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The Best Black Reality TV & Game Show Judges  

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List Rules Vote up the judges who are the most fun to watch on reality and game shows - no matter how you feel about their choices on who wins.

Reality TV and game show judges control the chaos of unscripted television. The best black reality TV hosts and judges have appeared on a variety of shows including dating competitions, classic game shows, and talent series. Singing competitions like The Voice, X-Factor, and American Idol has featured some amazing black judges as have such series as America's Got Talent and America's Next Top Model.

Hosts are just as important as the judges as they often insert humor into tense moments of competition. People like Alfonso Ribeiro, Cedric the Entertainer, and Tyra Banks are iconic black game show hosts and black reality TV presenters with the ability to spout memorable (and memeable) lines during their judging. Last Comic Standing, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, and Family Feud have all featured talented black game show hosts throughout different seasons.

While the contestants change each season, judges and hosts often stick around year after year. Many fans tune in to see people like Steve Harvey, Sherri Shepherd, and Jamie Foxx create magic out of impromptu moments.

Who are your favorite black reality show hosts and judges? Here's your chance to vote for your favorite black and African American game show hosts to make sure the best of the best lands in the top spot on this ultimate list. There are many great black reality TV hosts so vote for everyone you love to watch.

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Terry Crews is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Black Reality TV & Game Show Judges
  • Who Wants to be a Millionaire? - Season 13
  • Ultimate Beastmaster - Season 1
  • America's Got Talent: The Champions - Season 1
  • America's Got Talent - Season 14
Terry Alan Crews (born July 30, 1968) is an American actor, comedian, activist, artist, and former American football player. Crews played Julius Rock on the UPN/CW sitcom Everybody Hates Chris. ...more
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RuPaul is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Black Reality TV & Game Show Judges
  • RuPaul's Drag Race
  • RuPaul's Drag U
  • RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars
  • Skin Wars
  • Gay for Play Game Show Starring RuPaul
  • The World's Best
RuPaul Andre Charles (born November 17, 1960) is an American drag queen, actor, model, singer, songwriter, and television personality. Since 2009, he has produced and hosted the reality ...more
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Tyra Banks is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Black Reality TV & Game Show Judges
  • America's Next Top Model
  • America's Got Talent - Season 12, 13
Tyra Lynne Banks (born December 4, 1973), also known as BanX, is an American television personality, producer, businesswoman, actress, author, model, and occasional singer. Born in Inglewood, ...more
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Steve Harvey is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Black Reality TV & Game Show Judges
  • Showtime at the Apollo (1993-2000 & 2018)
  • Family Feud (since 2010)
  • Celebrity Family Feud (since 2015)
  • Little Big Shots - Season 1, 2, 3
  • Steve Harvey's Funderdome
Broderick Stephen Harvey (born January 17, 1957) is an American comedian, television host, producer, radio personality, actor, and author. He hosts The Steve Harvey Morning Show, the Steve talk ...more
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Alfonso Ribeiro is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Black Reality TV & Game Show Judges
  • Your Big Break - Season 2
  • Catch 21 - Season 1, 2, 3, 4
  • Spell-Mageddon - Season 1
  • America's Funniest Home Videos (since 2015)
Alfonso Lincoln Ribeiro Sr. (born September 21, 1971) is an American actor, comedian, dancer, director, game show host and television personality. He played Alfonso Spears on the sitcom Silver ...more
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Jamie Foxx is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Black Reality TV & Game Show Judges
  • Beat Shazam
Eric Marlon Bishop (born December 13, 1967), known professionally as Jamie Foxx, is an American actor, singer, songwriter, record producer and comedian. For his portrayal of Ray Charles in the ...more
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Randy Jackson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Black Reality TV & Game Show Judges
  • American Idol - Seasons 1-12
Randall Darius Jackson (born June 23, 1956) is an American bassist, singer, record producer, entrepreneur, and television personality. Jackson began his career in the 1980s as a session musician ...more
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Wayne Brady is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Black Reality TV & Game Show Judges
  • Let's Make a Deal (since 2009)
  • Don't Forget the Lyrics - Season 1, 2
Wayne Alphonso Brady (born June 2, 1972) is an American actor, singer, and comedian who is a regular on the American version of the improvisational comedy television series Whose Line Is It ...more
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Usher is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Black Reality TV & Game Show Judges
  • The Voice - Seasons 4, 6, 8, 17
Usher Raymond IV (born October 14, 1978) is an American singer, songwriter and dancer. He was born in Dallas, Texas, but raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee until moving to Atlanta, Georgia. At the ...more
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Pharrell Williams is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Black Reality TV & Game Show Judges
  • The Voice - Season 7, 8, 9, 10
Pharrell Lanscilo Williams (; born April 5, 1973) is an American rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer. Williams and Chad Hugo formed the record production duo The Neptunes in 1992, ...more
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Melanie Brown is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Black Reality TV & Game Show Judges
  • Dance Your Ass Off - Season 2
  • The X Factor Australia - Season 3, 4, 8
  • The X Factor UK - Season 11
  • Lip Sync Battle UK - Season 1, 2
  • Stepping Out - Season 1
  • America's Got Talent - Seasons 8-13
  • America's Got Talent: The Champions - Season 1
Melanie Janine Brown (born 29 May 1975), known professionally as Mel B, is an English singer, songwriter, rapper, television personality, and author. Brown rose to prominence in the 1990s as a ...more
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Kelly Rowland is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Black Reality TV & Game Show Judges
  • The X Factor (US) - Season 3
  • The X Factor (UK) - Season 8
  • Clash of the Choirs - Season 1
  • The Fashion Show (US) - Season 1
  • Everybody Dance Now - Season 1
  • Chasing Destiny - Season 1
  • The Voice (Australia) - Seasons 6-8
Kelendria Trene "Kelly" Rowland (born February 11, 1981) is an American singer, songwriter, actress, television personality and producer. Rowland rose to fame in the late 1990s as a ...more
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Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Black Reality TV & Game Show Judges
  • The Voice - Seasons 11-16
Alicia Augello Cook (born January 25, 1981), known professionally as Alicia Keys, is an American musician, singer, and songwriter. A classically-trained pianist, Keys was composing songs by age ...more
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Michael Strahan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Black Reality TV & Game Show Judges
  • The $100,000 Pyramid - Seasons 1-4
Michael Anthony Strahan (; born November 21, 1971) is an American former football defensive end who spent his entire 15-year career with the New York Giants of the National Football League ...more
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T.I. is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Black Reality TV & Game Show Judges
  • The Grand Hustle
  • Rhythm + Flow
Clifford Joseph Harris Jr. (born September 25, 1980), known professionally as T.I. and Tip (often stylized as TIP or T.I.P.), is an American rapper and actor. Harris signed his first major-label ...more
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Cee Lo Green is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Black Reality TV & Game Show Judges
  • The Voice - Season 1, 2, 3, 5
Thomas DeCarlo Callaway (born May 30, 1974), known professionally as CeeLo Green (or Cee Lo Green), is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, record producer, and actor. Green came to initial ...more
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Cedric the Entertainer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Black Reality TV & Game Show Judges
  • It's Worth What? - Season 1
  • Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? - Season 12
  • Cedric's Barber Battle - Season 1
     
Cedric Antonio Kyles (born April 24, 1964), better known by his stage name Cedric the Entertainer, is an American actor, comedian, and game show host. He hosted BET's ComicView during the ...more
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Keenen Ivory Wayans is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Black Reality TV & Game Show Judges
Keenen Ivory Wayans
  • Last Comic Standing - Season 8, 9
Keenen Ivory Wayans Sr. (born June 8, 1958) is an American actor, comedian, filmmaker, and a member of the Wayans family of entertainers. He first came to prominence as the host and the creator ...more
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Anthony Anderson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Black Reality TV & Game Show Judges
  • To Tell the Truth - Seasons 1-4
Anthony Anderson (born August 15, 1970) is an American actor, comedian, writer, and game show host. He has starred in his own short-lived sitcom, All About the Andersons, as well as the ABC ...more
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Craig Robinson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Black Reality TV & Game Show Judges
  • Last Comic Standing - Season 7
Craig Phillip Robinson (born October 25, 1971) is an American actor, comedian, and singer. He is best known for his roles as Darryl Philbin on The Office (2005–2013) and Doug Judy (the ...more
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Mariah Carey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Black Reality TV & Game Show Judges
  • American Idol - Season 12
Mariah Carey (born March 27, 1969 or 1970) is an American singer, songwriter, actress, record producer, and entrepreneur. Referred to as the "Songbird Supreme" by the Guinness World ...more
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Donald Faison is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Black Reality TV & Game Show Judges
Donald Faison
  • The Playbook - Season 1
  • Who Gets the Last Laugh? - Season 1
  • Winsanity - Season 1, 2
Donald Adeosun Faison (; born June 22, 1974) is an American actor, comedian, and voice actor, best known for his leading role as Dr. Chris Turk in the ABC/NBC comedy-drama Scrubs (2001–2010), ...more
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Cardi B is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Black Reality TV & Game Show Judges
  • Rhythm + Flow - Season 1
Belcalis Almanzar (born October 11, 1992), known professionally as Cardi B, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and media personality. Born and raised in The Bronx, New York, she first ...more
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will.i.am is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Black Reality TV & Game Show Judges
  • The Voice UK - Seasons 1-8
  • The Voice Australia - Season 3
  • The Voice Kids - Season 1, 2, 3
William Adams (born March 15, 1975), known professionally as will.i.am (pronounced ‘Will-I-am’), is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, DJ, record producer, actor, entrepreneur, and ...more
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Wendy Williams is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Black Reality TV & Game Show Judges
  • Love Triangle - Season 1
Wendy Joan Williams Hunter (born July 18, 1964) is an American television and radio presenter, businesswoman, writer, actress, fashion designer, and media personality. She has hosted the ...more