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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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Simon Cowell is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
American Idol, The X Factor
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RuPaul is listed (or ranked) 2 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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Michelle Visage is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
RuPaul's Drag Race, Dance Party USA, The RuPaul Show
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Len Goodman is listed (or ranked) 4 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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Paloma Faith is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Paloma Faith
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Michael Kors is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Anna Paolinelli added Project Runway, Models of the Runway, Project Runway: All Stars
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Keith Urban is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
American Idol
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Christian Siriano is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Anna Paolinelli added
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Emma Bunton is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Don't Stop Believing, Emma (1999)
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Isaac Mizrahi is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Sandy Bolton added Project Runway All Stars, The Fashion Show, Isaac
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Ricky Wilson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The Voice UK
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Tom Colicchio is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Sandy Bolton added Top Chef, The Restaurateur, Hooked Up with Tom Colicchio
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Paul Hollywood is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Paul Hollywood The Great British Bake Off, Paul Hollywood's Pies and Puds
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James Blunt is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The Graham Norton Show
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Zac Posen is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Anna Paolinelli added Project Runway, Bitches in Britches
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Harry Connick, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Danny Marks added American Idol, 100 Biggest Weather Moments, 1997 Nobel Peace Prize Concert
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Kelly Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Anna Paolinelli added Dancing with the Stars, The Osbournes, Life as We Know It
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Georgina Chapman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Sandy Bolton added Project Runway All Stars
Project Runway All Stars
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Guy Sebastian is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The X Factor (Australia), World Idol, Australian Idol
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Kelly Cutrone is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
America's Next Top Model, The Hills, The City
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Louie Spence is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Celebrity Big Brother, Pineapple Dance Studios, Louie Spence's Showbusiness
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Natalie Imbruglia is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The X Factor (Australia), Neighbours, In Memory of Maia
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Neil Fox is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Brass Eye, Pop Idol, Peter Kay's Britain's Got the Pop Factor... and Possibly a New Celebrity Jesus Christ Soapstar Superstar Strictly on Ice
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Brandy Norwood is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
America's Got Talent, Drop Dead Diva, Dancing with the Stars
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Amanda Holden is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Britain's Got Talent