2) Cover Whitney Houston or Stevie Wonder
For the love of all that is holy, don’t ever go out of your way to cover Whitney Houston or Stevie Wonder.
I know it’s tempting because many Idol winners have successfully covered these greats, but don’t. Like, I’m sure that when Jessica Fuentes covered Whitney in the early rounds of season two, she thought she was lining herself up as the second Kelly Clarkson, but it didn’t work.
I’m not sure if you noticed, but two of the seven worst songs to sing on American Idol were Whitney Houston tracks. All told, eleven different people have been sent home because they dared sing one of the diva’s songs. Eleven different people were also sent home for singing Stevie Wonder. So, essentially, unless it’s a Whitney or a Wonder-theme week and you’re forced to sing one of their songs, don’t sing one of their songs! Alicia Keys, Aretha Franklin and Elvis Presley are also artists that American Idol contestants should tackle at their own risk.
Interestingly, no one has ever sung a Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo, Amy Winehouse, R. Kelly, Miranda Lambert, Katy Perry or P!nk* song to their doom.
*If Amber Holcomb gets booted tonight, you can strike P!nk off the list.