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Hottest Artist of 2013
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Hottest Country Star of 2013 Finals Feature On-Fire Superstar and Rising Star

One 2013 Hottest Country Star finalist led his Semi-Finals matchup from start to finish. The other led for less than two hours. But it doesn't matter how they got here. The battle to decide who had the best year in country music is now down to two after four exciting weeks of fan voting.

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Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton
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Luke Bryan vs. Blake Shelton – Hottest Country Star of 2013, Semi-Finals

It's difficult to argue that anyone was hotter than Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton in 2013. Both released new albums and enjoyed watching numerous singles top the country music charts. Both spent significant time on television and both sold out just about every venue they stepped foot in. But who had the bigger year?

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Carrie Underwood, Danielle Bradbery
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Carrie Underwood vs. Danielle Bradbery – Hottest Country Star of 2013, Semi-Finals

Fans of Carrie Underwood and Danielle Bradbery stood up to two of the most popular women in country music to make the ToC Hottest Country Star of 2013 Semi-Finals. Each of these women had a year full of memorable performances and hit radio singles. It's going to be up to the fans to decide who will move on to face either Luke Bryan or Blake Shelton in the Finals.

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Year’s Top Hitmakers Battle in Hottest Country Star of 2013 Semi-Finals

Three country veterans and one country newcomer will square off in the Semi-Finals round of the ToC Hottest Country Star of 2013 competition. Fans will ultimately decide who had the best year. Carrie Underwood, Danielle Bradbery, Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan all topped their Round 2 competition to get here. 

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Blake Shelton, George Strait, Miranda Lambert
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Results of 2013 CMA Awards Predictions – Readers vs. Taste of Country Staff

Once again, the minority proved to be smarter than the majority when it came to picking winners for the 2013 CMA Awards. Actually, the minority proved smarter than ToC Staff, as well. Readers and staff picked less than half of the correct winners for country music's biggest awards show, but one team was a clear winner.

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Kellie Pickler, Danielle Bradbery
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Kellie Pickler vs. Danielle Bradbery – Hottest Country Star of 2013, Round 2

Country newcomer Danielle Bradbery came from behind to steal a win from Miranda Lambert during Round 1 of the ToC Hottest Country Star of 2013 competition. Can the singer carry that momentum into Round 2 and knock off Kellie Pickler? You'll decide who had the better year during this week's voting. 

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Blake Shelton vs. Jake Owen
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Blake Shelton vs. Jake Owen – Hottest Country Star of 2013, Round 2

Blake Shelton and Jake Owen are two artists known as much for their hit songs as for interacting with fans. They've each had a huge year personally and professionally, so deciding which should move on in the Round 2 voting of the ToC Hottest Country Star of 2013 competition is going to be difficult. 

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Taylor Swift Carrie Underwood
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Taylor Swift vs. Carrie Underwood – Hottest Country Star of 2013, Round 2

Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift took very different paths to get to Round 2 of the Taste of Country Hottest Star of 2013 competition. The 'Blown Away' singer's fans destroyed their Round 1 competition, while Swifties waited until the final days and hours to surge past Sheryl Crow's faithful, winning by two percentage points. 

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Round 2 of ToC’s Hottest Country Star of 2013 Competition Pits Legends Against Rising Stars

There were comebacks, blowouts and razor thin margins of victory during the first round of voting to decide the hottest country star of 2013. Matchups for Round 2 should quickly become more intense, as the field is narrowed and the voting window is shortened. Who do you think had the best year this year?

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Luke Bryan, Tim McGraw
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Luke Bryan vs. Tim McGraw – Hottest Country Star of 2013, Round 2

Both Tim McGraw and Luke Bryan released new albums in 2013, and both embarked on high-profile successful summer tours. The two superstars' fans also had to work hard during their Round 1 matchup to decide who would move on in this competition to determine the hottest country star of 2013. Which of these two guys do you think had the better year?

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