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The Best Reality Show Judges  

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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 singing competitions like 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. Some reality show judges like Tyra Banks, have been the judges for over 20 consecutive seasons of a show.

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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Simon Cowell is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
American Idol, The X Factor
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Adam Levine is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The Voice
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Donald Trump is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
asplatt added The Apprentice, The Ultimate Merger, Retrosexual: The '80s
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Blake Shelton is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The Voice
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Piers Morgan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
America's Got Talent
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Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
America: A Tribute to Heroes
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RuPaul is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Sandy Bolton added RuPaul's Drag Race, Skin Wars, Rick & Steve: The Happiest Gay Couple in All the World
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Howard Stern is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
America's Got Talent
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Sharon Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
America's Got Talent, The X Factor
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Usher is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The Voice
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Christina Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The Voice
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Ivanka Trump is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Sandy Bolton added The Apprentice
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Demi Lovato is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The X Factor
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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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Paula Abdul is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
American Idol, The X Factor
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Shakira is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The Voice
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Pharrell Williams is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The Voice
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Kelly Rowland is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The X Factor (UK), The X Factor, The X Factor (U.S.)
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Melanie Brown is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
America's Got Talent, The X Factor (UK), The X Factor
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Gwen Stefani is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
jadco added The Voice
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Jennifer Lopez is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
American Idol
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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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Louis Walsh is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The X Factor (UK), The X Factor, Popstars: The Rivals
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Carrie Ann Inaba is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
shockwavesam91 added In Living Color, Dancing with the Stars, Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann