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The Best Reality Show Judges 

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Updated October 21, 2019 59.8k votes 2.9k voters 40.2k views 87 items

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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 singing competitions like 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. Some reality show judges like Tyra Banks, have been the judges for over 20 consecutive seasons of a show.

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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Simon Cowell is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
American Idol, The X Factor
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RuPaul is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Sandy Bolton added RuPaul's Drag Race, Skin Wars, Rick & Steve: The Happiest Gay Couple in All the World
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Michelle Visage is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
RuPaul's Drag Race, Dance Party USA, The RuPaul Show
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Michael Kors is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Anna Paolinelli added Project Runway, Models of the Runway, Project Runway: All Stars
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Isaac Mizrahi is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Sandy Bolton added Project Runway All Stars, The Fashion Show, Isaac
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Carmen Electra is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Baywatch, Singled Out, Tripping the Rift
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Zac Posen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Anna Paolinelli added Project Runway, Bitches in Britches
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Christian Siriano is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Anna Paolinelli added
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Georgina Chapman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Sandy Bolton added Project Runway All Stars
Project Runway All Stars
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Len Goodman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Dancing with the Stars, Strictly Come Dancing, Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two
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Kelly Cutrone is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
America's Next Top Model, The Hills, The City
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Kelly Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Anna Paolinelli added Dancing with the Stars, The Osbournes, Life as We Know It
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Harry Connick, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Danny Marks added American Idol, 100 Biggest Weather Moments, 1997 Nobel Peace Prize Concert
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Alyssa Milano is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
franklinkish added Charmed, Who's the Boss?, Melrose Place

Project Runway All Stars

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Nicki Minaj is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
American Idol, Nicki Minaj: My Truth
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Ne-Yo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
franklinkish added

World of DAnce

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Natalie Imbruglia is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The X Factor (Australia), Neighbours, In Memory of Maia
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Brandy Norwood is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
America's Got Talent, Drop Dead Diva, Dancing with the Stars
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Rebecca Romijn is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
franklinkish added Ugly Betty, Eastwick, King & Maxwell

Skin Wars

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Paloma Faith is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Paloma Faith
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Michelle Keegan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
cherylfan1234 added Coronation Street
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Ricky Wilson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The Voice UK
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Guy Sebastian is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The X Factor (Australia), World Idol, Australian Idol
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Emma Bunton is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Don't Stop Believing, Emma (1999)
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James Blunt is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The Graham Norton Show