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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
201 Hepburn, Audrey0001Audrey Hepburn 1 3
46.3
 
70 26 19.7 0 1 1 1 0
202 Hinder0001Hinder 1 1
70.0
 
70 70 25.0 0 0 0 1 0
203 Hooters0001The Hooters 1 4
46.3
 
63 25 19.0 0 1 2 1 0
204 Hornsby, Bruce And Range0001Bruce Hornsby & The Range 1 1
63.0
 
63 63 21.0 0 0 0 1 0
205 Houston, Thelma0001Thelma Houston 1 3
57.0
 
61 53 19.7 0 0 2 1 0
206 Hudson, Jennifer0001Jennifer Hudson 3 9
66.9
 
88 38 18.7 0 1 3 1 4
207 Hughes, Jimmy0001Jimmy Hughes 1 1
63.0
 
63 63 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
208 Ides Of March0001The Ides Of March 1 2
79.0
 
88 70 13.5 0 0 0 1 1
209 INOJ0001INOJ 1 4
46.3
 
63 25 19.0 0 1 2 1 0
210 Isaak, Chris0001Chris Isaak 1 1
73.0
 
73 73 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
211 Jackson, Alan0001Alan Jackson 1 1
65.0
 
65 65 23.0 0 0 0 1 0
212 Jagger, Mick And Bowie, David0001Mick Jagger & David Bowie 1 2
56.0
 
67 45 19.5 0 0 1 1 0
213 Jamiroquai0001Jamiroquai 1 1
73.0
 
73 73 23.0 0 0 0 1 0
214 Jennings, Waylon0001Waylon Jennings 1 1
72.0
 
72 72 20.0 0 0 0 1 0
215 Jobe, Kari0001Kari Jobe 1 1
66.0
 
66 66 26.0 0 0 0 1 0
216 Jonas, Nick0001Nick Jonas 1 1
62.0
 
62 62 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
217 Jones, Isham And Orchestra0001Isham Jones & His Orchestra 1 1
76.0
 
76 76 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
218 Jones, Tom0001Tom Jones 1 5
85.4
 
92 75 13.0 0 0 0 1 4
219 Journey0001Journey 3 7
54.9
 
86 37 17.6 0 1 4 1 1
220 Jules, Gary0001Gary Jules 1 3
84.0
 
94 78 16.3 0 0 0 1 2
221 Keane0001Keane 1 1
79.0
 
79 79 13.0 0 0 0 1 0
222 King, Carole0001Carole King 9 12
51.9
 
92 23 20.0 0 4 4 1 3
223 Kings of Leon0001Kings of Leon 1 1
70.0
 
70 70 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
224 Knight, Robert0001Robert Knight 1 3
35.0
 
61 9 17.3 1 1 0 1 0
225 Kristofferson, Kris0001Kris Kristofferson 1 1
77.0
 
77 77 17.0 0 0 0 1 0
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