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LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 02: Recording artists Keith Urban (L) and Carrie Underwood perform onstage during the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on April 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

When fans can sing your song from memory, you’ve probably got a big hit on your hands.

That can certainly be said of the Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood duet “The Fighter,” and Keith is having some fun with it. When performing the song without Carrie last week on TV in the United Kingdom, Keith enlisted Melanie C. (a.k.a. Sporty Spice of the Spice Girls) as a substitute. And this week a video was posted on the Grand Ole Opry‘s YouTube page showing an April performance of the song for which he enlisted the audience to handle Carrie’s part. “Should we give it a try between me and you guys as a duet tonight?” he asked to applause. “That’s what we’re gonna do.” See the slowed-down version of the song, audience and all, below.

Keith Urban - "The Fighter" | Live at the Grand Ole Opry | Opry

Keith Urban performs his song "The Fighter" with the Opry audience filling in for Carrie Underwood's lines of the song. Watch this performance, a part of Keith's 5th Opry member Anniversary, live at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN, on April 4, 2017.

Interestingly, “The Fighter” as we know it almost didn’t make the album. “That was the absolute last song we did for the record,” Keith recently told Billboard. “We didn’t have Carrie’s part and she was on her Storyteller Tour. As it turned out, she had a day off in St. Louis  the same day I was doing the “Wasted Time” video. busbee – who I wrote and produced the song with – flew to St. Louis, found a studio, got Carrie in there. She was singing her part and I was FaceTiming them from the video shoot just so I could be a part of it. It was strange to be on the other side of the country, but due to the miracles of modern technology we got it done. I think she killed the song. I was so happy with how it turned out.”


Teddy McDonald is a fun-lovin’ country music fan man living in Nashville, Tennessee.