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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 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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Simon Cowell is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
American Idol, The X Factor
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Adam Levine is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The Voice
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Blake Shelton is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The Voice
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Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
America: A Tribute to Heroes
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Piers Morgan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
America's Got Talent
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Howard Stern is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
America's Got Talent
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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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Usher is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The Voice
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Shakira is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The Voice
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Christina Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The Voice
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Heidi Klum is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Project Runway
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Ellen DeGeneres is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
American Idol, Ellen, The Ellen DeGeneres Show
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Pharrell Williams is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The Voice
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Paula Abdul is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
American Idol, The X Factor
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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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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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Demi Lovato is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
The X Factor
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Randy Jackson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
American Idol
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Jennifer Lopez is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
American Idol
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Julianne Hough is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
shockwavesam91 added Dancing with the Stars
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Steven Tyler is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
American Idol
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Keith Urban is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
American Idol
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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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Ivanka Trump is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Sandy Bolton added The Apprentice