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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 Soft Cell0001Soft Cell 2 2
32.0
 
35 29 20.5 0 2 0 0 0
577 Spears, Britney0001Britney Spears 1 1
62.0
 
62 62 22.0 0 0 0 1 0
578 Springsteen, Bruce And E Street Band0001Bruce Springsteen & The E St. Band 2 2
39.0
 
57 21 15.5 0 1 1 0 0
579 Staton, Candi0001Candi Staton 1 1
29.0
 
29 29 24.0 0 1 0 0 0
580 Steel Drivers0001The SteelDrivers 1 1
38.0
 
38 38 22.0 0 1 0 0 0
581 Steppenwolf0001Steppenwolf 1 1
69.0
 
69 69 23.0 0 0 0 1 0
582 Stewart, Rod0001Rod Stewart 2 3
44.0
 
70 27 19.7 0 2 0 1 0
583 Sting0001Sting 1 1
37.0
 
37 37 22.0 0 1 0 0 0
584 Stone, Allen0001Allen Stone 1 1
45.0
 
45 45 18.0 0 0 1 0 0
585 Storm, Gale0001Gale Storm 1 1
33.0
 
33 33 15.0 0 1 0 0 0
586 Strait, George0001George Strait 2 2
42.0
 
47 37 20.0 0 1 1 0 0
587 Streisand, Barbra0001Barbra Streisand 8 10
62.9
 
91 40 19.5 0 0 4 4 2
588 Stylistics0001The Stylistics 1 1
38.0
 
38 38 18.0 0 1 0 0 0
589 Styx0001Styx 1 2
55.5
 
79 32 19.0 0 1 0 1 0
590 Sullivan, Jazmine0001Jazmine Sullivan 2 2
71.0
 
79 63 19.0 0 0 0 2 0
591 Summer, Donna And Brooklyn Dreams0001Donna Summer & Brooklyn Dreams 1 1
75.0
 
75 75 19.0 0 0 0 1 0
592 Summer, Donna And Streisand, Barbra0001Donna Summer & Barbra Streisand 1 2
72.0
 
81 63 12.0 0 0 0 1 1
593 Supremes, The and Four Tops, The0001The Supremes & The Four Tops 1 3
67.0
 
86 36 15.7 0 1 0 1 1
594 Supremes, The and Temptations, The0001The Supremes & The Temptations 1 2
54.0
 
58 50 19.0 0 0 2 0 0
595 Switchfoot0001Switchfoot 1 1
33.0
 
33 33 17.0 0 1 0 0 0
596 Tamia0001Tamia 1 1
38.0
 
38 38 23.0 0 1 0 0 0
597 Tavares0001Tavares 1 1
46.0
 
46 46 22.0 0 0 1 0 0
598 Taylor, Tiffany0001Tiffany Taylor 1 1
53.0
 
53 53 19.0 0 0 1 0 0
599 Tears For Fears0001Tears For Fears 1 2
87.0
 
94 80 19.0 0 0 0 0 2
600 Tedeschi, Susan0001Susan Tedeschi 1 1
44.0
 
44 44 24.0 0 0 1 0 0
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