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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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510 346
Blake Shelton is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Blake Shelton The Voice

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Piers Morgan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Piers Morgan America's Got Talent

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405 458
Howard Stern is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Howard Stern America's Got Talent

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176 68
Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Alicia Keys America: A Tribute to Heroes

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

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371 292
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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393 336
Shakira is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Shakira The Voice

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

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395 317
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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302 242
Pharrell Williams is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Pharrell Williams The Voice

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360 319
Heidi Klum is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Heidi Klum Project Runway

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

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286 316
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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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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Randy Jackson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Randy Jackson American Idol

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146 232
Ivanka Trump is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Sandy Bolton added Ivanka Trump The Apprentice

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248 382
Demi Lovato is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Demi Lovato The X Factor

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252 293
Steven Tyler is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Steven Tyler American Idol

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186 137
Julianne Hough is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
shockwavesam91 added Julianne Hough Dancing with the Stars

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Cheryl Cole is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Cheryl Cole The X Factor (UK), The X Factor, This Morning

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154 138
Bruno Tonioli is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Bruno Tonioli Dancing with the Stars, Strictly Come Dancing, DanceX

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195 248
Jessie J is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Jessie J The Voice UK

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220 307
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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278 307
Jennifer Lopez is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Jennifer Lopez American Idol

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248 223
Keith Urban is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Keith Urban American Idol

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146 119
Carrie Ann Inaba is listed (or ranked) 29 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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257 325
Britney Spears is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Britney Spears The X Factor

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216 276
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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140 122
Drew Carey is listed (or ranked) 32 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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Tom Jones is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Tom Jones The Voice

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126 87
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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157 190
David Walliams is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
David Walliams Little Britain, EastEnders, Little Britain USA

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135 110
Len Goodman is listed (or ranked) 36 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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173 300
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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169 221
Will.i.am is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Will.i.am The X Factor

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161 199
Amanda Holden is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Amanda Holden Britain's Got Talent

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121 105
Mary Berry is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Mary Berry The Great British Bake Off

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167 188
Kelly Rowland is listed (or ranked) 41 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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119 66
Harry Connick, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 42 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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142 95
Ricky Martin is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Ricky Martin The Voice (AU), Blockbuster Entertainment Awards

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119 124
Seal is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Seal The Voice (AU), Love's Divine

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98 101
John Henson is listed (or ranked) 45 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) 46 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Carmen Electra Baywatch, Singled Out, Tripping the Rift

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133 183
L.A. Reid is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
L.A. Reid The X Factor

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114 144
Alesha Dixon is listed (or ranked) 48 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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109 181
Danny O'Donoghue is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Danny O'Donoghue The Voice UK

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99 97
Emma Bunton is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Emma Bunton Don't Stop Believing, Emma (1999)