There is a "music idol" group in Japan called Morning Musume (モーニング娘). This is a particularly annoying group of teen and pre-teen girls who run around "singing" while the media pretends they have talent. Of course, since the Japanese use the word "talent (タレント)" to describe performers who don't actually have any, this is not entirely a misnomer in this particular instance. There are also sub-groups of the main who go by such names as "Mini-Moni (ミニモニ)" which stands for mini-morning musume, etc. This group apparently is constantly being refreshed with younger members while those members who reach the age of eighteen are "encouraged" to retire, so there is a constant turnover. And of course the constant addition of new memnbers ensures that the target audience (pre-teen boys, naturally) remains interested, thus the money keeps flowing into the talent agency responsible for the whole thing.
I just discovered that they now have their own variety show on Japanese television. *sigh* Well, at least they give the "boob tube" a way to live up to its name- in more ways than one.
Hat tip to Expat Leo.