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
151 Animals0001The Animals 1 2
84.5
 
94 75 14.0 0 0 0 1 1
152 Anthony, Marc0001Marc Anthony 3 3
47.7
 
73 19 17.7 1 0 1 1 0
153 Armstrong, Louis0001Louis Armstrong 1 3
70.0
 
85 53 19.3 0 0 1 1 1
154 Astaire, Fred0001Fred Astaire 4 8
37.4
 
71 7 18.8 1 3 3 1 0
155 Badfinger0001Badfinger 1 5
55.6
 
82 39 20.4 0 1 2 1 1
156 Bangles0001The Bangles 3 3
39.0
 
67 4 17.7 1 0 1 1 0
157 Beach Boys0001The Beach Boys 1 2
60.0
 
76 44 25.0 0 0 1 1 0
158 Benatar, Pat0001Pat Benatar 3 6
52.0
 
80 22 19.0 0 1 3 1 1
159 Blige, Mary J.0001Mary J. Blige 3 6
63.5
 
88 46 18.2 0 0 3 1 2
160 Blondie0001Blondie 1 4
38.5
 
60 11 23.8 1 1 1 1 0
161 Bourg, MacKenzie0001MacKenzie Bourg 1 1
79.0
 
79 79 15.0 0 0 0 1 0
162 Box Tops0001The Box Tops 1 3
46.0
 
66 27 18.3 0 1 1 1 0
163 Braxton, Toni0001Toni Braxton 1 2
53.5
 
79 28 18.0 0 1 0 1 0
164 Brown, Bobby0001Bobby Brown 2 2
39.0
 
62 16 17.5 1 0 0 1 0
165 Brown, Georgia0001Georgia Brown 1 2
75.5
 
80 71 17.5 0 0 0 1 1
166 Brown, James0001James Brown 1 4
64.8
 
85 24 17.3 0 1 0 1 2
167 Buckley, Jeff0001Jeff Buckley 1 4
65.5
 
86 51 22.3 0 0 2 1 1
168 Burke, Solomon0001Solomon Burke 1 3
83.3
 
89 78 11.7 0 0 0 1 2
169 Busboys0001The Busboys 1 1
71.0
 
71 71 17.0 0 0 0 1 0
170 Cabello, Camila0001Camila Cabello 1 1
68.0
 
68 68 24.0 0 0 0 1 0
171 Cara, Alessia0001Alessia Cara 1 1
64.0
 
64 64 21.0 0 0 0 1 0
172 Cara, Irene0001Irene Cara 2 5
51.2
 
85 19 17.2 1 1 1 1 1
173 Carlton, Carl0001Carl Carlton 1 3
35.0
 
61 9 17.3 1 1 0 1 0
174 Carmen, Eric0001Eric Carmen 1 6
49.2
 
92 11 15.3 1 2 0 1 2
175 Cascada0001Cascada 1 3
54.3
 
72 36 20.7 0 1 1 1 0
WhatNotToSing.com copyright © 2007-2018, 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.