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Hayden Panettiere - "Nashville" (FYC clip) : Soap operas don't tend to be Emmy favorites -- often with good reason, but "Nashville" should be an exception to that rule as far as I'm concerned. And it actually was last year, with lead actress Connie Britton getting a nom. But as fantastic as Britton is, the best thing about the show's second season was Hayden Panettiere. Really Britton's co-lead, Panettiere took her country singing star Juliette Barnes to a whole new level this year, and a far more layered and likeable one at that. And it doesn't hurt that she is so remarkably convincing in her musical performances that if "Nashville" doesn't make it past season three, she should find herself a country music career.

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