NBC has chosen another female country singer to perform the Sunday Night Football theme song, according to “USA Today” yesterday.
Carrie Underwood will replace Faith Hill for the 2013-24 season of “Sunday Night Football” in the NFL.
Hill announced last month that she wouldn’t be returning for a new season. Hill’s voice was used for six seasons, when NBC took over broadcasting Sunday night games in 2006.
Pink sang the opening tune, set to Joan Jett’s “I Hate Myself for Loving You,” for that first season before Hill came on.
Producer Fred Gaudelli said that after Hill informed him in February, Underwood was the only performer he pursued. She was under consideration for the role back in 2006, but Hill was eventually chosen as the performer.
Underwood plans to adapt the intro to her style, with the lyrics remaining the same. NFL stars will again appear in the video sequence.
The first Sunday night game is Sept. 8, when the New York Giants visit the Dallas Cowboys. “Sunday Night Football,” which averaged 21.8 million viewers last season, is TV’s top-rated prime-time show.