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The Best Singing Competition Shows Ever Made

Updated November 10, 2020 3.0k votes 401 voters 30.9k views43 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
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    The Voice

    Adam Levine, Blake Shelton

    Premiered2011

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  • 2
    The Masked Singer
    120
    81

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  • 3
    The Four: Battle for Stardom
    40
    10

    The Four: Battle for Stardom

    Fergie, Sean Combs
  • 4
    American Idol
    135
    104

    American Idol

    Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson

    Premiered2002

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    Songland
    69
    56

    Songland

    Ester Dean, Shane McAnally

    Premiered2019

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    The Sing-Off
    65
    53

    The Sing-Off

    Nick Lachey, Shawn Stockman

    Premiered2009

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    Eurovision Song Contest

    Premiered1956

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    Rhythm + Flow
    54
    44

    Rhythm + Flow

    Cardi B, Matthew Carter

    Premiered2019

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    Nashville Star
    37
    26

    Nashville Star

    Anastasia Brown, Jewel Kilcher

    Premiered2003

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    Sing On!
    15
    1

    Sing On!

    Tituss Burgess

    Premiered2020

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    Duets
    47
    40

    Duets

    Kelly Clarkson, John Legend

    Premiered2012

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    15
    4

    CMT's Next Superstar

  • 13
    The X Factor (U.S.)
    18
    8

    The X Factor (U.S.)

    Simon Cowell, Demi Lovato

    Premiered2011

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    15
    5

    But Can They Sing?

    Larry Holmes, Kim Alexis

    Premiered2005

  • 15
    Can You Duet
    14
    4

    Can You Duet

    Naomi Judd, Joey Martin

    Premiered2008

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    Platinum Hit
    14
    4

    Platinum Hit

    Kara DioGuardi

    Premiered2011

  • 17
    Rising Star
    38
    34

    Rising Star

  • 18
    Fame
    31
    26

    Fame

    Debbie Allen, Shannon Bex

    Premiered2003

  • 19
    Celebrity Duets
    39
    37

    Celebrity Duets

    Lea Thompson, Little Richard

    Premiered2006

  • 20
    Last Choir Standing
    38
    36

    Last Choir Standing

    Jonathan Barrington, Tiarnan Branson

    Premiered2008

  • 21
    High School Musical: Get in the Picture
    35
    32

    High School Musical: Get in the Picture

    Vanessa Hudgens, Madeline Carroll

    Premiered2008

  • 22
    Sing Your Face Off
    39
    38

    Sing Your Face Off

  • 23
    Too Hot to Handle
  • 24
    The Bachelor Presents: Listen to Your Heart

    Premiered2020

  • 25
    Pitch Slapped
    28
    27

    Pitch Slapped

    Diana Preisler, Deke Sharon