America got its first taste of Carrie Underwood’s glitzy Sunday Night Football opening-theme package last weekend, helping kick off the 2015 NFL season with a Nashville-meets-Hollywood fusion of sound and style. You can check out the Week One version of the theme — with nods to the New York Giants-Dallas Cowboys matchup — below.
Filmed back in June, there’s a different video for each week tailored to the night’s game, featuring appearances by top-tier players Russell Wilson, J.J. Watt, Odell Beckham Jr., Clay Matthews and many more. But even surrounded by NFL superstars, country’s “All American Girl” steals the show.
Underwood puts on a mini concert while computerized graphics and unbelievable feats of athleticism flash all around her, wearing a sparkling silver cocktail dress and strutting around the stage with authority. Underwood is a lifelong football fan, and this is her third year doing the theme song (she took over for Faith Hill in 2013), so you can tell she enjoys the gig — and goofing around with all the players. Early on, she teases Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck with some blush as he sits in a makeup chair — undoubtedly an awkward moment for any guy and especially for a football player.
The song itself is a rework of Joan Jett’s “I Hate Myself for Loving You,” featuring game-specific lyrics like “Hey Jack it’s a fact the show’s back in town/Giants and the Cowboys a division showdown.” This year there’s even a mini-bridge to take Underwood back to the payoff line of “Ive been waiting all day for Sunday night.” This Sunday’s version will feature defending champions the Seattle Seahawks taking on the Green Bay Packers.
Underwood’s fifth album, Storyteller, is set to come out October 23rd, and her new single “Smoke Break” is currently at Number 14 and still rising on Billboard‘s country airplay chart.