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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19 2
Miley Cyrus is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
The Voice

2
14 3
Mariah Carey is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
American Idol

3
13 3
David Hasselhoff is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
America's Got Talent, Dancing with the Stars, Britain's Got Talent

4
14 5
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
16 7
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
15 7
Nicki Minaj is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
American Idol

7
10 3
Cheryl Cole is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
The X Factor

8
9 3
Santino Rice is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
RuPaul's Drag Race

9
7 2
Kara DioGuardi is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
American Idol, Platinum Hit, The One: Making a Music Star

10
9 4
Nigel Lythgoe is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
So You Think You Can Dance, Popstars

11
8 3
Georgina Chapman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
Project Runway: All Stars

12
6 1
Paul Hollywood is listed (or ranked) 12 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

13
8 3
Gary Barlow is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
The X Factor

14
10 5
Kelly Cutrone is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
America's Next Top Model

15
5 0
L.A. Reid is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
The X Factor

16
10 5
Paula Abdul is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
American Idol, The X Factor

17
9 5
Delta Goodrem is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
The Voice, Australian Idol

18
7 3
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
6 2
Tom Jones is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
The Voice

20
5 1
Mia Michaels is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
So You Think You Can Dance

21
9 6
Rebecca Romijn is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
Project Runway, Skin Wars, RuPaul's Drag Race

22
6 3
Melanie Brown is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
America's Got Talent, The X Factor, Dancing with the Stars

23
5 2
Danny O'Donoghue is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
The Voice UK

24
5 2
Robin Cousins is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
Dancing on Ice

25
5 2
Ricky Wilson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
The Voice

26
5 2
Mary Murphy is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
So You Think You Can Dance

27
3 0
Leon Taylor is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
Splash!

28
5 3
Zac Posen is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
Project Runway

29
5 3
John Barrowman is listed (or ranked) 29 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

30
5 3
Jason Gardiner is listed (or ranked) 30 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)

31
5 3
Britney Spears is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
The X Factor

32
5 3
Will.i.am is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
The X Factor

33
4 2
Pete Waterman is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
Pop Idol

34
4 2
Nicole Scherzinger is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
The X Factor, Dancing with the Stars

35
4 2
Tom Colicchio is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
Top Chef, The Restaurateur, Hooked Up with Tom Colicchio

36
4 2
Cee Lo Green is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
The Voice

37
4 2
Harry Connick, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
American Idol

38
4 2
Ricky Martin is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
The Voice, Dancing With the Stars, La Banda

39
5 4
Kylie Minogue is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
The Voice

40
4 3
Guy Sebastian is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
The X Factor, World Idol, Australian Idol

41
4 3
Michelle Visage is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
RuPaul's Drag Race, Ireland's Got Talent, The X Factor

42
4 3
Keith Urban is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
American Idol

43
4 3
Seal is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
America's Got Talent

44
4 3
Isaac Mizrahi is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
Project Runway All Stars

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3 2
Amanda Freitag is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
Chopped

46
3 2
Jennifer Lopez is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
American Idol, World of Dance

47
3 2
Randy Jackson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
American Idol

48
2 1
Geoffrey Zakarian is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
Chopped, The Kitchen

49
5 5
Tyra Banks is listed (or ranked) 49 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

50
4 4
Jessie J is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
The Voice