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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.

[back to top] American Idol  Artists (2x Performances)

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# Artist #Sng #Prf Rating Hi Lo σ 0-19 20-39 40-59 60-79 80-100
201 Paramore0001Paramore 1 2
76.0
 
90 62 17.0 0 0 0 1 1
202 Perry, Katy0001Katy Perry 3 3
36.7
 
71 7 19.3 1 1 0 1 0
203 Plain White Ts0001Plain White T's 1 2
54.0
 
67 41 20.5 0 0 1 1 0
204 Quietdrive0001Quietdrive 1 4
46.3
 
63 25 19.0 0 1 2 1 0
205 Rice, Damien0001Damien Rice 1 2
75.5
 
80 71 20.5 0 0 0 1 1
206 Rivers, Johnny0001Johnny Rivers 1 2
65.5
 
76 55 17.0 0 0 1 1 0
207 Robinson, Vicki Sue0001Vicki Sue Robinson 1 5
49.6
 
72 17 20.2 1 0 3 1 0
208 Ronson, Mark0001Mark Ronson 2 2
59.5
 
65 54 22.0 0 0 1 1 0
209 Rufus0001Rufus, Featuring Chaka Khan 3 5
56.8
 
85 42 18.6 0 0 3 1 1
210 Russell, Leon0001Leon Russell 1 4
66.5
 
88 51 15.0 0 0 2 1 1
211 Sandé, Emili0001Emeli Sandé 2 2
51.0
 
60 42 20.5 0 0 1 1 0
212 Sang, Samantha0001Samantha Sang 1 2
48.0
 
61 35 19.0 0 1 0 1 0
213 Seger, Bob And Silver Bullet0001Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band 2 2
44.5
 
74 15 21.5 1 0 0 1 0
214 Shinedown0001Shinedown 3 4
55.3
 
81 32 18.3 0 2 0 1 1
215 Simon And Garfunkel0001Simon & Garfunkel 4 6
58.0
 
86 44 21.0 0 0 4 1 1
216 Simone, Nina0001Nina Simone 2 8
60.1
 
88 37 20.4 0 1 4 1 2
217 Sledge, Percy0001Percy Sledge 1 7
53.3
 
91 19 18.3 1 1 3 1 1
218 Spiral Starecase0001Spiral Starecase 1 2
42.5
 
67 18 17.5 1 0 0 1 0
219 Stewart, Amii0001Amii Stewart 1 3
40.3
 
69 15 15.7 1 1 0 1 0
220 Stewart, Rod0001Rod Stewart 2 3
44.0
 
70 27 19.7 0 2 0 1 0
221 Styx0001Styx 1 2
55.5
 
79 32 19.0 0 1 0 1 0
222 Summer, Donna0001Donna Summer 6 10
44.5
 
86 7 18.4 1 4 3 1 1
223 Summer, Donna And Streisand, Barbra0001Donna Summer & Barbra Streisand 1 2
72.0
 
81 63 12.0 0 0 0 1 1
224 Supremes, The0001The Supremes 5 11
44.0
 
81 6 16.4 2 2 4 1 2
225 Supremes, The and Four Tops, The0001The Supremes & The Four Tops 1 3
67.0
 
86 36 15.7 0 1 0 1 1
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