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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
176 Four Seasons, The0001The Four Seasons 1 1
61.0
 
61 61 23.0 0 0 0 1 0
177 Frampton, Peter0001Peter Frampton 1 3
59.7
 
76 48 17.7 0 0 2 1 0
178 Franklin, Aretha And Michael, George0001Aretha Franklin & George Michael 1 3
42.0
 
72 22 17.3 0 2 0 1 0
179 Free0001Free 1 2
49.0
 
73 25 18.0 0 1 0 1 0
180 French, Nicki0001Nicki French 1 3
61.3
 
73 54 19.7 0 0 2 1 0
181 Frijid Pink0001Frijid Pink 1 2
84.5
 
94 75 14.0 0 0 0 1 1
182 Gaynor, Gloria0001Gloria Gaynor 2 5
48.0
 
72 23 17.6 0 2 2 1 0
183 Gentry, Bobbie0001Bobbie Gentry 2 2
52.5
 
65 40 21.5 0 0 1 1 0
184 Gray, David0001David Gray 2 2
62.5
 
73 52 19.5 0 0 1 1 0
185 Gray, Skylar0001Skylar Gray 1 1
76.0
 
76 76 22.0 0 0 0 1 0
186 Green, Al0001Al Green 1 5
56.2
 
80 27 19.2 0 1 2 1 1
187 Greenwood, Lee0001Lee Greenwood 2 5
52.0
 
82 21 20.8 0 1 2 1 1
188 Griffin, Patty0001Patty Griffin 1 3
83.3
 
89 78 11.7 0 0 0 1 2
189 Hagar, Sammy0001Sammy Hagar 1 1
71.0
 
71 71 21.0 0 0 0 1 0
190 Head, Murray0001Murray Head 1 1
71.0
 
71 71 19.0 0 0 0 1 0
191 Heatwave0001Heatwave 1 1
65.0
 
65 65 20.0 0 0 0 1 0
192 Hepburn, Audrey0001Audrey Hepburn 1 2
48.0
 
70 26 19.0 0 1 0 1 0
193 Hinder0001Hinder 1 1
70.0
 
70 70 25.0 0 0 0 1 0
194 Hooters0001The Hooters 1 4
46.3
 
63 25 19.0 0 1 2 1 0
195 Hornsby, Bruce And Range0001Bruce Hornsby & The Range 1 1
63.0
 
63 63 21.0 0 0 0 1 0
196 Houston, Thelma0001Thelma Houston 1 3
57.0
 
61 53 19.7 0 0 2 1 0
197 Hudson, Jennifer0001Jennifer Hudson 3 8
69.6
 
88 38 19.0 0 1 2 1 4
198 Hughes, Jimmy0001Jimmy Hughes 1 1
63.0
 
63 63 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
199 Ides Of March0001The Ides Of March 1 2
79.0
 
88 70 13.5 0 0 0 1 1
200 INOJ0001INOJ 1 4
46.3
 
63 25 19.0 0 1 2 1 0
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