Reba McEntire is KFC’s first female Colonel Sanders: Watch the ad!

There’s a new colonel in town! Reba McEntire has been named the first woman to play KFC’s iconic ambassador (and founder) Colonel Harland Sanders.

“I grew up with Kentucky Fried Chicken,” the country superstar, 62, said in a press release. “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 colonel was previously played by actors including George Hamilton, Rob Lowe and Darrell Hammond.

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McEntire stars in a new commercial for the fast-food chain’s Smoky Mountain BBQ fried chicken, which launches in participating U.S. restaurants on Monday, January 29, one day after the singer’s ad makes its TV debut.

The commercial shows the Queen of Country donning a gray wig and white suit like Sanders, singing to an audience and trying to convince them that she is the founder himself. “Please ignore any likeness to famous country singer,” she sings. “I’m definitely not a woman.”

KFC’s new Smokey Mountain BBQ offering blends two of America’s favorite things: fried chicken and BBQ sauce. “We’re super excited about this,” the chain’s senior corporate chef Bob Das tells Us Weekly exclusively. “It’s kind of a combination of all the regions of BBQ. We call it the BBQ belt. We’re using the sweetness of Kansas City, the vinegar notes of the Carolinas and then we’re using the Memphis dry rubs to bring out those textures and flavors to bring crunch.”

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PHOENIX, AZ - MARCH 28: Reba McEntire arrives at Muhammad Ali's Celebrity Fight Night held at JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa on March 28, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 15: Honoree Reba McEntire poses with the NASH Icon Award in the press room during the 2014 American Country Countdown Awards at Music City Center on December 15, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Erika Goldring/FilmMagic)
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NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 15: Reba McEntire accepts the Nash Icon Award at the 2014 American Country Countdown Awards at Music City Center on December 15, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for dcp)
NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 15: Miranda Lambert, Reba McEntire, and Kelly Clarkson perform at the 2014 American Country Countdown Awards at Music City Center on December 15, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for dcp)
NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 15: (L-R) Recording artist Miranda Lambert, honoree Reba McEntire and recording artist Kelly Clarkson perform onstage during the 2014 American Country Countdown Awards at Music City Center on December 15, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for dcp)
NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 15: Miranda Lambert, Reba McEntire, and Kelly Clarkson perform at the 2014 American Country Countdown Awards at Music City Center on December 15, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for dcp)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 03: Reba McEntire during a press conference announcing the Reba, Brooks and Dunn 'Together In Vegas' residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on December 3, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 03: (L-R) Ronnie Dunn, Reba McEntire and Kix Brooks during a press conference announcing their 'Together In Vegas' residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on December 3, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 07: Narvel Blackstock and Reba McEntire walk the red carpet during the 27th Annual Kennedy Center Honors at John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on December 7, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images)
FLORENCE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 05: Reba McEntire (L) and Narvel Blackstock attend a private sunset reception at Minerva Beach celebrating Fight Night In Italy benefitting The Andrea Bocelli Foundation And The Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center on September 5, 2014 in Florence, Italy. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Celebrity Fight Night)
FLORENCE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 05: Ronnie Dunn and Reba McEntire perform onstage during the white party dinner hosted by Andrea and Veronica Bocelli celebrating Fight Night In Italy benefitting The Andrea Bocelli Foundation And The Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center on September 5, 2014 in Florence, Italy. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Celebrity Fight Night)
NASHVILLE, TN - MAY 13: Country Music Hall of Fame Member Reba McEntire talks and does a Q & A with Middle school students from Nashville, during the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum Presents All Access: Reba McEntire at the CMA Theater in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on May 13, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - MAY 06: Reba McEntire performs on stage during Keith Urban's Fifth Annual 'We're All 4 The Hall' Benefit Concert at the Bridgestone Arena on May 6, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Terry Wyatt/Getty Images for the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum)
PHOENIX, AZ - APRIL 12: Emcee Reba McEntire speaks onstage during Muhammad Ali's Celebrity Fight Night XX held at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa on April 12, 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Celebrity Fight Night)
KELLY CLARKSON'S CAUTIONARY CHRISTMAS MUSIC TALE -- Pictured: (l-r) Trisha Yearwood, Kelly Clarkson, Reba McEntire -- (Photo by: Justin Lubin/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
OKLAHOMA, OK - MAY 29: In this handout photo provided by NBC, Reba McEntire performs during the Healing in the Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert held at the Chesapeake Arena on May 29, 2013 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. (Photo by Brett Deering/NBC via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, FL - APRIL 19: Reba McEntire performs at Hard Rock Live! in the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on April 19, 2013 in Hollywood, Florida. (Photo by Larry Marano/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ - MARCH 23: Singer Reba McEntire attends Muhammad Ali's Celebrity Fight Night XIX at JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa on March 23, 2013 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Mike Moore/Getty Images)
KATIE - 2/13/13 - 'Katie Goes Country' with Reba McEntire on KATIE, on WEDNESDAY, FEB. 13, distributed by Disney-ABC Domestic Television. (Photo by Heidi Gutman/Disney-ABC via Getty Images) REBA MCENTIRE
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 01: Musician Reba McEntire attends the 46th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 1, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Taylor Hill/WireImage)
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Das believes the colonel would be proud of the new sauce. “It’s another great recipe and he’s what we call the original celebrity chef,” he tells Us. “With all the great recipes that he’s created in the past, I think this is another one he would be very happy with.”

As for McEntire? Das says, “We think [she’s] probably our best colonel yet!”

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