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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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America's Got Talent is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Talent Shows Ever on TV
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
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
Anthony McPartlin, Declan Donnelly, Amanda Holden
Britain's Got Talent (ITV, 2007), often abbreviated to BGT, is a televised British talent show competition, and part of the global Got Talent franchise created by Simon Cowell. Contestants ...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 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
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
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 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
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 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 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
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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The Glee Project is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Talent Shows Ever on TV
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) 13 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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America's Most Talented Kid is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Talent Shows Ever on TV
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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Showtime at the Apollo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Talent Shows Ever on TV
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 Four: Battle for Stardom is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Talent Shows Ever on TV
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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The Gong Show with Dave Attell is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Talent Shows Ever on TV
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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The Great British Bake Off is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Talent Shows Ever on TV
Sue Perkins, Mel Giedroyc
The Great British Bake Off (also called Bake Off or GBBO) is a British television baking competition, produced by Love Productions, in which a group of amateur bakers compete against each other ...more
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World of Dance is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Talent Shows Ever on TV
Jenna Dewan Tatum, Jennifer Lopez, Ne-Yo
World of Dance (NBC, 2017) is an American reality dance competition series, hosted by Jenna Dewan Tatum. Judged by Jennifer Lopez, Ne-Yo, and Derek Hough, dance performers, including solo acts ...more
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America's Got Talent: The Cham... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Talent Shows Ever on TV
Simon Cowell, Mel B, Howie Mandel
America's Got Talent: The Champions (NBC, 2019) is a reality television series and a spinoff of America's Got Talent. Notable contestants from previous seasons and from other international ...more
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The Masked Singer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Talent Shows Ever on TV
Nick Cannon
The Masked Singer (Fox, 2019) is an American reality competition series based on the South Korean show King of Mask Singer. Hosted by Nick Cannon, the show features celebrities singing in a ...more
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Juventud Vibra is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Talent Shows Ever on TV
FaustohDavidJosé added Juventud Vibra
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Yo Momma is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Talent Shows Ever on TV
Ben Benjamin added 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) 24 on the list The Best Talent Shows Ever on TV
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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Dancing on Ice is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Talent Shows Ever on TV
Dancing on Ice is a British television show presented by Phillip Schofield and Christine Bleakley, in which celebrities and their professional partners figure skate in front of a panel of ...more