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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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RuPaul is listed (or ranked) 1 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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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 (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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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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Melanie Brown is listed (or ranked) 5 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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Alfonso Ribeiro is listed (or ranked) 6 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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Usher is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Randy Jackson is listed (or ranked) 8 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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#2,710 of 2,834 The Most Influential People of All Time #478 of 505 The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s #26 of 88 The Best Reality Show Judges

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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 (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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Jamie Foxx is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Pharrell Williams is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Michael Strahan is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Kelly Rowland is listed (or ranked) 13 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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#812 of 2,186 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #693 of 938 The Best Actresses in Film History #307 of 1,066 The Best Singers of All Time

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Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 14 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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Brandy Norwood is listed (or ranked) 15 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 by her mononym Brandy, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress. Born into a musical family in McComb, ...more

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T.I. is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Keenen Ivory Wayans is listed (or ranked) 17 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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#1,127 of 2,003 The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History #80 of 118 The Best Comedy Directors in Film History #166 of 183 The Greatest Black Actors in Film History

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Cedric the Entertainer ... is listed (or ranked) 18 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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Cee Lo Green is listed (or ranked) 19 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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Ne-Yo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Black Reality TV & Game Show Judges
  • World of Dance - Seasons 1-4
Shaffer Chimere Smith (born October 18, 1979), better known by his stage name Ne-Yo, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, actor and dancer. He gained fame for his songwriting ...more

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Craig Robinson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Black Reality TV & Game Show Judges
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Anthony Anderson is listed (or ranked) 22 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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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

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