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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
401 Elliman, Yvonne0001Yvonne Elliman 1 1
79.0
 
79 79 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
402 Eternal0001Eternal 1 1
60.0
 
60 60 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
403 Feliciano, Jose0001Jose Feliciano 1 3
59.0
 
82 47 18.0 0 0 2 0 1
404 Free0001Free 1 2
49.0
 
73 25 18.0 0 1 0 1 0
405 Greaves, R.B.0001R.B. Greaves 1 1
15.0
 
15 15 18.0 1 0 0 0 0
406 Hughes, Jimmy0001Jimmy Hughes 1 1
63.0
 
63 63 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
407 Incubus0001Incubus 1 3
57.3
 
90 29 18.0 0 1 1 0 1
408 INXS0001INXS 1 1
37.0
 
37 37 18.0 0 1 0 0 0
409 Isaak, Chris0001Chris Isaak 1 1
73.0
 
73 73 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
410 Jackson, Freddie0001Freddie Jackson 1 1
46.0
 
46 46 18.0 0 0 1 0 0
411 Jonas, Nick0001Nick Jonas 1 1
62.0
 
62 62 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
412 Jones, Isham And Orchestra0001Isham Jones & His Orchestra 1 1
76.0
 
76 76 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
413 Judd, Wynonna0001Wynonna Judd 1 1
40.0
 
40 40 18.0 0 0 1 0 0
414 Kings of Leon0001Kings of Leon 1 1
70.0
 
70 70 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
415 Kinks0001The Kinks 1 2
16.5
 
23 10 18.0 1 1 0 0 0
416 Kravitz, Lenny0001Lenny Kravitz 2 3
34.3
 
53 25 18.0 0 2 1 0 0
417 Lady Antebellum0001Lady Antebellum 2 2
26.0
 
37 15 18.0 1 1 0 0 0
418 Lloyd, Spencer0001Spencer Lloyd 1 1
20.0
 
20 20 18.0 0 1 0 0 0
419 Manzanero, Armando0001Armando Manzanero 1 1
72.0
 
72 72 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
420 Marley, Bob And Lauren Hill0001Bob Marley & Lauryn Hill 1 1
9.0
 
9 9 18.0 1 0 0 0 0
421 Martha And Vandellas0001Martha & The Vandellas 3 8
49.0
 
67 34 18.0 0 2 3 3 0
422 McGraw, Tim0001Tim McGraw 2 2
45.5
 
46 45 18.0 0 0 2 0 0
423 Mute Math0001Mute Math 1 1
71.0
 
71 71 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
424 Naked Eyes0001Naked Eyes 1 1
15.0
 
15 15 18.0 1 0 0 0 0
425 Neighborhood0001The Neighborhood 1 1
46.0
 
46 46 18.0 0 0 1 0 0
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