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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
101 Holliday, Jennifer0001Jennifer Holliday 2 8
66.9
 
88 38 19.0 0 1 2 2 3
102 Jackson 50001The Jackson 5 5 13
44.2
 
72 23 19.2 0 5 6 2 0
103 Jessie J0001Jessie J 3 5
61.6
 
87 26 17.4 0 1 1 2 1
104 Jodeci0001Jodeci 1 6
48.7
 
67 25 19.5 0 2 2 2 0
105 Kamakawiwo'ole, Israel0001Israel Kamakawiwo'ole 1 4
81.8
 
90 77 18.3 0 0 0 2 2
106 Keys, Alicia0001Alicia Keys 6 15
45.7
 
81 12 18.9 1 5 6 2 1
107 Lambert, Miranda0001Miranda Lambert 1 3
60.0
 
72 41 19.7 0 0 1 2 0
108 Legend, John0001John Legend 4 4
72.0
 
86 59 18.8 0 0 1 2 1
109 Lovato, Demi0001Demi Lovato 6 7
48.1
 
73 15 20.1 1 1 3 2 0
110 Lynyrd Skynyrd0001Lynyrd Skynyrd 3 6
60.7
 
83 37 17.8 0 1 2 2 1
111 Manilow, Barry0001Barry Manilow 7 7
45.6
 
78 7 19.0 2 1 2 2 0
112 Maroon 50001Maroon 5 6 10
48.8
 
83 4 19.8 1 2 4 2 1
113 Mars, Bruno0001Bruno Mars 6 9
44.6
 
80 14 17.7 1 3 2 2 1
114 Matchbox Twenty0001Matchbox Twenty 3 4
56.0
 
66 43 19.8 0 0 2 2 0
115 McCartney, Paul0001Paul McCartney 3 6
59.8
 
82 17 20.5 1 0 2 2 1
116 McEntire, Reba0001Reba McEntire 3 3
65.0
 
75 55 21.3 0 0 1 2 0
117 McLean, Don0001Don McLean 2 4
45.0
 
74 16 15.3 1 1 0 2 0
118 Monae, Janelle0001Janelle Monae 1 2
76.5
 
79 74 16.0 0 0 0 2 0
119 Montgomery, John Michael0001John Michael Montgomery 3 3
51.0
 
65 25 17.7 0 1 0 2 0
120 Morissette, Alanis0001Alanis Morissette 3 3
61.3
 
79 36 22.0 0 1 0 2 0
121 Muse0001Muse 2 7
54.4
 
72 37 23.1 0 1 4 2 0
122 Nicks, Stevie and Petty, Tom0001Stevie Nicks & Tom Petty 1 2
66.5
 
70 63 21.0 0 0 0 2 0
123 Perry, Katy0001Katy Perry 4 5
44.4
 
72 7 18.8 1 1 1 2 0
124 Righteous Brothers0001The Righteous Brothers 2 5
38.4
 
77 5 18.0 2 1 0 2 0
125 Rihanna0001Rihanna 5 12
55.4
 
87 9 19.8 2 1 3 2 4
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