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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.
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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Sara Evans Jamie Lynn Spears
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Sara Evans vs. Jamie Lynn Spears – The Showdown

Sara Evans can't be stopped! Or can she? After besting Billy Currington and Brett Eldredge without so much as a second glance, the seasoned star's new single is up against a surprising country debut from Britney Spears' little sister, Jamie Lynn Spears.

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Kip Moore
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Kip Moore Documentary Shows Desire to Keep Fueling the Fire

"It all starts with a song," Kip Moore echoes in his new 'Burn the Whole World Down' documentary, referencing a quote on the wall at BMI in Nashville. He's a firm believer in that saying -- in fact, it's become somewhat of a mantra for the 'Hey Pretty Girl' singer.

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Brett Eldredge
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Brett Eldredge Shows Off His Pride on America’s Birthday

Christmas ain't got nothing on America's birthday in Brett Eldredge's mind. Easter -- who needs it? Thanksgiving? None for him, thanks. The singer proved that the Fourth of July is his favorite holiday with a very patriotic photo on Thursday (July 4).

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Kelly Clarkson, Toby Keith
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Kelly Clarkson vs. Toby Keith – The Showdown

He did it! After five straight wins -- okay, blowout wins -- Trace Adkins enters our Taste of Country Showdown Hall of Fame. He's watching from the throne today as two new songs enter the battle ring. Kelly Clarkson's new country single, 'Tie It Up,' is hoping to rope Toby Keith's 'Drinks After Work.'

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