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The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time 

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Updated October 13, 2018 6.6k votes 340 voters 2.4k views 128 items

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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Heidi Klum is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
Project Runway
2
Tyra Banks is listed (or ranked) 2 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
3
Blake Shelton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
The Voice
4
Drew Carey is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
The Drew Carey Show, Whose Line Is It Anyway? (UK), Whose Line Is It Anyway?
5
Christina Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
The Voice
6
Gwen Stefani is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
The Voice
7
Seal is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
America's Got Talent
8
Carrie Ann Inaba is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
Dancing with the Stars
9
Len Goodman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
Dancing with the Stars, Strictly Come Dancing
10
Derek Hough is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
World of Dance
11
Piers Morgan 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
Harry Connick, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
American Idol
14
Randy Jackson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
American Idol
15
Shakira is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
The Voice
16
Simon Cowell is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
American Idol, The X Factor
17
Janice Dickinson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
America's Next Top Model
18
Alan Sugar is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
The Apprentice, Comic Relief Does The Apprentice, Sport Relief Does The Apprentice
19
Arlene Phillips is listed (or ranked) 19 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
20
Craig Revel Horwood is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
Dancing with the Stars, Strictly Come Dancing, Comic Relief Does Fame Academy
21
Dannii Minogue is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
The X Factor (UK), The X Factor, The X Factor (Australia)
22
Emma Bunton is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
Dancing on Ice, Boy Band, RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars
23
Giada De Laurentiis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
Iron Chef America, The Next Food Network Star, Handy Manny
24
Jason Gardiner is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
Dancing on Ice, Born to Shine, Stepping Out
25
John Barrowman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Reality Show Judges of All Time
How Do You Solve a Problem like Maria?, Any Dream Will Do, I'd Do Anything.