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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.

[back to top] American Idol  Artists (3x Performances)

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# Artist #Sng #Prf Rating Hi Lo σ 0-19 20-39 40-59 60-79 80-100
101 Rihanna0001Rihanna 5 12
55.4
 
87 9 19.8 2 1 3 2 4
102 Melvin, Harold And Blue Notes0001Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes 1 5
55.4
 
75 25 20.0 0 1 1 3 0
103 Simply Red0001Simply Red 1 5
55.4
 
75 25 20.0 0 1 1 3 0
104 Brooks, Garth0001Garth Brooks 8 11
55.4
 
80 25 19.3 0 1 6 3 1
105 Evans, Sara0001Sara Evans 3 4
55.3
 
73 20 17.8 0 1 0 3 0
106 McBride, Martina0001Martina McBride 7 16
55.2
 
82 34 18.8 0 4 5 6 1
107 Twillie, Carmen0001Carmen Twillie 1 3
55.0
 
89 24 20.7 0 1 1 0 1
108 Journey0001Journey 3 7
54.9
 
86 37 17.6 0 1 4 1 1
109 Black Crowes0001The Black Crowes 4 6
54.8
 
82 31 18.7 0 2 1 2 1
110 Captain And Tennille0001Captain & Tennille 2 5
54.6
 
76 35 20.4 0 1 2 2 0
111 Muse0001Muse 2 7
54.4
 
72 37 23.1 0 1 4 2 0
112 Sinatra, Frank0001Frank Sinatra 13 20
54.4
 
87 9 18.4 1 5 5 6 3
113 Houston, Whitney0001Whitney Houston 15 46
54.4
 
92 19 17.9 2 9 15 15 5
114 Cascada0001Cascada 1 3
54.3
 
72 36 20.7 0 1 1 1 0
115 Richie, Lionel0001Lionel Richie 2 4
54.3
 
90 29 19.0 0 1 2 0 1
116 Simone, Nina0001Nina Simone 2 10
54.1
 
88 29 20.5 0 3 4 1 2
117 Plain White Ts0001Plain White T's 1 3
54.0
 
67 41 21.3 0 0 2 1 0
118 Gaye, Marvin And Terrell, Tammi0001Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell 2 8
53.6
 
76 8 17.0 1 0 4 3 0
119 Rolling Stones0001The Rolling Stones 15 25
53.5
 
88 19 19.4 2 3 10 7 3
120 Four Tops0001The Four Tops 3 11
53.2
 
82 6 16.4 2 1 2 5 1
121 Bolton, Michael0001Michael Bolton 4 18
53.1
 
91 18 18.0 3 4 3 6 2
122 Florence Machine0001Florence + The Machine 2 3
53.0
 
65 47 22.0 0 0 2 1 0
123 Gray, Dobie0001Dobie Gray 1 3
52.7
 
84 29 21.0 0 1 1 0 1
124 Uncle Kracker0001Uncle Kracker 1 3
52.7
 
84 29 21.0 0 1 1 0 1
125 Dion, Celine0001Celine Dion 13 33
52.6
 
92 11 17.1 3 8 5 14 3
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