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The Best Black Reality TV & Game Show Judges

Updated November 12, 2019 1.7k votes 111 voters 2.7k views42 items

List RulesVote 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
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    Terry Crews
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    Tyra Banks
    • America's Next Top Model
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    Steve Harvey
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    Jamie Foxx
    • Beat Shazam

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    Alfonso Ribeiro
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    Melanie Brown
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  • 8
    Usher
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    Pharrell Williams
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  • 10
    Wayne Brady
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  • 11
    Randy Jackson
    • American Idol - Seasons 1-12

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    Michael Strahan
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    Kelly Rowland
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    • The Fashion Show (US) - Season 1
    • Everybody Dance Now - Season 1
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    • The Voice (Australia) - Seasons 6-8
  • 14
    Alicia Keys
    • The Voice - Seasons 11-16

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  • 15
    Brandy Norwood
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  • 16
    T.I.
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    • The Grand Hustle
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  • 17
    Mariah Carey
    • American Idol - Season 12

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    Cardi B
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    Cee Lo Green
    • The Voice - Season 1, 2, 3, 5

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    will.i.am
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    Keenen Ivory Wayans
    14
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    • Last Comic Standing - Season 8, 9

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    Wendy Williams
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    Cedric the Entertainer
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    Ne-Yo
    15
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  • 25
    Anthony Anderson
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