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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 Robinson, Smokey And Miracles0001Smokey Robinson and the Miracles 5 14
58.9
 
87 35 21.2 0 1 8 3 2
252 Tears For Fears0001Tears For Fears 2 5
58.8
 
94 17 15.0 1 1 0 1 2
253 Lawrence, Carol And Kert, Larry0001Carol Lawrence & Larry Kert 2 4
58.8
 
88 23 15.0 0 2 0 0 2
254 Nixon, Marni And Bryant, Jimmy0001Marni Nixon & Jimmy Bryant 2 4
58.8
 
88 23 15.0 0 2 0 0 2
255 Carpenters0001Carpenters 4 6
58.5
 
92 2 15.2 1 1 0 2 2
256 Jefferson Airplane0001Jefferson Airplane 1 2
58.5
 
60 57 23.0 0 0 1 1 0
257 Cocker, Joe0001Joe Cocker 3 10
58.1
 
77 27 18.6 0 1 4 5 0
258 Beyonce0001Beyoncé 10 13
58.0
 
87 15 17.8 1 1 3 7 1
259 Bieber, Justin0001Justin Bieber 4 4
58.0
 
66 39 26.3 0 1 0 3 0
260 Grande, Arianna0001Ariana Grande 1 1
58.0
 
58 58 22.0 0 0 1 0 0
261 Hawkins, Screamin' Jay0001Screamin' Jay Hawkins 1 4
58.0
 
88 29 17.5 0 2 0 0 2
262 Jay Z0001Jay-Z 1 1
58.0
 
58 58 24.0 0 0 1 0 0
263 Lennox, Annie0001Annie Lennox 1 4
58.0
 
88 29 17.5 0 2 0 0 2
264 Manchester, Melissa0001Melissa Manchester 1 2
58.0
 
84 32 14.0 0 1 0 0 1
265 Messina, Jo Dee0001Jo Dee Messina 1 1
58.0
 
58 58 19.0 0 0 1 0 0
266 Minaj, Nicki0001Nicki Minaj 1 1
58.0
 
58 58 22.0 0 0 1 0 0
267 Sisqo0001Sisqo 1 1
58.0
 
58 58 26.0 0 0 1 0 0
268 Snow Patrol0001Snow Patrol 1 1
58.0
 
58 58 20.0 0 0 1 0 0
269 Thompson Square0001Thompson Square 1 1
58.0
 
58 58 24.0 0 0 1 0 0
270 West, Kanye0001Kanye West 2 2
58.0
 
87 29 17.5 0 1 0 0 1
271 Lady Gaga0001Lady Gaga 5 11
57.8
 
86 34 19.8 0 2 4 4 1
272 Flack, Roberta0001Roberta Flack 1 2
57.5
 
86 29 18.5 0 1 0 0 1
273 Redding, Otis0001Otis Redding 5 16
57.3
 
84 12 18.8 1 3 2 7 3
274 Vandross, Luther0001Luther Vandross 6 18
57.2
 
92 17 17.6 1 6 3 4 4
275 Muse0001Muse 2 8
57.1
 
76 37 22.4 0 1 4 3 0
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