Keith Urban in concert at Mohegan Sun

Keith Urban
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Keith Urban will be all over your TV set when "American Idol" returns in January - minus, of course, last season's polarizing fellow judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj.

Urban, who was kind in the delivery of his on-point critiques, is the sole survivor of that doomed judging panel, with even Randy Jackson getting shunted off for mentoring duties.

Even as he's filming "Idol" auditions for the new season, Urban is still doing his day job: Being a country-pop luminary. He's performing in concert, and his tour comes to Mohegan Sun Arena Friday and Saturday.

If you haven't seen Urban in concert yet, I have this single word of advice: Go. That guy knows how to work an arena. He plays to the crowd expertly, even walking through the throngs and handing out a signed guitar to a lucky fan. He sings like a dream and plays his guitar like a rocker.

On this tour, he, naturally, busts out all his hits, from "Days Go By" to "You Look Good in My Shirt," but he and his band members also serve up snippets of other artists' tunes - Blake Shelton's "Boys 'Round Here," Adele's "Rumour Has It," and The Who's "Won't Get Fooled Again."

Urban also brings each of his opening acts back out to join him on a song - Little Big Town for "You Gonna Fly" and Dustin Lynch for "Kiss a Girl" - which is a really nice touch.

- KRISTINA DORSEY

Keith Urban, 7 p.m. Fri. and Sat., Mohegan Sun Arena; with Little Big Town and Dustin Lynch; $65, $85; mohegansun.com.

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