NBC has selected six-time Grammy Award-winner and Checotah native Carrie Underwood to perform “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night,” the opening theme for primetime television’s No. 1 program, “Sunday Night Football.”
The Season 4 “American Idol” winner will make her “Sunday Night Football” debut on Sept. 8 on NBC’s first football broadcast of the 2013 NFL season, according to a news release. “Sunday Night Football” will launch with the heated NFC East rivalry game when the Dallas Cowboys host the New York Giants.
The opening theme will continue to kick off “Sunday Night Football” every Sunday night throughout the NFL season on NBC.
“I am thrilled to be a part of NBC’s ‘Sunday Night Football’ and am so honored they asked me,” said Underwood in the release. “I have always loved football season, and it is so exciting to now become part of it every Sunday night!”
“Waiting All Day for Sunday Night” is set to the tune of the Joan Jett song “I Hate Myself for Loving You” and marks Underwood’s first production with NBC Sports. From 2007-12, fellow country superstar Faith Hill performed the theme, and in 2006, the inaugural season of “Sunday Night Football,” rocker Pink belted the opening.
“Carrie Underwood was our first and only choice to perform the Sunday Night Football opening,” said “Sunday Night Football” producer Fred Gaudelli in the news release. “She’s one of America’s most popular entertainers and the perfect fit for our show.”
Since winning “American Idol” and releasing her debut album in 2005, Underwood has sold more than 15 million albums, and placed 17 No. 1 singles on the charts. Her recent album, “Blown Away,” made history by debuting at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums Chart, making the Oklahoma native only the second country artist in the 47-year history of the chart to have each of their first four albums debut at No. 1.
The now-platinum-selling “Blown Away” album also debuted at No. 1 on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart, making Underwood only the second country artist in history to have three consecutive albums debut at No. 1. She is a six-time Grammy winner, a two-time Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year, a three-time Country Music Association and ACM Female Vocalist winner, and a proud member of the Grand Ole Opry.
Underwood is currently headlining and selling out arenas across North America on her “Blown Away Tour.” The tour, which launched last June, has played in the United States, Canada, the U.K., Ireland, and Australia, and will perform a total of 112 dates by the time is wraps on May 23 in Abbotsford, BC, Canada.
“Sunday Night Football,” which averaged 21.8 million viewers in the 2012 season, is primetime television’s No. 1 program.