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BRETT ELDREDGE, 28

The country singer wasn't always the lively performer he is nowadays. "When I was on stage, I used to get so freaked out that I just wouldn't even look up," he says. "Now I'm jumping off the stage into the crowd, and the ladies are sticking dollar bills in my pocket."