Reality TV 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 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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506 506
Howie Mandel is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
America's Got Talent

2
866 401
Simon Cowell is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
American Idol, The X Factor

3
617 370
Adam Levine is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The Voice

4
544 363
Blake Shelton is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The Voice

5
201 82
Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
America: A Tribute to Heroes

6
299 555
Piers Morgan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
America's Got Talent

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424 487
Howard Stern is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
America's Got Talent

8
386 473
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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348 306
Usher is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The Voice

10
458 378
Christina Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The Voice

11
389 311
Ellen DeGeneres is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
American Idol, Ellen, The Ellen DeGeneres Show

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410 356
Shakira is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The Voice

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414 331
Paula Abdul is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
American Idol, The X Factor

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317 253
Pharrell Williams is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The Voice

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384 334
Heidi Klum is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Project Runway

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308 334
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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156 258
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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322 309
Randy Jackson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
American Idol

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268 395
Demi Lovato is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The X Factor

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148 255
Ivanka Trump is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Sandy Bolton added The Apprentice

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260 305
Steven Tyler is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
American Idol

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303 315
Jennifer Lopez is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
American Idol

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191 147
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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262 230
Keith Urban is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
American Idol

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260 282
Cheryl Cole is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The X Factor (UK), The X Factor, This Morning

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230 318
Cee Lo Green is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The Voice, Freaknik: The Musical, Cee Lo Green's The Good Life

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202 257
Jessie J is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The Voice UK

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161 149
Bruno Tonioli is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Dancing with the Stars, Strictly Come Dancing, DanceX

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149 128
Carrie Ann Inaba is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
shockwavesam91 added In Living Color, Dancing with the Stars, Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann

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227 282
Nicole Scherzinger is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The X Factor (UK), The X Factor, Dancing with the Stars

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264 345
Britney Spears is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The X Factor

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140 97
Tyra Banks is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
asplatt added America's Next Top Model, Space Ghost Coast to Coast, The Price Is Right

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148 131
Drew Carey is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Baseballislove added The Drew Carey Show, Whose Line Is It Anyway? (UK), Whose Line Is It Anyway?

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194 256
Tom Jones is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The Voice

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170 198
David Walliams is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Little Britain, EastEnders, Little Britain USA

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140 121
Len Goodman is listed (or ranked) 36 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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178 312
David Hasselhoff is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Baywatch, Knight Rider, America's Got Talent

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171 203
Amanda Holden is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Britain's Got Talent

39
176 230
Will.i.am is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The X Factor

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178 195
Kelly Rowland is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The X Factor (UK), The X Factor, The X Factor (U.S.)

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127 73
Harry Connick, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 41 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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100 86
Paul Hollywood is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The Great British Bake Off, Paul Hollywood's Pies and Puds

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100 111
John Henson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Baseballislove added Wipeout, Talk Soup, The John Henson Project

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124 115
Mary Berry is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The Great British Bake Off

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150 101
Ricky Martin is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The Voice (AU), Blockbuster Entertainment Awards

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123 150
Alesha Dixon is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Britain's Got Talent, The 100 Greatest Musicals, Children in Need 2008

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123 132
Seal is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The Voice (AU), Love's Divine

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36 22
Gwen Stefani is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
jadco added The Voice

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137 193
L.A. Reid is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The X Factor

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134 209
Carmen Electra is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Baywatch, Singled Out, Tripping the Rift