Reality Competition Shows The Best Singing Competition Shows Ever Made  

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List Rules Vote up the most enjoyable competitive television series where the contestants put their voices to the test.

It’s almost impossible to turn on a television these days and not find a reality television program of some sort. Ever since the great Writer’s Strike of 2007, so-called “unscripted” television has taken over, and it isn’t showing any sign of stopping. One of the many popular genres in the field is the singing competition show. These are programs made to challenge people’s skills at singing by diving into numerous styles and genres of music with the winner often taking home a ton of cash, recognition in the industry, and sometimes, a record contract.

Competition shows have been around forever with talent searching platforms like Star Search often focusing on music. While that show is certainly legendary, it wasn’t 100% about the music, which is why this list is focused on only those competitive shows that center entirely on singing. Shows like American Idol and The Voice are obvious contenders, but there are other more amazing series out there you may not have seen!

There truly are tons of examples of this genre, many from the UK, but not all singing competition shows are as good as the tracks they produce. There’s so much to choose from, but there are a few series that are considerably better than others thanks to the intense competition found in each episode. This list highlights the very best reality TV shows in the singing competition genre so don't forget to vote up your favorite while you’re here, and it’s possible your favorites are missing, so make sure you add and you don’t see!

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The Voice is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Singing Competition Shows Ever Made
Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Carson Daly
The Voice is an American reality television singing competition broadcast on NBC. Based on the original The Voice of Holland, the concept of the series is to find new singing talent contested by ...more
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American Idol is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Singing Competition Shows Ever Made
Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, Ryan Seacrest
American Idol is an American singing competition series created by Simon Fuller and produced by 19 Entertainment, and is distributed by FremantleMedia North America. It began airing on Fox on ...more
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The Masked Singer is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Singing Competition Shows Ever Made
Nick Cannon
The Masked Singer (Fox, 2019) is an American reality competition series based on the South Korean show King of Mask Singer. Hosted by Nick Cannon, the show features celebrities singing in a ...more
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The Sing-Off is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Singing Competition Shows Ever Made
Nick Lachey, Shawn Stockman, Ben Folds
The Sing-Off is an American television singing competition featuring a cappella groups. It debuted on NBC on December 14, 2009, and is produced by Sony Pictures Television and Outlaw ...more
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The Glee Project is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Singing Competition Shows Ever Made
Nikki Anders, Ryan Murphy, Robert J. Ulrich
The Glee Project is an American reality television series from Oxygen. It served as an audition for the FOX musical comedy series Glee, and the prize for the winner was a minimum seven-episode ...more
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Duets is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Singing Competition Shows Ever Made
Kelly Clarkson, John Legend
Duets is a singing competition reality television show that premiered on May 24, 2012 on ABC. The show starred Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Robin Thicke, and Jennifer Nettles as mentors who ...more
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EuroVoice is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Singing Competition Shows Ever Made
EuroVoice

The EuroVoice European Music Contest, or simply the EuroVoice, is a music contest intended as an annual, interactive, televised music contest, with participants from countries all over Europe, as well as Israel.

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Pitch Battle is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Singing Competition Shows Ever Made
Pitch Battle

Pitch Battle is a singing show hosted by Mel Giedroyc on BBC One which sees rival musical groups facing-off against each other. The series is inspired by the 2012 film, Pitch Perfect.

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Rock Star is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Singing Competition Shows Ever Made
Ryan Star, Dilana, Storm Large
Rock Star is a television series produced by Mark Burnett, David Goffin, and Lisa Hennessy in which aspiring singers from all around the world competed to become the lead singer of a featured ...more
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Over the Rainbow is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Singing Competition Shows Ever Made
Over the Rainbow Stephanie Davis
Over the Rainbow was a British television talent series that aired on BBC One from March to May 2010. It documents the search for a new, undiscovered musical theatre performer to play the role ...more
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Pitch Slapped is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Singing Competition Shows Ever Made
Diana Preisler, Deke Sharon
Pitch Slapped is a reality show on Lifetime. It premiered on January 5, 2016. It follows a cappella teams from two New Jersey high schools that are mentored by some of the best coaches in the ...more
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The Naked Choir is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Singing Competition Shows Ever Made
The Naked Choir

The Naked Choir was a BBC Two television series broadcast from September to October 2015. Presented by choirmaster Gareth Malone, the show featured eight a cappella groups competing to be chosen as the UK's best.

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Don't Stop Believing is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Singing Competition Shows Ever Made
Don't Stop Believing Emma Bunton, Anastacia, Duncan James
Don't Stop Believing is a British television talent show that aired on Channel 5 in summer 2010. It was inspired by the musical comedy-drama Glee, which airs in the United States on the Fox ...more
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P. Diddy's Starmaker is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Singing Competition Shows Ever Made
P. Diddy's Starmaker
P. Diddy's Starmaker is an American interactive talent show that first aired on MTV in August 2009. It is currently presented by Kimberly Caldwell, with P. Diddy, Rodney Jerkins, Tamara Conniff ...more
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Superstar USA is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Singing Competition Shows Ever Made
Tone-Lōc, Vitamin C, Brian McFayden
The WB's Superstar USA is a television show which spoofed the popular show American Idol. Essentially that show's polar opposite, Superstar USA told contestants they were looking for the best ...more
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Last Choir Standing is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Singing Competition Shows Ever Made
Jonathan Barrington, Tiarnan Branson, Sharon D. Clarke
Last Choir Standing was a 2008 talent show-themed television series produced by the BBC in the United Kingdom. Broadcast on BBC One in July and August 2008, the series saw amateur choirs ...more
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Sing Your Face Off is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Singing Competition Shows Ever Made
Sing Your Face Off
Actor John Barrowman (Torchwood, Arrow) will host the show, where five celebrity contestants take on the identity of an iconic music performer each week.
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Rising Star is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Singing Competition Shows Ever Made
Rising Star
Rising Star is an American reality television singing competition which began airing on ABC on June 22, 2014. It is based on the Israeli singing competition HaKokhav HaBa made by Keshet ...more
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Celebrity Duets is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Singing Competition Shows Ever Made
Lea Thompson, Little Richard, Chaka Khan
Celebrity Duets was an American reality television show, of the progressive game-show type, which combined celebrities of different backgrounds with professional singers in a weekly elimination ...more
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How Do You Solve A Problem Lik... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Singing Competition Shows Ever Made
Andrew Lloyd Webber, Zoë Tyler, David Ian
How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria? is an English reality television talent show that documented the search for an undiscovered musical theatre performer to play the role of Maria von Trapp ...more
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Showtime at the Apollo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Singing Competition Shows Ever Made
Whoopi Goldberg, Steve Harvey, Mo'Nique Imes-Jackson
Showtime at the Apollo is a syndicated music television show, first broadcast on September 12, 1987 to May 24, 2008 with 1093 episodes, and is produced by the Apollo Theater. The show features ...more
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Nashville Star is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Singing Competition Shows Ever Made
Anastasia Brown, Jewel Kilcher, John Rich
Nashville Star is an American reality television program. It was last produced and transmitted during mid-2008 on NBC, following five seasons on USA Network. It premiered on March 8, 2003, and ...more
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Let It Shine is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Singing Competition Shows Ever Made
Let It Shine
Let It Shine is a Singaporean Chinese drama which was telecast on Singapore's free-to-air channel, MediaCorp TV Channel 8. It made its debut on 16 January 2007 and ended its 20-episode run on 12 ...more
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Fame is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Singing Competition Shows Ever Made
Fame Debbie Allen, Shannon Bex
Fame is a television series that ran on NBC in the summer of 2003. The show was essentially NBC's attempt to duplicate the success of mega-hit American Idol, right down to their selection of ...more
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High School Musical: Get in th... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Singing Competition Shows Ever Made
High School Musical: Get in the Picture Vanessa Hudgens, Madeline Carroll, Sammi Hanratty
High School Musical: Get in the Picture was a reality-based TV series, which debuted July 20, 2008 on the television channel ABC. Stan Carrizosa was named the winner on September 8, 2008. ...more