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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

2
938 428
Simon Cowell is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
American Idol, The X Factor

3
655 403
Adam Levine is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The Voice

4
583 383
Blake Shelton is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The Voice

5
228 104
Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
America: A Tribute to Heroes

6
320 591
Piers Morgan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
America's Got Talent

7
444 519
Howard Stern is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
America's Got Talent

8
413 499
Sharon Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
America's Got Talent, The X Factor

9
438 374
Shakira is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The Voice

10
363 332
Usher is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The Voice

11
342 267
Pharrell Williams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The Voice

12
480 402
Christina Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The Voice

13
432 351
Paula Abdul is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
American Idol, The X Factor

14
408 342
Ellen DeGeneres is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
American Idol, Ellen, The Ellen DeGeneres Show

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409 361
Heidi Klum is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Project Runway

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326 353
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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177 300
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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338 324
Randy Jackson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
American Idol

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288 411
Demi Lovato is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The X Factor

20
329 322
Jennifer Lopez is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
American Idol

21
271 322
Steven Tyler is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
American Idol

22
154 280
Ivanka Trump is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Sandy Bolton added The Apprentice

23
205 159
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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278 238
Keith Urban is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
American Idol

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277 298
Cheryl Cole is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The X Factor (UK), The X Factor, This Morning