X Factor Hopeful, Carlito Olivera Former Menudo Member

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Carlito Olivero, the young man who auditioned for X Factor with a soulful rendition of Rihanna’s “Stay” is not a stranger to singing competitions.

In 2007, he took part in an MTV reality series titled Making Menudo. He won a spot in the reconfigured latin boy band. But the group didn’t stay together long, disbanding in 2009. Our friend, Joey Guerra, covered the series for The Houston Chronicle. Read his recap HERE.

Making Menudo moved to an afternoon timeslot after the show didn’t perform well in prime time.

You may remember Menudo as the hispanic answer to New Kids on the Block back in the 80s. Ricky Martin was one of the many who rotated through the band over the years.

Carlito on Making Menudo

Carlito’s X Factor audition:

 
  • No Thanks

    In all fairness, the m.o. of Menudo was to kick members out the moment they turned 18. That was their thing. Latin teen heartthrobs 12 – 17. Once you turned 18, you got replaced. Carlito probably got the boot when he turned 18.

  • Guest

    Actually it was a new version of Menudo but they would be out after they turned 21

  • Amy Beth

    Did this version of Menudo put out music? Or just perform covers of old Menudo songs?

  • Erlie

    They have singles called “Lost” and “More Than Words” before they disbanded in 2009.
    Carlos/Carlito relocated to LA to continue to pursue his singing career and move to acting arena, guest starring role on the new TNT network series “Rizzoli & Isles as well as a lead in Mario Van Peebles feature directed teen based film titled ” We The Party” released 2012 in theaters.

  • Bluebeat

    So their membership was rotational