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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42 23
Donald Trump is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
The Apprentice
2
25 10
Blake Shelton is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
The Voice
3
32 18
Ivanka Trump is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
The Apprentice
4
22 11
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
24 14
Derek Hough is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
World of Dance
6
27 18
Howie Mandel is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
America's Got Talent
7
21 13
Sharon Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
America's Got Talent, The X Factor
8
24 16
Ellen DeGeneres is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
American Idol
9
14 8
RuPaul is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
RuPaul's Drag Race, Project Runway
10
17 11
Seal is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
America's Got Talent
11
12 7
Gwen Stefani is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
The Voice
12
20 15
Julianne Hough is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
Dancing with the Stars
13
17 13
Mariah Carey is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
American Idol
14
12 8
Adam Levine is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
The Voice
15
12 8
Kylie Minogue is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
The Voice
16
11 7
Steven Tyler is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
American Idol
17
11 7
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
10 6
Natalie Imbruglia is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
The X Factor (Australia), Neighbours, In Memory of Maia
19
16 13
Nina Garcia is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
Project Runway
20
13 10
Paula Abdul is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
American Idol, The X Factor, So You Think You Can Dance
21
12 9
Britney Spears is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
The X Factor
22
11 8
Jennifer Lopez is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
American Idol
23
11 8
Georgina Chapman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
Project Runway: All Stars
24
10 7
Ricky Martin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
The Voice, Dancing With the Stars, La Banda
25
7 4
Louie Spence is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
Bump N Grind, Cirque de Celebrité, Dancing on Ice