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