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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
451 Common and Legend, John0001Common & John Legend 1 1
80.0
 
80 80 21.0 0 0 0 0 1
452 Como, Perry0001Perry Como 1 1
72.0
 
72 72 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
453 Connick Jr., Harry0001Harry Connick, Jr. 1 1
76.0
 
76 76 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
454 Cook, Kristy Lee0001Kristy Lee Cook 1 1
74.0
 
74 74 23.0 0 0 0 1 0
455 Coolidge, Rita0001Rita Coolidge 1 1
31.0
 
31 31 16.0 0 1 0 0 0
456 Cornelius Brothers And Sister Rose0001Cornelius Brothers and Sister Rose 1 1
89.0
 
89 89 17.0 0 0 0 0 1
457 Cornell, Chris0001Chris Cornell 1 2
84.5
 
95 74 15.5 0 0 0 1 1
458 Costa, Mary and Bill Shirley0001Mary Costa and Bill Shirley 1 1
77.0
 
77 77 25.0 0 0 0 1 0
459 Cravalho, Auli'i0001Auli'I Cravalho 1 1
63.0
 
63 63 21.0 0 0 0 1 0
460 Crawford, Michael0001Michael Crawford 1 1
87.0
 
87 87 15.0 0 0 0 0 1
461 Creed0001Creed 2 2
35.5
 
38 33 18.0 0 2 0 0 0
462 Croce, Jim0001Jim Croce 1 1
74.0
 
74 74 21.0 0 0 0 1 0
463 Crudup, Arthur0001Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup 1 1
73.0
 
73 73 22.0 0 0 0 1 0
464 Dan Shay0001Dan + Shay 1 1
21.0
 
21 21 12.0 0 1 0 0 0
465 D'Arby, Terence Trent0001Terence Trent D'Arby 1 1
28.0
 
28 28 17.0 0 1 0 0 0
466 Davis, Sammy0001Sammy Davis, Jr. 1 1
85.0
 
85 85 18.0 0 0 0 0 1
467 Day, Andra0001Andra Day 1 1
61.0
 
61 61 16.0 0 0 0 1 0
468 Day, Bobby0001Bobby Day 1 2
44.0
 
61 27 23.5 0 1 0 1 0
469 Dayne, Taylor0001Taylor Dayne 1 3
19.0
 
27 7 12.7 1 2 0 0 0
470 Dc Talk0001dc Talk 1 1
67.0
 
67 67 14.0 0 0 0 1 0
471 DeCastro Sisters0001The DeCastro Sisters 1 1
67.0
 
67 67 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
472 Dee, Kiki0001Kiki Dee 1 1
84.0
 
84 84 21.0 0 0 0 0 1
473 Del Rey, Lana0001Lana Del Rey 1 1
76.0
 
76 76 21.0 0 0 0 1 0
474 Denver, John0001John Denver 1 1
17.0
 
17 17 18.0 1 0 0 0 0
475 DeRulo, Jason0001Jason DeRulo 1 1
31.0
 
31 31 22.0 0 1 0 0 0
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