Carrie Underwood may have won “American Idol,” and America’s hearts, with her country twang, but the singer tapped into her rock side to record the show’s new farewell theme. In keeping with the recent “home” theme of the tunes played as contestants are eliminated from “Idol,” Underwood recently tracked a countrified cover of Mötley Crüe’s bittersweet ballad “Home Sweet Home,” which will make its debut on Wednesday night (March 11) when this season’s first finalist is sent home.
The song will be available as a digital single exclusively on iTunes through March 16, after which it will be released on other online music retail sites. According to Underwood’s official site, a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Humane Society of the United States.
“I’ve always loved this song,” Underwood said in a statement. “And besides being very fitting for ‘Idol,’ to me, the title is also very fitting with animal rescue and finding animals their own homes.”
Season-four winner Underwood joins a few other “Idol” alumni in providing the season’s farewell theme, including Daughtry, whose “Home” played as season-six singers took their final bow. Ruben Studdard’s cover of Kenny Loggins’ “Celebrate Me Home” did the honors last year, and Daniel Powter’s “Bad Day” turned into a huge digital hit in 2006, when it was picked as the season walk-off tune.