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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
America's Got Talent

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962 437
Simon Cowell is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
American Idol, The X Factor

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668 412
Adam Levine is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The Voice

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594 393
Blake Shelton is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The Voice

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237 109
Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
America: A Tribute to Heroes

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323 604
Piers Morgan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
America's Got Talent

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450 529
Howard Stern is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
America's Got Talent

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420 507
Sharon Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
America's Got Talent, The X Factor

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370 337
Usher is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The Voice

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449 378
Shakira is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The Voice

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489 408
Christina Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The Voice

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346 275
Pharrell Williams is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The Voice

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418 367
Heidi Klum is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Project Runway

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437 357
Paula Abdul is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
American Idol, The X Factor

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413 347
Ellen DeGeneres is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
American Idol, Ellen, The Ellen DeGeneres Show

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331 360
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

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182 314
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

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341 330
Randy Jackson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
American Idol

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297 413
Demi Lovato is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The X Factor

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335 327
Jennifer Lopez is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
American Idol

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272 329
Steven Tyler is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
American Idol

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156 289
Ivanka Trump is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Sandy Bolton added The Apprentice

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209 165
Julianne Hough is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
shockwavesam91 added Dancing with the Stars

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282 302
Cheryl Cole is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The X Factor (UK), The X Factor, This Morning

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279 245
Keith Urban is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
American Idol