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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
251 Snow Patrol0001Snow Patrol 1 1
58.0
 
58 58 20.0 0 0 1 0 0
252 Thompson Square0001Thompson Square 1 1
58.0
 
58 58 24.0 0 0 1 0 0
253 West, Kanye0001Kanye West 2 2
58.0
 
87 29 17.5 0 1 0 0 1
254 Lady Gaga0001Lady Gaga 5 11
57.8
 
86 34 19.8 0 2 4 4 1
255 Cole, Natalie0001Natalie Cole 2 3
57.7
 
87 26 17.3 0 1 0 1 1
256 Flack, Roberta0001Roberta Flack 1 2
57.5
 
86 29 18.5 0 1 0 0 1
257 Incubus0001Incubus 1 3
57.3
 
90 29 18.0 0 1 1 0 1
258 Redding, Otis0001Otis Redding 5 16
57.3
 
84 12 18.8 1 3 2 7 3
259 Simon And Garfunkel0001Simon & Garfunkel 4 8
57.3
 
86 44 21.1 0 0 5 2 1
260 Vandross, Luther0001Luther Vandross 6 18
57.2
 
92 17 17.6 1 6 3 4 4
261 Campbell, Tevin0001Tevin Campbell 1 1
57.0
 
57 57 23.0 0 0 1 0 0
262 Drake0001Drake 1 1
57.0
 
57 57 20.0 0 0 1 0 0
263 Houston, Thelma0001Thelma Houston 1 3
57.0
 
61 53 19.7 0 0 2 1 0
264 Martin, Dean0001Dean Martin 1 1
57.0
 
57 57 17.0 0 0 1 0 0
265 Rufus0001Rufus, Featuring Chaka Khan 3 5
56.8
 
85 42 18.6 0 0 3 1 1
266 Presley, Elvis0001Elvis Presley 18 40
56.7
 
93 14 19.7 1 9 12 10 8
267 Myles, Alannah0001Alannah Myles 1 2
56.5
 
57 56 25.5 0 0 2 0 0
268 McCain, Edwin0001Edwin McCain 2 9
56.4
 
81 22 18.0 0 2 3 3 1
269 Joel, Billy0001Billy Joel 18 27
56.3
 
91 8 18.5 1 4 10 10 2
270 Creedence Clearwater Revival0001Creedence Clearwater Revival 7 22
56.2
 
90 11 19.1 1 3 9 6 3
271 Green, Al0001Al Green 1 5
56.2
 
80 27 19.2 0 1 2 1 1
272 Sledge, Percy0001Percy Sledge 1 8
56.1
 
91 19 18.3 1 1 3 2 1
273 Underwood, Carrie0001Carrie Underwood 9 13
56.1
 
86 32 19.0 0 3 5 3 2
274 Jagger, Mick And Bowie, David0001Mick Jagger & David Bowie 1 2
56.0
 
67 45 19.5 0 0 1 1 0
275 Matchbox Twenty0001Matchbox Twenty 3 4
56.0
 
66 43 19.8 0 0 2 2 0
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