We’ve been waiting all year for football season and not because of the game. Carrie Underwood, sporting a dazzling strapless dress, is reason enough to relinquish a few moments of our lives over to the No. 1 show on television. Taking the reigns on a re-imagined version of Joan Jett‘s “I Hate Myself For Loving You,” the country singer is as all-american as the game itself, having debuted the brand new opening on Sunday’s (Sept. 7) Broncos vs. the Colts game.
Very little changed from the 2013 opening, but Underwood appears more poised, more confident as she gets fans pumped up for the game. She brings a new energy to the theme staple, following P!nk‘s one-off inaugural performance (2006) and Faith Hill‘s six-year stint as the SNF poster girl (2007-12). While fans were initially up in arms over the change, Underwood has more than proved her mettle as the right candidate to usher in the biggest sport in the country.
Rumors were certainly swirling in recent weeks; insider sources claimed Underwood was the frontrunner of becoming the 2015 Superbowl halftime show entertainer. There was enough evidence, including the fact that a country singer hasn’t performed the show since Shania Twain in 2003, that indicated the “Blown Away” singer was next in line. Well, she’s pregnant, and that all but confirms that she is not the next halftime act.
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