Sello: Humphead Records
You might recognize this cute blonde from the TV show Dancing With the Stars, but you'd probably never expect her to be a country singer! Julianne's sweet, bubbly voice fits up-tempo numbers such as "My Hallelujah Song" perfectly, but she shows surprising poise on emotional blockbusters such as "Help Me, Help You." The strongest moments on her debut come from the girl-to-girl advice of "Hello" and the coming-of-age song "Jimmy Rae McGee," both of which provide insightful, non-preachy food for thought. And that defines Hough's appeal in a nutshell: Everyone wants to be her BFF.