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The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time  

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List Rules The worst judge and panel members from any talent-based reality competition game shows

Judges are the key part of talent shows, it's their knowledge and expertise that decides which competitors have the skills to win. When talent-based competitive TV shows have bad judges then all the decisions leading up to the final winner can feel arbitrary or based on whim rather than talent. Some of the worst talent show judges make it feel like an entire season of a show was a loss.

Terrible talent show judges on skill-based competitive reality TV shows like America's Got Talent, America's Next Top Model and So You Think You Can Dance will nitpick at one competitor for things they praised in another, or be more focused on a feud with other judges than the effort and growth of the competitors. It's not just cruelty and nastiness that create the worst TV talent show judges, apathetic and ineffectual judges are just as bad. The ones who nod along mindlessly, unable to give feedback or convey why they're qualified to judge any sort of talent, can just ruin a show.

Here's your chance to turn the tables and to vote for the worst talent show judges. Who is the absolute worst? And, if we've forgotten somebody who particularly lacks the talent to be a talent show judge, be sure to add them to the list.

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Nicole Scherzinger is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
The X Factor, Dancing with the Stars
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Neil Fox is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
Pop Idol
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Carmen Electra is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
So You Think You Can Dance, Britain's Got Talent
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Delta Goodrem is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
The Voice, Australian Idol
30
Isaac Mizrahi is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
Project Runway All Stars
31
Cee Lo Green is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
The Voice
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Rebecca Romijn is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
Project Runway, Skin Wars, RuPaul's Drag Race
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Randy Jackson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
American Idol
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Tom Colicchio is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
Top Chef, The Restaurateur, Hooked Up with Tom Colicchio
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Kimora Lee Simmons is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
America's Next Top Model
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Cheryl Cole is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
The X Factor
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Seal is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
America's Got Talent
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Rita Ora is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
The X Factor
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Tom Jones is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
The Voice
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Kylie Minogue is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
The Voice
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Brandy Norwood is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
America's Got Talent
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will.i.am is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
The X Factor
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Ashley Roberts is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
Dancing on Ice, Let It Shine
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Tyra Banks is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
America's Next Top Model, Britain's Next Top Model, Next Top Model Greece
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Jennifer Lopez is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
American Idol, World of Dance
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Steven Tyler is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
American Idol
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John Barrowman is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
How Do You Solve a Problem like Maria?, Any Dream Will Do, I'd Do Anything
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Amanda Holden is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
Britain's Got Talent
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Gwen Stefani is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
The Voice
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Melanie Brown is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
America's Got Talent, The X Factor, Dancing with the Stars