A singer who came to prominence on a show that used to dominate the ratings is now joining the top-rated program on primetime television.
Carrie Underwood is the new performer of the opening theme to Sunday Night Football, NBC announced Tuesday. She will first perform in her new role on Sept. 8, when the Giants and Cowboys play in Dallas in the first SNF broadcast of 2013.
“I am thrilled to be a part of NBC’s Sunday Night Football and am so honored they asked me,” Underwood said in a statement released by NBC. “I have always loved football season, and it is so exciting to now become part of it every Sunday night!”
Underwood, a six-time Grammy Award winner who won “American Idol” in 2005, replaces the departing Faith Hill, who sang “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night” from 2007 through 2012.