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Reba McEntire to Play First Female Colonel Sanders for KFC

Reba McEntire to Play First Female Colonel Sanders for KFC

Wearing a wig, facial hair, glasses and a fringed, sparkly white suit, McEntire dons a look similar to that of the nine male celebrities who have starred in the ever-changing Colonel role.

KFC CMO Andrea Zahumensky told Business Insider that the Smoky Mountain BBQ colonel would be the chain's "most loved" yet.

Meanwhile, KFC has leveraged McEntire brilliantly in its jingle that the (on-screen) Colonel can be seen singing and dancing to at a country pub.

The 66-year-old fast-food chain has cooked up a promotion for its Smoky Mountain BBQ flavor by drafting its first female Harland Sanders - country singer Reba McEntire, 62.

Expect to see the commercials on TV starting on January 28.

Previous "Colonel Sanders" include Norm MacDonald, Darrell Hammond, Jim Gaffigan, George Hamilton and Rob Lowe. "I got a big kick out of it".

McEntire will star in a few ads between now and April. "I swear I'm not a famous woman". Kentucky Fried Chicken takes its new colonel to a packed bar where he entertains the crowd. (Courtesy of KFC via AP) This photo provided by KFC shows singer Reba McEntire as KFC's Colonel Sanders.

According to McEntire-who is also known as the "Queen of Country"-she was actually a fan of KFC growing up, so hopefully the new face of fried chicken will keep bringing her musical chops to her new role".

For its part, KFC holds that McEntire is ideal for the role because "anyone who embodies the spirit of the colonel is qualified to play this role". 'KFC has been a part of my life forever'.

"It's probably been a little thicker than I talk normally", she said, laughing. "We picked Reba McEntire because she is the ideal fit for KFC and Smoky Mountain BBQ".

"I thought the transformation was really amusing", she added.

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