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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
101 Hansard, Glen And Marketa Irglova0001Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova 1 3
73.7
 
79 65 23.3 0 0 0 3 0
102 King, Ben E0001Ben E. King 3 12
73.3
 
92 30 15.3 0 1 1 5 5
103 Isaak, Chris0001Chris Isaak 1 1
73.0
 
73 73 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
104 Jamiroquai0001Jamiroquai 1 1
73.0
 
73 73 23.0 0 0 0 1 0
105 Lang, Jonny0001Jonny Lang 1 1
73.0
 
73 73 22.0 0 0 0 1 0
106 Post Malone0001Post Malone 1 1
73.0
 
73 73 20.0 0 0 0 1 0
107 Pet Shop Boys0001Pet Shop Boys 1 5
72.8
 
86 60 20.4 0 0 0 4 1
108 A Great Big World0001A Great Big World 1 2
72.5
 
83 62 19.5 0 0 0 1 1
109 Who0001The Who 2 2
72.5
 
76 69 22.0 0 0 0 2 0
110 Como, Perry0001Perry Como 1 1
72.0
 
72 72 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
111 Jennings, Waylon0001Waylon Jennings 1 1
72.0
 
72 72 20.0 0 0 0 1 0
112 Legend, John0001John Legend 4 4
72.0
 
86 59 18.8 0 0 1 2 1
113 Lorde0001Lorde 1 1
72.0
 
72 72 20.0 0 0 0 1 0
114 Manzanero, Armando0001Armando Manzanero 1 1
72.0
 
72 72 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
115 Marshall Tucker Band0001Marshall Tucker Band 1 1
72.0
 
72 72 20.0 0 0 0 1 0
116 Reyez, Jessie0001Jessie Reyez 1 1
72.0
 
72 72 20.0 0 0 0 1 0
117 Summer, Donna And Streisand, Barbra0001Donna Summer & Barbra Streisand 1 2
72.0
 
81 63 12.0 0 0 0 1 1
118 Three Eleven0001311 2 3
71.7
 
96 56 14.0 0 0 1 1 1
119 Busboys0001The Busboys 1 1
71.0
 
71 71 17.0 0 0 0 1 0
120 Hagar, Sammy0001Sammy Hagar 1 1
71.0
 
71 71 21.0 0 0 0 1 0
121 Head, Murray0001Murray Head 1 1
71.0
 
71 71 19.0 0 0 0 1 0
122 Jones, George0001George Jones 1 1
71.0
 
71 71 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
123 Khalifa, Wiz and Puth, Charlie0001Wiz Khalifa & Charlie Puth 1 1
71.0
 
71 71 17.0 0 0 0 1 0
124 Mute Math0001Mute Math 1 1
71.0
 
71 71 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
125 Seether0001Seether 1 1
71.0
 
71 71 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
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