Idol Alum Pens Chart-Topper for Rascal Flatts

Simon Cowell may have dismissed American Idol season six finalist Chris Sligh with a terse, “bye-bye curly,” when the mop-top crooner was voted off the show, but Sligh has managed to get the last word on farewells.

The singer, who moved to Nashville after Idol in 2007, just scored his first songwriting No. 1 with Rascal Flatts’s “Here Comes Goodbye.” The tune, which Sligh wrote last year with friend Clint Lagerberg, is the first single from the group’s new album and just topped the country charts last week.