Underwood brings new 'Sunday Night Football' theme
FILE - This June 9, 2013 file photo shows Carrie Underwood performing at the 2013 CMA Music Festival in Nashville, Tenn. On Sept. 8, Underwood will sing "Waiting All Day for Sunday Night," the new theme song for "Sunday Night Football." (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP, File)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Carrie Underwood has taken the handoff from Faith Hill to perform the musical introduction for NBC's "Sunday Night Football," but don't expect the two country superstars to sing it the same way.
Hill performed the song for the last five seasons before Underwood took over this year. The singer says she wanted to put her own style on "Waiting All Day for Sunday Night," the theme song based on Joan Jett's rock 'n' roll anthem "I Hate Myself for Loving You." Underwood's version debuts Sunday before the Dallas Cowboys host the New York Giants.
"We were definitely mindful — she had put her mark on it for so many years," Underwood said in a telephone interview. "We definitely wanted to go in and make sure we switched gears a little bit and made it sound more like me. And changed up the look and the feel just so it wasn't, you know, the same song with a different blondie up there singing it."
Besides the football theme song, the former "American Idol" champion spoke with the AP about expanding her acting experience by starring as Maria in NBC's live holiday production of "The Sound of Music," and also returning with Brad Paisley as co-hosts for the 47th annual Country Music Association Awards on Nov. 6 on ABC.
AP: Did you aim to make the theme song sound more country than the original?
Underwood: I used my producer so there are going to be some elements that sound like me, of course, that's what we wanted. But we weren't like, "Hey, let's use some fiddle," or, "Hey, let's use some steel guitar." ... We just wanted to make it me and make it fit the situation.
AP: Are you nervous about learning lines for "Sound Of Music"?
Underwood: I am. I have definitely been doing my part before we all get together. I figure if I at least have the lines memorized by the time I get there we can slowly concentrate on delivering them. I definitely think I am going to be surrounded by some really amazing people, so I know they'll be able to help me with that. On the flip side, I will be surrounded by people who might not be used to singing as much. Maybe I can return the favor and help them. But it will be good. I feel like I am a hard worker and we're going to go in and we're going to do it so many times by THE night, it's going to feel like another rehearsal.
AP: One of the songs, "The Lonely Goatherd," involves yodeling. Do you have to practice at that?
Underwood: That's the one thing I don't have to practice. I actually have some yodeling experience. I can yodel. I don't think you can necessarily learn it. I can just do it. I didn't have to learn it. I am one of the blessed few.
AP: You're returning to host the CMAs with Brad Paisley for the sixth year. Do you even have to rehearse anymore?