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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 Green, Al0001Al Green 1 5
56.2
 
80 27 19.2 0 1 2 1 1
252 Lynyrd Skynyrd0001Lynyrd Skynyrd 3 5
56.2
 
72 37 18.8 0 1 2 2 0
253 Vandross, Luther0001Luther Vandross 6 17
56.2
 
92 17 17.6 1 6 3 3 4
254 Creedence Clearwater Revival0001Creedence Clearwater Revival 7 17
56.0
 
90 11 19.0 1 1 9 4 2
255 Jagger, Mick And Bowie, David0001Mick Jagger & David Bowie 1 2
56.0
 
67 45 19.5 0 0 1 1 0
256 Procol Harum0001Procol Harum 1 1
56.0
 
56 56 24.0 0 0 1 0 0
257 Tiffany0001Tiffany 2 2
56.0
 
87 25 12.0 0 1 0 0 1
258 Tyler, Bonnie0001Bonnie Tyler 3 5
56.0
 
73 42 18.8 0 0 4 1 0
259 White, Brian0001Brian White 1 1
56.0
 
56 56 22.0 0 0 1 0 0
260 Heart0001Heart 7 14
55.9
 
89 13 17.0 1 2 4 4 3
261 Raitt, Bonnie0001Bonnie Raitt 3 10
55.8
 
85 9 19.2 1 1 2 4 2
262 Joel, Billy0001Billy Joel 18 26
55.7
 
91 8 18.3 1 4 10 9 2
263 Badfinger0001Badfinger 1 5
55.6
 
82 39 20.4 0 1 2 1 1
264 Loveless, Patty0001Patty Loveless 2 2
55.5
 
69 42 18.5 0 0 1 1 0
265 Midler, Bette0001Bette Midler 4 8
55.5
 
95 15 17.6 1 2 1 3 1
266 Styx0001Styx 1 2
55.5
 
79 32 19.0 0 1 0 1 0
267 Brooks, Garth0001Garth Brooks 8 11
55.4
 
80 25 19.3 0 1 6 3 1
268 Evans, Sara0001Sara Evans 3 4
55.3
 
73 20 17.8 0 1 0 3 0
269 Shinedown0001Shinedown 3 4
55.3
 
81 32 18.3 0 2 0 1 1
270 Cascada0001Cascada 1 1
55.0
 
55 55 20.0 0 0 1 0 0
271 Gotye0001Gotye 1 1
55.0
 
55 55 28.0 0 0 1 0 0
272 Goulet, Robert0001Robert Goulet 1 1
55.0
 
55 55 19.0 0 0 1 0 0
273 Nero, Franco0001Franco Nero 1 1
55.0
 
55 55 19.0 0 0 1 0 0
274 Thicke, Robin0001Robin Thicke 1 1
55.0
 
55 55 25.0 0 0 1 0 0
275 Tillis, Pam0001Pam Tillis 1 1
55.0
 
55 55 25.0 0 0 1 0 0
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