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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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Brandy Norwood is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Black Reality TV & Game Show Judges
  • America's Got Talent - Season 1
Brandy Rayana Norwood (born February 11, 1979), known professionally as Brandy, is an American R singer-songwriter, record producer, television entertainer, actress, and film producer. In 2009, ...more
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Ne-Yo is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Black Reality TV & Game Show Judges
  • World of Dance - Seasons 1-4
Shaffer Chimere Smith, known by his stage name Ne-Yo, is an American R&B singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, and actor. Ne-Yo gained fame for his song-writing abilities when he ...more
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Sherri Shepherd is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Black Reality TV & Game Show Judges
  • The Newlywed Game - Seasons 4-6
  • Match Made in Heaven - Season 2
  • Best Ever Trivia Show - Season 1
Sherri Evonne Shepherd is an American comedienne, author, businesswoman, actress, and television personality. She headlined her own sitcom, Sherri, on Lifetime television. Shepherd hosts ...more
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L.A. Reid is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Black Reality TV & Game Show Judges
  • The X-Factor - Season 1, 2
Antonio M. "L.A." Reid is an American record executive, musician, songwriter, record producer, former television music competition judge, and is currently the chairman and CEO of Epic ...more
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David Alan Grier is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Black Reality TV & Game Show Judges
  • Thank God You're Here - Season 1
  • Snap Decision - Season 1
     
David Alan Grier, also known as DAG, is an American actor and comedian. He is known for his work on the sketch comedy television show In Living Color.
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Kimora Lee Simmons is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Black Reality TV & Game Show Judges
  • America's Next Top Model - Season 1
Kimora Lee Simmons is an American former fashion model. She took over Baby Phat after Russell Simmons and was CEO/Creative Director through 2010. In 2011, she was hired as president/Creative ...more
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Seal is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Black Reality TV & Game Show Judges
  • The Voice Australia - Season 1, 2, 6
Henry Olusegun Adeola Samuel, known by the mononym Seal, is a British soul and R&B singer and songwriter. He has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide and is known for his numerous ...more
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J. Alexander is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Black Reality TV & Game Show Judges
  • America's Next Top Model - Seasons 5-13, 21, 22
J. Alexander, also known as Miss J, is an American reality television personality and runway coach best known for his work on America's Next Top Model. He travels extensively for the fashion and ...more
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Kim Coles is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Black Reality TV & Game Show Judges
  • Real Gay - Season 1
Kim Coles is an American actress and comedian, known for her role as a cast member on the sketch comedy, In Living Color, and as Synclaire James on the Fox series, Living Single.
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Bill Bellamy is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Black Reality TV & Game Show Judges
  • Last Comic Standing - Season 5, 6
  • Bill Bellamy's Who's Got Jokes? (2006-2009)
William "Bill" Bellamy is an American actor and stand-up comedian. Bellamy first gained national notoriety on HBO's Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam, where he is credited for creating ...more
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Lorraine Pascale is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Black Reality TV & Game Show Judges
  • Holiday Baking Championship
  • Spring Baking Championship
  • My Kitchen Rules - Season 1
Lorraine Pascale is a British former model and television cook, best known for selling almost one million books in the UK alone. She has presented three television series for the BBC and has ...more
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Nipsey Russell is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Black Reality TV & Game Show Judges
Nipsey Russell
  • Jackpot - Season 1
  • Your Number's Up - Season 1
  • Juvenile Jury - Season 1
Julius "Nipsey" Russell was an American comedian, best known today for his appearances as a guest panelist on game shows from the 1960s through the 1990s, especially Match Game, ...more
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Phil Moore is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Black Reality TV & Game Show Judges
Phil Moore
  • You're On! - Season 1
  • Nick Arcade - Season 1, 2
Phil Moore is an American actor, writer, rapper and comedian best known as the host of the Nickelodeon game show Nick Arcade. Moore was born in Baltimore, Maryland and raised in Orlando, ...more
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Jaleel White is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Black Reality TV & Game Show Judges
  • Total Blackout - Season 1, 2
Jaleel Ahmad White is an American television and film actor, producer and screenwriter. In 1989, he was cast in the role of Steve Urkel on the sitcom Family Matters. The character, which was ...more
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J. B. Smoove is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Black Reality TV & Game Show Judges
  • Last Comic Standing - Season 8
Jerry Angelo Brooks, better known as JB Smoove, is an American actor, writer, and stand-up comedian who began his TV career on Russell Simmons's Def Comedy Jam in the early 1990s. He is best ...more
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Marcus Samuelsson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Black Reality TV & Game Show Judges
  • The Taste - Season 2, 3
Marcus 'Joar' Samuelsson is an Ethiopian-born, Swedish-raised chef and restaurateur.
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Nicki Minaj is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Black Reality TV & Game Show Judges
  • American Idol - Season 12
Onika Tanya Maraj, better known by her stage name Nicki Minaj, is a Trinidadian rapper, singer and songwriter. Born in Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago and raised in Jamaica, Queens, New York, ...more