It’s official! Carrie Underwood has been tapped to perform “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night,” the opening theme for NBC’s Sunday Night Football. The American Idol season 4 winner is set to debut the song on September 8–the first SNF broadcast of the 2013 NFL season between the Dallas Cowboys, who will be hosting the New York Giants. The opening theme will continue 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 Carrie. Her husband, hockey player, Mike Fisher, is really excited, “He is a sports dude! He definitely loves football. He’s got a lot of friends who play for different teams. Me being a part of that with them and with a sport that he loves, I think it will make it all the better for him.”
In a conference call with reporters this afternoon, Carrie said of the opportunity, “I am very excited! I think it’s a perfect fit. I’m such a sports fan, and a football fan. We love Sunday nights around my household. For me to be a part of this is something really special.”
“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 2007-2012, the song was performed by music superstar Faith Hill and in 2006, the inaugural season of Sunday Night Football, Pink performed the open.
On how the change in singers came about, SNF producer, Fred Gaudelli said, “Faith called me in February, told me she thought it was time for her to ‘pass the torch and let someone else rock the open.’ At that point, I only had one person in my sight, and that was Carrie.”
Carrie was his choice, way back when! “Interestingly, back in 2006 when we got the package, Carrie was in my sites back then too. The stars didn’t align. Fortunately, this time, they did. She’s the only person I spoke to about this.”
“Faith was so amazing at it…and [brought] such an energy to the even every Sunday night,” Carrie said of her predecessor. “For me, to have that opportunity, to follow in her footsteps and do somethingn really cool like that, it sounded like fun!”
Carrie continued, “This is something that’s been part of our household for awhile now….I’ve been a football fan my whole life.”
Carrie explains how she’ll make the musical and video elements of the song her own, “Musically, it’s kind of our first, we definitely wanted to make it sound different, sound like me. Faith put her stamp on it for a long time, and did such a wonderful job. It was totally Faith. She owned. it. We definitely want to be mindful of that and go in and change things up a little bit. They are actually going to be recording that here pretty soon. And then I’ll be able to go into the studio and do what I do. I think everything after that–visually–will lock in. We kind of have to get the song first. It’s the same song, with the same lyrics, but it’s going to be with my flair.”
“We have some ideas right now,” said Guadelli of what the opening video will look like, “It’s Carrie, it’s players, it will probably be some type of live audience component. But it will be a lot of visual effects. Hopefully a rocking number to kick off the game.”