Carrie Underwood is ready for some football as the new ‘SNF’ theme singer
Underwood replaces Faith Hill on ‘Sunday Night Football’
Three weeks after Faith Hill announced she’s stepping down as the performer of the “Sunday Night Football” opening theme after six seasons, NBC has named another country music star as her replacement. The network has selected Carrie Underwood to perform the widely watched show’s opening theme, “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night,” set to the melody of the original Joan Jett song, “I Hate Myself for Loving You”
Underwood, who is married to hockey star Mike Fisher, will make her program debut on Sept. 8 on the first “SNF” broadcast of the season, a rivalry game between the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Giants. Her version of the theme will continue to be used each week of the season.
“I am thrilled to be a part of NBC’s ‘Sunday Night Football’ and am so honored they asked me,” said Underwood in a prepared statement. “I have always loved football season, and it is so exciting to now become part of it every Sunday night.”
“SNF” producer Fred Gaudelli called Underwood, “our first and only choice to perform the ‘Sunday Night Football’ opening. “She’s one of America’s most popular entertainers and the perfect fit for our show.”
The deal marks Underwood’s first production with NBC Sports. From 2007-2012, the theme song was performed by Hill and in 2006, the inaugural season of “Sunday Night Football,” Pink performed the open.
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