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The Best Singing Competition Shows Ever Made

Updated May 13, 2021 4.4k votes 593 voters 43.1k views41 items

List RulesVote 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 favorites.

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    The Voice

    Adam Levine, Blake Shelton

    PremieredApril 26, 2011

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    The Four: Battle for Stardom

    Fergie, Sean Combs

    Premiered2018

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    PremieredJanuary 2, 2019

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    Premiered1956

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    The X Factor (U.S.)

    Simon Cowell, Demi Lovato

    Premiered2011

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    CMT's Next Superstar

    Thea Andrews

    Premiered2011

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    American Idol

    Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson

    PremieredJune 11, 2002

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    Songland

    Ester Dean, Shane McAnally

    PremieredMay 28, 2019

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    Nashville Star

    Anastasia Brown, Jewel Kilcher

    Premiered2003

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    Sing On!

    Tituss Burgess

    PremieredSeptember 16, 2020

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    Rising Star

    Kesha, Brad Paisley

    Premiered2014

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    High School Musical: Get in the Picture

    Vanessa Hudgens, Madeline Carroll

    Premiered2008

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    The Sing-Off

    Nick Lachey, Shawn Stockman

    Premiered2009

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    Rhythm + Flow

    Cardi B, Matthew Carter

    PremieredOctober 9, 2019

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    Duets

    Kelly Clarkson, John Legend

    Premiered2012

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    Rock Star

    Ryan Star, Dilana

    Premiered2005

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    Celebrity Duets

    Lea Thompson, Little Richard

    Premiered2006

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    52
    29

    Over the Rainbow

    Stephanie Davis

    Premiered2010

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    Last Choir Standing

    Jonathan Barrington, Tiarnan Branson

    Premiered2008

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    Signed

    Rick Ross, The Dream

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    Puttin' on the Hits

    Allen Fawcett

    Premiered1984

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    34

    Don't Stop Believing

    Emma Bunton, Anastacia

    Premiered2010

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    57
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    Fame

    Debbie Allen, Shannon Bex

    Premiered2003

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    How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?

    Andrew Lloyd Webber, Zoë Tyler

    Premiered2006

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    Rock the Cradle

    Chloe Rose Lattanzi, Lucy Walsh

    Premiered2008