It has been confirmed that former American Idol star Carrie Underwood will sing the NFL Sunday Night Football theme Waiting All Day for Sunday Night, taking over from Faith Hill. Carrie has put her own spin on the song and has opened up about her decision to do so.
The LA Times quote Underwood as saying, "We all definitely wanted to make an intentional shift in the sound and the look and the feel of it. Because Faith put such a stamp on it. She made it her own. We wanted people to know it was someone else; it was me — my music, my sound, my voice, my look."
Along with the new style theme, is the new mini story, which has accompanied every version of the song over the years. Sunday Night Football producer Fred Gaudelli has revealed how the new mini story will intertwine with the song.
He explained, "The general story is Carrie is performing in a concert stadium, and in the crowd are these living cubes. Inside these cubes are NFL stars. They're submerged in water, but then they rise out of the cubes and become themselves. It's kind of a real world combined with a surreal world."
Some of the top NFL stars appear in the video, including Peyton and Eli Manning, Clay Matthews, Terrell Suggs, J.J. Watt, Andrew Luck, Calvin Johnson, Aaron Rodgers, Jimmy Graham, Rob Gronkowski and Patrick Willis. Some feel that the upbeat introduction is a great way to attract new fans to NFL.