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EXCLUSIVE: 'American Idol' Tells Posh To Lighten Up

Aug. 15 2009, Published 4:20 a.m. ET

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Forget the British stiff upper lip, love. American Idol executives have told Victoria Beckham to lighten up as they try to tutor

her for her guest judge appearances, can reveal exclusively.

"Several people from Idol are working with her, telling her to soften her stage presence and not come off as so severe," a source

close to production told

Click here for official thoughts on Victoria from the Idol gang.

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The show is worried that the once and future Posh Spice is coming off as icy and wooden.

Fortunately for Victoria she has a very powerful ally - Simon Cowell. And Simon says that Victoria needs to smile and laugh more, the source tells us.

"He's friendly with Victoria and her husband (David Beckham) and has told her not to come across as she's trying too hard. He doesn't want her to feel the pressure of sitting in a seat that many people feel belongs to Paula Abdul," said the source.

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Click here for sexy shots of Victoria modeling her self-titled clothing collection.

Simon has openly and privately supported Paula. But while Victoria serves as a guest judge he is giving her friendly advice and other Idol execs have been working with her and telling her to be constructive in her criticism of contestants but not too harsh or judgmental.

"No one can replace Paula," said the source. "We just want Victoria to be herself."

Victoria/Posh is guest judging in Boston after a stint in Denver.



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