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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
Howie Mandel America's Got Talent

13 Cringeworthy Reality TV Show Fails The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

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541 300
Simon Cowell is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Simon Cowell American Idol, The X Factor

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415 270
Adam Levine is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Adam Levine The Voice

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323 329
Howard Stern is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Howard Stern America's Got Talent

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357 273
Blake Shelton is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Blake Shelton The Voice

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224 370
Piers Morgan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Piers Morgan America's Got Talent

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283 326
Sharon Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Sharon Osbourne America's Got Talent, The X Factor

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232 160
Pharrell Williams is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Pharrell Williams The Voice

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341 270
Christina Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Christina Aguilera The Voice

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316 234
Paula Abdul is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Paula Abdul American Idol, The X Factor

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302 271
Shakira is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Shakira The Voice

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268 242
Heidi Klum is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Heidi Klum Project Runway

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111 105
Ivanka Trump is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Sandy Bolton added Ivanka Trump The Apprentice

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260 195
Ellen DeGeneres is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Ellen DeGeneres American Idol, Ellen, The Ellen DeGeneres Show

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267 228
Usher is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Usher The Voice

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217 230
Melanie Brown is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Melanie Brown America's Got Talent, The X Factor (UK), The X Factor

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77 84
Donald Trump is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
asplatt added Donald Trump The Apprentice, The Ultimate Merger, Retrosexual: The '80s

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132 73
Julianne Hough is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
shockwavesam91 added Julianne Hough Dancing with the Stars

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225 238
Randy Jackson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Randy Jackson American Idol

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119 82
Bruno Tonioli is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
ColinBoddy added Bruno Tonioli Dancing with the Stars, Strictly Come Dancing, DanceX

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190 318
Demi Lovato is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Demi Lovato The X Factor

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112 72
Carrie Ann Inaba is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
shockwavesam91 added Carrie Ann Inaba In Living Color, Dancing with the Stars, Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann

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185 239
Cee Lo Green is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Cee Lo Green The Voice, Freaknik: The Musical, Cee Lo Green's The Good Life

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197 230
Steven Tyler is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Steven Tyler American Idol

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165 195
Jessie J is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Jessie J The Voice UK

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204 209
Cheryl Cole is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Cheryl Cole The X Factor (UK), The X Factor, This Morning

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219 256
Britney Spears is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Britney Spears The X Factor

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166 196
Tom Jones is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Tom Jones The Voice

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185 223
Nicole Scherzinger is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Nicole Scherzinger The X Factor (UK), The X Factor, Dancing with the Stars

The Best Survivor Contestants That Ever Played The Biggest Turn Ons in a Person

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107 68
Len Goodman is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
ColinBoddy added Len Goodman Dancing with the Stars, Strictly Come Dancing, Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two

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193 186
Keith Urban is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Keith Urban American Idol

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212 258
Jennifer Lopez is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Jennifer Lopez American Idol

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156 244
David Hasselhoff is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
David Hasselhoff Baywatch, Knight Rider, America's Got Talent

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67 31
Tyra Banks is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
asplatt added Tyra Banks America's Next Top Model, Space Ghost Coast to Coast, The Price Is Right

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104 90
Drew Carey is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Baseballislove added Drew Carey The Drew Carey Show, Whose Line Is It Anyway? (UK), Whose Line Is It Anyway?

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99 64
Mary Berry is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
ColinBoddy added Mary Berry The Great British Bake Off

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121 57
Ricky Martin is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
ColinBoddy added Ricky Martin The Voice (AU), Blockbuster Entertainment Awards

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100 79
Seal is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
ColinBoddy added Seal The Voice (AU), Love's Divine

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118 152
David Walliams is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
David Walliams Little Britain, EastEnders, Little Britain USA

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142 183
Will.i.am is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Will.i.am The X Factor

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121 158
Carmen Electra is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Carmen Electra Baywatch, Singled Out, Tripping the Rift

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85 60
John Henson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Baseballislove added John Henson Wipeout, Talk Soup, The John Henson Project

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102 138
Danny O'Donoghue is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
ColinBoddy added Danny O'Donoghue The Voice UK

The 17 Weirdest GIFs from Japanese Game Shows The Best British Documentaries

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115 57
Kylie Minogue is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
ColinBoddy added Kylie Minogue Neighbours, The Kylie Show, The Henderson Kids

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89 72
Paloma Faith is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
ColinBoddy added Paloma Faith

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141 157
Kelly Rowland is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Kelly Rowland The X Factor (UK), The X Factor, The X Factor (U.S.)

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90 75
Ricky Wilson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
ColinBoddy added Ricky Wilson The Voice UK

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120 148
L.A. Reid is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
L.A. Reid The X Factor

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84 62
Emma Bunton is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
ColinBoddy added Emma Bunton Don't Stop Believing, Emma (1999)

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128 164
Amanda Holden is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Reality Show Judges
Amanda Holden Britain's Got Talent