Boy Band Flashback: Remembering When Menudo Was Rebooted for Millennials
One of the best-remembered international boy bands of all time is Menudo. Established in 1977 with a rotating lineup, Ricky Martin who would eventually become its best-remembered member, as well as a late-'90s solo star, made his album debut with the band in 1984 with Evolución.
After achieving worldwide success in the '80s, the Puerto Rican group took a break in the late '90s and did not resume until 2007, when they were rebooted by a pair of reality television series: Road to Menudo and Making Menudo, which both aired on MTV Tr3s.
The two-part TV series worked similarly to X Factor and P. Diddy's Making the Band. Road to Menudo focused on scouting and auditioning teenage boys all across the U.S., while Making Menudo narrowed them down to 15. They were then placed in a house together, having to compete with one another through live performances every week. In the end, the best five were chosen marking the new era of Menudo.
The five to make up the new Menudo were José Bordonada Collazo, José Antonio Montañez (Monti), Christopher Nelson Moy, Emmanuel Jose Vélez Pagán and Carlito Olivero. Carlos PenaVega (later of Nickelodeon boy band Big Time Rush) was also part of the series, but did not make the final cut for the group.
The group's first single and winning performance was "More Than Words (AEIOU)," which led them to an EP, More Than Words. They went on to release one more single in 2008, "Lost" -- co-written and produced by Bruno Mars -- before fading out, like most boy bands unfortunately do.
Remember them through their music below.