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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
151 Feliciano, Jose0001Jose Feliciano 1 2
64.5
 
82 47 16.0 0 0 1 0 1
152 Four Tops0001The Four Tops 3 10
57.8
 
82 6 16.6 1 1 2 5 1
153 Hill, Faith0001Faith Hill 9 11
45.8
 
82 20 17.4 0 6 1 2 2
154 King Pleasure0001King Pleasure 1 1
82.0
 
82 82 12.0 0 0 0 0 1
155 Lewis, Leona0001Leona Lewis 2 2
48.0
 
82 14 15.5 1 0 0 0 1
156 McBride, Martina0001Martina McBride 7 14
57.1
 
82 34 19.4 0 4 3 6 1
157 McCartney, Paul0001Paul McCartney 2 5
68.4
 
82 50 20.2 0 0 2 2 1
158 Moody, James0001James Moody 1 1
82.0
 
82 82 12.0 0 0 0 0 1
159 Nilsson0001Nilsson 2 6
50.0
 
82 22 19.8 0 2 2 1 1
160 Norful, Smokie0001Smokie Norful 1 1
82.0
 
82 82 19.0 0 0 0 0 1
161 Ronstadt, Linda And Ingram, James0001Linda Ronstadt & James Ingram 1 1
82.0
 
82 82 12.0 0 0 0 0 1
162 Keys, Alicia0001Alicia Keys 5 13
46.7
 
81 12 19.1 1 4 5 2 1
163 Los Lonely Boys0001Los Lonely Boys 1 1
81.0
 
81 81 20.0 0 0 0 0 1
164 McCain, Edwin0001Edwin McCain 2 7
59.1
 
81 22 16.9 0 1 2 3 1
165 Prince0001Prince 2 2
60.0
 
81 39 17.0 0 1 0 0 1
166 Shinedown0001Shinedown 3 4
55.3
 
81 32 18.3 0 2 0 1 1
167 Summer, Donna And Streisand, Barbra0001Donna Summer & Barbra Streisand 1 2
72.0
 
81 63 12.0 0 0 0 1 1
168 Supremes, The0001The Supremes 5 11
44.0
 
81 6 16.4 2 2 4 1 2
169 Taylor, James0001James Taylor 3 7
43.4
 
81 17 17.7 1 2 2 1 1
170 Tunstall, KT0001KT Tunstall 2 4
52.0
 
81 34 18.3 0 1 2 0 1
171 Vanilla Fudge0001Vanilla Fudge 1 5
49.6
 
81 6 17.2 1 0 2 1 1
172 Wilde, Kim0001Kim Wilde 1 5
49.6
 
81 6 17.2 1 0 2 1 1
173 Benatar, Pat0001Pat Benatar 3 6
52.0
 
80 22 19.0 0 1 3 1 1
174 Brooks, Garth0001Garth Brooks 8 11
55.4
 
80 25 19.3 0 1 6 3 1
175 Brown, Georgia0001Georgia Brown 1 2
75.5
 
80 71 17.5 0 0 0 1 1
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