Carrie Underwood Stars in New 'Sunday Night Football' Opening

Carrie Underwood returns for her eighth consecutive year as the performer of the Sunday Night Football theme song, "Waiting All Day For Sunday Night."

The show opener, which premiered on Sept. 13, looks a bit different this year. The video was produced within social-distancing parameters, which means no extras are featured in the stadium or studio. However, according to a press release, the producers still found a way to celebrate the millions of fans who tune into the games.

"We are excited about this year's new collaboration with Carrie, including scenes in the recording studio, and look forward to uniquely incorporating the game's great fans," said Tripp Dixon, creative director of the SNF show open.

Sunday Night Football has been primetime television's No. 1 program for nine consecutive years.

Last year, Underwood was joined by a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer. Guitarist and singer Joan Jett teamed with Underwood for the song, a nod to Jett's sound-alike standard "I Hate Myself For Loving You."

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"I will use any excuse I can get to work with Joan Jett," Underwood said in the 2019 video. "I just hope I can keep up."

The new arrangement of one of Jett's signature songs debuted in 2006 with Pink as its singer. From 2007 to 2011, Faith Hill sang the slowly-evolving anthem of prime time football.

During Underwood's stint with Sunday Night Football, the song choice has changed twice. From 2016 to 2017, Underwood sang a revision of her Miranda Lambert duet "Somethin' Bad" titled "Oh, Sunday Night." Last year, the short-lived "Game On" became the theme song. A 2019 lawsuit from the writers of an earlier song titled "Game On" may have cut its run in the big time short.

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