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Amanda Hensel

If a passion for music and a knack for writing make a career, then color Amanda Hensel lucky. She is the product of writers -- apparently, when you add two news journalists together you get one music journalist. She currently resides in 'the live music capital of the world,' where she snagged a Journalism degree from the University of Texas. Although she's grounded in Austin, Hensel's name travels -- in her short career she has cited her passion writing for AOL Music Blog, Fringe Magazine, the Houston Press and various other publications.

Keith Urban, Justin Moore
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Keith Urban vs. Justin Moore (Feat. Vince Neil) – The Showdown

As it would seem right now, Keith Urban is headed for the Taste of Country Showdown Hall of Fame ... or is he? After beating Florida Georgia Line earlier this week with his hot single 'Somewhere in My Car,' the 'American Idol' judge just needs one more win to enter our golden ring. But can he get past Justin Moore?

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Luke Bryan Storm Hits Pittsburgh, Fans More Than Bring a Party [Pictures]

Country fans' devotion to having a good time will never be in question, especially following the Luke Bryan concert at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh on Saturday (June 21). Fans filled the stadium lot early for a true parking lot party, with several leaving in handcuffs by nightfall and hundreds more having the time of their lives.

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Cassadee Pope, Eric Paslay
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Cassadee Pope vs. Eric Paslay – The Showdown

Lucy Hale is officially a Hall of Famer! The newcomer blasted past the competition all week long, blowout after blowout, to enter a small ring of Taste of Country Showdown kings and queens. Now, two new songs -- and two fresh faces -- are up for battle.

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Maggie Rose, JJ Lawhorn
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Maggie Rose vs. JJ Lawhorn – The Showdown

Maggie Rose isn't 'Looking Back Now' ... Her new single keeps besting the competition! After a win over Chuck Wicks this weekend, Rose returns to kick off the week against JJ Lawhorn in the Taste of Country Showdown. Will her fans return to bring her to victory?

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Chris Young, Keith Urban
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Chris Young vs. Keith Urban – The Showdown

Garth who? Chris Young proved that old country isn't always the best country by knocking Garth Brooks out of the Taste of Country Showdown over the weekend. But now, he's up against an artist who is just as well-versed in owning the charts in 2013 (and likely 2014).

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