There's always a first time for everything. Last year, Reba McEntire recorded her first Christian album Sing It Now. Now, she will appear on a TV commercial as the next KFC Colonel Sanders. In the commercial, McEntire dons the Colonel's famous white suit and black tie, but with a twist.
She sings in the ad, in a tongue-in-cheek approach: "I'm Colonel Sanders, the same as always," McEntire sings. "I'm definitely not a woman." McEntire also appears as herself in the commercial, as an audience member.
McEntire's outfit has fringe on the back, and a glittery shine, giving the getup "a little bit of the country music flair," she told The Associated Press in an interview. McEntire sings on stage as the Colonel, with a white wig and white facial hair.
"I thought the transformation was really funny," said McEntire, who will appear in the ads until the end of April. "I got a big kick out of it."
A rotating cast of famous names have portrayed the Colonel since 2015, but McEntire is the first famous female to do it, and the first musician. She may also be the first woman in KFC's nearly 90-year-history to depict the Colonel. The company said the "best historical minds at KFC" could not remember a woman having stepped into the role.
McEntire was approached about doing so in December. "I said 'Holy smokes!'," McEntire told The AP. "KFC has been a part of my life forever."
Watch the video below and catch the ad on TV starting January 28.