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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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Donald Trump is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
The Apprentice
2
Ivanka Trump is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
The Apprentice
3
Miley Cyrus is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
Hannah Montana, Entertainment Tonight, Disney's Friends for Change
4
Sharon Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
America's Got Talent, The X Factor
5
Derek Hough is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
World of Dance
6
Seal is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
America's Got Talent
7
Blake Shelton is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
The Voice
8
Ellen DeGeneres is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
American Idol
9
Guy Sebastian is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
The X Factor (Australia), World Idol, Australian Idol
10
Geri Halliwell is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
All American Girl, Popstars: The Rivals
11
Natalie Imbruglia is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
The X Factor (Australia), Neighbours, In Memory of Maia
12
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
Howie Mandel is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
America's Got Talent
14
Redfoo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
Redfoo The X-Factor, Dancing With the Stars
15
Keith Urban is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
American Idol
16
Cee Lo Green is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
The Voice
17
Mariah Carey is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
American Idol
18
RuPaul is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
RuPaul's Drag Race, Project Runway
19
Steven Tyler is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
American Idol
20
Kylie Minogue is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
The Voice
21
Andrew Lloyd Webber is listed (or ranked) 21 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
22
Carmen Electra is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
So You Think You Can Dance, Britain's Got Talent
23
Shakira is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
The Voice
24
Darcey Bussell is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
Strictly Come Dancing
25
Danny O'Donoghue is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
The Voice