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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 Del Rey, Lana0001Lana Del Rey 1 1
76.0
 
76 76 21.0 0 0 0 1 0
177 DeShannon, Jackie0001Jackie DeShannon 1 1
62.0
 
62 62 16.0 0 0 0 1 0
178 Destiny's Child0001Destiny's Child 2 3
43.3
 
61 34 17.3 0 2 0 1 0
179 Disclosure0001Disclosure 1 1
60.0
 
60 60 21.0 0 0 0 1 0
180 Dixie Chicks0001The Dixie Chicks 3 4
46.3
 
89 7 16.3 2 0 0 1 1
181 Dixon, Colton0001Colton Dixon 1 1
74.0
 
74 74 15.0 0 0 0 1 0
182 Doobie Brothers0001The Doobie Brothers 2 4
48.3
 
80 19 19.0 1 1 0 1 1
183 Eldredge, Brett0001Brett Eldredge 1 1
61.0
 
61 61 16.0 0 0 0 1 0
184 Elliman, Yvonne0001Yvonne Elliman 1 1
79.0
 
79 79 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
185 Eminem0001Eminem 1 1
76.0
 
76 76 22.0 0 0 0 1 0
186 Emotions0001The Emotions 1 2
33.5
 
63 4 15.0 1 0 0 1 0
187 Eternal0001Eternal 1 1
60.0
 
60 60 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
188 Fall Out Boy0001Fall Out Boy 1 1
75.0
 
75 75 13.0 0 0 0 1 0
189 Fantasia0001Fantasia 1 1
76.0
 
76 76 17.0 0 0 0 1 0
190 Florence Machine0001Florence + The Machine 2 3
53.0
 
65 47 22.0 0 0 2 1 0
191 Floyd, Eddie0001Eddie Floyd 1 3
40.3
 
69 15 15.7 1 1 0 1 0
192 Four Seasons, The0001The Four Seasons 1 1
61.0
 
61 61 23.0 0 0 0 1 0
193 Frampton, Peter0001Peter Frampton 1 4
59.0
 
76 48 17.3 0 0 3 1 0
194 Franklin, Aretha And Michael, George0001Aretha Franklin & George Michael 1 3
41.7
 
72 21 17.3 0 2 0 1 0
195 Free0001Free 1 2
49.0
 
73 25 18.0 0 1 0 1 0
196 French, Nicki0001Nicki French 1 3
61.3
 
73 54 19.7 0 0 2 1 0
197 Frijid Pink0001Frijid Pink 1 2
84.5
 
94 75 14.0 0 0 0 1 1
198 Gaynor, Gloria0001Gloria Gaynor 2 5
48.0
 
72 23 17.6 0 2 2 1 0
199 Gentry, Bobbie0001Bobbie Gentry 2 2
52.5
 
65 40 21.5 0 0 1 1 0
200 Grammer, Andy0001Andy Grammer 1 1
75.0
 
75 75 20.0 0 0 0 1 0
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