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The Best Talent Shows Ever on TV 

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List Rules Vote for the best talent shows on TV, based on quality of winners and entertainment value.

The best talent shows on TV can expose the world to hidden talent and give people new careers. For example, Susan Boyle became an international sensation after her appearance on Britain's Got Talent. But not all talent shows are created equal, as the vast majority of winners quickly disappear back into obscurity. Remember Justin Guarini? But which TV talent shows actually produce quality superstars? But producing great winners isn't the only metric. The show has to be entertaining as well!

These are the best talent shows on TV, ranked from #1 down, as voted by fans. The winners on these shows have gone on to have successful careers instead of being relegate to the same level as the guy from the college undergrad meme. This list of the greatest talent show shows also includes information about these reality contestants, who are famous for a little more than just being pretty. We've even included cooking competition shows - the kind where talent and skill brings a new star chef to the top.

TV talent shows—judging skills in singing, dancing, and even clothes decoration—have been a staple of television for years, so there's often debate about what the most entertaining talent show of all time is. Don't let your favorite talent show television programs in history get to the bottom of the list and be sure to vote them up so they have the chance to reach the top spot. The list of talent television shows below also includes information like the program's cast, creator and premiere date when available.

Examples of shows on this list include singing shows like The Voice and RuPaul's Drag Race.

This list answers the questions, "What is the best talent show of all time?" and "What are the greatest best talent show on TV?"

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The Voice is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Talent Shows Ever on TV
Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Carson Daly

Premiered: 2011

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America's Got Talent is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Talent Shows Ever on TV
Nick Cannon, Howie Mandel, Sharon Osbourne

Premiered: 2006

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Britain's Got Talent is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Talent Shows Ever on TV
Britain's Got Talent Anthony McPartlin, Declan Donnelly, Amanda Holden

Premiered: 2007

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The X Factor (UK) is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Talent Shows Ever on TV
The X Factor is a British television music competition to find new singing talent, contested by aspiring singers drawn from public auditions. Created by Simon Cowell, the show began in 2004 and ...more

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Dancing with the Stars ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Talent Shows Ever on TV
UnbreakableNacho added Tom Bergeron, Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli

Premiered: 2005

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So You Think You Can Dan... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Talent Shows Ever on TV
Mark Thompson, Nigel Lythgoe, Cat Deeley

Premiered: 2005

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The Sing-Off is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Talent Shows Ever on TV
_1444507635358 added Nick Lachey, Shawn Stockman, Ben Folds

Premiered: 2009

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Last Comic Standing is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Talent Shows Ever on TV
Jay Mohr, Ralphie May, Kathleen Madigan

Premiered: 2003

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America's Got Talent: Th... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Talent Shows Ever on TV
Simon Cowell, Mel B, Howie Mandel

Premiered: 2019

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The X Factor (Australia)... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Talent Shows Ever on TV
Luke Jacobz, Guy Sebastian, Ronan Keating

Premiered: 2005

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Top Chef is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Talent Shows Ever on TV
Emeril Lagasse, Gail Simmons, Padma Lakshmi

Premiered: 2006

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The Masked Singer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Talent Shows Ever on TV
Nick Cannon
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The Great British Bake O... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Talent Shows Ever on TV
Sue Perkins, Mel Giedroyc

Premiered: 2010

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Food Network Star Kids ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Talent Shows Ever on TV
Tia Mowry, Donal Skehan
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15
The Four: Battle for Sta... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Talent Shows Ever on TV
The Four: Battle for Stardom Fergie, Sean Combs, DJ Khaled
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Pop Idol is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Talent Shows Ever on TV
Pete Waterman, Nicki Chapman, Sam Nixon

Premiered: 2001

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World of Dance is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Talent Shows Ever on TV
Jenna Dewan Tatum, Jennifer Lopez, Ne-Yo
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Dancing on Ice is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Talent Shows Ever on TV

Premiered: 2006

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Little Big Shots is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Talent Shows Ever on TV
Steve Harvey
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America's Best Dance Cre... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Talent Shows Ever on TV
ChrissyBaker added Mario Lopez, Layla Kayleigh, JC Chasez

Premiered: 2008

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Strictly Come Dancing is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Talent Shows Ever on TV
Tess Daly, Bruce Forsyth

Premiered: 2004

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Food Network Star is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Talent Shows Ever on TV
Bobby Flay, Giada De Laurentiis

Premiered: 2005

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RuPaul's Drag Race is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Talent Shows Ever on TV
RuPaul, Michelle Visage, Santino Rice

Premiered: 2009

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Songland is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Talent Shows Ever on TV
Ester Dean, Shane McAnally, Ryan Tedder

Premiered: 2019

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Tournament of Laughs is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Talent Shows Ever on TV
Jason Sudeikis

Premiered: 2020

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