Since the arrival of "American Idol" in 2002, the television landscape has been littered with reality talent competitions, and almost all of them rely heavily on carefully curated panels of judges. These experts are chosen for their mass appeal, their informed opinions, their group chemistry, and their ability to bring drama — either with contestants or their fellow judges (this is reality TV, after all).
At this point, there's a wide world of reality talent competitions (more or less), and the judging panels reflect that. Some are loaded with celebrities, and others with lesser-known industry experts. And the rest, well, they're just puzzling. Which of these talent show TV judges is the best?We want to know who makes a show worth watching and who makes us want to toss our televisions out the window. Who brings the expertise? And who brings the verbal diarrhea? Let us know what you think.
Nine years after "American Idol" set the standard for judging panels, "The Voice" changed things up with a mixture of star power and friendly competition. The series did away with the genre's imposing table setup and instead housed its celebrities in comfy chairs that swiveled on command.The gimmick was cool, but it's been the chemistry between Levine, Aguilera, Green, and Shelton that has proven most irresistible to audiences, helping to power "The Voice" ahead of "American Idol" in the ratings.
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With CeeLo Green and Christina Aguilera taking a break from "The Voice," NBC had a daunting task in front of itself: how to change up the judging panel without sacrificing the chemistry. Enter Usher and Shakira, who seamlessly kept "The Voice" rolling along without jumping the shark. A formidable task unto itself.
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If the judging panel from "Dancing with the Stars" has proven anything, it's that a trio of unknowns can anchor one of the most popular reality shows of the past ten years. Viewers may not have recognized the excitable Bruno Tonioli, the crusty Len Goodman, or the sweet Carrie Ann Inaba, but this group of critical yet supportive judges managed to win over America and teach the audience a thing or two about dance along the way.
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"Last Comic Standing" doesn't have the appeal that it once had, but it's hard to deny the likes of Roseanne Barr, Keenan Ivory Wayans, and... the other guy. Any excuse to see Roseanne and Keenan Ivory Wayans back on TV (let alone together!) is enough to land a spot on this list.
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