KFC announces first female Col. Sanders: Reba McEntire

Country superstar sings in new commercial

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Reba McEntire is KFC's new Colonel Harland Sanders.

Reba McEntire is the first female celebrity to don the white wig and white suit as KFC's Colonel Harland Sanders.

KFC announced in a statement that beginning Jan. 28, the Grammy-winning country superstar will be featured in nationwide ads to promote a new product.

"I grew up with Kentucky Fried Chicken. It's part of my story, and I'm so excited to now be part of theirs," said McEntire in the statement. "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."

She appears as herself and as Sanders in an ad posted on the company's Twitter account Jan. 25:

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