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    Posh Making Play for Permanent Idol Post?

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    Could Victoria Beckham's stint as a post-Paula Abdul judge on American Idol be more than the one-off gig asserted by producers?

    Quite possibly.

    E! News has learned that the erstwhile Posh Spice just joined staffers from the hit Fox reality competition aboard an American Airlines flight bound for Boston, site of this week's round of American Idol auditions.

    Natalie Eshaya, a producer for Idol host Ryan Seacrest's syndicated KIIS-FM radio show, offered a play-by-play via Twitter.

    "Hmmm victoria beckham on our flight to boston....hmmm!" Eshaya tweeted. "We are going for idol....she must be too! Interesting!!"

    Last week, in the wake of Abdul's shocking departure, show producers said they wanted to stick to the four-judge format, with guest judges like Beckham and Katy Perry serving as one-time-only fill-ins. Beckham was first up, lending her Spice Girl insight to the Denver auditions on Friday.

    Reps for the singer, Fox and FreemantleMedia, which produces Idol, declined to comment. But Eshaya seemed pretty psyched about the possibility.

    "Posh has boarded our plane to Boston! Last one on..but hey, at least she flies commercial! LOVE it. Love her more now!!!"

    Let's just see if viewers agree.

    (Originally published Aug. 12, 2009, at 1:36 p.m. PT)

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