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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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619 328
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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470 294
Adam Levine is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Adam Levine The Voice

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407 283
Blake Shelton is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Blake Shelton The Voice

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345 359
Howard Stern is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Howard Stern America's Got Talent

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238 409
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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307 356
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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292 217
Ellen DeGeneres is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Ellen DeGeneres American Idol, Ellen, The Ellen DeGeneres Show

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251 177
Pharrell Williams is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Pharrell Williams The Voice

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364 287
Christina Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Christina Aguilera The Voice

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336 251
Paula Abdul is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Paula Abdul American Idol, The X Factor

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326 282
Shakira is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Shakira The Voice

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124 133
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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292 263
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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279 243
Usher is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Usher The Voice

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97 123
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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231 252
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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81 23
Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Alicia Keys America: A Tribute to Heroes

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246 246
Randy Jackson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Randy Jackson American Idol

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152 85
Julianne Hough is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
shockwavesam91 added Julianne Hough Dancing with the Stars

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130 94
Bruno Tonioli is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Bruno Tonioli Dancing with the Stars, Strictly Come Dancing, DanceX

The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time

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201 329
Demi Lovato is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Demi Lovato The X Factor

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122 81
Carrie Ann Inaba is listed (or ranked) 23 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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209 240
Steven Tyler is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Steven Tyler American Idol

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218 220
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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174 207
Jessie J is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Jessie J The Voice UK

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192 254
Cee Lo Green is listed (or ranked) 27 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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231 266
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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195 233
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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85 39
Tyra Banks is listed (or ranked) 30 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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230 265
Jennifer Lopez is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Jennifer Lopez American Idol

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174 206
Tom Jones is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Tom Jones The Voice

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203 194
Keith Urban is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Keith Urban American Idol

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116 77
Len Goodman is listed (or ranked) 34 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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109 83
Seal is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Seal The Voice (AU), Love's Divine

The Best Movies Based on TV Shows

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160 254
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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105 71
Mary Berry is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Mary Berry The Great British Bake Off

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108 97
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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129 155
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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125 64
Ricky Martin is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Ricky Martin The Voice (AU), Blockbuster Entertainment Awards

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87 68
John Henson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Baseballislove added John Henson Wipeout, Talk Soup, The John Henson Project

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149 188
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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138 168
Amanda Holden is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Amanda Holden Britain's Got Talent

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106 145
Danny O'Donoghue is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Danny O'Donoghue The Voice UK

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148 160
Kelly Rowland is listed (or ranked) 45 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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123 165
Carmen Electra is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Carmen Electra Baywatch, Singled Out, Tripping the Rift

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92 77
Paloma Faith is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Paloma Faith

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118 63
Kylie Minogue is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Kylie Minogue Neighbours, The Kylie Show, The Henderson Kids

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86 65
Emma Bunton is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Emma Bunton Don't Stop Believing, Emma (1999)

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92 80
Ricky Wilson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Ricky Wilson The Voice UK