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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
726 Lloyd, Spencer0001Spencer Lloyd 1 1
20.0
 
20 20 18.0 0 1 0 0 0
727 Anastacia0001Anastacia 1 1
19.0
 
19 19 10.0 1 0 0 0 0
728 Dayne, Taylor0001Taylor Dayne 1 3
19.0
 
27 7 12.7 1 2 0 0 0
729 Hutchinson, Eric0001Eric Hutchinson 1 1
19.0
 
19 19 14.0 1 0 0 0 0
730 Clapton, Eric0001Eric Clapton 2 2
18.5
 
28 9 15.5 1 1 0 0 0
731 Thornton, Big Mama0001Big Mama Thornton 2 2
18.5
 
23 14 13.0 1 1 0 0 0
732 Robyn0001Robyn 1 1
18.0
 
18 18 18.0 1 0 0 0 0
733 Selena0001Selena 2 2
17.5
 
28 7 15.5 1 1 0 0 0
734 Byrds0001The Byrds 1 1
17.0
 
17 17 20.0 1 0 0 0 0
735 Denver, John0001John Denver 1 1
17.0
 
17 17 18.0 1 0 0 0 0
736 Eagles0001The Eagles 1 1
17.0
 
17 17 15.0 1 0 0 0 0
737 Phillips, Phillip0001Phillip Phillips 1 1
17.0
 
17 17 15.0 1 0 0 0 0
738 Kinks0001The Kinks 1 2
16.5
 
23 10 18.0 1 1 0 0 0
739 Fiona, Melanie0001Melanie Fiona 1 1
16.0
 
16 16 17.0 1 0 0 0 0
740 Hall And Oates0001Hall & Oates 3 3
16.0
 
19 13 14.0 3 0 0 0 0
741 Greaves, R.B.0001R.B. Greaves 1 1
15.0
 
15 15 18.0 1 0 0 0 0
742 Naked Eyes0001Naked Eyes 1 1
15.0
 
15 15 18.0 1 0 0 0 0
743 Otown0001O-Town 1 1
15.0
 
15 15 17.0 1 0 0 0 0
744 Survivor0001Survivor 1 1
15.0
 
15 15 18.0 1 0 0 0 0
745 Wham!0001Wham! 2 3
14.7
 
17 12 13.3 3 0 0 0 0
746 Simpson, Jessica0001Jessica Simpson 1 1
13.0
 
13 13 16.0 1 0 0 0 0
747 Abba0001ABBA 1 1
12.0
 
12 12 14.0 1 0 0 0 0
748 Moody Blues0001The Moody Blues 1 1
12.0
 
12 12 14.0 1 0 0 0 0
749 Eurythmics0001Eurythmics 1 1
11.0
 
11 11 9.0 1 0 0 0 0
750 Kiley, Richard0001Richard Kiley 1 1
11.0
 
11 11 8.0 1 0 0 0 0
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