Hosts 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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51 14
Mariah Carey is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
American Idol

2
39 12
David Hasselhoff is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
America's Got Talent, Dancing with the Stars, Britain's Got Talent

3
50 21
Piers Morgan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
America's Got Talent, Britain's Got Talent

4
39 15
Janice Dickinson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
America's Next Top Model, The Surreal Life, The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency

5
27 10
Santino Rice is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
RuPaul's Drag Race

6
43 25
Miley Cyrus is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
The Voice

7
25 9
Nigel Lythgoe is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
So You Think You Can Dance, Popstars

8
18 4
Mia Michaels is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
So You Think You Can Dance

9
20 6
L.A. Reid is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
The X Factor

10
22 9
Gary Barlow is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
The X Factor

11
17 6
Mary Murphy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
So You Think You Can Dance

12
18 7
Kara DioGuardi is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
American Idol, Platinum Hit, The One: Making a Music Star

13
21 10
Kelly Cutrone is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
America's Next Top Model

14
13 3
Leon Taylor is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
Splash!

15
16 6
Robin Cousins is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
Dancing on Ice

16
17 7
Georgina Chapman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
Project Runway: All Stars

17
18 8
Paul Hollywood is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
The Great British Bake Off, The American Baking Competition, The Great American Baking Show

18
17 8
Carmen Electra is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
So You Think You Can Dance, Britain's Got Talent

19
19 10
Rebecca Romijn is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
Project Runway, Skin Wars, RuPaul's Drag Race

20
17 9
Randy Jackson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
American Idol

21
15 7
Jason Gardiner is listed (or ranked) 21 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)

22
32 26
Nicki Minaj is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
American Idol

23
22 16
Cheryl Cole is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
The X Factor

24
15 9
Nicole Scherzinger is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
The X Factor, Dancing with the Stars

25
14 8
Isaac Mizrahi is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
Project Runway All Stars