Old geezers who lived through the 80s will remember Menudo as the predecessor to NKOTB, N’Sync, Backstreet Boys, and England’s active choice to keep up with stupid, Take That. They’ll also remember that there was a time when Menudomania was no joke. And that the members were famously kicked out of the band when they grew to the grandpappy age of 16 and were no longer appealing to prepubescent girls and congressmen.
With the new reality show, similar to MTV’s Making the Band, the cutoff age is 19. Holla.
In honor of this new reality TV coup, here’s a YouTube clip from the Menudo golden years, when they appeared on an episode of Silver Spoons performing the “choo-choo train” dance.