Are you ready for some football? Carrie Underwood is. The “Blown Away” singer says she’s a veteran of “waiting all day for Sunday night” — all season even. NBC announced Tuesday (May 7) the country superstar will fill the shoes vacated by Faith Hill, performing the weekly NFL “Sunday Night Football” theme song, come fall.
“I am thrilled to be a part of NBC’s ‘Sunday Night Football’ and am so honored they asked me,” says Underwood. “I have always loved football season, and it is so exciting to now become part of it every Sunday night.”
After Hill announced her exit last month as the long running NFL opening act, the broadcast’s lead producer expressed gratitude to the five-time Grammy winner via Twitter. “Great love and appreciation to @FaithHill for six great years of rocking the SNF open,” writes Fred Gaudelli, who now says Underwood was an obvious replacement.
“Carrie Underwood was our first and only choice to perform the ‘Sunday Night Football’ opening,” Gaudelli says. “She’s one of America’s most popular entertainers and the perfect fit for our show.”
The first version of “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night” was performed by Pink in 2006. Hill took the reigns the following year. Underwood’s version will debut Sept. 8 when the Dallas Cowboys host their NFC East rivals, the New York Giants.