Cheetah Girls Take On Spain

This 2006 promotional photo, provided by the Disney Channel, shows the Cheetah Girls performing at the Dancing Cat in Barcelona, Spain, for an episode of Disney's "Cheetah Girls 2." From left, are: Raven-Symon, Adrienne Bailon, Sabrina Bryan, and Kiely Williams.
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The Cheetah Girls move to a Latin beat in their second musical comedy for the Disney Channel.

The multicultural high-school quartet with dreams of stardom travels to Spain to compete in a music festival. There, the pop, hip-hop and R&B performers learn the thrill of the tango, and meet up with a potential rival, Marisol, played by Latin TV and recording star Belinda Peregrin.

"Amigas Cheetahs" and "A La Nanita Nana" are two of the hit-bound songs on the soundtrack of "Cheetah Girls 2," airing Friday at 8 p.m. EDT.

"The Spanish influence is clearly important right now, more important than ever in the U.S. market," says Gary Marsh, the Disney Channel's entertainment president.

"The best thing about filming in Barcelona was getting to see all the sights," says Raven-Symone, who traveled to Spain for the first time to reprise her role as the Cheetah Girls' enterprising leader, Galleria Garibaldi.

The girls are now seniors in high school, testing the waters of "what they are going to do as adults and finding what they love," says Raven-Symone, the former "Cosby" kid, who was also one of the movie's executive producers.

"Having a say in the movie definitely put the cherry on top," she said on the phone from Missouri, midway on a summer-long music tour. "I put out the fires that were on the set — if there was a wardrobe malfunction, if there was a script flub, if there was anything worrying the girls, I said, `If you need someone to talk to, to kind of bridge the gap, I'm here.'"

Other returning cast members are Adrienne Bailon as Chanel, Sabrina Bryan as Dorinda and Kiely Williams as Aquanetta.

Since the success of the girls' first film in 2003, this trio of young stars has blended fiction and reality by touring as the Cheetah Girls pop group.