Reality Competition Shows 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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74 19
Mariah Carey is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
American Idol

2
56 14
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
54 20
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
64 28
Piers Morgan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
America's Got Talent, Britain's Got Talent

5
27 6
Mia Michaels is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
So You Think You Can Dance

6
27 8
Kara DioGuardi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
American Idol, Platinum Hit, The One: Making a Music Star

7
25 7
Mary Murphy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
So You Think You Can Dance

8
29 11
L.A. Reid is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
The X Factor

9
18 3
Leon Taylor is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
Splash!

10
54 35
Miley Cyrus is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
The Voice

11
21 6
Robin Cousins is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
Dancing on Ice

12
30 14
Santino Rice is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
RuPaul's Drag Race

13
22 7
Georgina Chapman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
Project Runway: All Stars

14
47 30
Nicki Minaj is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
American Idol

15
28 13
Kelly Cutrone is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
America's Next Top Model

16
29 14
Nigel Lythgoe is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
So You Think You Can Dance, Popstars

17
25 12
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
20 8
Danny O'Donoghue is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
The Voice UK

19
24 12
Randy Jackson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
American Idol

20
17 6
Michael McIntyre is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
Britain's Got Talent

21
19 8
Isaac Mizrahi is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
Project Runway All Stars

22
19 8
Guy Sebastian is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
The X Factor, World Idol, Australian Idol

23
19 8
Zac Posen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
Project Runway

24
24 13
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
26 15
Gary Barlow is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
The X Factor