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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 Cohen, Leonard0001Leonard Cohen 1 3
70.3
 
86 54 23.7 0 0 1 1 1
152 Cole, Natalie0001Natalie Cole 2 3
57.7
 
87 26 17.3 0 1 0 1 1
153 Collective Soul0001Collective Soul 1 1
61.0
 
61 61 24.0 0 0 0 1 0
154 Como, Perry0001Perry Como 1 1
72.0
 
72 72 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
155 Connick Jr., Harry0001Harry Connick, Jr. 1 1
76.0
 
76 76 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
156 Cook, Kristy Lee0001Kristy Lee Cook 1 1
74.0
 
74 74 23.0 0 0 0 1 0
157 Croce, Jim0001Jim Croce 1 1
74.0
 
74 74 21.0 0 0 0 1 0
158 Crosby, Bing0001Bing Crosby 1 3
69.3
 
80 59 20.0 0 0 1 1 1
159 Crudup, Arthur0001Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup 1 1
73.0
 
73 73 22.0 0 0 0 1 0
160 Cyrus, Miley0001Miley Cyrus 1 3
49.7
 
80 6 15.0 1 0 0 1 1
161 Darin, Bobby0001Bobby Darin 1 2
65.0
 
72 58 19.5 0 0 1 1 0
162 Dc Talk0001dc Talk 1 1
67.0
 
67 67 14.0 0 0 0 1 0
163 DeCastro Sisters0001The DeCastro Sisters 1 1
67.0
 
67 67 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
164 DeGraw, Gavin0001Gavin DeGraw 1 6
53.3
 
82 40 19.5 0 0 4 1 1
165 Del Rey, Lana0001Lana Del Rey 1 1
76.0
 
76 76 21.0 0 0 0 1 0
166 DeShannon, Jackie0001Jackie DeShannon 1 1
62.0
 
62 62 16.0 0 0 0 1 0
167 Destiny's Child0001Destiny's Child 2 3
43.3
 
61 34 17.3 0 2 0 1 0
168 Dixie Chicks0001The Dixie Chicks 3 4
46.3
 
89 7 16.3 2 0 0 1 1
169 Dixon, Colton0001Colton Dixon 1 1
74.0
 
74 74 15.0 0 0 0 1 0
170 Eldredge, Brett0001Brett Eldredge 1 1
61.0
 
61 61 16.0 0 0 0 1 0
171 Elliman, Yvonne0001Yvonne Elliman 1 1
79.0
 
79 79 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
172 Eminem0001Eminem 1 1
76.0
 
76 76 22.0 0 0 0 1 0
173 Emotions0001The Emotions 1 2
33.5
 
63 4 15.0 1 0 0 1 0
174 Eternal0001Eternal 1 1
60.0
 
60 60 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
175 Fall Out Boy0001Fall Out Boy 1 1
75.0
 
75 75 13.0 0 0 0 1 0
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