Critics weren't wowed by Victoria Beckham's judging debut on American Idol Tuesday.
Beckham, 35, is among the replacements for former judge Paula Abdul until Ellen DeGeneres starts during Hollywood Week the week of Feb. 9.
The Los Angeles Times called Beckham "the night's saddest failure."
Despite making "plenty of appealing comments" and bonding "beautifully with fellow judge Kara DioGuardi," Posh Spice's "gaunt appearance was so off-putting it might have cost her the slot DeGeneres eventually won."
New York's Village Voice paper added that Beckham "does look sharp, if rather Jackie O" in a trim red suit. "But her face is just too crazy for the close-up, and she has nothing to add to the commentary."
Of Beckham — who had a weird way of batting her eyes and cocking her head when she heard a voice she liked — the Voice writer wrote: "I always thought a British accent made people sound smart, but I guess I was wrong."
The Washington Post mocked Beckham's lace headband look.
"Beckham-Spice appears to have cracked open her head, because it seemed to be held together with a strip of lace she found in her granny's closet," wrote the paper's critic.
Billboard, however, gave Beckham credit for bravely facing off against the sharp-tongued Simon Cowell, who announced Monday that this will be his last season of Idol.
Writer Monica Herrera noted that Beckham "adopted a stance much like Abdul once did and stood up to Cowell" after 22-year-old Bosa Mora's audition.
When Cowell rolled his eyes after the contestant's performance, Beckham snapped, 'Why do you do that? It takes so much nerve to stand there and do that.'"
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