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

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571 317
Simon Cowell is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Simon Cowell American Idol, The X Factor

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443 279
Adam Levine is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Adam Levine The Voice

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336 342
Howard Stern is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Howard Stern America's Got Talent

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375 276
Blake Shelton is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Blake Shelton The Voice

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234 386
Piers Morgan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Piers Morgan America's Got Talent

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293 338
Sharon Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Sharon Osbourne America's Got Talent, The X Factor

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241 169
Pharrell Williams is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Pharrell Williams The Voice

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272 203
Ellen DeGeneres is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Ellen DeGeneres American Idol, Ellen, The Ellen DeGeneres Show

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351 276
Christina Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Christina Aguilera The Voice

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120 117
Ivanka Trump is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Sandy Bolton added Ivanka Trump The Apprentice

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321 245
Paula Abdul is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Paula Abdul American Idol, The X Factor

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308 278
Shakira is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Shakira The Voice

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274 256
Heidi Klum is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Heidi Klum Project Runway

13 Cringeworthy Reality TV Show Fails

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271 235
Usher is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Usher The Voice

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91 99
Donald Trump is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
asplatt added Donald Trump The Apprentice, The Ultimate Merger, Retrosexual: The '80s

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223 242
Melanie Brown is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Melanie Brown America's Got Talent, The X Factor (UK), The X Factor

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233 243
Randy Jackson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Randy Jackson American Idol

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137 79
Julianne Hough is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
shockwavesam91 added Julianne Hough Dancing with the Stars

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125 86
Bruno Tonioli is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Bruno Tonioli Dancing with the Stars, Strictly Come Dancing, DanceX

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65 18
Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Alicia Keys America: A Tribute to Heroes

The Best British Sitcoms of All Time

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117 74
Carrie Ann Inaba is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
shockwavesam91 added Carrie Ann Inaba In Living Color, Dancing with the Stars, Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann

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203 233
Steven Tyler is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Steven Tyler American Idol

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193 323
Demi Lovato is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Demi Lovato The X Factor

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208 214
Cheryl Cole is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Cheryl Cole The X Factor (UK), The X Factor, This Morning

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187 247
Cee Lo Green is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Cee Lo Green The Voice, Freaknik: The Musical, Cee Lo Green's The Good Life

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167 201
Jessie J is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Jessie J The Voice UK

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221 260
Britney Spears is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Britney Spears The X Factor

The 30 Dirtiest Game Show Answers (Vol. 1)

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113 69
Len Goodman is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Len Goodman Dancing with the Stars, Strictly Come Dancing, Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two

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189 226
Nicole Scherzinger is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Nicole Scherzinger The X Factor (UK), The X Factor, Dancing with the Stars

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168 200
Tom Jones is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Tom Jones The Voice

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75 33
Tyra Banks is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
asplatt added Tyra Banks America's Next Top Model, Space Ghost Coast to Coast, The Price Is Right

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196 187
Keith Urban is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Keith Urban American Idol

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218 260
Jennifer Lopez is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Jennifer Lopez American Idol

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101 64
Mary Berry is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Mary Berry The Great British Bake Off

8 TV Actors Who Turned Out Just Like Their Characters

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158 247
David Hasselhoff is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
David Hasselhoff Baywatch, Knight Rider, America's Got Talent

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104 91
Drew Carey is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Baseballislove added Drew Carey The Drew Carey Show, Whose Line Is It Anyway? (UK), Whose Line Is It Anyway?

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85 61
John Henson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Baseballislove added John Henson Wipeout, Talk Soup, The John Henson Project

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122 58
Ricky Martin is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Ricky Martin The Voice (AU), Blockbuster Entertainment Awards

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101 79
Seal is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Seal The Voice (AU), Love's Divine

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120 152
David Walliams is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
David Walliams Little Britain, EastEnders, Little Britain USA

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143 183
Will.i.am is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Will.i.am The X Factor

The Best Survivor Contestants That Ever Played

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103 138
Danny O'Donoghue is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Danny O'Donoghue The Voice UK

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116 57
Kylie Minogue is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Kylie Minogue Neighbours, The Kylie Show, The Henderson Kids

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121 158
Carmen Electra is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Carmen Electra Baywatch, Singled Out, Tripping the Rift

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90 72
Paloma Faith is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Paloma Faith

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91 75
Ricky Wilson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Ricky Wilson The Voice UK

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85 62
Emma Bunton is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Emma Bunton Don't Stop Believing, Emma (1999)

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143 157
Kelly Rowland is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Kelly Rowland The X Factor (UK), The X Factor, The X Factor (U.S.)

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130 164
Amanda Holden is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Amanda Holden Britain's Got Talent