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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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Steve Harvey is listed (or ranked) 1 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 (since 2017)
Broderick Steven "Steve" Harvey is an American comedian, television host, radio personality, actor, and author. He hosts The Steve Harvey Morning Show, Steve Harvey, and Family Feud. ...more
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Terry Crews is listed (or ranked) 2 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 is an American actor and former American football player. He is perhaps best known for playing Julius on the UPN/CW sitcom Everybody Hates Chris and for his appearances in Old ...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 (2003-2015 & since 2018)
  • America's Got Talent - Season 12, 13
Tyra Lynne Banks is an American television personality, former talk show host, producer, author, actress, and former model. She first became famous as a model, appearing twice on the cover of ...more
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RuPaul is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Black Reality TV & Game Show Judges
  • RuPaul's Drag Race (since 2009)
  • RuPaul's Drag U (2010-2012)
  • RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars (since 2012)
  • Skin Wars (since 2014)
  • Gay for Play Game Show Starring RuPaul (2016-2017)
  • The World's Best (since 2019)
RuPaul Andre Charles, best known mononymously as RuPaul, is an American actor, drag queen, model, author, and recording artist, who first became widely known in the 1990s when he appeared in a ...more
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Jamie Foxx is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Black Reality TV & Game Show Judges
  • Beat Shazam (since 2017)
Eric Marlon Bishop, known professionally as Jamie Foxx, is an American actor, singer, comedian, writer, and producer. As an actor, his work in the 2004 Ray Charles biographical film Ray earned ...more
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Usher is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Black Reality TV & Game Show Judges
  • The Voice - Seasons 4, 6, 8, 17
Usher Terry Raymond IV is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, and actor. He rose to fame in the late 1990s with the release of his second album My Way, which spawned his first U.S. Billboard ...more
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Pharrell Williams is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Black Reality TV & Game Show Judges
  • The Voice - Season 7, 8, 9, 10
Pharrell Williams, also known simply as Pharrell, is an American singer-songwriter, rapper, record producer, and fashion designer. Williams and Chad Hugo make up the record production duo the ...more
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Alfonso Ribeiro is listed (or ranked) 8 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. is an American actor, television director, dancer, and game show host. Ribeiro played Alfonso Spears on the sitcom Silver Spoons, and Carlton Banks on the NBC sitcom ...more
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Wayne Brady is listed (or ranked) 9 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 is an American actor, singer, comedian, and television personality, known for his work as a regular on the American version of the improvisational comedy television series ...more
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Randy Jackson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Black Reality TV & Game Show Judges
  • American Idol - Season 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Randall Darius "Randy" Jackson is an American bassist, former television music competition judge, singer, record producer, entrepreneur and television personality. He is best known ...more
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Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Black Reality TV & Game Show Judges
  • The Voice - Season 11, 12, 14, 15, 16
Alicia Augello Cook, known by the pseudonym Alicia Keys, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress. Keys released her debut album with J Records, having had previous record ...more
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Melanie Brown is listed (or ranked) 12 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 - Season 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13
  • America's Got Talent: The Champions - Season 1
Melanie Janine Brown, better known as Mel B or Melanie B, is a British recording artist, songwriter, dancer, actress, author, television presenter, talent competition judge and model. Brown rose ...more
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T.I. is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Black Reality TV & Game Show Judges
Clifford Joseph Harris, Jr., better known by his stage name T.I., is an American rapper, record producer, and actor. He signed his first major label record deal in 1999, with Arista Records ...more
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Kelly Rowland is listed (or ranked) 14 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) - Season 6, 7, 8
Kelendria Trene "Kelly" Rowland is an American singer, songwriter, actress and television personality. Rowland rose to fame in the late 1990s as a member of Destiny's Child, one of the ...more
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Michael Strahan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Black Reality TV & Game Show Judges
  • The $100,000 Pyramid - Season 1, 2, 3, 4
Michael Anthony Strahan is a retired American football defensive end who spent his entire 15-year career with the New York Giants of the National Football League. Strahan set a record for the ...more
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Wendy Williams is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Black Reality TV & Game Show Judges
  • Love Triangle - Season 1
Wendy Williams-Hunter, better known by her maiden name Wendy Williams, is an American media personality, actress, comedian, author, and a day time host. She hosts a syndicated television talk ...more
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Anthony Anderson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Black Reality TV & Game Show Judges
  • To Tell the Truth - Season 1, 2, 3, 4
Anthony Anderson is an American actor and writer, and the star of ABC's Black-ish. He has also starred in his own sitcom, All About the Andersons, as well as the Fox sitcom The Bernie Mac Show ...more
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Keenen Ivory Wayans is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Black Reality TV & Game Show Judges
  • Last Comic Standing - Season 8, 9
Keenen Ivory Wayans, Sr. is an American actor, comedian, producer, director and writer, and a member of the Wayans Family of entertainers. He first came to prominence as the host and co-creator ...more
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Ne-Yo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Black Reality TV & Game Show Judges
  • World of Dance - Season 1, 2, 3, 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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Cee Lo Green is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Black Reality TV & Game Show Judges
  • The Voice - Season 1, 2, 3, 5
Thomas DeCarlo Callaway, better known by his stage name CeeLo Green, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, actor, and businessman. Green came to initial prominence as a member of ...more
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will.i.am is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Black Reality TV & Game Show Judges
  • The Voice UK - Season 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 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, voice actor and ...more
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Mariah Carey is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Black Reality TV & Game Show Judges
  • American Idol - Season 12
Mariah Carey is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and occasional actress. She rose to prominence after releasing her self-titled debut studio album Mariah Carey in 1990; it went ...more
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Cedric the Entertainer is listed (or ranked) 23 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, better known by the stage name Cedric the Entertainer, is an American actor, comedian, director, and game show host. He was originally the host on It's Showtime at the ...more
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Craig Robinson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Black Reality TV & Game Show Judges
  • Last Comic Standing - Season 7
Craig Phillip Robinson is an American actor, stand-up comedian, and singer. He is best known for his role as Darryl Philbin on The Office, and his roles in the films Pineapple Express, Miss ...more
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Cardi B is listed (or ranked) 25 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