Carrie Underwood is proud to be a part of Sunday Night Football. The country music star is performing the theme for the 2020 program. This will be the eighth year Underwood has done so. On Instagram, the singer gave fans a look at what the behind the scenes process is like.
“We all want to make each year feel special and unique,” Underwood said in the video. “More than anything, everybody’s just grateful that we get to do this.”
According to Underwood, the ongoing coronavirus pandemic changed the way they filmed the opening. Underwood followed social distancing guidelines when filming and recording. Both NFL players and fans alike made appearances in theme via virtual cameos inserted into a montage.
Carrie Underwood has performed the opening theme since 2013.
Underwood performs “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night.” The song is a re-written version of Joan Jett’s “I Hate Myself for Loving You.” Performed by pop star Pink, NBC began using the song as a theme for its Sunday night program in 2006. Faith Hill took over the song afterwards before Underwood.
The program has changed their theme song several times since then. In 2016, producers switched the program’s theme to “Oh, Sunday Night,” a rewrite of Miranda Lambert and Underwood’s “Something Bad.” In 2018, the song “Game On” became the theme for one season. In 2019, “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night” made its return. Both Underwood and Jett, who wrote the original, performed together.
NFL fans saw the opening theme for the first time on Sunday (Sept.13).
“I think people need Sunday Night Football,” Underwood said. “We need that bit of normalcy, even if we’re going about it in a slightly different way.”
Some may disagree with Underwood on that statement. Ratings for this past Sunday, which featured the Dallas Cowboys and L.A. Rams, took a huge hit. Ratings were down 28 percent compared to last year.
[H/T: Taste of Country]