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The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time 

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Updated October 13, 2018 8.1k votes 595 voters 3.3k views 87 items

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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Heidi Klum is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
Project Runway, Germany's Next Top Model
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Tyra Banks is listed (or ranked) 2 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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Randy Jackson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
American Idol
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Kelly Cutrone is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
America's Next Top Model
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Mary Murphy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
So You Think You Can Dance
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Paul Hollywood is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
Paul Hollywood The Great British Bake Off, The American Baking Competition, The Great American Baking Show
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Sharon Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
America's Got Talent, The X Factor
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Adam Levine is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
The Voice
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L.A. Reid is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
The X Factor
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Paula Abdul is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
American Idol, The X Factor
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Rita Ora is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
The X Factor
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Simon Cowell is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
American Idol, The X Factor
13
Harry Connick, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
American Idol
14
John Barrowman is listed (or ranked) 14 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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Kelly Rowland is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
The X Factor, The Voice
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Kimora Lee Simmons is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
America's Next Top Model
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Leon Taylor is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
Splash!
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Zac Posen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
Project Runway
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Mary Berry is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
The Great British Bake Off
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Brandy Norwood is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
America's Got Talent
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Amanda Holden is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
Britain's Got Talent
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Isaac Mizrahi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
Project Runway All Stars
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Jason Gardiner is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
Dancing on Ice, Torvill and Dean's Dancing on Ice, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy (UK)
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Pete Waterman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
Pop Idol
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Seal is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
America's Got Talent