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