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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 Nsync And Estefan, Gloria0001*NSYNC & Gloria Estefan 1 2
33.5
 
59 8 14.5 1 0 1 0 0
577 Ross, Diana0001Diana Ross 9 15
43.6
 
85 8 14.5 3 4 4 3 1
578 Chapman, Tracy0001Tracy Chapman 1 3
74.0
 
90 60 14.3 0 0 0 2 1
579 Weather Girls0001The Weather Girls 1 3
45.3
 
77 12 14.3 1 0 1 1 0
580 Clarkson, Kelly0001Kelly Clarkson 8 12
39.7
 
89 8 14.3 3 5 1 1 2
581 Abba0001ABBA 1 1
12.0
 
12 12 14.0 1 0 0 0 0
582 All 4 One0001All-4-One 1 1
25.0
 
25 25 14.0 0 1 0 0 0
583 Animals0001The Animals 1 2
84.5
 
94 75 14.0 0 0 0 1 1
584 Bass, Fontella0001Fontella Bass 1 1
22.0
 
22 22 14.0 0 1 0 0 0
585 Casinos0001The Casinos 1 1
29.0
 
29 29 14.0 0 1 0 0 0
586 Cure0001The Cure 1 2
76.0
 
96 56 14.0 0 0 1 0 1
587 Dc Talk0001dc Talk 1 1
67.0
 
67 67 14.0 0 0 0 1 0
588 Everett, Betty0001Betty Everett 1 1
46.0
 
46 46 14.0 0 0 1 0 0
589 Foundations0001The Foundations 1 1
93.0
 
93 93 14.0 0 0 0 0 1
590 Frijid Pink0001Frijid Pink 1 2
84.5
 
94 75 14.0 0 0 0 1 1
591 Genesis0001Genesis 2 2
21.5
 
35 8 14.0 1 1 0 0 0
592 Hutchinson, Eric0001Eric Hutchinson 1 1
19.0
 
19 19 14.0 1 0 0 0 0
593 Manchester, Melissa0001Melissa Manchester 1 2
58.0
 
84 32 14.0 0 1 0 0 1
594 Moody Blues0001The Moody Blues 1 1
12.0
 
12 12 14.0 1 0 0 0 0
595 Murray, Anne0001Anne Murray 1 1
9.0
 
9 9 14.0 1 0 0 0 0
596 Smith, Patti Group0001Patti Smith Group 1 1
21.0
 
21 21 14.0 0 1 0 0 0
597 Ten Thousand Maniacs000110,000 Maniacs 1 1
21.0
 
21 21 14.0 0 1 0 0 0
598 Thomas, Carl0001Carl Thomas 1 1
10.0
 
10 10 14.0 1 0 0 0 0
599 Three Eleven0001311 2 3
71.7
 
96 56 14.0 0 0 1 1 1
600 Wilson, Gretchen0001Gretchen Wilson 1 1
27.0
 
27 27 14.0 0 1 0 0 0
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