London: Former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham will replace pop star Paula Abdul as the judge of the popular US music talent show “American Idol”.
Victoria, popularly known as Posh, has agreed to be the guest judge in at least two episodes for which she is reportedly being paid an estimated $270,000.
The 35-year-old popstar-turned-designer will begin filming the new series this week after fellow judge Simon Cowell got her on board, Mirror online reported.
“Victoria is hugely flattered as this is one of the highest profile gigs in America. It really is a big deal. Her husband David may be getting a bit of stick at the moment but Victoria’s profile Stateside has never been higher,” a source close to Victoria said.
“Network bosses would love to give her the job full time and it looks like it’s there for her if she wants it. At the moment, Victoria’s main priority is fashion. She doesn’t really need any distractions. However, her appearance on ‘American Idol´ is sure to provide a massive ratings boost in the UK so, really, everyone’s a winner,” added the source.
This news came just a day after Abdul announced her decision to quit the show after judging the show for past eight seasons.
“With sadness in my heart, I’ve decided not to return. I’ll miss nurturing all the new talent but, most of all, being a part of a show that I helped from day one become an international phenomenon,” Abdul wrote on her Twitter account.