Simon, Paula, Randy – meet Abby.

Last Wednesday, Abby (and I) were on Albanian television, for the semi-finals of Albania’s answer to American Idol, “Academy of Stars”. In this program, 24 students are selected and divided into two teams, and they go head to head in a variety of dance performances or songs, depending on each student’s discipline. At the end of each program, viewers text in their favorites for each match-up, and the loser is eliminated. The quality of the performances varies – some of the kids actually could give David Archuleta a run for his money, while others will probably never get further than…