Last Thursday we learned that Victoria Beckham was confirmed to appear as a guest judge on the next season of American Idol, filling in for Paula Abdul who decided not to sign her contract with the show. While it remains to be seen whether or not Paula will be on the show when it returns to TV in January, the folks at AI are moving forward full steam ahead. Auditions for the next season took place in Denver, CO over the weekend and new guest judge Vicki B. was on hand to begin her work on the show. Here is a photo of VB shaking the hand of an eager contestant as she made her way into the venue for the auditions:
Victoria Beckham’s debut as an American Idol judge proved less than successful when she was branded ‘too nice’ for the show’s panel. Posh Spice, 35, stepped in for one episode following the departure of long-time judge Paula Abdul, but some Idol backroom staff called her performance ‘icy and wooden’. And others said the former Spice Girl tried hard to be liked by the contestants, drawing comparison with Girls Aloud star Cheryl Cole, who frequently burst into tears while judging the British version of the programme, The X-Factor. She was on the charm offensive as she arrived at the auditions in Denver, stopping to shake hands with contestants as she made her way into the auditorium. But rather than being won over by her smile, it’s more than likely most were left shocked by the state of the 35-year-old’s incredibly thin and sinewy arms and shoulders. She was seen arriving back in Los Angeles in an all black outfit with her trademark pout back on over the weekend and was later seen paying a visit to her friend Jennifer Lopez.
HMMMM … I guess the folks over at American Idol must know what they are doing by bringing on board these guest judges to replace the irreplaceable Paula Abdul. While I don’t personally understand how the heart of the show can be substituted by a string of guest judges, I guess you can’t fault the show for trying. My gut tells me that Paula will reclaim her judges seat before the show returns to TV … unless she gets a better offer she cannot refuse in the meantime, I still think she’ll be back. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.