Google


Artists

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.

[back to top] American Idol  Artists

Click on a column header to sort by that column.
# Artist #Sng #Prf Rating Hi Lo σ 0-19 20-39 40-59 60-79 80-100
451 Foghat0001Foghat 1 1
88.0
 
88 88 15.0 0 0 0 0 1
452 Foster, Radney0001Radney Foster 1 1
30.0
 
30 30 17.0 0 1 0 0 0
453 Foundations0001The Foundations 1 1
93.0
 
93 93 14.0 0 0 0 0 1
454 Four Seasons, The0001The Four Seasons 1 1
61.0
 
61 61 23.0 0 0 0 1 0
455 Francis, Connie0001Connie Francis 1 2
45.0
 
84 6 12.5 1 0 0 0 1
456 Franklin, Aretha And Michael, George0001Aretha Franklin & George Michael 1 3
41.7
 
72 21 17.3 0 2 0 1 0
457 Fray0001The Fray 4 4
46.5
 
87 22 19.8 0 3 0 0 1
458 Free0001Free 1 2
49.0
 
73 25 18.0 0 1 0 1 0
459 Frijid Pink0001Frijid Pink 1 2
84.5
 
94 75 14.0 0 0 0 1 1
460 Fuel0001Fuel 1 1
92.0
 
92 92 6.0 0 0 0 0 1
461 Gatlin, Larry0001Larry Gatlin 1 1
32.0
 
32 32 23.0 0 1 0 0 0
462 Gayle, Crystal0001Crystal Gayle 1 1
32.0
 
32 32 24.0 0 1 0 0 0
463 Genesis0001Genesis 2 2
21.5
 
35 8 14.0 1 1 0 0 0
464 Georgia Satellites0001The Georgia Satellites 1 1
35.0
 
35 35 17.0 0 1 0 0 0
465 Goodman, Benny0001Benny Goodman 1 1
22.0
 
22 22 11.0 0 1 0 0 0
466 Goulding, Elle0001Ellie Goulding 1 1
31.0
 
31 31 14.0 0 1 0 0 0
467 Gray, Skylar0001Skylar Gray 1 1
76.0
 
76 76 22.0 0 0 0 1 0
468 Greaves, R.B.0001R.B. Greaves 1 1
15.0
 
15 15 18.0 1 0 0 0 0
469 Griffin, Patty0001Patty Griffin 1 3
83.3
 
89 78 11.7 0 0 0 1 2
470 Guess Who0001The Guess Who 1 2
25.0
 
25 25 15.5 0 2 0 0 0
471 Hagar, Sammy0001Sammy Hagar 1 1
71.0
 
71 71 21.0 0 0 0 1 0
472 Hall And Oates0001Hall & Oates 3 3
16.7
 
19 15 14.0 3 0 0 0 0
473 Hamilton, Anthony0001Anthony Hamilton 1 1
33.0
 
33 33 24.0 0 1 0 0 0
474 Hamilton, Roy0001Roy Hamilton 1 4
44.0
 
77 5 19.0 1 1 0 2 0
475 Hansard, Glen And Marketa Irglova0001Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova 1 3
73.7
 
79 65 23.3 0 0 0 3 0
WhatNotToSing.com copyright © 2007-2015, The WNTS Team.  All rights reserved.  Use of this website implies that you accept our Terms Of Use and Privacy Policy.  American Idol is a registered trademark of 19 TV Ltd.  We are not affiliated in any way with American Idol, Fox Television, FremantleMedia North America, or any of their parent or subsidiary companies.