Kristin Chenoweth performed Carrie Underwood's hit "Jesus, Take the Wheel" on the second episode of ABC's new drama series "GCB" on Sunday.
Chenoweth is the latest celebrity to cover a song by the country star and "American Idol" winner. She joins the likes of Megan Hilty, who sang Underwood's "Crazy Dreams" on the new NBC musical series "Smash" in February, and first "American Idol" champion Kelly Clarkson, who performed the singer's track "I Know You Won't" on "VH1 Unplugged" late last year.
Chenoweth, 43, plays conniving "Good Christian Belle" housewife Carlene Cockburn on "GCB," which debuted on March 4. The character sang "Jesus, Take The Wheel" with her church choir in front of her nemesis Amanda Vaughn and her mother, played by Leslie Bibb and Annie Potts. The 2005 track is from Underwood's debut album, "Some Hearts."
The choice of song appeared to be a none-too-subtle reference to Vaughn's ex-husband's fatal car accident, which occurred as he was engaged in a sexual act with another woman, as seen in the pilot that aired on March 4.
"GCB" is based on Kim Gatlin's 2008 book "Good Christian Bitches." Vaughn is a former high school "mean girl" who taunted Cockburn and her friends and is now a divorced mother. She moves back to her old neighborhood in Dallas and appears to want to make amends, but Cockburn and the rest of the "GCBs" seem to be more interested in revenge.
Chenoweth is a country singer and Broadway star who originated the role of Glinda in the musical "Wicked" and won a Tony for playing Sally Brown in the show "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown."
This is the most high-profile on-screen role for the actress, who previously starred on shows such as "Glee" and "Pushing Daisies." Chenoweth's character appears to be the most promiscuous on "GCB," despite her public status as a church darling.
"We're always in bed," she told OnTheRedCarpet.com in a recent interview, as she sat alongside co-star David James Elliot, who plays Cockburn's husband, Ripp. "Which is where we're happiest. In fact, don't speak. Just sit there and look pretty."