More Menudo? What could go wrong?
We know that Mario Lopez is certainly keeping busy during lockdown. Now, he’s decided to relaunch the legendary boyband Menudo, by executive producing a hourlong reality show that’s somewhere between “The X Factor” and “Making the Band” – but with underage latino boys.
“I grew up as a huge fan of Menudo, and I’m thrilled to be a part of bringing this iconic band back to the world,” Lopez told Variety in a statement.
So far no network is attached, there’s no premiere date, and no word on whether original band members such as Ricky Martin will be involved.
Menudo, you might remember, was formed in 1977 and disbanded in 2009.
Over the course of its run, the rotating crop of young stars made 35 albums sold 60 million copies, and gave rise to some of Latin pop’s biggest stars, including Ricky.
Of course there was massive corruption amongst the band’s managers, handlers, and record executives, as well as some truly tragic sexual abuse. One of the saddest things about Menudo, though, was the “expiration date” given to the boys, who were forced to leave the band when puberty hit. It created feelings of worthlessness and of being a “has-been” at 18 years of age. I don’t like the idea of putting another generation of kids through that. Perhaps… Mario could reframe it and let the kids “graduate” into a guaranteed solo career and recording deal? I don’t know. I don’t know. I have reservations about this idea… but I’m willing to wait and see how this rolls out.
(via New York Post; Photos: Avalon)