Entertainment 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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Miley Cyrus is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
The Voice

2
7 0
Paula Abdul is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
American Idol, The X Factor

3
9 1
Janice Dickinson is listed (or ranked) 3 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

4
9 1
Kelly Cutrone is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
America's Next Top Model

5
8 1
Piers Morgan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
America's Got Talent, Britain's Got Talent

6
8 1
Rebecca Romijn is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
Project Runway, Skin Wars, RuPaul's Drag Race

7
7 1
Santino Rice is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
RuPaul's Drag Race

8
6 2
Georgina Chapman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
Project Runway: All Stars

9
6 2
Delta Goodrem is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
The Voice, Australian Idol

10
6 2
Howie Mandel is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
America's Got Talent

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5 1
Mariah Carey is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
American Idol

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5 1
David Hasselhoff is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
America's Got Talent, Dancing with the Stars, Britain's Got Talent

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5 2
Gary Barlow is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
The X Factor

14
5 2
Nigel Lythgoe is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
So You Think You Can Dance, Popstars

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4 1
Zac Posen is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
Project Runway

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4 1
Rita Ora is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
The X Factor

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4 1
Carmen Electra is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
So You Think You Can Dance, Britain's Got Talent

18
3 0
Kara DioGuardi is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
American Idol, Platinum Hit, The One: Making a Music Star

19
6 4
Nicki Minaj is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
American Idol

20
4 2
Cheryl Cole is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
The X Factor

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3 1
Pete Waterman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
Pop Idol

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3 1
John Barrowman is listed (or ranked) 22 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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3 1
Mia Michaels is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
So You Think You Can Dance

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3 1
Kylie Minogue is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
The Voice

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3 1
Mary Murphy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
So You Think You Can Dance

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3 1
Michael Kors is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
Project Runway

27
3 1
Robin Cousins is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
Dancing on Ice

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3 1
Isaac Mizrahi is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
Project Runway All Stars

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3 1
Tom Jones is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
The Voice

30
2 0
L.A. Reid is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
The X Factor

31
2 0
Seal is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
America's Got Talent

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2 0
Paul Hollywood is listed (or ranked) 32 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

33
2 0
Jessie J is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
The Voice

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2 0
Ricky Martin is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
The Voice, Dancing With the Stars, La Banda

35
3 2
Jason Gardiner is listed (or ranked) 35 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)

36
1 0
J. Alexander is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
America's Next Top Model

37
1 0
Nicole Scherzinger is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
The X Factor, Dancing with the Stars

38
3 3
Gwen Stefani is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
The Voice

39
2 2
Natalie Imbruglia is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
The X Factor

40
2 2
Neil Fox is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
Pop Idol

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2 2
Tom Colicchio is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
Top Chef, The Restaurateur, Hooked Up with Tom Colicchio

42
2 2
Christian Siriano is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
Project Runway Junior

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2 2
Danny O'Donoghue is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
The Voice UK

44
2 2
Sharon Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
America's Got Talent, The X Factor

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2 2
Ricky Wilson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
The Voice

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2 2
Alexandra Guarnaschelli is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time

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2 2
Michelle Visage is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
RuPaul's Drag Race, Ireland's Got Talent, The X Factor

48
2 2
Gordon Ramsay is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
Hell's Kitchen, Hell's Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares

49
2 2
Louis Walsh is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
The X Factor, Britain's Got Talent, Ireland's Got Talent

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2 2
Guy Sebastian is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
The X Factor, World Idol, Australian Idol