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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 Sandé, Emili0001Emeli Sandé 2 2
51.0
 
60 42 20.5 0 0 1 1 0
202 Sang, Samantha0001Samantha Sang 1 2
48.0
 
61 35 19.0 0 1 0 1 0
203 Seger, Bob And Silver Bullet0001Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band 2 2
44.5
 
74 15 21.5 1 0 0 1 0
204 Sheeran, Ed0001Ed Sheeran 3 3
50.0
 
73 27 18.7 0 1 1 1 0
205 Shinedown0001Shinedown 3 4
55.3
 
81 32 18.3 0 2 0 1 1
206 Simon And Garfunkel0001Simon & Garfunkel 4 6
58.0
 
86 44 21.0 0 0 4 1 1
207 Simone, Nina0001Nina Simone 2 7
56.7
 
88 37 21.1 0 1 4 1 1
208 Spiral Starecase0001Spiral Starecase 1 2
42.5
 
67 18 17.5 1 0 0 1 0
209 Stewart, Amii0001Amii Stewart 1 3
40.3
 
69 15 15.7 1 1 0 1 0
210 Stewart, Rod0001Rod Stewart 2 3
44.0
 
70 27 19.7 0 2 0 1 0
211 Styx0001Styx 1 2
55.5
 
79 32 19.0 0 1 0 1 0
212 Summer, Donna0001Donna Summer 6 10
44.5
 
86 7 18.4 1 4 3 1 1
213 Summer, Donna And Streisand, Barbra0001Donna Summer & Barbra Streisand 1 2
72.0
 
81 63 12.0 0 0 0 1 1
214 Supremes, The0001The Supremes 5 11
44.0
 
81 6 16.4 2 2 4 1 2
215 Supremes, The and Four Tops, The0001The Supremes & The Four Tops 1 3
67.0
 
86 36 15.7 0 1 0 1 1
216 Taylor, James0001James Taylor 3 7
43.4
 
81 17 17.7 1 2 2 1 1
217 Temptations0001The Temptations 4 13
47.9
 
87 6 17.5 2 3 4 1 3
218 Three Eleven0001311 2 3
71.7
 
96 56 14.0 0 0 1 1 1
219 Tritt, Travis0001Travis Tritt 3 4
49.3
 
60 35 18.8 0 1 2 1 0
220 Turner, Tina0001Tina Turner 2 9
38.6
 
80 5 16.7 2 3 2 1 1
221 Twain, Shania0001Shania Twain 7 10
45.2
 
77 23 22.3 0 2 7 1 0
222 Tyler, Bonnie0001Bonnie Tyler 3 5
56.0
 
73 42 18.8 0 0 4 1 0
223 UB400001UB40 1 4
66.0
 
93 21 16.8 0 1 0 1 2
224 Van Halen0001Van Halen 2 4
36.3
 
67 10 18.8 1 1 1 1 0
225 Vanilla Fudge0001Vanilla Fudge 1 5
49.6
 
81 6 17.2 1 0 2 1 1
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