We will see if I can make it all the way through the mens short program, which starts at 4:30 AM where I'm at. But I know one thing for sure, I have the biggest possible crush on Takahiko Kozuka without really having a crush at all, and I can't wait to see his short program again. It's my favorite program of the year in any discipline and I wish everyone could skate the way he does, even when he makes mistakes.
A reason to watch the "earlier" session in the middle of the night is because of personal bests and great performances that might not qualify the skaters to the free skate. I remember watching last years World Championships and Hungary's Tigran Vardanjan had a great skate and showed a ton of personality throughout the program as well as in the kiss and cry, and Romania's Zoltan Kelemen also really stood out with a personal best-- yet they finished 31st and 32nd overall and got thrown in with the rest of the "DNQ" skaters in the final results, and not at all because they didn't skate well. Kelemen, for example, went on to surprisingly earn one of the six spots available for the Olympics at a qualifying competition early this season.. I don't think anyone saw that coming.
Odds are if you follow figure skating close enough to read my blog, then you've seen most of the men in the "later" session's short programs enough times this year that you could probably emulate the choreography on your kitchen floor.
Do yourself a favor and watch the first session! You might find yourself some new favorites.