Google


Artists

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

Click on a column header to sort by that column.
# Artist #Sng #Prf Rating Hi Lo σ 0-19 20-39 40-59 60-79 80-100
176 Three Eleven0001311 2 3
71.7
 
96 56 14.0 0 0 1 1 1
177 Tiffany0001Tiffany 2 2
56.0
 
87 25 12.0 0 1 0 0 1
178 Tunstall, KT0001KT Tunstall 2 4
52.0
 
81 34 18.3 0 1 2 0 1
179 Turner, Claramae0001Claramae Turner 1 1
80.0
 
80 80 17.0 0 0 0 0 1
180 Turner, Tina0001Tina Turner 2 9
38.6
 
80 5 16.7 2 3 2 1 1
181 Twillie, Carmen0001Carmen Twillie 1 2
70.5
 
89 52 25.0 0 0 1 0 1
182 Uncle Kracker0001Uncle Kracker 1 3
52.7
 
84 29 21.0 0 1 1 0 1
183 Usher0001Usher 3 3
37.3
 
80 5 17.7 1 1 0 0 1
184 Vanilla Fudge0001Vanilla Fudge 1 5
49.6
 
81 6 17.2 1 0 2 1 1
185 Wallis, Shani0001Shani Wallis 1 2
75.5
 
80 71 17.5 0 0 0 1 1
186 Washington, Dinah0001Dinah Washington 1 1
90.0
 
90 90 16.0 0 0 0 0 1
187 Welch, Lenny0001Lenny Welch 1 1
80.0
 
80 80 13.0 0 0 0 0 1
188 West, Kanye0001Kanye West 1 1
87.0
 
87 87 15.0 0 0 0 0 1
189 Whitesnake0001Whitesnake 1 1
84.0
 
84 84 15.0 0 0 0 0 1
190 Wilde, Kim0001Kim Wilde 1 5
49.6
 
81 6 17.2 1 0 2 1 1
191 Abba0001ABBA 1 1
12.0
 
12 12 14.0 1 0 0 0 0
192 Abdul, Paula0001Paula Abdul 1 1
64.0
 
64 64 24.0 0 0 0 1 0
193 Adams, Bryan and Turner, Tina0001Bryan Adams & Tina Turner 1 1
65.0
 
65 65 18.0 0 0 0 1 0
194 Adams, Ryan0001Ryan Adams 2 2
43.5
 
46 41 22.5 0 0 2 0 0
195 Adams, Yolanda0001Yolanda Adams 2 2
24.0
 
46 2 11.0 1 0 1 0 0
196 Aguilera, Christina0001Christina Aguilera 7 10
50.6
 
78 21 18.9 0 2 7 1 0
197 Air Supply0001Air Supply 1 1
54.0
 
54 54 17.0 0 0 1 0 0
198 Aldean, Jason0001Jason Aldean 2 2
36.0
 
38 34 18.5 0 2 0 0 0
199 Aldean, Jason and Clarkson, Kelly0001Jason Aldean & Kelly Clarkson 1 1
43.0
 
43 43 25.0 0 0 1 0 0
200 All 4 One0001All-4-One 1 1
25.0
 
25 25 14.0 0 1 0 0 0
WhatNotToSing.com copyright © 2007-2014, The WNTS Team.  All rights reserved.  Use of this website implies that you accept our Terms Of Use and Privacy Policy.  American Idol is a registered trademark of 19 TV Ltd.  We are not affiliated in any way with American Idol, Fox Television, FremantleMedia North America, or any of their parent or subsidiary companies.