Game Shows The Best Reality Show Judges  

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List Rules Judge and panel members from any reality competition game shows

Reality show competitions and judges are two things that go together like peas and carrots. Without a judge, it's nearly impossible to have a competition. On some shows, the dynamic between the judges is almost as interesting to watch as the contestants. When American Idol first hit the airwaves in 2003, viewers were curious to watch people sing for a recording contract, but it was the special chemistry between Paula Abdul, Randy Jackson, and Simon Cowell, who was also a judge on the British singing competition The X-Factor, that drew viewers back week after week. Cowell in particular was able to build an entire empire based on the public persona he crafted on Idol.

Similarly to Idol, the judge teams on America's Got Talent, and The Voice help make those shows popular. After all, when else will you be able to see Howard Stern, Heidi Klum, and Howie Mandel hang out together. The same goes for Adam Levine of Maroon 5, Blake Shelton, and a rotating cast of judges. The faces of the contestants may change, but the judges for the most part stay the same.

Here's your chance to vote for the best reality show judge. There are plenty of reality TV judges to choose from so select the judges who you think should sit atop this Ultimate List.

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492 487
Howie Mandel is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
America's Got Talent

2
834 390
Simon Cowell is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
American Idol, The X Factor

3
597 360
Adam Levine is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The Voice

4
527 352
Blake Shelton is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The Voice

5
190 75
Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
America: A Tribute to Heroes

6
289 543
Piers Morgan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
America's Got Talent

7
416 474
Howard Stern is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
America's Got Talent

8
368 465
Sharon Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
America's Got Talent, The X Factor

9
343 299
Usher is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The Voice

10
444 367
Christina Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The Voice

11
378 303
Ellen DeGeneres is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
American Idol, Ellen, The Ellen DeGeneres Show

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400 347
Shakira is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The Voice

13
403 324
Paula Abdul is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
American Idol, The X Factor

14
310 247
Pharrell Williams is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The Voice

15
374 329
Heidi Klum is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Project Runway

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152 239
Donald Trump is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
asplatt added The Apprentice, The Ultimate Merger, Retrosexual: The '80s

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298 328
Melanie Brown is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
America's Got Talent, The X Factor (UK), The X Factor

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315 304
Randy Jackson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
American Idol

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257 391
Demi Lovato is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The X Factor

20
148 243
Ivanka Trump is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Sandy Bolton added The Apprentice

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258 298
Steven Tyler is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
American Idol

22
189 142
Julianne Hough is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
shockwavesam91 added Dancing with the Stars

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291 312
Jennifer Lopez is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
American Idol

24
229 312
Cee Lo Green is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The Voice, Freaknik: The Musical, Cee Lo Green's The Good Life

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252 274
Cheryl Cole is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The X Factor (UK), The X Factor, This Morning

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256 227
Keith Urban is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
American Idol

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198 254
Jessie J is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The Voice UK

28
157 144
Bruno Tonioli is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Dancing with the Stars, Strictly Come Dancing, DanceX

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148 123
Carrie Ann Inaba is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
shockwavesam91 added In Living Color, Dancing with the Stars, Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann

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261 337
Britney Spears is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The X Factor

31
222 279
Nicole Scherzinger is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The X Factor (UK), The X Factor, Dancing with the Stars

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134 91
Tyra Banks is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
asplatt added America's Next Top Model, Space Ghost Coast to Coast, The Price Is Right

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145 127
Drew Carey is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Baseballislove added The Drew Carey Show, Whose Line Is It Anyway? (UK), Whose Line Is It Anyway?

34
192 251
Tom Jones is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The Voice

35
163 193
David Walliams is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Little Britain, EastEnders, Little Britain USA

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137 115
Len Goodman is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Dancing with the Stars, Strictly Come Dancing, Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two

37
177 307
David Hasselhoff is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Baywatch, Knight Rider, America's Got Talent

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175 223
Will.i.am is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The X Factor

39
164 203
Amanda Holden is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Britain's Got Talent

40
100 79
Paul Hollywood is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The Great British Bake Off, Paul Hollywood's Pies and Puds

41
125 69
Harry Connick, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Danny Marks added American Idol, 100 Biggest Weather Moments, 1997 Nobel Peace Prize Concert

42
172 192
Kelly Rowland is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The X Factor (UK), The X Factor, The X Factor (U.S.)

43
100 106
John Henson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Baseballislove added Wipeout, Talk Soup, The John Henson Project

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123 109
Mary Berry is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The Great British Bake Off

45
146 98
Ricky Martin is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The Voice (AU), Blockbuster Entertainment Awards

46
122 128
Seal is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The Voice (AU), Love's Divine

47
119 146
Alesha Dixon is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Britain's Got Talent, The 100 Greatest Musicals, Children in Need 2008

48
136 187
L.A. Reid is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The X Factor

49
134 204
Carmen Electra is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Baywatch, Singled Out, Tripping the Rift

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32 17
Gwen Stefani is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
jadco added The Voice