I personally think that besides music choices there are zero similarities between michelles skating and ashleys.
Michelle had a way of drawing me in and not even thinking about what elements she was doing. it all just flowed and naturally came out of her. michelle made it seem like it was her body and her movements that were making the music and that the music was just flowing out of her. She really made me feel like she was showing us her heart and baring soul. She was just enchanting.
Ashley just doesn't have any of that. Yes she's pretty and has some nice elements but to me her programs just feel like a bunch of skating elements put together. The one program where i think she came the closest to just letting the program flow out of her was her black swan. Thats the only one that ever made me look. She just doesn't have that "it factor" that michelle has. Doesn't mean she isnt good...just she doesn't draw comparison.
And on a tech note though...Michelle had a triple lutz. Ashley has a triple flutz.
I am very pleased with Ashley's new found confidence though! I hope she does really well.