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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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523 299
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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407 266
Adam Levine is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Adam Levine The Voice

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316 324
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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350 268
Blake Shelton is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Blake Shelton The Voice

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223 363
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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278 322
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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230 154
Pharrell Williams is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Pharrell Williams The Voice

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313 229
Paula Abdul is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Paula Abdul American Idol, The X Factor

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335 264
Christina Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Christina Aguilera The Voice

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296 267
Shakira is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Shakira The Voice

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260 240
Heidi Klum is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Heidi Klum Project Runway

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109 100
Ivanka Trump is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Sandy Bolton added Ivanka Trump The Apprentice

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265 224
Usher is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Usher The Voice

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255 191
Ellen DeGeneres is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Ellen DeGeneres American Idol, Ellen, The Ellen DeGeneres Show

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214 226
Melanie Brown is listed (or ranked) 16 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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75 78
Donald Trump is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
asplatt added Donald Trump The Apprentice, The Ultimate Merger, Retrosexual: The '80s

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130 69
Julianne Hough is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
shockwavesam91 added Julianne Hough Dancing with the Stars

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220 233
Randy Jackson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Randy Jackson American Idol

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115 79
Bruno Tonioli is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
ColinBoddy added Bruno Tonioli Dancing with the Stars, Strictly Come Dancing, DanceX

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185 314
Demi Lovato is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Demi Lovato The X Factor

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111 69
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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181 235
Cee Lo Green is listed (or ranked) 23 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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193 227
Steven Tyler is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Steven Tyler American Idol

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162 192
Jessie J is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Jessie J The Voice UK

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201 205
Cheryl Cole is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Cheryl Cole The X Factor (UK), The X Factor, This Morning

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217 254
Britney Spears is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Britney Spears The X Factor

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163 193
Tom Jones is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Tom Jones The Voice

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181 221
Nicole Scherzinger is listed (or ranked) 29 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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105 66
Len Goodman is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
ColinBoddy added Len Goodman Dancing with the Stars, Strictly Come Dancing, Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two

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209 257
Jennifer Lopez is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Jennifer Lopez American Idol

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189 186
Keith Urban is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Keith Urban American Idol

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155 241
David Hasselhoff is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
David Hasselhoff Baywatch, Knight Rider, America's Got Talent

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63 29
Tyra Banks is listed (or ranked) 34 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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97 63
Mary Berry is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
ColinBoddy added Mary Berry The Great British Bake Off

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99 76
Seal is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
ColinBoddy added Seal The Voice (AU), Love's Divine

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120 55
Ricky Martin is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
ColinBoddy added Ricky Martin The Voice (AU), Blockbuster Entertainment Awards

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101 89
Drew Carey is listed (or ranked) 38 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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116 150
David Walliams is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
David Walliams Little Britain, EastEnders, Little Britain USA

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139 180
Will.i.am is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Will.i.am The X Factor

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120 156
Carmen Electra is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Carmen Electra Baywatch, Singled Out, Tripping the Rift

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84 58
John Henson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Baseballislove added John Henson Wipeout, Talk Soup, The John Henson Project

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101 135
Danny O'Donoghue is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
ColinBoddy added Danny O'Donoghue The Voice UK

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113 55
Kylie Minogue is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
ColinBoddy added Kylie Minogue Neighbours, The Kylie Show, The Henderson Kids

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87 70
Paloma Faith is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
ColinBoddy added Paloma Faith

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118 145
L.A. Reid is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
L.A. Reid The X Factor

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83 60
Emma Bunton is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
ColinBoddy added Emma Bunton Don't Stop Believing, Emma (1999)

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88 74
Ricky Wilson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
ColinBoddy added Ricky Wilson The Voice UK

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138 156
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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126 163
Amanda Holden is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Amanda Holden Britain's Got Talent