Reality TV Stars 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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560 580
Howie Mandel is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
America's Got Talent
2
980 443
Simon Cowell is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
American Idol, The X Factor
3
678 417
Adam Levine is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The Voice
4
605 397
Blake Shelton is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The Voice
5
242 111
Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
America: A Tribute to Heroes
6
326 609
Piers Morgan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
America's Got Talent
7
452 534
Howard Stern is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
America's Got Talent
8
425 511
Sharon Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
America's Got Talent, The X Factor
9
373 342
Usher is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The Voice
10
450 383
Shakira is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The Voice
11
491 412
Christina Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The Voice
12
349 279
Pharrell Williams is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The Voice
13
424 373
Heidi Klum is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Project Runway
14
441 361
Paula Abdul is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
American Idol, The X Factor
15
416 354
Ellen DeGeneres is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
American Idol, Ellen, The Ellen DeGeneres Show
16
332 364
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
17
183 324
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
18
344 334
Randy Jackson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
American Idol
19
299 417
Demi Lovato is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The X Factor
20
341 330
Jennifer Lopez is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
American Idol
21
276 330
Steven Tyler is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
American Idol
22
157 293
Ivanka Trump is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Sandy Bolton added The Apprentice
23
210 167
Julianne Hough is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
shockwavesam91 added Dancing with the Stars
24
283 247
Keith Urban is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
American Idol
25
282 305
Cheryl Cole is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The X Factor (UK), The X Factor, This Morning