Hosts 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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Janice Dickinson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
America's Next Top Model

2
4 0
Sinitta is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
Sinitta X-Factor

3
4 0
Alexandra Guarnaschelli is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
Iron Chef America, Chopped

4
3 0
Geoffrey Zakarian is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
Chopped, 24 Hour Restaurant Battle, Top Chef

5
3 0
Ne-Yo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
World of Dance, America's Got Talent

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3 0
Nicky Slater is listed (or ranked) 6 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

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3 0
Derek Hough is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
World of Dance

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3 0
Donald Trump is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
The Apprentice

9
3 0
Nina Garcia is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
Project Runway

10
4 2
Michael Kors is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
Project Runway

11
3 1
Arlene Phillips is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
Strictly Come Dancing, So You Think You Can Dance, Let's Dance for Comic Relief

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3 1
James Blunt is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
X Factor Australia

13
3 1
Nick Grimshaw is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
The X Factor

14
3 1
Kylie Minogue is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
The Voice

15
3 1
Nigel Lythgoe is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
So You Think You Can Dance, Popstars

16
2 0
Kelly Cutrone is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
America's Next Top Model

17
2 0
Julianne Hough is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
Dancing with the Stars

18
2 0
Chris Santos is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
Chris Santos Chopped

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2 0
Jason Gardiner is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
Dancing on Ice, Born to Shine, Stepping Out

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2 0
Christina Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
The Voice

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2 0
Rolando Villazón is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
Popstar to Operastar

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2 0
Rebecca Romijn is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
Project Runway, Skin Wars, RuPaul's Drag Race

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2 0
Alyssa Milano is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
Project Runway: All Stars, RuPaul's Drag Race

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2 0
Antonio M. Reid is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
The X Factor

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2 0
Pete Waterman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
Pop Idol

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2 0
Nicki Chapman is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
Popstars, Pop Idol, Hannah-Oke

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2 0
Ruthie Henshall is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
Dancing on Ice

28
2 0
Mia Michaels is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
So You Think You Can Dance

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3 2
Ashley Roberts is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
Dancing on Ice, Let it Shine

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3 2
Leon Taylor is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
Splash!

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3 2
Louis Walsh is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
The X Factor, Britain's Got Talent, Ireland's Got Talent

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3 2
Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
Popstar to Operastar, House Rules, The Apartment

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2 1
Bobby Flay is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
Wickedly Perfect, The Next Food Network Star, The Next Iron Chef

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2 1
Karen Barber is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
Dancing on Ice

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2 1
RuPaul is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
RuPaul's Drag Race, Project Runway

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2 1
Zoë Tyler is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
Any Dream Will Do

37
2 1
Ivanka Trump is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
The Apprentice

38
2 1
David Hasselhoff is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
America's Got Talent, Britain's Got Talent

39
2 1
Delta Goodrem is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
The Voice, Australian Idol

40
2 1
Andrew Lloyd Webber is listed (or ranked) 40 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

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2 1
Marc Murphy is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
Marc Murphy Chopped

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2 1
Redfoo is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
Redfoo The X-Factor, Dancing With the Stars

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1 0
Carmen Electra is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
So You Think You Can Dance, Britain's Got Talent

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1 0
Maneet Chauhan is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
Maneet Chauhan Chopped, Worst Cooks in America

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1 0
Rita Ora is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
The X Factor (UK)

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1 0
Miley Cyrus is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
Hannah Montana, Entertainment Tonight, Disney's Friends for Change

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1 0
Natalie Imbruglia is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
The X Factor (Australia), Neighbours, In Memory of Maia

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1 0
Kabelo is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
Kabelo SA's Got Talent

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1 0
Usher is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
The Voice

50
1 0
Michelle Visage is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
RuPaul's Drag Race, Ireland's Got Talent, The X Factor