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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 Clare, Alex0001Alex Clare 1 1
67.0
 
67 67 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
152 Clarkson, Kelly0001Kelly Clarkson 8 13
38.4
 
89 8 14.2 3 6 1 1 2
153 Clovers0001The Clovers 1 1
63.0
 
63 63 25.0 0 0 0 1 0
154 Club Nouveau0001Club Nouveau 1 2
53.5
 
69 38 19.0 0 1 0 1 0
155 Cohen, Leonard0001Leonard Cohen 1 3
70.3
 
86 54 23.7 0 0 1 1 1
156 Cole, Natalie0001Natalie Cole 2 3
57.7
 
87 26 17.3 0 1 0 1 1
157 Collective Soul0001Collective Soul 1 1
61.0
 
61 61 24.0 0 0 0 1 0
158 Como, Perry0001Perry Como 1 1
72.0
 
72 72 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
159 Connick Jr., Harry0001Harry Connick, Jr. 1 1
76.0
 
76 76 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
160 Cook, Kristy Lee0001Kristy Lee Cook 1 1
74.0
 
74 74 23.0 0 0 0 1 0
161 Croce, Jim0001Jim Croce 1 1
74.0
 
74 74 21.0 0 0 0 1 0
162 Crosby, Bing0001Bing Crosby 1 3
69.3
 
80 59 20.0 0 0 1 1 1
163 Crudup, Arthur0001Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup 1 1
73.0
 
73 73 22.0 0 0 0 1 0
164 Cyrus, Miley0001Miley Cyrus 1 3
49.7
 
80 6 15.0 1 0 0 1 1
165 Darin, Bobby0001Bobby Darin 1 2
65.0
 
72 58 19.5 0 0 1 1 0
166 Day, Bobby0001Bobby Day 1 2
44.0
 
61 27 23.5 0 1 0 1 0
167 Dc Talk0001dc Talk 1 1
67.0
 
67 67 14.0 0 0 0 1 0
168 DeCastro Sisters0001The DeCastro Sisters 1 1
67.0
 
67 67 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
169 DeGraw, Gavin0001Gavin DeGraw 2 7
47.4
 
82 12 19.0 1 0 4 1 1
170 Del Rey, Lana0001Lana Del Rey 1 1
76.0
 
76 76 21.0 0 0 0 1 0
171 DeShannon, Jackie0001Jackie DeShannon 1 1
62.0
 
62 62 16.0 0 0 0 1 0
172 Destiny's Child0001Destiny's Child 2 3
43.3
 
61 34 17.3 0 2 0 1 0
173 Dixie Chicks0001The Dixie Chicks 3 4
46.3
 
89 7 16.3 2 0 0 1 1
174 Dixon, Colton0001Colton Dixon 1 1
74.0
 
74 74 15.0 0 0 0 1 0
175 Doobie Brothers0001The Doobie Brothers 2 3
53.7
 
80 19 18.0 1 0 0 1 1
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