It was a huge night for the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center as country star Luke Bryan performed in front of a sold out crowd. But another performer may have stolen the show. Riley Svanda, 8, from Tea joined Bryan on the stage, Saturday night.
“I’ve never been in front of so many people in my whole life,” Riley Svanda said.
He performed in front of more than 10,000 people, but his parents say the guy standing next to him was the one that matter most.
“Riley has always loved him for like four or five years, so Luke Bryan has always been a household name,” Riley's mom Deb Svanda said.
Riley has been singing along to Luke Bryan songs since he was four years old, dreaming of some day getting a chance to sing with him.
“We made this big like neon poster and it said, ‘Can I sing with you?'” Riley said.
His mom says it was enough to catch the eye of his idol.
“Before we knew it, one of his stage managers came and we were handing him up over the top of people,” Deb Svanda said.
It was a dream come true for Riley’s parents and brother watching in the audience, but they never imagined Riley would steal the show.
Bryan kept the local third grader on stage for two songs, which was plenty of time for the country star and the crowd to go wild.
“When we were leaving everybody was giving me high fives and saying you're famous and two people offered for pictures,” Riley said.
Luke Bryan also brought Riley and his family back up for photos and autographs after the show, even giving Riley the hat right off his head.
“If there's anybody that we would like for our son to look up to, it's him. He is just genuine, he's a good guy, he obviously does so much for kids,” Deb Svanda said.
Saturday night, Bryan gave Riley a night he will always remember and inspiration for his own career in country music.
“When I make it big, I’m going to thank Luke Bryan for my career,” Riley said.