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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20 5
Donald Trump is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
The Apprentice

2
14 4
Ivanka Trump is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
The Apprentice

3
12 4
Howie Mandel is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
America's Got Talent

4
10 4
Alexandra Guarnaschelli is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
Iron Chef America, Chopped

5
10 4
Geoffrey Zakarian is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
Chopped, 24 Hour Restaurant Battle, Top Chef

6
12 6
Sinitta is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
Sinitta X-Factor

7
13 7
Janice Dickinson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
America's Next Top Model

8
11 6
Nina Garcia is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
Project Runway

9
10 5
David Hasselhoff is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
America's Got Talent, Britain's Got Talent

10
12 7
Derek Hough is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
World of Dance

11
10 6
Julianne Hough is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
Dancing with the Stars

12
9 5
James Blunt is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
X Factor Australia

13
9 5
Kelly Cutrone is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
America's Next Top Model

14
8 4
Ellen DeGeneres is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
American Idol

15
8 4
Nick Grimshaw is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
The X Factor

16
8 4
Georgina Chapman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
Project Runway: All Stars

17
8 4
Piers Morgan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
America's Got Talent

18
8 4
Cee Lo Green is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
The Voice

19
8 4
Andrew Lloyd Webber is listed (or ranked) 19 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

20
7 3
Nicky Slater is listed (or ranked) 20 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

21
6 2
Ruthie Henshall is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
Dancing on Ice

22
6 2
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
6 2
Nicki Chapman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
Popstars, Pop Idol, Hannah-Oke

24
5 1
Maneet Chauhan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
Maneet Chauhan Chopped, Worst Cooks in America

25
5 1
Scott Conant is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
Chopped, Top Chef