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Chris Young vs. Kelly Clarkson – The Showdown

Chris Young, Kelly Clarkson
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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.

Today, he’ll face another singer with an extraordinary voice. Kelly Clarkson‘s performance with Vince Gill at the 2012 CMA Awards was one of the most talked-about of the night. Her new single with Gill, ‘Don’t Rush,’ is getting rave reviews, even from country traditionalists skeptical of her country credibility. Can the former ‘American Idol’ singer count on her fans to move the new single to a second night of Showdown voting?

Listen to clips of both Young’s and Clarkson’s songs and vote for your favorite here. You can vote once every hour online, so come back and vote often to be sure your artist wins. Hear the full versions of the songs tonight after 10PM on Taste of Country Nights. Help your favorite song win by placing additional votes at (888) 678-9995. Call as many times as you like! You can listen to the show online through any of the 41 radio stations that carry it. Voting will end tonight at 10:40PM CT.

Listen to a Sample of Chris Young, ‘I Can Take It From There’

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Listen to a Sample of Kelly Clarkson, ‘Don’t Rush’

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Showdown Rules: The song with the most votes wins, and the winner goes on to face a new challenger in the next Showdown. Vote as much as once per hour online, and as much as you want by calling (888) 678-9995. If a song wins five days in a row, it will be retired into the Taste of Country Showdown Hall of Fame to allow for new songs to compete. Some songs will be considered for a second Showdown if voter turnout is healthy in a losing effort.

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