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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
576 DeShannon, Jackie0001Jackie DeShannon 1 1
62.0
 
62 62 16.0 0 0 0 1 0
577 Dion, Celine and Bocelli, Andrea0001Celine Dion & Andrea Bocelli 1 1
84.0
 
84 84 16.0 0 0 0 0 1
578 Eldredge, Brett0001Brett Eldredge 1 1
61.0
 
61 61 16.0 0 0 0 1 0
579 Henley, Don0001Don Henley 1 1
49.0
 
49 49 16.0 0 0 1 0 0
580 Holly, Buddy And Crickets0001Buddy Holly & The Crickets 2 2
35.5
 
48 23 16.0 0 1 1 0 0
581 Impressions0001The Impressions 1 1
88.0
 
88 88 16.0 0 0 0 0 1
582 Kelly, Gene0001Gene Kelly 1 1
24.0
 
24 24 16.0 0 1 0 0 0
583 Little Mix0001Little Mix 1 1
77.0
 
77 77 16.0 0 0 0 1 0
584 Meuse, Jessica0001Jessica Meuse 1 1
89.0
 
89 89 16.0 0 0 0 0 1
585 Monae, Janelle0001Janelle Monae 1 2
76.5
 
79 74 16.0 0 0 0 2 0
586 Pickler, Kellie0001Kellie Pickler 1 1
75.0
 
75 75 16.0 0 0 0 1 0
587 Robyn0001Robyn 1 1
19.0
 
19 19 16.0 1 0 0 0 0
588 Rucker, Darius0001Darius Rucker 2 2
24.0
 
36 12 16.0 1 1 0 0 0
589 Sam And Dave0001Sam & Dave 1 1
70.0
 
70 70 16.0 0 0 0 1 0
590 Sia0001Sia 4 7
64.6
 
92 33 16.0 0 2 1 2 2
591 Simpson, Jessica0001Jessica Simpson 1 1
13.0
 
13 13 16.0 1 0 0 0 0
592 Smith, Patti Group0001Patti Smith Group 1 2
40.0
 
59 21 16.0 0 1 1 0 0
593 Stevens, Cat0001Cat Stevens 1 1
44.0
 
44 44 16.0 0 0 1 0 0
594 Ten Thousand Maniacs000110,000 Maniacs 1 2
40.0
 
59 21 16.0 0 1 1 0 0
595 Washington, Dinah0001Dinah Washington 1 1
90.0
 
90 90 16.0 0 0 0 0 1
596 Wilson, Jackie0001Jackie Wilson 1 1
31.0
 
31 31 16.0 0 1 0 0 0
597 OneRepublic0001OneRepublic 3 5
29.0
 
45 3 15.8 1 3 1 0 0
598 Brown, Chris0001Chris Brown 3 3
50.7
 
71 16 15.7 1 0 0 2 0
599 Floyd, Eddie0001Eddie Floyd 1 3
40.3
 
69 15 15.7 1 1 0 1 0
600 Stewart, Amii0001Amii Stewart 1 3
40.3
 
69 15 15.7 1 1 0 1 0
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