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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 King, Carole0001Carole King 9 12
51.9
 
92 23 20.0 0 4 4 1 3
202 Kings of Leon0001Kings of Leon 2 2
45.5
 
70 21 14.5 0 1 0 1 0
203 Knight, Robert0001Robert Knight 1 3
35.0
 
61 9 17.3 1 1 0 1 0
204 Led Zeppelin0001Led Zeppelin 3 5
83.0
 
93 65 20.4 0 0 0 1 4
205 Lennon, John0001John Lennon 2 7
64.7
 
93 39 19.0 0 1 3 1 2
206 Lettermen0001The Lettermen 2 7
41.9
 
71 20 19.6 0 3 3 1 0
207 Loggins, Kenny0001Kenny Loggins 2 2
54.0
 
67 41 15.5 0 0 1 1 0
208 Lonestar0001Lonestar 2 7
37.9
 
61 12 19.4 1 3 2 1 0
209 Loveless, Patty0001Patty Loveless 2 2
55.5
 
69 42 18.5 0 0 1 1 0
210 Martika0001Martika 1 3
49.3
 
64 39 20.0 0 1 1 1 0
211 Mayer, John0001John Mayer 3 5
36.2
 
60 21 19.6 0 4 0 1 0
212 McLachlan, Sarah0001Sarah McLachlan 1 4
50.5
 
61 38 16.5 0 1 2 1 0
213 Monica0001Monica 2 2
50.5
 
60 41 19.0 0 0 1 1 0
214 Mraz, Jason0001Jason Mraz 5 7
48.0
 
84 29 19.4 0 3 2 1 1
215 Muldaur, Maria0001Maria Muldaur 1 2
78.5
 
88 69 13.5 0 0 0 1 1
216 Nashville Teens0001The Nashville Teens 1 2
50.0
 
65 35 21.0 0 1 0 1 0
217 Nilsson0001Nilsson 2 6
50.0
 
82 22 19.8 0 2 2 1 1
218 One Direction0001One Direction 1 3
48.3
 
74 14 17.7 1 0 1 1 0
219 Paramore0001Paramore 2 3
61.3
 
90 32 17.3 0 1 0 1 1
220 Perri, Christina0001Christina Perri 1 2
66.5
 
77 56 22.0 0 0 1 1 0
221 Petty, Tom and Heartbreakers0001Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 2 2
46.5
 
67 26 22.5 0 1 0 1 0
222 Plain White Ts0001Plain White T's 1 3
54.0
 
67 41 21.3 0 0 2 1 0
223 Quietdrive0001Quietdrive 1 4
46.3
 
63 25 19.0 0 1 2 1 0
224 Rice, Damien0001Damien Rice 1 2
75.5
 
80 71 20.5 0 0 0 1 1
225 Rivers, Johnny0001Johnny Rivers 1 2
65.5
 
76 55 17.0 0 0 1 1 0
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