldredge, Brett0001Brett Eldredge 1 1
61.0
 
61 61 16.0 0 0 0 1 0
181 Elliman, Yvonne0001Yvonne Elliman 1 1
79.0
 
79 79 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
182 Eminem0001Eminem 1 1
76.0
 
76 76 22.0 0 0 0 1 0
183 Emotions0001The Emotions 1 2
33.5
 
63 4 15.0 1 0 0 1 0
184 Eternal0001Eternal 1 1
60.0
 
60 60 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
185 Fall Out Boy0001Fall Out Boy 1 1
75.0
 
75 75 13.0 0 0 0 1 0
186 Fantasia0001Fantasia 1 1
76.0
 
76 76 17.0 0 0 0 1 0
187 Florence Machine0001Florence + The Machine 2 3
52.7
 
64 47 22.0 0 0 2 1 0
188 Floyd, Eddie0001Eddie Floyd 1 3
40.3
 
69 15 15.7 1 1 0 1 0
189 Four Seasons, The0001The Four Seasons 1 1
61.0
 
61 61 23.0 0 0 0 1 0
190 Frampton, Peter0001Peter Frampton 1 4
59.0
 
76 48 17.3 0 0 3 1 0
191 Franklin, Aretha And Michael, George0001Aretha Franklin & George Michael 1 3
41.7
 
72 21 17.3 0 2 0 1 0
192 Free0001Free 1 2
49.0
 
73 25 18.0 0 1 0 1 0
193 French, Nicki0001Nicki French 1 3
61.3
 
73 54 19.7 0 0 2 1 0
194 Frijid Pink0001Frijid Pink 1 2
84.5
 
94 75 14.0 0 0 0 1 1
195 Gaynor, Gloria0001Gloria Gaynor 2 5
48.0
 
72 23 17.6 0 2 2 1 0
196 Gentry, Bobbie0001Bobbie Gentry 2 2
52.5
 
65 40 21.5 0 0 1 1 0
197 Gray, David0001David Gray 2 2
63.0
 
74 52 19.5 0 0 1 1 0
198 Gray, Skylar0001Skylar Gray 1 1
76.0
 
76 76 22.0 0 0 0 1 0
199 Green, Al0001Al Green 1 5
56.2
 
80 27 19.2 0 1 2 1 1
200 Griffin, Patty0001Patty Griffin 1 3
83.3
 
89 78 11.7 0 0 0 1 2
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