Floricienta (known in English as Cinderella) is an Argentine family friendly telenovela based on the Cinderella story. It originally aired from 2004 to 2005, but continues to be broadcast in almost 70 countries. Some international channels airing Floricienta are TVE International, Disney Channel Latino, and Disney Channel Europe. It is also available in the United Kingdom on the BSKYB satellite line-up.
The lead roles were portrayed by two-time Martin Fierro-Award winning actress Florencia Bertotti, and Juan Gil Navarro, Isabel Macedo and Benjamin Rojas. The show was created by Cris Morena and was produced by Cris Morena Group in association with RGB Entertainment.
The series become a global phenomenon for children and teens throughout Latin America, Israel and various parts of Europe.
The telenovela spawned over 200 licensed products. The tour was attended by over 1 million people in Latin America and Israel including over 100 concerts in Teatro Gran Rex, ten shows in Luna Park stadium and four at Estádio Velez, all in Buenos Aires.
The show was adapted by Bandeirantes in Brazil (Floribella), SIC in Portugal, TVN in Chile, RCN Televisión in Colombia and Televisa in Mexico. In an interview with Radio 10, Cris Morena announced she sold the American rights for Disney.
When it seemed Cris Morena couldn't top her previous hits, she surprised again with Floricienta, which was her biggest hit since Chiquititas '98 in Argentina and her biggest international hit alongside Rebelde. The title, Floricienta, is a mix of Flor (the main character, Florencia, nickname) with Cenicienta (Cinderella).
Floricienta was a modern re-telling of Cinderella. The story was especially developed by Cris as a starring-vehicle for Florencia Bertotti which was cherry-picked by the producer.
There are a few similarities between the show and another Cinderella modern re-telling, the movie A Cinderella Story such as the Converse sneakers instead of the glass slipper but the movie and the show were in production at the same time (Floricienta premiered on Canal 13 in May 2004 while the movie debuted in the United States in July).
Floricienta was critically acclaimed for its fun storyline and dialogues, creative editing and post-production and the charisma of the main actress, Florencia Bertotti, and became the biggest licensing brand in Argentina in 2004 and 2005. Over 300 licensed products were available during the shows two-years run and even Floricienta branded apples were put on market.
Floricienta started with 14 points in its first episode and by the first season finale the show achieved ratings of over 30 points with the death of Federico at the end of the first season, being the biggest Cris Morena produced hit in history, even topping Chiquititas 98 ratings. The first season was the highest-rated afternoon-slot show in Canal 13 history.
After the huge twist in the end of the first season, many fans of Federico didn't liked how the story turned out after his death and drifted away from the show. The ratings for the second season suffered because of that but the show continued to be huge and won its time-slot. The TV show ended with Floricienta marriage in front of a huge live audience and the finale was also a hit, with 25 points.
Floricienta, as most Cris Morena productions, had huge Broadway style live musical in Teatro Gran Rex during the Winter vacations. Demand for tickets were extremely high with some concerts selling out in less than five minutes. In 2004, to satisfy the demand, the cast played two concerts at Estádio Velez Sarsifield with over 80.000 people attending.
In 2005, another musical was done and it was also a huge success with tickets selling out in minutes. Because of this, eight extra shows were played in Luna Park stadium in Buenos Aires. After the show ended, the complete cast (with the exception of Fabio DiTomassio who pulled out after disagreements with the production company) waved goodbye in front of 40.000 people at another sold out concert at Vélez Sársfield stadium. The musical was also presented in Rosario, La Plata and Mar del Plata.
The two Floricienta albums were also very successful, with the first album being the third best-selling album in 2004 and the 10th best-selling album in 2005 and with the album from the second season being the biggest seller in 2005 according to CAPIF.
Floricienta was also a huge phenomenon in most of Latin-America where it was aired by broadcast channels and at the Disney Channel, where it was as popular as the American shows such as Hannah Montana and That's So Raven. While Rebelde was, without a doubt, Cris' biggest hit in Latin America, Floricienta was the first original CMG production that achieved phenomenal success on the continent (since Rebelde was a remake by Televisa co-produced with CMG). The cast sold out huge stadiums all over Latin America, including Mexico, where no Argentine show had ever achieved such a huge success (even though the show had only aired on cable). The show cast also sold out concerts in Tel-Aviv, Israel although the success didn't reach Rebelde Way-level of hysteria in the country. Over 1 million people attended Floricienta tour in Argentina, Mexico, Venezuela, Dominican Republic, Israel, Guatemala, Peru, Bolivia, Uruguay among many other territories.
Floricienta, alongside Rebelde, was the biggest youth-oriented show in Latin America in 2004-2005 being aired in every single country and selling out stadiums in Central America, South America and North America.
In 2004, a Brazilian version was produced, named Floribella. It doubled the ratings of Rede Bandeirantes at its timeslot, over 40 products were released and the two CDs achieved platinum certifications. In 2005, a Portuguese version was also aired at SIC and was a massive hit. The first CD was one of the most CDs sold on the Portugal´s story and over 150 products were released in the country. Because of the massive success of the show, SIC bought the rights to 3 other Cris Morena shows: Alma Pirata, Rebelde Way (currently on air) and Chiquititas (aired in 2007).
A version from Chile (also called Floribella) was also produced with great acceptance and the Mexican version (Lola...Érase una vez) also did well. There was also a Colombian version and the rights were bought for Greece, Russia, among other countries.
In an interview with Radio 10 in February 2009, Cris revealed Disney had bought the rights for an American remake.
Floricienta is loosely adapted from the story of Cinderella (Cenicienta, in Spanish-speaking countries) and also presents some comparisons to the film The Sound of Music. The plot revolves around Florencia (Flor), a poor but dreamer, rash, vivacious, cheerful and happy Italian Argentine girl whose life changes when she meets Federico Fritzenwalden, the older son of a very rich German Argentine family whose parents died in an accident. Federico is the head of the family and has 5 younger siblings (Nico, Franco, Maia, Martín, Tomás) living with him in a big house. Fede has a bitter, cold, strict, rigid and lonely personality until he falls in love with Flor upon meeting her. But Fede has a girlfriend, Delfina (the witch), who wants Federico's money. Federico's brothers hate Delfina, but when Flor comes to the Fritzenwaldens' residence, hired by Fede as the nanny, everybody loves her.
Floricienta was influenced by the original Cinderella story in many ways:Fede is referred to as "Flor's Prince Charming."
Flor's trademark is her shoes (in the pilot, she loses one of her shoes at Fede's house when she is initially hired as a singer for a party, and Fede searches for her).
Flor is helped by her godmother, Titina, throughout the series.
One plot twist is that the villain, Malala, is revealed to be Flor's stepmother, making her rival, Delfina, her half-sisters, and Sofía her other half-sister.
Flor claims to see fairies throughout the series.
The fact that Flor is a maid, who marries into wealth and nobility.
At the end of the first season, the show has a big twist.
Federico, after realizing that his girlfriend Delfina was lying to him all the time, leaves her at the church during their wedding and goes to Flor. Then after a while he dies in an accident, saving Maximo Calderon de la Hoya who then gives his Body to Federico's soul. In the second season Flor falls in love with Maximo and they get married in the end. They also have 3 children and a very strong love that came from the part of Fede inside Max. Paraguay: La Tele (2005) / Paravisión (2014)
Uruguay: Channel 23 (2005) / Channel 50 (2013)
Chaval Chulito by Flor
Pobres los Ricos by the cast of Floricienta
Ven a Mi by Franco and Flor, it has an acoustic version too
Mi Vestido Azul by Flor, it has an acoustic version too
Kikiriki by Facha and Flor
Por Qué by Flor, it has an acoustic version too
Quereme Sólo a Mí by Delfina and Flor
Y Así Será by Flor and Federico
Floricienta by the cast of Floricienta, opening song
Y La Vida by Flor and Federico
Tic-Tac by Flor
Los Niños No Mueren by Flor
Corazones al Viento (by Flor) (Opening song)
Cosas que Odio de Vos (By Flor and Maximo)
Flores Amarillas (By Flor)
Que Esconde el Conde (By Flor)
Desde Que Te Vi (By Franco)
Ding Dong (By Flor)
Un Enorme Dragón (By Flor)
Caprichos (By Delfina)
Vos Podés (By Flor)
Te Siento (By Flor)
A Bailar (Cast Floricienta)
Hay un Cuento (By Flor)
Also performed in the series's episodes but instead found in the Theater 2005 CD are:Algo de Tí (by Lorenzo)
Contigo amigo (by Tasos)
Tú (by Flor and Maximo)
Close cover (by Wim Mertens)
Solo mio (By Delfina)
Laberinto (By Franco, Fede and Flor)
Yo creo en milagros (By Flor) (Same music of "Los niños no mueren")
Miau miau (By Franco) (Same music of "Kikiriki")
Princesa de la terraza (By Lorenzo)
The producers, CMG/RGB Entertainment, have launched CDs, DVDs, and a huge range of products trademark, and licensed merchandise. They also produced live shows presenting the main actors of the TV show in a musical-play related to the program's plot. Floricienta, the live show got a high rate of acceptance and massive audience going to each live show in tour in Argentina, all of them got sold-out in minutes, and moreover, due to the high rates of audience at international levels, they launched the tour by visiting other countries overseas as well.
Floricienta and her music band transcended TV screens and offered live performances in theater play- format (in Argentina) and concerts-musicals format including almost all the cast in many Latin American countries and in Israel. During these successful tours, actors could meet their fans face to face, gave interviews, TV and radio reports, press conferences, awards for records delivering, etc.
During these years Floricienta presented successful live shows in Argentina.
Floricienta was successful in Israel in 2004-2005
The Tour of Dreams 2006 visited many countries with sold out records in the most important cities of these countries:Guatemala: Guatemala City
El Salvador: San Salvador
Dominican Republic: Santo Domingo
Panama: Panama City
Venezuela: Maracaibo, Valencia, Caracas
Ecuador: Quito, Guayaquil
Two and a half years after this soap opera ended, Floricienta:The Tour of Dreams 2007 visited Mexico for the first time. Even though the time distance, it had such a great success and acceptation of the Mexican audience, Floricienta: The tour of Dreams in Mexico, was absolutely profitable to stir up Floricienta's feelings fans. This tour was presented in these important Mexican cities:Guadalajara
San Luis Potosí
Floricienta has so far 7 CDs. These are:Floricienta y su banda 
Floricienta y su banda karaoke 
Floricienta karaoke 
Floricienta especial navidad- Christmas special edition 
Floricienta princesa de la terazza- the balcony princess 
Floricienta grandes éxitos- greatest hits- 
Floricienta en el Teatro-Floricienta at the theater
Floricienta 2: Gran Rex 2005 Princesa de la Terraza- Floricienta at Gran Rex Venue- The princess of the balcony
Floricienta Temporada 1: First season episodes in 6 DVDs packs (Is a brief version and it is only available in Spain)
Floricienta Temporada 1: Dubbed into Greek, targeted to all Balkan region countries. Available in Greece.
Por Qué (Why)
Ven a mí (Come to me)
Enorme dragón (Enormous dragon)
Mi vestido azul (My blue dress)
Flores amarillas (Yellow Flowers) (broadcast in MTV channels)
Apertura de la primera temporada - Tema: Floricienta -Overture of first season.
Apertura de la segunda temporada - Tema: Corazones al viento (hearts flying) overture of second season.
Floricienta: El tour de los Sueños Latinoamérica- Tour of Dreams Latin America
Floricienta: El tour de los Sueños en México- Tour of Dreams, México
200 Flores (especial 200 programas) - 200Flowers. Special celebrating 200 episodes.
Flori 100 ta: (especial 100 programas primera temporada) - Special celebrating 100 episodes.
Especial 300 programas (especial 300 programas de la segunda temporada) -Special celebrating 300 episodes (Second season).
Floricienta&The Count's wedding:Thousands of Floricienta's fans attended to this fiction wedding show, where they could see their favorite actors for real in the same place and time. The "ceremony" seems so real due to the fact it was the first time a soap opera included fans on a wedding ceremony as audience in a real set, which was a famous stadium located in Buenos Aires City. Thousands of excited fans witnessed the famous happy ending fairy tale's style final episode shoot in a super production with a crowded live show including all Floricienta's cast, lively recorded and broadcast in the final episode.
The kisses corner:TV program regarding Floricienta. It was weekly broadcast in Venezuela. The program presented reports and other items regarding the plot in its first season, characters, actor's biographies, contests, etc. "The kisses corner" was attended by Floricienta's fans, making this show an interactive program.