Carrie Underwood will replace Faith Hill as the singer of the opening song each week on NBC’s Sunday Night Football. Fans on Twitter seemed to be wildly enthusiastic about the official announcement from the National Football League (NFL) on Tuesday afternoon.
Her first SNF appearance will be Sept. 8, when the Dallas Cowboys host the New York Giants. Her ex, Tony Romo, plays for the Cowboys, but that relationship is years in the past and shouldn’t present any awkwardness.
Today, Underwood seems to be happily married to National Hockey League player Mike Fisher, who now plays for the Nashville Predators.
The American Idol alum and country singer seems to have everything she needs to replace Faith Hill — long legs, blonde hair, and just the right amount of country. You could almost say that the 30-year-old is a younger version of the 45-year-old Hill.
SNF executive producer Fred Gaudelli told USA Today that NBC didn’t even consider anyone else for the job.
As for Carrie Underwood, of course she’s thrilled: “I have always loved football season, and it is so exciting to now become part of it every Sunday night!”
The fans are thrilled too. I can only post a few of the outpouring of happy tweets about the news. There were hundreds of posts within minutes of the announcement.
I didn’t know how we were going to get better than Faith Hill on Sunday Night Football. Nevermind. Hashtag Carrie Underwood.
— Kev Roché (@kevROSHAY) May 7, 2013
Love that Carrie Underwood is doing the SNF song.
— Smithers (@FemmePolitique) May 7, 2013
If @carrieunderwood is replacing Faith Hill on Sunday Night Football THE NFL JUST GOT A WHOLE LOT MORE AWESOME.
— Jessica Miro (@JessicaaMiro) May 7, 2013
I remember when Romo dated Carrie Underwood #LuckyGuy
— Charlie James (@CharlieJames88) May 7, 2013
Apparently, we can all agree on one thing. Everybody loves Carrie Underwood.