An invite-only Nashville crowd stayed up late with the country star
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It’s confirmed! Keith Urban looks and sounds incredible 24 hours a day.

As the clock struck midnight on Friday morning, the guitar and banjo-shredding Aussie dazzled an intimate crowd at Nashville’s hallowed Ryman Auditorium. The special show closed out day two – and, technically, kicked off day three – of the music industry’s annual Country Radio Seminar.

After thanking the crowd for staying up past their bedtime, Urban launched into “Long Hot Summer” – an interesting choice considering the sub-freezing temps outside – and for the next hour played up his slower songs, like “Making Memories of Us” and an extended acoustic version of “Cop Car.”

But things livened up when Urban turned the Ryman stage into a mini-American Idol audition. Summoning five audience members to the stage to help him out with his 2009 hit “Kiss a Girl,” each “contestant” sang a bar and the Idol judge let the crowd determine the winner. A tall, long-haired girl who commanded the mic received the biggest applause, but they all came away winners: For the rest of their life, they can say they sang at the Ryman with Keith Urban.

Urban closed the show with his Grammy-nominated duet “Raise ‘Em Up,” which he’d played on the same stage just 12 hours earlier with Eric Church as part of Universal Music Group’s luncheon showcase.