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Blake Shelton Kacey Musgraves
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Blake Shelton vs. Kacey Musgraves – The Showdown

Two ACM Awards nominees will square off in today's Showdown. Blake Shelton goes for win number five in a row with 'Boys 'Round Here.' That would put him into the Showdown Hall of Fame for the first time, but Female Vocalist of the Year Kacey Musgraves is standing in his way with her five-star rated single 'Blowin' Smoke.'

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Tate Stevens Tracy Lawrence
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Tate Stevens vs. Tracy Lawrence – The Showdown

It's difficult to label Tate Stevens' Friday Showdown win over Justin Moore's new song an upset. After all, the 'X Factor' winner proved he's a fan-favorite by winning the singing competition. The response to 'Power of a Love Song' is still impressive, however. Behind the strength of strong phone call voting, Stevens' debut single survived to find a new challenge today and tonight on Taste of Country Nights radio. 

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Rascal Flatts, Aaron Lewis
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Rascal Flatts vs. Aaron Lewis – The Showdown

Rascal Flatts are on a roll. The group cracked a third-straight win yesterday and last night on Taste of Country Nights radio, leaving Mumford & Sons in a trail of country dust. Today, they'll face a new challenger in Staind frontman Aaron Lewis.

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Rascal Flatts Uncle Kracker
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Rascal Flatts vs. Uncle Kracker – The Showdown

Tuesday's Showdown came down to the final few phone calls on Taste of Country Nights radio, with country superstars Rascal Flatts' new song 'Changed' pulling ahead in the final few minutes to top Chris Janson's 'Better I Don't.' The two-night champion will sit on the sidelines today and watch Gary LeVox and company take on a new challenger today. 

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Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts
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Carrie Underwood vs. Rascal Flatts – The Showdown

She took down two country superstars early this week, so newcomer Hayden Panettiere was no match for Carrie Underwood and her new single 'Two Black Cadillacs.' Underwood's fans made quick work of 'Telescope,' winning with over 80 percent of the vote yesterday and last night on Taste of Country Nights radio. 

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Big and Rich, Lee Brice
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Big and Rich vs. Lee Brice – The Showdown

Big and Rich needed every last vote, literally, to top Kix Brooks's new song on the Showdown yesterday and last night on Taste of Country Nights radio. 'Party Like Cowboyz' won by just two votes, the smallest margin of victory ever. The duo will need those voters to return -- and to bring friends -- on Friday. 

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Chris Young, Jana Kramer
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Chris Young vs. Jana Kramer – The Showdown

Friday night's Taste of Country Showdown promised to be a battle of country music titans, but one didn't show up. Chris Young fans dominated supporters of the Band Perry, meaning his new single 'I Can Take It From There' is just one win away from retirement and enshrinement into the Showdown Hall of Fame.

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Chris Young, JT Hodges
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Chris Young vs. JT Hodges – The Showdown

Chris Young benefitted from a late push of votes on Taste of Country Nights radio last night. The singer's new single 'I Can Take It From There' topped 'Don't Rush,' the new Kelly Clarkson single which she performed with Vince Gill at the 2012 CMA Awards. That makes two wins in a row for Young's new love song. 

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Chris Young, Kelly Clarkson
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Chris Young vs. Kelly Clarkson – The Showdown

Chris Young built an early lead and never looked back yesterday in the Showdown, both online and on Taste of Country Nights radio. The country crooner's new song 'I Can Take It From There' is as smooth as any he's released in recent years, and fans couldn't help but come back for seconds from the deep-voiced 27-year-old.

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Jerrod Niemann, Hunter Hayes
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Jerrod Niemann vs. Hunter Hayes – The Showdown

With one more win, Jerrod Niemann will put his new song 'Only God Could Love You More' into the Showdown Hall of Fame. The ballad has topped singles by Thompson Square, Jason Aldean and Montgomery Gentry in recent days. Today and tonight on Taste of Country Nights radio, Niemann fans will have to out-duel fans of the 2012 CMA New Artist of the Year. 

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