Entertainment The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time  

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

Without a judge, it's basically impossible to have a reality show competition. But sometimes it feels like a bad reality show judge worse than no judge at all. Instead of enjoying a fun dynamic between the judges 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 talent shows like The X Factor, Dancing With The Stars, The Voice, and America's Got Talent are judging people at incredibly vulnerable moments, 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 cross it constantly. It's not just cutting comments that create the worst TV judges, apathetic and ineffectual judges are just as bad. Nodding along mindlessly, not adding to anything else the panel is telling the contestant, or being unable to effectively convey why they're even qualified to be a judge can just ruin a show.

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

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24 9
Blake Shelton is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
The Voice
2
39 23
Donald Trump is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
The Apprentice
3
31 18
Ivanka Trump is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
The Apprentice
4
21 10
Miley Cyrus is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
Hannah Montana, Entertainment Tonight, Disney's Friends for Change
5
27 16
Howie Mandel is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
America's Got Talent
6
24 14
Derek Hough is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
World of Dance
7
23 14
Ellen DeGeneres is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
American Idol
8
20 12
Sharon Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
America's Got Talent, The X Factor
9
14 8
RuPaul is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
RuPaul's Drag Race, Project Runway
10
20 14
Julianne Hough is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
Dancing with the Stars
11
16 11
Seal is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
America's Got Talent
12
13 8
Paula Abdul is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
American Idol, The X Factor, So You Think You Can Dance
13
12 7
Gwen Stefani is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
The Voice
14
17 13
Mariah Carey is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
American Idol
15
12 8
Kylie Minogue is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
The Voice
16
11 7
Carmen Electra is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
So You Think You Can Dance, Britain's Got Talent
17
11 7
Steven Tyler is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
American Idol
18
10 6
Natalie Imbruglia is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
The X Factor (Australia), Neighbours, In Memory of Maia
19
16 13
Nina Garcia is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
Project Runway
20
12 9
Britney Spears is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
The X Factor
21
12 9
Alyssa Milano is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
Project Runway: All Stars, RuPaul's Drag Race
22
11 8
Adam Levine is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
The Voice
23
11 8
Jennifer Lopez is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
American Idol
24
10 7
Ricky Martin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
The Voice, Dancing With the Stars, La Banda
25
7 4
Louie Spence is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
Bump N Grind, Cirque de Celebrité, Dancing on Ice