The ratings for Michelle's special, according to USA Today. A 6.6 rating, and a 12 share. It was tied for the 61st show of the week (out of 111). Each rating point equals 994,000 households, and each share equals the precentage of sets in use. So, approximately 9.9 million people watched the special. This was better than her first special which got a 4.8 rating, and a 9 share, with 7 million people watching. As with her first special, it was opposite a high rated show (Providence), which was #17 for the week.


Did you catch Michelle's Disney special? It was different than her Mulan special. I liked the little clips from her skating past towards the beginning. Most of the costumes were beautiful. If you missed it, here are the top 10 songs: (* means Michelle skated to the song in the special.)

  1. * Can You Feel the Love Tonight from The Lion King
  2. * Reflection from Mulan
  3. Beauty and the Beast from Beauty and the Beast
  4. * Circle of Life from The Lion King
  5. I'll Make a Man Out of You from Mulan
  6. Love Will Find A Way from The Lion King: Simba's Pride
  7. The Age of Not Believing from Bedknobs and Broomsticks
  8. You've Got a Friend in Me from Toy Story
  9. Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah from Song of the South
  10. * The Bare Necessities from The Jungle Book

Michelle also skated to several other songs. To see all the songs that Michelle skated to, go to the Disney page from my Endorsements section.


Check out this page from Disney.com on Michelle's special! It has info and some pictures from the special. Then, download a Sneak peak video of the special from that page! (Thanks Diane!)
I went to Ultimate TV's main page to see if they had the ratings for Sabrina up. The ratings weren't there yet,but this ad for Michelle's special was!
There is something about Michelle's special in both of the tv papers that come with the two papers we subscribe to! In the Philadelphia Inquier, under "Best Bets for Friday," it has a closeup picture of Michelle from the special. It says

Michelle Kwan Skates to Disney's Greatest Hits A medaly from The Little Mermaid and "He Lives For You" from the Lion King II are among the songs in the skating special. Oksana Baiul, Ilia Kulik, and Elvis Stojko join Kwan on the ice.

In the other paper (where they only write about 2 shows each day), along with the bigger pitcture from this postcard, it says:

Disney on Ice
Figure skater Michelle Kwan is featured in the new special, "Michelle Kwan Skates to Disney's Greatest Hits."


A little mixup in Friday's USA Today paper. On page 10E, they have a special section, Critics Corner, where they tell you the best things to watch that night (or, if it's on Friday, for the weekend.) This Friday, they had a thing about Michelle's special. They have a nice picture of her from the USFSA's press conference during Nationals. Problem is, they list the special as being on Saturday, the original date for the special. I hope they reprint this next week, before the actual date of the special. Online, they don't list the special, so they caught their mistake. Here's what it says about the special,

The last thing TV needs is another skating special, but, we'll make an exception for Michelle Kwan Skates to Disney's Greatest Hits, because Kwan--besides being a great athlete--is a class act. TV needs that.


In the Feb. 27-March 3 issue of the TV Guide, there is a closeup for Michelle's special on page 218! There is a picture of Michelle in a costume from the special. Here is what the closeup says:

Michelle Kwan Skates to Disney's Greatest Hits

The Olympic silver medalist performs to fans' favorite songs from liveaction and animated films, as determined in an Internet poll.
Highlights include a sexy pairs routine with Kwan (wearing a feather boa) and Olympic silver medalist Elvis Stojko (clad in black vinyl) skating to "I Put a Spell on You" (from Hocus Pocus), and Kwan's solo turns on "Reflections" ("Mulan") and "Circle of Life" ("The Lion King"). Also featured are Olympic gold medalists Ilia Kulik and Oksana Baiul, who pair up for the "Beauty and the Beast" theme. All four skaters join in a swinging version of "Everybody Wants to Be a Cat" from "The Aristocats."

Also, in under "Also of Note," it says

Michelle Kwan Skates to Disney's Greatest Hits, joined by fellow medalists Ilia Kulik, Oksana Baiul, and Elvis Stojko, who nails a quadruple jump. See close-p on page 218.


Change in the day and time of Michelle's Disney special! From the ABC Specials section of ABC.com:

Saturday February 27, 8- 9 pm
MICHELLE KWAN SKATES TO DISNEY'S GREATEST HITS

In a one hour icestravaganza showcasing the reigning world figure skating champion's grace and beauty on the ice against a soundtrack of your Disney favorites, Walt Disney Network Television presents Michelle Kwan. Ms. Kwan will be joined by Olympic gold medalists Ilia Kulik and Oksana Baiul, as well as two-time Olympic silver medalist and three-time world champion Elvis Stojko. This world-class cast will perform numerous numbers inspired by the studio's 75-year history of music from live-action and animated films, and will also skate to your top ten favorites (chosen by a recent internet poll), counting down to Ms. Kwan's performance of the number one song.


Info on Michelle's second Disney special, from the article, "Kwan skates a notch higher". It will be filmed December 18-22. The article says that Michelle was practicing while a boom box, "quietly churned out music from The Little Mermaid." Later in the article, when asked what her favorite Disney song was, she said, "Little Mermaid, Under the Sea." Will this be what she will be skating to? Also, check out this picture of Michelle practicing for the special (from November 30.)
More news on Michelle's second Disney special! Titled "Michelle Kwan Skates to 75 Years of Disney Magic," it will be filmed in December, and air in February 1999 (sweeps month...the most important time in television!) Oksana Baiul, Ilia Kulik, and Elvis Stojko will also be in the ABC special. Also, to select the songs that will be used in the special, Internet users were able to vote for their favorite Disney songs! The top 10 songs will be used in the special, and Michelle will be skating to the number one song. Voting ended on November 29. For more information, check out these photos and articles:

In the article, Baiul hopes to compete in 2002 Olympics, it is revealed that there will be a "Disney revue featuring Michelle Kwan in December."
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