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

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

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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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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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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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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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Christina Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Christina Aguilera The Voice

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Shakira is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Shakira The Voice

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Pharrell Williams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Pharrell Williams The Voice

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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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Heidi Klum is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Heidi Klum Project Runway

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

13 Cringeworthy Reality TV Show Fails

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Melanie Brown is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Alicia Keys America: A Tribute to Heroes

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Ivanka Trump is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Sandy Bolton added Ivanka Trump The Apprentice

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Donald Trump is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
asplatt added Donald Trump The Apprentice, The Ultimate Merger, Retrosexual: The '80s

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

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Demi Lovato is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Demi Lovato The X Factor

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Julianne Hough is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
shockwavesam91 added Julianne Hough Dancing with the Stars

The Funniest Shows on TV Right Now

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Bruno Tonioli is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Bruno Tonioli Dancing with the Stars, Strictly Come Dancing, DanceX

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

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Cheryl Cole is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Cheryl Cole The X Factor (UK), The X Factor, This Morning

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

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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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Carrie Ann Inaba is listed (or ranked) 27 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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Jennifer Lopez is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Jennifer Lopez American Idol

The 30 Dirtiest Game Show Answers (Vol. 1)

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Britney Spears is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Britney Spears The X Factor

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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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Nicole Scherzinger is listed (or ranked) 31 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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Keith Urban is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Keith Urban American Idol

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Tom Jones is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Tom Jones The Voice

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David Walliams is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
David Walliams Little Britain, EastEnders, Little Britain USA

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Len Goodman is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Len Goodman Dancing with the Stars, Strictly Come Dancing, Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two

The Greatest Characters We Watched Grow Up on TV

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Drew Carey is listed (or ranked) 36 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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David Hasselhoff is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
David Hasselhoff Baywatch, Knight Rider, America's Got Talent

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Seal is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Seal The Voice (AU), Love's Divine

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Will.i.am is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Will.i.am The X Factor

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Amanda Holden is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Amanda Holden Britain's Got Talent

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Mary Berry is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Mary Berry The Great British Bake Off

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Ricky Martin is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Ricky Martin The Voice (AU), Blockbuster Entertainment Awards

The Best Survivor Contestants That Ever Played

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Kelly Rowland is listed (or ranked) 43 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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John Henson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Baseballislove added John Henson Wipeout, Talk Soup, The John Henson Project

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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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Harry Connick, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Danny Marks added Harry Connick, Jr. American Idol, 100 Biggest Weather Moments, 1997 Nobel Peace Prize Concert

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Alesha Dixon is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Alesha Dixon Britain's Got Talent, The 100 Greatest Musicals, Children in Need 2008

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

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Danny O'Donoghue is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Danny O'Donoghue The Voice UK