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Darius Rucker, Greg Bates
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Darius Rucker vs. Greg Bates – The Showdown

It was a close vote yesterday, but a call for votes on Darius Rucker's Facebook page sent 'True Believers' to a fifth and final round of Showdown voting. His new ballad beat Kenny Chesney's 'El Cerrito Place,' taking over 70 percent of the online and phone votes via Taste of Country Nights radio.

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Darius Rucker, Craig Morgan
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Darius Rucker vs. Craig Morgan – The Showdown

Darius Rucker stumbled during his first chance on the Showdown, but his new song 'True Believers' is now a two-night champion. Yesterday and last night on Taste of Country Nights radio, the love ballad beat 'Can't Shake You' by Gloriana. Today, he'll face off against a more seasoned country artists. 

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Darius Rucker, Gloriana
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Darius Rucker vs. Gloriana – The Showdown

Yesterday's Showdown was shaping up to be one of the closest ever, but Darius Rucker's fans came on like a hurricane and pushed his new song 'True Believers' to round two in overwhelming fashion. That means Taylor Swift's new song 'Begin Again' goes back to the bin, and the new hit from Gloriana steps up to take on Rucker's ballad today and tonight on Taste of Country Nights radio. 

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Taylor Swift, Darius Rucker
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Taylor Swift vs. Darius Rucker – The Showdown

It's a battle of country music superstars today and tonight on Taste of Country Nights radio. Brantley Gilbert's fans took care of business on Tuesday, pushing his new song 'Kick It in the Sticks' past challenger Kristy Lee Cook's 'Airborne Ranger Infantry' (barely) and into the Showdown Hall of Fame. That means two new songs will compete for reader votes today. 

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Brantley Gilbert, Billy Ray Cyrus
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Brantley Gilbert vs. Billy Ray Cyrus – The Showdown

Rack up another Showdown win for Brantley Gilbert. The singer's new song 'Kick It in the Sticks' is a longtime favorite of fans, and they're not shy about voting for the country-rocker. Yesterday, the single topped lablemate Justin Moore's new song ''Til My Last Day,' meaning it goes against a new challenger today and tonight on Taste of Country Nights radio. 

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Brantley Gilbert, Justin Moore
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Brantley Gilbert vs. Justin Moore – The Showdown

Wednesday's Showdown was the most hotly contested song battle yet, with a record number of voters deciding Brantley Gilbert's 'Kick It in the Sticks' should move on to face a new challenger on Thursday and Thursday night on Taste of Country Nights radio. The rowdy party song topped multi-day champion Gary Allan and his new song 'Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain).'

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Gary Allan, Kacey Musgraves
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Gary Allan vs. Kacey Musgraves – The Showdown

Fans are welcoming Gary Allan back with open arms, making his new song a two-night Showdown champion. Yesterday and last night on Taste of Country Nights radio, 'Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain)' topped 'Bring It on Home' by Kix Brooks, meaning the inspiring ballad will face a new challenger on Tuesday. 

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Gary Allan, Kix Brooks
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Gary Allan vs. Kix Brooks – The Showdown

There's a new Showdown champion. Gary Allan's fans united and took his new single 'Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain)' to the next round with heavy online voting and phone input at Taste of Country Nights. The hopeful ballad doubled up 'Don't Ya' by Brett Eldredge on Friday night. Today, Allan will face a country legend. 

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Brett Eldredge, Clay Walker
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Brett Eldredge vs. Clay Walker – The Showdown

Brett Eldredge fans were relentless last night, voting for the singer's new song 'Don't Ya' until the Showdown buzzer sounded on Taste of Country Nights radio. Online voting led the way for the newcomer's single to top Kenny Chesney's powerful new ballad 'El Cerrito Place,' proving that no country superstar can rest in this daily song battle.

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Joanna Smith, Kenny Chesney
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Joanna Smith vs. Kenny Chesney – The Showdown

Both of today's Showdown competitors are no doubt thankful they don't have to face Craig Campbell, who won for a fifth straight time on Monday, meaning his song 'Outta My Head' will be retired to the Hall of Fame. Today and tonight on  Taste of Country Nights, fans of Kenny Chesney and Joanna Smith will be begin a quest to send their new singles on a path to enshrinement. 

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