27 Jun 2011

Kids electrified as Disney star Selena Gomez visits Orland Square

Boys think she’s hot, girls think she’s an inspiration, and parents consider her a good role model.
That was the general consensus among Selena Gomez fans who waited in line for hours on Sunday to see the singer/actress at Orland Square in Orland Park.
Gomez, who stopped by the mall to promote her romantic comedy “Monte Carlo” (opening Friday) also stars in the Disney Channel TV show “Wizards of Waverly Place” and fronts the band Selena Gomez and the Scene.
“She’s pretty; she’s funny; she’s outgoing,” said Vanessa Olinger, 12, of Homer Glen. “I love how she’s dating Justin Bieber. She sings awesome.”
Vanessa’s cousin Nicky Lotito, 7, of Orland Park, likes Gomez for similar reasons.
“What I like about her is she’s nice and she’s hot,” he said. “She’s genuine, and she has good personality.”
Even parents went gaga for Gomez. “We all watch ‘Wizards of Waverly Place,’ and we love her acting,” said Alexandra Dimitrakopoulos of Orland Park, who took her children Elena, 8, Nikki, 4, and Yianni, 2.
“We want to see her new movie that’s coming out. We just think she’s a really good singer and she’s cute. She’s a good role model for kids of today, which is important.”
Fans who got to the mall early enough received one of the 950 wristbands that gave the wearer access to the festivities inside.
They participated in sing-alongs and watched a trailer for “Monte Carlo” while they waited for Gomez to arrive.
When she did, the room erupted in a simultaneous symphony of screams.
“You make me so happy, and I love you so much,” Gomez told fans after walking onstage and answering questions submitted by WKSC-FM (103.5) radio listeners.
It was an experience Amanda Flowers, 9, of Orland Park, won’t soon forget.
“It was exciting,” she said. “I can’t wait to see her movie, and I can’t wait to hear her perform again.”
Amanda’s mother, Diane, said the wait to get into the mall wasn’t a wasted effort.
“She wanted to come real bad,” she said. “We were waiting at 8 o’clock this morning, then we had to come back and wait in line all over again, but it was worth it just to see her smile.”

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