Dan Snierson
October 19, 2007 AT 12:00 PM EDT

THE PROBLEM: You really, really, really need publicity for your comeback single. A Hollywood paycheck would also be nice.
THE SOLUTION: Put your name in the same sentence as TV’s biggest hit, pretend it’s “news”, and cross your fingers!

’80s Pop Star Hopes To Be Fourth Judge On ‘American Idol’
Friday October 19, 2007

LOS ANGELES  (Wireless Flash) — Move over Paula Abdul, because another ’80s pop princess is vying for a spot on the “American Idol “judges panel.
     Singer Gioia Bruno — member of the 1980s pop trio Expose, best known for their hit songs “Seasons Change,” and “Point Of No Return” — is making a musical comeback with her new solo single, “Your Love Is Lifting Me (Higher and Higher),” which she hopes will get her back on the music map and secure her a spot as a new judge on the upcoming season of “American Idol.”
     Says Bruno: “I’ve always wanted to get involved with “American Idol” and I’d be a great asset to the judges panel. I know the business inside and out, and I’m not afraid to tell aspiring musicians how it is. Plus, I’m hysterical!”
     Bruno, who suffered a longterm throat injury a few years back and feared she’d never sing again, says her story is a good way for “Idol” wannabes to realize that giving up your music dream is never an option.
     And while “Idol” refs Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, and Randy Jackson are the mean, nice, and cool judges, Bruno believes she could bring a new personality trait to the table.
     She adds, “I’m the gay guy judge! I’m sassy, I tell it like it is, and it comes out all whacked out.”

So, what do you think? Click here to hear a snippet of Bruno’s comeback single, then weigh in: Should we kick off a campaign for her right here on PopWatch, so that it can indeed “come out all whacked out,” or just enjoy our weekend?

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