I hope they tried to get her. In the 80s this was a major music rivalry between their fans. Looking back I cannot think of one without thinking of the other. I am sure for most from the 80s its the same way.
They were talented teen singers. I never bought their albums but they were both played on the radio sooooo often. This was prior to social media so I can only think how vicious the fan rivalry would have gotten. I was Team Gibson since she wrote her music.
They both did Mall Tours which were hits.
I suspect their rivalry will be remembered longer then their music. Do people still listen t their records? The singers were not personal rivals only their fans although some could have been studio induced for sales.