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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 Eagles0001The Eagles 1 1
17.0
 
17 17 15.0 1 0 0 0 0
577 Emotions0001The Emotions 1 2
33.5
 
63 4 15.0 1 0 0 1 0
578 Foghat0001Foghat 1 1
88.0
 
88 88 15.0 0 0 0 0 1
579 Hall And Oates0001Hall & Oates 2 2
17.5
 
19 16 15.0 2 0 0 0 0
580 Hebb, Bobby0001Bobby Hebb 1 1
46.0
 
46 46 15.0 0 0 1 0 0
581 James, Harry0001Harry James 1 1
85.0
 
85 85 15.0 0 0 0 0 1
582 Judas Priest0001Judas Priest 1 1
83.0
 
83 83 15.0 0 0 0 0 1
583 Kansas0001Kansas 1 1
5.0
 
5 5 15.0 1 0 0 0 0
584 Lawrence, Carol And Kert, Larry0001Carol Lawrence & Larry Kert 2 4
58.8
 
88 23 15.0 0 2 0 0 2
585 Little Big Town0001Little Big Town 1 1
33.0
 
33 33 15.0 0 1 0 0 0
586 Lymon, Frankie And Teenagers0001Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers 1 1
33.0
 
33 33 15.0 0 1 0 0 0
587 Michael, George0001George Michael 1 1
78.0
 
78 78 15.0 0 0 0 1 0
588 Nixon, Marni And Bryant, Jimmy0001Marni Nixon & Jimmy Bryant 2 4
58.8
 
88 23 15.0 0 2 0 0 2
589 Payne, Freda0001Freda Payne 1 1
88.0
 
88 88 15.0 0 0 0 0 1
590 Red Hot Chili Peppers0001Red Hot Chili Peppers 1 1
84.0
 
84 84 15.0 0 0 0 0 1
591 Roxy Music0001Roxy Music 1 1
89.0
 
89 89 15.0 0 0 0 0 1
592 Russell, Leon0001Leon Russell 1 4
66.5
 
88 51 15.0 0 0 2 1 1
593 Smash Mouth0001Smash Mouth 1 1
10.0
 
10 10 15.0 1 0 0 0 0
594 Storm, Gale0001Gale Storm 1 1
33.0
 
33 33 15.0 0 1 0 0 0
595 Thirty Seconds To Mars000130 Seconds To Mars 1 1
45.0
 
45 45 15.0 0 0 1 0 0
596 West, Kanye0001Kanye West 1 1
87.0
 
87 87 15.0 0 0 0 0 1
597 Whitesnake0001Whitesnake 1 1
84.0
 
84 84 15.0 0 0 0 0 1
598 Bassey, Shirley0001Shirley Bassey 3 8
80.0
 
92 62 14.5 0 0 0 3 5
599 Coasters0001The Coasters 2 2
23.5
 
34 13 14.5 1 1 0 0 0
600 Monkees0001The Monkees 2 2
9.5
 
10 9 14.5 2 0 0 0 0
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