Country queen, Reba McEntire is trading in her cowboy hat and dazzling get-up for a head of snow-white hair and a signature white suit to match.
If it isn’t obvious enough, she is overtaking the role of KFC’s iconic founder Colonel Harland Sanders. Not only will the country legend be the star in a new series of commercials set to air January 28th, but she will also be the first woman to play the part.
The announcement was made on Thursday via KFC’s official Twitter page. The video posted below gives a sneak peek of McEntire rocking her new look performing at what appears to be a rowdy honky-tonk showdown.
Nothing to see here, folks. Nope, nothin’ at all. Just the same old Colonel with a new flavor of fried chicken. pic.twitter.com/ju2omd07OC
— KFC (@kfc) January 26, 2018
The reasoning behind the craze is a simple one. The fast-food chain is getting ready to release something new to the menu, Smoky Mountain BBQ fried chicken. Sparking some fun entertainment is a good way of going about the introduction, thus why McEntire is stepping onto the plate.
The launch of the new savory delight is set to appear in participating U.S. restaurants on Monday, January 29, one day after the singer’s ad makes its TV debut.
“I grew up with Kentucky Fried Chicken,” States the 62-year-old superstar. “It’s part of my story, and I’m so excited to now be part of theirs. I’ve held a lot of roles in my life — sort of like the Colonel himself — but this is certainly the most unique one yet.”
The role once played by actors such as George Hamilton, Rob Lowe, Rob Riggle, and Darrel Hammond have all been memorable in their own way. However, it’s impressive to have a splash of fresh air by casting a woman for a change. In the clip, we see McEntire, nodding to the fact that the gender roles have now reversed.
“Please ignore any likeness to a famous country singer,” she sings. “I’m definitely not a woman.”
To complete the full attire, McEntire has to sport a mustache, though her suit got a bit of a glow-up compared to the original.
Adding in “a little bit of the country music flair,” She explains in an interview with the Associated Press. “I thought the transformation was really funny, I got a big kick out of it.”
According to the chain’s senior corporate chef Bob Das, she is predicted to be the “best colonel yet!” The country diva will be featured in the new commercial series until the end of April. There’s a lot expected, and McEntire surely won’t fail to impress.