V ICTORIA BECKHAM has revealed that Simon Cowell had the chance to sign the Spice Girls -- but let them go. The pair now sit along- side each other on the American Idol judges panel, so theres nothing like dropping a few bombshells to crank up the pressure. Posh, having an early dig at her colleagues costly error of judgment, said: He is the only man in the music industry who turned down the Spice Girls -- and said we would never work. I like that fact. Wed like to remind Simon that the Spice Girls were the most successful girl band of all time, prov- ing that his money-making radar must have been on the blink that day. His arch-rival Simon Fuller snapped up the opportunity and went on to mastermind the girls success and propel the likes of Victoria, 35, to global stardom. The fashionista, and other half of Team Beckham, j o i n e d t h e American Idol panel this week after Paula Abdul left the series. Poshs inclusion is on a trial basis (so she might not want to rub Simons nose in his previous mistake too much). Of Abdul, Posh said: Im a spiritual per- son, and I believe that you get back what you put out there. I hope she does something that is bigger and better. Theres something great for her around the corner, Im sure. Apparently that something around the corner is Dancing With The Stars, if reports in the US are to be believed. We also hear that Vic has hired a phonetics coach to soften her British twang so American audiences can understand her better. Before her Idol debut earlier this week were told she had a couple of one- on-one speech and drama lessons to help develop her pronunciation skills and her spontaneous facial expressions. Our source told us: Victoria knows she has a very thick British accent and is sometimes misunderstood in America. She wanted to come across the best she could on American Idol, so she took some private lessons on how to properly pronounce words and how to make appropriate facial expressions. Vic is famous for her pout but she herself admitted she wanted to shed that pout for the show to come across more human. Who we saw doing what with who last night... LONDONeye LEONARDO DICAPRIO continued his cat-and-mouse game with Londons paparazzi last night, teasing them by saying: Youre never going to get a good picture!. He then giggled at them as he left Cipriani restaurant in Mayfair where he had been having dinner. The Hollywood star has been hiding under his cap ever since arriving here to shoot his new movie, and has hardly been seen without it on his nights out on the town. But at least we can reveal that hes having a good time under there. Tuesday, 11 August 2009 London Lite Posh:Simon turneddown SpiceGirls... IT was handbags at, er, dusk for hardman Jason Statham last night when he was snapped clutching a leather accessory you wouldnt normally associate with a Hollywood hardman. The anvil-jawed beefcake shouted Alright scumbags to waiting photographers, although his sentiment lacked gravitas as he was holding a lovely manbag. It may well have contained the script to a new action thriller, but surely a lever-arch file would have been a more manly container. Jason, 36, is back in the UK after filming The Expendables with Sylvester Stallone in the States. He is marking his return with a bash at Planet Hollywood on Saturday night. Oooh!Jasons gotamanbag Prices correct at time of going to print, subject to availability and conditions. Prices include ights and are based on 2 sharing accommodation in August and September 09. lastminute.com acts as an agent for ATOL protected operators. See website www.lastminute.com for full terms and conditions. 5* luxor from 399 5* hurghada from 479 5* sharm el sheik from 559 5*egypt 7 nights from 399 get moree get more g summer 09 lastminute.com LAuRA WHITE, the 21-year-old X Factor finalist, says her management team has ordered her to keep a low profile so that she doesnt become over-exposed. Speaking at Showcase Live at Wandsworth Palais last night, she told us: I have been told not to go out too much... so Ive stayed in to focus on my music. H Catch me if you can Turning up the heat: Posh outside the studios while recording American Idol Cap-and-mouse game: Leonardo DiCaprio smiles at the paparazzi VictwistsknifeonUSIdolpanel Missed chance: Simon passed on Spice Girls ByAlistairFoster(alistair.foster@thelondonlite.co.uk),LucretiaMunro(lucretia.m index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html