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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
Derek Hough is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
World of Dance
5
Blake Shelton is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
The Voice
6
Howie Mandel is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
America's Got Talent
7
Paula Abdul is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
American Idol, The X Factor, So You Think You Can Dance
8
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
Natalie Imbruglia is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
The X Factor (Australia), Neighbours, In Memory of Maia
10
Ellen DeGeneres is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
American Idol
11
Geri Halliwell is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
All American Girl, Popstars: The Rivals
12
Seal is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
America's Got Talent
13
Guy Sebastian is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
The X Factor (Australia), World Idol, Australian Idol
14
Giada De Laurentiis is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
Iron Chef America, The Next Food Network Star, Handy Manny
15
Danny O'Donoghue is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
The Voice
16
Redfoo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
Redfoo The X-Factor, Dancing With the Stars
17
Carmen Electra is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
So You Think You Can Dance, Britain's Got Talent
18
Kylie Minogue is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
The Voice
19
RuPaul is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
RuPaul's Drag Race, Project Runway
20
Cee Lo Green is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
The Voice
21
Tyra Banks is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
America's Next Top Model, Britain's Next Top Model, Next Top Model Greece
22
Darcey Bussell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
Strictly Come Dancing
23
Randy Jackson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
American Idol
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Mariah Carey is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
American Idol
25
Britney Spears is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
The X Factor