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The Worst Singing Competition Show Judges  

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List Rules The worst judge and panel members from any singing competition game shows

Without a judge, it's essentially impossible to have a reality TV singing competition. But sometimes it feels like a bad singing judge worse than no judge at all. Instead of enjoying a fun dynamic between the judges and watching panel members guide up-and-coming singers,  that keeps you watching each week, you tune in to see if one of the other judges finally snaps and tells them off.

Reality TV judges on singing competition shows like American Idol, The Voice, and the various The X Factors are judging people when they have basically just sung their hearts out and are already worn down, but that doesn't stop some of them from being incredibly mean. There's a line between cruelty and constructive criticism and the meanest TV judges on singing competitions cross it constantly.

The worst TV judges also aren't always the ones who seem to revel in making contestants cry. The apathetic and ineffectual judges can be just as bad. Nodding along mindlessly, unable to give any useful critique, or being unable to effectively convey why they're qualified to judge singing can ruin a show. It's equally as frustrating when they're nursing a feud with another judge and 

Here's your chance to turn the tables and to vote for the worst singing competition show judges. Who is the absolute worst? And, if we've forgotten a particularly terrible singing competition TV judge, be sure to add them to the list.

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Mariah Carey is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Singing Competition Show Judges
American Idol
2
Piers Morgan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Singing Competition Show Judges
America's Got Talent
3
Kara DioGuardi is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Singing Competition Show Judges
American Idol, The One: Making a Music Star
4
Meatloaf is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Singing Competition Show Judges
Meatloaf Popstar to Operastar
5
Ellen DeGeneres is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Singing Competition Show Judges
American Idol
6
Keith Urban is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Singing Competition Show Judges
American Idol
7
Nicki Chapman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Singing Competition Show Judges
Pop Idol
8
Pete Waterman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Singing Competition Show Judges
Pop Idol
9
Nigel Lythgoe is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Singing Competition Show Judges
American Idol
10
Paula Abdul is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Singing Competition Show Judges
American Idol, The X Factor
11
Nicki Minaj is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Singing Competition Show Judges
American Idol
12
Seal is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Singing Competition Show Judges
The Voice (AU)
13
Gwen Stefani is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Singing Competition Show Judges
The Voice
14
Pharrell Williams is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Singing Competition Show Judges
The Voice
15
Neil Fox is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Singing Competition Show Judges
Pop Idol
16
Ricky Wilson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Singing Competition Show Judges
The Voice UK
17
will.i.am is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Singing Competition Show Judges
The X Factor
18
Kelly Brook is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Singing Competition Show Judges
Britain's Got Talent
19
Sharon Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Singing Competition Show Judges
America's Got Talent, The X Factor
20
Rolando Villazón is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Singing Competition Show Judges
Popstar to Operastar
21
Danny O'Donoghue is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Singing Competition Show Judges
The Voice UK
22
Harry Connick, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Singing Competition Show Judges
American Idol
23
Ruthie Henshall is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Singing Competition Show Judges
The Sound of Musicals
24
Cee Lo Green is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Singing Competition Show Judges
The Voice
25
Geri Halliwell is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Singing Competition Show Judges
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