Thanks for the scoop, KKonas!
I found this bit interesting:
U.S. Figure Skating @USFigureSkating
@AshWagner2010 hopes to "Interact with the audience" & "draw them in" with her new programs. She cites touring with Stars on Ice as helpful
1:11 PM - 10 Oct 12
So at least for her, touring was an opportunity to improve performance skills -- not just a paycheck.
I've never agreed with pessimistic fans who assume that touring is inevitably detrimental to preparation for the upcoming season.
And BTW, for Wagner fans, a new lengthy profile of her has been added to the 2014 US Nationals site.