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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 Genesis0001Genesis 2 2
21.5
 
35 8 14.0 1 1 0 0 0
452 Georgia Satellites0001The Georgia Satellites 1 1
35.0
 
35 35 17.0 0 1 0 0 0
453 Goodman, Benny0001Benny Goodman 1 1
22.0
 
22 22 11.0 0 1 0 0 0
454 Gray, Skylar0001Skylar Gray 1 1
76.0
 
76 76 22.0 0 0 0 1 0
455 Greaves, R.B.0001R.B. Greaves 1 1
15.0
 
15 15 18.0 1 0 0 0 0
456 Griffin, Patty0001Patty Griffin 1 3
83.3
 
89 78 11.7 0 0 0 1 2
457 Guess Who0001The Guess Who 1 2
25.0
 
25 25 15.5 0 2 0 0 0
458 Hagar, Sammy0001Sammy Hagar 1 1
71.0
 
71 71 21.0 0 0 0 1 0
459 Hall And Oates0001Hall & Oates 2 2
17.5
 
19 16 15.0 2 0 0 0 0
460 Hamilton, Anthony0001Anthony Hamilton 1 1
33.0
 
33 33 24.0 0 1 0 0 0
461 Hamilton, Roy0001Roy Hamilton 1 4
44.0
 
77 5 19.0 1 1 0 2 0
462 Hansard, Glen And Marketa Irglova0001Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova 1 3
73.7
 
79 65 23.3 0 0 0 3 0
463 Happenings0001The Happenings 1 1
86.0
 
86 86 13.0 0 0 0 0 1
464 Harris, Richard0001Richard Harris 1 2
31.5
 
36 27 22.5 0 2 0 0 0
465 Hawkins, Screamin' Jay0001Screamin' Jay Hawkins 1 1
88.0
 
88 88 13.0 0 0 0 0 1
466 Hayes, Hunter0001Hunter Hayes 2 2
27.0
 
34 20 18.5 0 2 0 0 0
467 Head, Murray0001Murray Head 1 1
71.0
 
71 71 19.0 0 0 0 1 0
468 Heatwave0001Heatwave 1 1
65.0
 
65 65 20.0 0 0 0 1 0
469 Hepburn, Audrey0001Audrey Hepburn 1 2
48.0
 
70 26 19.0 0 1 0 1 0
470 Hermans Hermits0001Herman's Hermits 1 1
25.0
 
25 25 21.0 0 1 0 0 0
471 Hibbler, Al0001Al Hibbler 1 4
44.0
 
77 5 19.0 1 1 0 2 0
472 Hinder0001Hinder 1 1
70.0
 
70 70 25.0 0 0 0 1 0
473 Holiday, Josh0001Josh Holiday 1 1
26.0
 
26 26 20.0 0 1 0 0 0
474 Hornsby, Bruce And Range0001Bruce Hornsby & The Range 1 1
63.0
 
63 63 21.0 0 0 0 1 0
475 Hughes, Jimmy0001Jimmy Hughes 1 1
63.0
 
63 63 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
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