Carrie Underwood replaces Faith Hill to sing ‘Sunday Night Football’ opening tune

Carrie Underwood (Chris Pizzello/INVISION/AP)

NBC instead asked Carrie Underwood, fourth-season winner of Fox’s “American Idol,” to replace Faith Hill — and her itty-bitty skirt and her high, high heels — as the opening act of NBC’s weekly NFL Sunday game.

Hill sang “SNF’s” “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night” opening tune for six years. Before that, Hank Williams. Jr. was the theme-tune singer for NFL’s “Monday Night Football” for two decades. He exited abruptly after referencing Adolf Hitler in describing a golf summit between President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner.

In Tuesday’s announcement, Underwood assured America that she has “always loved football season” and is “so excited” to get the gig on the country’s No. 1 ranked prime-time TV program — which, in its most recent season, averaged nearly 22 million viewers.

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