“I want to talk to you because you are the cutest thing I have seen.”
Before “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” Oprah Winfrey appeared on television as the morning host for “A.M. Chicago.” It was on this show in 1984, that Winfrey introduced the Latin boy band Menudo onto the stage. However, there was one band member in particular that Winfrey paid special attention to, and that was Ricky Martin.
Although the band Menudo was formed in 1977, Martin didn’t join the band until 1984. Soon after, the band blew up, reaching it’s highest popularity in the mid 1980s.
Right after Menudo performed on “A.M. Chicago,” Winfrey walked directly towards Martin. “I want to talk to you because you are the cutest thing I have seen,” she said. And of course, the fangirls in the audience responded in 100 percent agreement.
At the time of Martin’s appearance on “A.M. Chicago,” he was only 13 years old – making him the youngest member in the band (and obviously the cutest). After hushing all of the fangirls in the crowd, Winfrey asked Martin about how he went about celebrating the news that he was chosen to be one of the band members of Menudo. Martin told Winfrey that he first told the great news to his entire family and then had a disco party to celebrate.
After talking to Martin, Winfrey walked towards the audience to pick a person to bring onto the stage and meet Martin. She picked a little girl, who she carried on her hip and took to Martin for a hug and a kiss.
Fast forward to 2010, Oprah brings Martin as a guest on her show and surprises him with that same girl who he hugged and kissed in 1984. After watching a rerun of this 1984 “A.M. Chicago” episode and getting to see the exact girl he had met 26 years ago, Martin was left with happiness, nostalgia, laughter and shock (AND SO WAS I). ?