Reality TV Stars 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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Howie Mandel is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
America's Got Talent
2
998 445
Simon Cowell is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
American Idol, The X Factor
3
683 421
Adam Levine is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The Voice
4
610 400
Blake Shelton is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The Voice
5
248 113
Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
America: A Tribute to Heroes
6
329 613
Piers Morgan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
America's Got Talent
7
454 540
Howard Stern is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
America's Got Talent
8
432 513
Sharon Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
America's Got Talent, The X Factor
9
377 345
Usher is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The Voice
10
452 386
Shakira is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The Voice
11
494 416
Christina Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The Voice
12
351 282
Pharrell Williams is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The Voice
13
430 374
Heidi Klum is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Project Runway
14
444 364
Paula Abdul is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
American Idol, The X Factor
15
422 357
Ellen DeGeneres is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
American Idol, Ellen, The Ellen DeGeneres Show
16
339 365
Melanie Brown is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
America's Got Talent, The X Factor (UK), The X Factor
17
184 331
Donald Trump is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
asplatt added The Apprentice, The Ultimate Merger, Retrosexual: The '80s
18
302 421
Demi Lovato is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The X Factor
19
347 337
Randy Jackson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
American Idol
20
343 334
Jennifer Lopez is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
American Idol
21
277 332
Steven Tyler is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
American Idol
22
286 248
Keith Urban is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
American Idol
23
212 168
Julianne Hough is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
shockwavesam91 added Dancing with the Stars
24
157 298
Ivanka Trump is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Sandy Bolton added The Apprentice
25
284 307
Cheryl Cole is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The X Factor (UK), The X Factor, This Morning