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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521 529
Howie Mandel is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
America's Got Talent

2
638 384
Adam Levine is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The Voice

3
896 416
Simon Cowell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
American Idol, The X Factor

4
567 368
Blake Shelton is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The Voice

5
214 92
Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
America: A Tribute to Heroes

6
315 568
Piers Morgan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
America's Got Talent

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435 500
Howard Stern is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
America's Got Talent

8
400 486
Sharon Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
America's Got Talent, The X Factor

9
354 318
Usher is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The Voice

10
470 389
Christina Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The Voice

11
400 324
Ellen DeGeneres is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
American Idol, Ellen, The Ellen DeGeneres Show

12
326 260
Pharrell Williams is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The Voice

13
418 367
Shakira is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The Voice

14
421 343
Paula Abdul is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
American Idol, The X Factor

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391 352
Heidi Klum is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Project Runway

16
168 277
Donald Trump is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
asplatt added The Apprentice, The Ultimate Merger, Retrosexual: The '80s

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317 348
Melanie Brown is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
America's Got Talent, The X Factor (UK), The X Factor

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330 316
Randy Jackson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
American Idol

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277 404
Demi Lovato is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The X Factor

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266 313
Steven Tyler is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
American Idol

21
151 266
Ivanka Trump is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Sandy Bolton added The Apprentice

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315 319
Jennifer Lopez is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
American Idol

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270 234
Keith Urban is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
American Idol

24
194 155
Julianne Hough is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
shockwavesam91 added Dancing with the Stars

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268 291
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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209 265
Jessie J is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The Voice UK

27
234 329
Cee Lo Green is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The Voice, Freaknik: The Musical, Cee Lo Green's The Good Life

28
165 155
Bruno Tonioli is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Dancing with the Stars, Strictly Come Dancing, DanceX

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235 285
Nicole Scherzinger is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The X Factor (UK), The X Factor, Dancing with the Stars

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151 132
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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270 355
Britney Spears is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The X Factor

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186 200
Kelly Rowland is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The X Factor (UK), The X Factor, The X Factor (U.S.)

33
183 200
David Walliams is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Little Britain, EastEnders, Little Britain USA

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147 107
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

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199 260
Tom Jones is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The Voice

36
149 138
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
145 125
Len Goodman is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Dancing with the Stars, Strictly Come Dancing, Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two

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177 208
Amanda Holden is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Britain's Got Talent

39
181 318
David Hasselhoff is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Baywatch, Knight Rider, America's Got Talent

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182 235
Will.i.am is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The X Factor

41
131 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
131 152
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
105 91
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

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128 121
Mary Berry is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The Great British Bake Off

45
42 25
Gwen Stefani is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
jadco added The Voice

46
101 118
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
151 108
Ricky Martin is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The Voice (AU), Blockbuster Entertainment Awards

48
125 137
Seal is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The Voice (AU), Love's Divine

49
141 197
Antonio M. Reid is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The X Factor

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116 111
Emma Bunton is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Don't Stop Believing, Emma (1999)