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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 Lymon, Frankie And Teenagers0001Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers 1 1
33.0
 
33 33 15.0 0 1 0 0 0
577 Michael, George0001George Michael 1 1
78.0
 
78 78 15.0 0 0 0 1 0
578 Nixon, Marni And Bryant, Jimmy0001Marni Nixon & Jimmy Bryant 2 4
58.8
 
88 23 15.0 0 2 0 0 2
579 Payne, Freda0001Freda Payne 1 1
88.0
 
88 88 15.0 0 0 0 0 1
580 Red Hot Chili Peppers0001Red Hot Chili Peppers 1 1
84.0
 
84 84 15.0 0 0 0 0 1
581 Roxy Music0001Roxy Music 1 1
89.0
 
89 89 15.0 0 0 0 0 1
582 Russell, Leon0001Leon Russell 1 4
66.5
 
88 51 15.0 0 0 2 1 1
583 Smash Mouth0001Smash Mouth 1 1
10.0
 
10 10 15.0 1 0 0 0 0
584 Storm, Gale0001Gale Storm 1 1
33.0
 
33 33 15.0 0 1 0 0 0
585 Thirty Seconds To Mars000130 Seconds To Mars 1 1
45.0
 
45 45 15.0 0 0 1 0 0
586 West, Kanye0001Kanye West 1 1
87.0
 
87 87 15.0 0 0 0 0 1
587 Whitesnake0001Whitesnake 1 1
84.0
 
84 84 15.0 0 0 0 0 1
588 Bassey, Shirley0001Shirley Bassey 3 8
80.0
 
92 62 14.5 0 0 0 3 5
589 Coasters0001The Coasters 2 2
23.5
 
34 13 14.5 1 1 0 0 0
590 Monkees0001The Monkees 2 2
9.5
 
10 9 14.5 2 0 0 0 0
591 Nsync And Estefan, Gloria0001*NSYNC & Gloria Estefan 1 2
33.5
 
59 8 14.5 1 0 1 0 0
592 Ross, Diana0001Diana Ross 9 15
43.6
 
85 8 14.5 3 4 4 3 1
593 Chapman, Tracy0001Tracy Chapman 1 3
74.0
 
90 60 14.3 0 0 0 2 1
594 Weather Girls0001The Weather Girls 1 3
45.3
 
77 12 14.3 1 0 1 1 0
595 Clarkson, Kelly0001Kelly Clarkson 8 13
38.4
 
89 8 14.2 3 6 1 1 2
596 Abba0001ABBA 1 1
12.0
 
12 12 14.0 1 0 0 0 0
597 All 4 One0001All-4-One 1 1
25.0
 
25 25 14.0 0 1 0 0 0
598 Animals0001The Animals 1 2
84.5
 
94 75 14.0 0 0 0 1 1
599 Bass, Fontella0001Fontella Bass 1 1
22.0
 
22 22 14.0 0 1 0 0 0
600 Casinos0001The Casinos 1 1
29.0
 
29 29 14.0 0 1 0 0 0
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