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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 Jackson, Freddie0001Freddie Jackson 1 1
46.0
 
46 46 18.0 0 0 1 0 0
402 Jefferson Airplane0001Jefferson Airplane 1 1
57.0
 
57 57 18.0 0 0 1 0 0
403 Jonas, Nick0001Nick Jonas 1 1
62.0
 
62 62 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
404 Jones, Isham And Orchestra0001Isham Jones & His Orchestra 1 1
76.0
 
76 76 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
405 Judd, Wynonna0001Wynonna Judd 1 1
40.0
 
40 40 18.0 0 0 1 0 0
406 Kings of Leon0001Kings of Leon 1 1
70.0
 
70 70 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
407 Kinks0001The Kinks 1 2
16.5
 
23 10 18.0 1 1 0 0 0
408 Lady Antebellum0001Lady Antebellum 2 2
26.0
 
37 15 18.0 1 1 0 0 0
409 Lloyd, Spencer0001Spencer Lloyd 1 1
20.0
 
20 20 18.0 0 1 0 0 0
410 Manzanero, Armando0001Armando Manzanero 1 1
72.0
 
72 72 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
411 Marley, Bob And Lauren Hill0001Bob Marley & Lauryn Hill 1 1
9.0
 
9 9 18.0 1 0 0 0 0
412 Martha And Vandellas0001Martha & The Vandellas 3 8
49.0
 
67 34 18.0 0 2 3 3 0
413 McGraw, Tim0001Tim McGraw 2 2
45.5
 
46 45 18.0 0 0 2 0 0
414 Mute Math0001Mute Math 1 1
71.0
 
71 71 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
415 Naked Eyes0001Naked Eyes 1 1
15.0
 
15 15 18.0 1 0 0 0 0
416 Neighborhood0001The Neighborhood 1 1
46.0
 
46 46 18.0 0 0 1 0 0
417 One Direction0001One Direction 1 2
65.5
 
74 57 18.0 0 0 1 1 0
418 Passenger0001Passenger 1 1
29.0
 
29 29 18.0 0 1 0 0 0
419 Paul, Billy0001Billy Paul 1 1
42.0
 
42 42 18.0 0 0 1 0 0
420 Preston, Alex0001Alex Preston 1 1
86.0
 
86 86 18.0 0 0 0 0 1
421 Righteous Brothers0001The Righteous Brothers 2 5
38.4
 
77 5 18.0 2 1 0 2 0
422 Rubinstein, John0001John Rubinstein 1 1
46.0
 
46 46 18.0 0 0 1 0 0
423 Seether0001Seether 1 1
71.0
 
71 71 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
424 Stone, Allen0001Allen Stone 1 1
44.0
 
44 44 18.0 0 0 1 0 0
425 Stylistics0001The Stylistics 1 1
38.0
 
38 38 18.0 0 1 0 0 0
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