Reality TV Stars 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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14 1
Nicki Minaj is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Singing Competition Show Judges
American Idol

2
6 0
Nicki Chapman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Singing Competition Show Judges
Pop Idol

3
13 3
Ellen DeGeneres is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Singing Competition Show Judges
American Idol

4
9 1
Kelly Brook is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Singing Competition Show Judges
Britain's Got Talent

5
9 1
Kara DioGuardi is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Singing Competition Show Judges
American Idol, The One: Making a Music Star

6
11 3
Piers Morgan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Singing Competition Show Judges
America's Got Talent

7
12 4
Mariah Carey is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Singing Competition Show Judges
American Idol

8
12 4
Sharon Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Singing Competition Show Judges
America's Got Talent, The X Factor

9
8 3
Seal is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Singing Competition Show Judges
The Voice (AU)

10
10 6
Louis Walsh is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Singing Competition Show Judges
The X Factor (UK), The X Factor, Popstars: The Rivals

11
7 3
Ruthie Henshall is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Singing Competition Show Judges
The Sound of Musicals

12
7 3
Paula Abdul is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Singing Competition Show Judges
American Idol, The X Factor

13
6 2
Cee Lo Green is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Singing Competition Show Judges
The Voice

14
5 1
Nigel Lythgoe is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Singing Competition Show Judges
American Idol

15
5 1
Meatloaf is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Singing Competition Show Judges
Meatloaf Popstar to Operastar

16
5 1
Pete Waterman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Singing Competition Show Judges
Pop Idol

17
8 5
Gary Barlow is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Singing Competition Show Judges
The X Factor (UK), The X Factor

18
7 4
Tom Jones is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Singing Competition Show Judges
The Voice

19
5 2
Delta Goodrem is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Singing Competition Show Judges
The Voice (AU)

20
4 1
Rolando Villazón is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Singing Competition Show Judges
Popstar to Operastar

21
8 6
Rita Ora is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Singing Competition Show Judges
The X Factor

22
5 3
Natalie Imbruglia is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Singing Competition Show Judges
The X Factor (Australia)

23
3 1
Randy Jackson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Singing Competition Show Judges
American Idol

24
5 4
Britney Spears is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Singing Competition Show Judges
The X Factor

25
5 4
Harry Connick, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Singing Competition Show Judges
American Idol