Hosts The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time  

Ranker TV
850 votes 29 voters 128 items

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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7 0
Cee Lo Green is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
The Voice

2
11 1
Donald Trump is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
The Apprentice

3
6 0
Howie Mandel is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
America's Got Talent

4
10 1
Sinitta is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
Sinitta X-Factor

5
11 3
Janice Dickinson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
America's Next Top Model

6
8 1
James Blunt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
X Factor Australia

7
8 1
Geoffrey Zakarian is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
Chopped, 24 Hour Restaurant Battle, Top Chef

8
8 1
Alexandra Guarnaschelli is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
Iron Chef America, Chopped

9
8 1
Kelly Cutrone is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
America's Next Top Model

10
8 1
Ne-Yo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
World of Dance, America's Got Talent

11
9 2
David Hasselhoff is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
America's Got Talent, Britain's Got Talent

12
9 2
Nina Garcia is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
Project Runway

13
9 2
Derek Hough is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
World of Dance

14
9 2
Ivanka Trump is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
The Apprentice

15
6 1
Nicky Slater is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
Nicky Slater Dancing on Ice, Strictly Ice Dancing, The World Professional Figure Skating Championship

16
7 2
Nick Grimshaw is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
The X Factor

17
7 2
Mariah Carey is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
American Idol

18
8 3
Christina Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
The Voice

19
8 4
Louis Walsh is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
The X Factor, Britain's Got Talent, Ireland's Got Talent

20
6 2
Nigel Lythgoe is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
So You Think You Can Dance, Popstars

21
6 2
Ellen DeGeneres is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
American Idol

22
6 2
Nicki Minaj is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
American Idol

23
6 2
Drew Carey is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
The Drew Carey Show, Whose Line Is It Anyway? (UK), Whose Line Is It Anyway?

24
6 2
Zoë Tyler is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
Any Dream Will Do

25
6 2
Andrew Lloyd Webber is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
Grease: You're the One that I Want!, How Do You Solve a Problem like Maria?, I'd Do Anything