LOS ANGELES May 7 Country singer Carrie
Underwood will sing the opening theme to NBC's "Sunday Night
Football" program, one of the United States' most-watched TV
shows, when the new season kicks off in September, the network
said on Tuesday.
Grammy-winner Underwood will take the reins from fellow
country singer Faith Hill, who had sung the theme "Waiting All
Day for Sunday Night" before each telecast since 2007.
Underwood's performance will be prerecorded.
"I'm very excited," Underwood, 30, said in a conference
call. "I think it's a perfect fit and I am such a sports fan and
football fan, and we love Sunday nights around my household, so
for me to be a part of it is something really special."
Underwood, who shot to recognition by winning the TV singing
competition "American Idol" in 2005, is married to Canadian ice
hockey player Mike Fisher and sang the national anthem at the
2010 Super Bowl.
A prominent musical introduction is a staple of U.S. prime
time football broadcasts after Hank Williams Jr. reworked his
song "All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming over Tonight" as the theme
for the "Monday Night Football" program in 1989.
"Sunday Night Football" begins its weekly run on Sept. 8
with a game between the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants.
NBC is part of Comcast Corp.