Disney Latin America's Violetta gives free concert

FILE - In this July 23, 2013 file photo, Disney Channel star Martina Stoessel, of Argentina, performs in concert as "Violetta," her character from the Disney Channel television series of the same name, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. "Violetta" is a major hit for Disney-Latin America and fans are flocking to the city's Palermo district Friday, May 2, 2014 for a free concert by the 17-year-old Argentine singer and actress who has seen her fame skyrocket since Disney picked her for the role. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko, File)

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — A free concert by the teen who portrays Disney's "Violetta" on Friday drew an estimated 250,000 fans in Argentina's capital, especially young girls eager to see their idol.

"Violetta" is a major hit for Disney-Latin America and fans flocked to the city's Palermo district where Martina Stoessel will sing and dance. The 17-year-old Argentine singer-actress has seen her fame skyrocket since Disney picked her for the role. She also sings the Spanish version of "Let it Go," the Oscar-winning song from the hit movie "Frozen."

She said before Friday's concert that entertaining fans in a major intersection in the city's Palermo district is her way of thanking them after a 200-show world tour. Her fans greeted her by waving flags and donning shirts and hats with her image in what seemed like a huge purple tide from above the stage located in Buenos Aires' main avenues.

Seven-year-old Mora Arias said the excitement of seeing her favorite singer in person had kept her up the night before. "I watch the series, but I like her more as a singer. I have two of her records and I have been waiting for this moment for days," said Arias, who like most other concertgoers, attended with her mother.

Leaning on a fence near the stage, Janet Rodriguez held a handwritten banner that read: 'We're not perfect, but we're Tinistas,' as Violetta fans are known.

"I drew it a week ago and I can't believe the day is finally here," said the girl with bags under eyes, adding that she had arrived early to get a good spot.


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