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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 Stewart, Amii0001Amii Stewart 1 3
40.3
 
69 15 15.7 1 1 0 1 0
577 Supremes, The and Four Tops, The0001The Supremes & The Four Tops 1 3
67.0
 
86 36 15.7 0 1 0 1 1
578 Abdul, Paula0001Paula Abdul 1 2
34.0
 
64 4 15.5 1 0 0 1 0
579 Clapton, Eric0001Eric Clapton 2 2
18.5
 
28 9 15.5 1 1 0 0 0
580 Guess Who0001The Guess Who 1 2
25.0
 
25 25 15.5 0 2 0 0 0
581 Lewis, Leona0001Leona Lewis 2 2
48.0
 
82 14 15.5 1 0 0 0 1
582 Loggins, Kenny0001Kenny Loggins 2 2
54.0
 
67 41 15.5 0 0 1 1 0
583 Marley, Bob0001Bob Marley 2 2
9.0
 
9 9 15.5 2 0 0 0 0
584 OneRepublic0001OneRepublic 2 4
29.8
 
45 3 15.5 1 2 1 0 0
585 Selena0001Selena 2 2
17.5
 
28 7 15.5 1 1 0 0 0
586 Sedaka, Neil0001Neil Sedaka 3 5
43.6
 
92 15 15.4 2 1 1 0 1
587 Marx, Richard0001Richard Marx 3 3
29.7
 
38 17 15.3 1 2 0 0 0
588 McLean, Don0001Don McLean 2 4
45.0
 
74 16 15.3 1 1 0 2 0
589 Ross, Diana0001Diana Ross 9 17
43.4
 
85 8 15.2 3 5 5 3 1
590 King, Ben E0001Ben E. King 3 11
73.4
 
92 30 15.2 0 1 1 4 5
591 Carpenters0001Carpenters 4 6
58.5
 
92 2 15.2 1 1 0 2 2
592 Clarkson, Kelly0001Kelly Clarkson 12 22
44.1
 
89 6 15.1 5 7 2 5 3
593 Baker, Anita0001Anita Baker 2 2
26.0
 
33 19 15.0 1 1 0 0 0
594 Carmen, Eric0001Eric Carmen 1 5
56.8
 
92 23 15.0 0 2 0 1 2
595 Cher0001Cher 3 3
51.0
 
84 23 15.0 0 1 1 0 1
596 Corrs0001The Corrs 1 1
46.0
 
46 46 15.0 0 0 1 0 0
597 Crawford, Michael0001Michael Crawford 1 1
87.0
 
87 87 15.0 0 0 0 0 1
598 Dixon, Colton0001Colton Dixon 1 1
74.0
 
74 74 15.0 0 0 0 1 0
599 Eagles0001The Eagles 1 1
17.0
 
17 17 15.0 1 0 0 0 0
600 Emotions0001The Emotions 1 2
33.5
 
63 4 15.0 1 0 0 1 0
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