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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
Howie Mandel is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
America's Got Talent
4
Miley Cyrus is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
Hannah Montana, Entertainment Tonight, Disney's Friends for Change
5
Paula Abdul is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
American Idol, The X Factor, So You Think You Can Dance
6
Sharon Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
America's Got Talent, The X Factor
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
Derek Hough is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
World of Dance
10
Kylie Minogue is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
The Voice
11
Seal is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
America's Got Talent
12
Britney Spears is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
The X Factor
13
Gwen Stefani is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
The Voice
14
Natalie Imbruglia is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
The X Factor (Australia), Neighbours, In Memory of Maia
15
Geri Halliwell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
All American Girl, Popstars: The Rivals
16
RuPaul is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
RuPaul's Drag Race, Project Runway
17
Steven Tyler is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
American Idol
18
Carmen Electra is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
So You Think You Can Dance, Britain's Got Talent
19
Randy Jackson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
American Idol
20
Guy Sebastian is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
The X Factor (Australia), World Idol, Australian Idol
21
Melanie Brown is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
America's Got Talent, The X Factor (UK), The X Factor
22
Giada De Laurentiis is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
Iron Chef America, The Next Food Network Star, Handy Manny
23
Cee Lo Green is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
The Voice
24
Mariah Carey is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
American Idol
25
Alyssa Milano is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
Project Runway: All Stars, RuPaul's Drag Race