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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
151 Carmen, Eric0001Eric Carmen 1 5
56.8
 
92 23 15.0 0 2 0 1 2
152 Cash, Johnny0001Johnny Cash 3 4
56.8
 
75 43 27.0 0 0 3 1 0
153 Clare, Alex0001Alex Clare 1 1
67.0
 
67 67 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
154 Clovers0001The Clovers 1 1
63.0
 
63 63 25.0 0 0 0 1 0
155 Club Nouveau0001Club Nouveau 1 2
53.5
 
69 38 19.0 0 1 0 1 0
156 Cohen, Leonard0001Leonard Cohen 1 3
70.3
 
86 54 23.7 0 0 1 1 1
157 Cole, Natalie0001Natalie Cole 2 3
57.7
 
87 26 17.3 0 1 0 1 1
158 Collective Soul0001Collective Soul 1 1
61.0
 
61 61 24.0 0 0 0 1 0
159 Como, Perry0001Perry Como 1 1
72.0
 
72 72 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
160 Connick Jr., Harry0001Harry Connick, Jr. 1 1
76.0
 
76 76 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
161 Cook, Kristy Lee0001Kristy Lee Cook 1 1
74.0
 
74 74 23.0 0 0 0 1 0
162 Croce, Jim0001Jim Croce 1 1
74.0
 
74 74 21.0 0 0 0 1 0
163 Crosby, Bing0001Bing Crosby 1 3
69.3
 
80 59 20.0 0 0 1 1 1
164 Crudup, Arthur0001Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup 1 1
73.0
 
73 73 22.0 0 0 0 1 0
165 Cyrus, Miley0001Miley Cyrus 2 4
49.8
 
80 6 17.5 1 0 1 1 1
166 Darin, Bobby0001Bobby Darin 1 2
65.0
 
72 58 19.5 0 0 1 1 0
167 Day, Bobby0001Bobby Day 1 2
44.0
 
61 27 23.5 0 1 0 1 0
168 Dc Talk0001dc Talk 1 1
67.0
 
67 67 14.0 0 0 0 1 0
169 DeCastro Sisters0001The DeCastro Sisters 1 1
67.0
 
67 67 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
170 DeGraw, Gavin0001Gavin DeGraw 2 7
47.4
 
82 12 19.0 1 0 4 1 1
171 Del Rey, Lana0001Lana Del Rey 1 1
76.0
 
76 76 21.0 0 0 0 1 0
172 DeShannon, Jackie0001Jackie DeShannon 1 1
62.0
 
62 62 16.0 0 0 0 1 0
173 Destiny's Child0001Destiny's Child 2 3
43.3
 
61 34 17.3 0 2 0 1 0
174 Disclosure0001Disclosure 1 1
60.0
 
60 60 21.0 0 0 0 1 0
175 Dixie Chicks0001The Dixie Chicks 3 4
46.3
 
89 7 16.3 2 0 0 1 1
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