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Wednesday Video Spotlight: Ken Jeong, Heidi Klum, Craig T. Nelson and more "audition" for Carrie Underwood's job as "Sunday Night Football" theme song performer

by Brandy McDonnell Modified: August 28, 2013 at 6:25 pm •  Published: August 28, 2013
Carrie Underwood (AP file)
Carrie Underwood (AP file)

Grammy Award-winner and multi-platinum recording artist Carrie Underwood, who hails from Checotah, becomes the new voice of primetime football next month when her rendition of “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night,” the opening for “Sunday Night Football,” kicks off on NBC.

Underwood’s first NBC’s first “Sunday Night Football” broadcast of the 2013 NFL season is set for Sept. 8 as the Dallas Cowboys host their NFC East rival New York Giants. Coverage begins with “Football Night in America” at 6 p.m., and the opening theme will continue to play each week of the season to kick off “Sunday Night Football.”

“Waiting All Day for Sunday Night” is set to the original Joan Jett song, “I Hate Myself for Loving You” and marks Underwood’s first production with NBC Sports. From 2007-12, the song was performed by music superstar Faith Hill, and in 2006, the inaugural season of “Sunday Night Football,” Pink performed the opening tune.

Earlier this summer, NBC held “open auditions” to find the new voice for the “Sunday Night Football” theme song. See what happens when stars like Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel, Joan Rivers, Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker, Natalie Morales, Jillian Michaels, Billy Bush, Ken Jeong, Mika Brzezinski, Joe Scarborough, Yvette Nicole Brown and Craig T. Nelson take their best shot in the video posted below, and preview Underwood’s version below, too.

Plus, see the full “Sunday Night Football” schedule after the break.


Thurs. Sept. 5 NFL Kickoff Baltimore Ravens at Denver Broncos

Sun. Sept. 8 Week 1 New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys

Sun. Sept. 15 Week 2 San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks

Sun. Sept. 22 Week 3 Chicago Bears at Pittsburgh Steelers

Sun. Sept. 29 Week 4 New England Patriots at Atlanta Falcons

Sun. Oct. 6 Week 5 Houston Texans at San Francisco 49ers

Sun. Oct. 13 Week 6 Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys

Sun. Oct. 20 Week 7 Denver Broncos at Indianapolis Colts

Sun. Oct. 27 Week 8 Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings

Sun. Nov. 3 Week 9 Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans

Sun. Nov. 10 Week 10 Dallas Cowboys at New Orleans Saints

*Sun. Nov. 17 Week 11 Green Bay Packers at New York Giants

*Sun. Nov. 24 Week 12 Denver Broncos at New England Patriots

**Thurs. Nov. 28 Week 13 Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens

*Sun. Dec. 1 Week 13 New York Giants at Washington Redskins

*Sun. Dec. 8 Week 14 Atlanta Falcons at Green Bay Packers

*Sun. Dec. 15 Week 15 Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers

*Sun. Dec. 22 Week 16 New England Patriots at Baltimore Ravens

*Sun. Dec. 29 Week 17 TBA

*Flex Week

** Thanksgiving Night Game


Plus, see the full “Sunday Night Football” schedule after the break.

by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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