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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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965 438
Simon Cowell is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
American Idol, The X Factor

3
669 414
Adam Levine is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The Voice

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594 395
Blake Shelton is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The Voice

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239 109
Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
America: A Tribute to Heroes

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325 605
Piers Morgan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
America's Got Talent

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451 531
Howard Stern is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
America's Got Talent

8
421 508
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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370 340
Usher is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The Voice

10
449 380
Shakira is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The Voice

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348 276
Pharrell Williams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The Voice

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489 410
Christina Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The Voice

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420 369
Heidi Klum is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Project Runway

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437 359
Paula Abdul is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
American Idol, The X Factor

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413 350
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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332 361
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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182 317
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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341 331
Randy Jackson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
American Idol

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297 414
Demi Lovato is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The X Factor

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335 328
Jennifer Lopez is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
American Idol

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272 330
Steven Tyler is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
American Idol

22
156 290
Ivanka Trump is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Sandy Bolton added The Apprentice

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209 166
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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282 303
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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279 246
Keith Urban is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
American Idol