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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.

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 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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America's Got Talent is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Talent Shows Ever on TV
America's Got Talent Nick Cannon, Howie Mandel, Sharon Osbourne America's Got Talent is an American reality television series on the NBC television network, and part of the global British Got Talent franchise. It is a talent show that features singers, ...more

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The Voice is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Talent Shows Ever on TV
The Voice 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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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 {{Infobox television | show_name = Britain's Got Talent | image = | genre = Reality | creator = Simon Cowell | director = Jonathan Bullen | presenter = Ant & Dec | judges = Simon Cowell ...more

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The X Factor is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Talent Shows Ever on TV
The X Factor 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 Dancing with the Stars Tom Bergeron, Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli Dancing with the Stars is an American dance competition show airing since 2005 on ABC in the United States, and CTV/CTV Two in Canada. The show is the American version of the British television ...more

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Last Comic Standing is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Talent Shows Ever on TV
Last Comic Standing Jay Mohr, Ralphie May, Kathleen Madigan Last Comic Standing is an American reality television talent show on NBC that aired from 2003 to 2010, then again in 2014. The goal of the program is to select a comedian from an initially large ...more

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The Sing-Off is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Talent Shows Ever on TV
_1444507635358 added The Sing-Off 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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So You Think You Can Dance is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Talent Shows Ever on TV
So You Think You Can Dance Mark Thompson, Nigel Lythgoe, Cat Deeley So You Think You Can Dance is an American televised dance competition show that airs on Fox in the United States and is the flagship series of the international So You Think You Can Dance ...more

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America's Best Dance Crew is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Talent Shows Ever on TV
ChrissyBaker added America's Best Dance Crew Mario Lopez, Layla Kayleigh, JC Chasez America's Best Dance Crew, often abbreviated as ABDC, is an American competitive dance reality television series that features both national and international dance crews. The show was produced ...more

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Star Search is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Talent Shows Ever on TV
Danny Marks added Star Search Naomi Judd Star Search is an American television show that was produced T.P.E./Rysher Entertainment from 1983 to 1995, hosted by Ed McMahon, and created by Alfred Masini. A relaunch was produced by 2929 ...more

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Pop Idol is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Talent Shows Ever on TV
Pop Idol Pete Waterman, Nicki Chapman, Sam Nixon Pop Idol was a British television music competition created by Simon Fuller which ran on ITV from 2001 to 2003. The aim of the show was to decide the best new young pop singer in the UK based on ...more

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America's Most Talented Kid is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Talent Shows Ever on TV
America's Most Talented Kid Lance Bass, Mario Lopez, Dave Coulier America's Most Talented Kid is an American television series that originally aired on NBC on March 28, 2003. In each round, three age groups of talented children would perform songs, dance ...more

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The Glee Project is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Talent Shows Ever on TV
The Glee Project 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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Popstar Kids is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Talent Shows Ever on TV
Popstar Kids Kyla Popstar Kids was a Philippine television singing talent show aimed to discover new juvenile singing sensations. It was broadcast every Sunday evening on Q. It was hosted by acclaimed R&B ...more

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Showtime at the Apollo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Talent Shows Ever on TV
Showtime at the Apollo 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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The Gong Show with Dave Attell is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Talent Shows Ever on TV
The Gong Show with Dave Attell Dave Attell, David Juskow, Heidi Van Horne The Gong Show with Dave Attell is a revival of the 1970s Chuck Barris comedy game show called The Gong Show, hosted by comedian Dave Attell. The show premiered on July 17, 2008. It was produced ...more

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Juventud Vibra is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Talent Shows Ever on TV
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Yo Momma is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Talent Shows Ever on TV
Ben Benjamin added Yo Momma Sam Sarpong Yo Momma is an American television show based upon insulting another's mother for fun. Creators, executive producers and hosts are Wilmer Valderrama, along with Sam Sarpong, Jason Everhart and ...more

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Last Choir Standing is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Talent Shows Ever on TV
Last Choir Standing 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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Clash of the Choirs is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Talent Shows Ever on TV
Clash of the Choirs Robin Michelle Taylor^! Michael Bolton^! Patti LaBelle Clash of the Choirs is a reality talent contest miniseries that debuted on NBC in the United States on December 17, 2007. There were four episodes scheduled in the “quick competition”. Maria ...more

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Puttin' on the Hits Puttin' on the Hits was an American syndicated music/variety competition show hosted by Allen Fawcett. The show featured amateur acts lip-synching to popular songs. The show aired on weekends ...more

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Dance Fever is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Talent Shows Ever on TV
Dance Fever Adrian Zmed, Deney Terrio Dance Fever is an American musical variety series that aired weekly in syndication from January 1979 to September 1987. The series was created and produced by Merv Griffin and written by Tony ...more

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The Four: Battle for Stardom is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Talent Shows Ever on TV
The Four: Battle for Stardom Fergie, Sean Combs, DJ Khaled The Four: Battle for Stardom (Fox, 2018) is an American reality television music competition show hosted by Fergie with judges Sean Combs, DJ Khaled, Meghan Trainor, and Charlie Walk. ...more

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Biggest Talent is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Talent Shows Ever on TV
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Star Academy Arab World is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Talent Shows Ever on TV
LoversSB1 added Star Academy Arab World Star Academy Arab World, also known as Star Academy: Al-Academya or Star Academy Arabia, is a pan-Arab televised talent show, which aired in 2003. The show features a group of young male and ...more