Will Carrie Underwood Replace Faith Hill on the ‘Sunday Night Football’ Intro?
Carrie Underwood coming to ‘Sunday Night Football’?
Earlier this spring, NBC announced that country music star Faith Hill was stepping down as the voice of its ‘Sunday Night Football’ intro song. Since the announcement, there has been rampant speculation as to whom the network would select to replace Hill on the track: Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, Ozzy Osbourne?
Well, America may get its answer today. On Monday, NBC Sports transmitted a press release scheduling a major talent announcement regarding ‘Sunday Night Football’ on Tuesday at 4 p.m. (ET). The Big Lead astutely pointed out that a few hours later, country music star Carrie Underwood teased her followers on Twitter about “great news”:
“Just to let you know, we have some great news that we’ll be sharing tomorrow! I’m really excited about it! Stay tuned…
— Carrie Underwood (@carrieunderwood) May 6, 2013
Coincidence? Perhaps, but given the huge success of SNF, Underwood seems like NBC’s most likely choice. While the network could have opted to change the genre of its artists, replacing Hill with Underwood is an almost seamless transition. Underwood appeals to the same fans and has similar chops as Hill did at the same stage in her career.
Though there were other interesting suggestions to replace Hill, most were better in concept than practice. A different act every week seemed cool now, but given how uneven the Super Bowl halftime shows have been, NBC and the NFL could have been courting a nightmare by having live performances before each game. You never know when a nipple or a blackout might take down the broadcast.