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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530 543
Howie Mandel is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
America's Got Talent

2
918 422
Simon Cowell is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
American Idol, The X Factor

3
647 395
Adam Levine is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The Voice

4
575 374
Blake Shelton is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The Voice

5
222 97
Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
America: A Tribute to Heroes

6
318 578
Piers Morgan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
America's Got Talent

7
441 509
Howard Stern is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
America's Got Talent

8
406 492
Sharon Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
America's Got Talent, The X Factor

9
359 324
Usher is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The Voice

10
336 263
Pharrell Williams is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The Voice

11
429 370
Shakira is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The Voice

12
475 395
Christina Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The Voice

13
406 333
Ellen DeGeneres is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
American Idol, Ellen, The Ellen DeGeneres Show

14
428 345
Paula Abdul is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
American Idol, The X Factor

15
402 356
Heidi Klum is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Project Runway

16
320 350
Melanie Brown is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
America's Got Talent, The X Factor (UK), The X Factor

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173 289
Donald Trump is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
asplatt added The Apprentice, The Ultimate Merger, Retrosexual: The '80s

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335 319
Randy Jackson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
American Idol

19
283 406
Demi Lovato is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The X Factor

20
323 319
Jennifer Lopez is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
American Idol

21
153 269
Ivanka Trump is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Sandy Bolton added The Apprentice

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267 317
Steven Tyler is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
American Idol

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199 155
Julianne Hough is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
shockwavesam91 added Dancing with the Stars

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272 235
Keith Urban is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
American Idol

25
272 292
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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213 267
Jessie J is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The Voice UK

27
166 158
Bruno Tonioli is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Dancing with the Stars, Strictly Come Dancing, DanceX

28
239 285
Nicole Scherzinger is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The X Factor (UK), The X Factor, Dancing with the Stars

29
234 336
Cee Lo Green is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The Voice, Freaknik: The Musical, Cee Lo Green's The Good Life

30
152 132
Carrie Ann Inaba is listed (or ranked) 30 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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186 202
David Walliams is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Little Britain, EastEnders, Little Britain USA

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272 357
Britney Spears is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The X Factor

33
187 201
Kelly Rowland is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The X Factor (UK), The X Factor, The X Factor (U.S.)

34
151 109
Tyra Banks is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
asplatt added America's Next Top Model, Space Ghost Coast to Coast, The Price Is Right

35
200 261
Tom Jones is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The Voice

36
149 140
Drew Carey is listed (or ranked) 36 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?

37
181 208
Amanda Holden is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Britain's Got Talent

38
146 126
Len Goodman is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Dancing with the Stars, Strictly Come Dancing, Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two

39
181 320
David Hasselhoff is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Baywatch, Knight Rider, America's Got Talent

40
182 237
Will.i.am is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The X Factor

41
132 77
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
134 152
Alesha Dixon is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Britain's Got Talent, The 100 Greatest Musicals, Children in Need 2008

43
106 92
Paul Hollywood is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The Great British Bake Off, Paul Hollywood's Pies and Puds

44
128 122
Mary Berry is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The Great British Bake Off

45
43 25
Gwen Stefani is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
jadco added The Voice

46
101 119
John Henson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Baseballislove added Wipeout, Talk Soup, The John Henson Project

47
151 109
Ricky Martin is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The Voice (AU), Blockbuster Entertainment Awards

48
126 139
Seal is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The Voice (AU), Love's Divine

49
141 198
L.A. Reid is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The X Factor

50
116 112
Emma Bunton is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Don't Stop Believing, Emma (1999)