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    Michelle hosts new Disney "Sports Dreams" show on Asian TV

    There is a great post on the MK Forum from TV guy "Joseph2004" who was involved in the development and production of the show, to be shown in various markets in Asia. The premise is to spotlight children aspiring to succeed in sports and life.

    http://www.mkforum.net/forum/showpos...1&postcount=21

    Here's a quote about the wrap dinner, at which the poster sat next to Michelle:

    "Believe me, I was trying VERY HARD to get some gossip out of her; I wanted to know what she felt about Tara, Sarah, Sasha, Irina, break up with Frank Carroll etc., etc. I SOOOOO wanted to know more about her planned long program for 2006; I wanted to know which long/short programs of her own that she liked the most….. BUT, let me just tell you this, everything comes out of Michelle’s mouth "was simply “textbook diplomacy”! She is genuinely, and simply, a very kind person. She only had good things to say about everyone, and always full of compliments..

    "I tried!"

    That's our Michelle!

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    well, cool to hear from one of the show's producers. But still, what was he thinking? MK's so tight-lipped, you wouldn't get a thing out of her even if you "interrogated" her.

    P.S. another reason why I think she'd be a poor choice for commentator...but who knows

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mathman View Post
    .....everything comes out of Michelle’s mouth "was simply “textbook diplomacy”!
    Some might not think that is such a great thing, “textbook diplomacy” doesn't sound all that approachable. But what else would you expect. She probably would just say something nice and P.C. about the other girls in competition. Glad to see her working with programs like this. No surprise though, her good nature and Disney - match made in heaven

    I would love to be in "Joseph2004" 's shoes

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    Apparently, Michelle is still raking it in with Disney.

    Joe

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    Yes, although the relation between this Asian Disney production company and the parent company seems to be a little complicated.

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    These days, I'd be downright paranoid (if I were a celeb), to speak my mind to anybody. Lest they be a blogger, or board poster.

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    Thanks Mathman. Any news on Michelle is a good read for me.

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    Ah the perversity of the public.
    Kwan gets criticized for her politeness. She is too "tight-lipped" and "unapproachable." She has no future as a commentator.
    Imagine what might happen if she had said something even remotely off the mark from pure about another skater! She would be burned alive.

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    It would be great to have her as a commentator. She will have a good word for every skater.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gio View Post
    It would be great to have her as a commentator. She will have a good word for every skater.
    I agree. I don't know where this idea came from that mean and nasty = interesting or entertaining. (I blame Simon Cowell.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by capcomop View Post
    Ah the perversity of the public.
    Kwan gets criticized for her politeness. She is too "tight-lipped" and "unapproachable."
    Where did you get that, I didn't hear anyone criticize her for it, but some could take it that way. Is that what you think, that she is / was?

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    I think the "criticism" has mostly been along the lines of, oh, Michelle is boring, she never says anything except blah-blah pablum. If only she were more outspoken like Johnny Weir, that would be a good thing for figure skating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mathman View Post
    If only she were more outspoken like Johnny Weir, that would be a good thing for figure skating.
    Like Johnny eh? Well I wonder what that would be like?

    Anyhoo, the comments about her "commentating" I see - valid matters of opinion.*shrugs*

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mathman View Post
    I agree. I don't know where this idea came from that mean and nasty = interesting or entertaining. (I blame Simon Cowell.)
    I think it's good to strike a balance between the two. In the case of AI, Paula is the "nice" one, Simon's the "mean" one, and Randy's sort of in between. But that doesn't mean Paula doesn't offer constructive criticism (usually in the early stages in Hollywood) from time to time, and it also doesn't mean Simon doesn't have a nice compliment to offer from time to time.

    I think the "criticism" has mostly been along the lines of, oh, Michelle is boring, she never says anything except blah-blah pablum. If only she were more outspoken like Johnny Weir, that would be a good thing for figure skating.
    While I don't see her as the most entertaining discussion partner (but who knows? I'm just guessing), I do think she gets by just fine the way she is. In fact, because of her new position it might be much better for her to be completely PC and give off the PR vibe. Not a knock against her- it's definitely a good thing in her position- but I'm just saying that that isn't what you want in a commentator- especially a "color" commentator. You want to be free to make any comments you want as long as they are within reason (i.e. not a "Don Imus" comment).

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    Kwan is no dummy. She knows that anything she says, especially to a fan or member of the media, can end up on the net within an hour. And she's had years of experience of reporters attempting to goad her into saying something off-color about her competitors so I doubt the person who wrote the report would be able to pull it off.

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