Chris Sligh

Active - 2007 - 2012  |   Born - Apr 13, 1978 in Springfield, Tennessee, United States  |  

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With a dry sense of humor, a heavy build, and a large "white man's afro" adorning his head, Chris Sligh seemed far from the archetypal pop star when he auditioned for the 2007 season of American Idol in Birmingham, AL. The 28-year-old marketing consultant impressed the judges, however, with his performance of Seal's "Kiss From a Rose," as did his characteristic wit when he responded to queries about his goals by saying he'd like to "make David Hasselhoff cry." After making it to Hollywood, Chris' sense of humor and personality were consistent factors in his fairing with the judges and audience, even inspiring an awkward rebuttal from Ryan Seacrest when he quipped that his male competition on the show was "pretty." In addition to his reality television work, Sligh also wrote the number one hit song "Here Comes Goodbye" for Rascal Flatts.


  • Spent 10 years living in Germany with his missionary parents.
  • As a child, he wasn't allowed to listen to music.
  • Started the band Half Past Forever, which released its debut album Take a Chance on Something Beautiful in February 2007.
  • Auditioned for American Idol two years in a row before finally landing a place on the 2007 season.
  • Wrote the #1 hit song "Here Comes Goodbye" for Rascal Flatts.