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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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Mariah Carey is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
American Idol
2
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
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
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
Nicki Minaj is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
American Idol
6
Mia Michaels is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
So You Think You Can Dance
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
L.A. Reid is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
The X Factor
9
Robin Cousins is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
Dancing on Ice
10
Georgina Chapman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
Project Runway: All Stars
11
Leon Taylor is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
Splash!
12
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
Nigel Lythgoe is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
So You Think You Can Dance, Popstars
14
Miley Cyrus is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
The Voice
15
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
Guy Sebastian is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
The X Factor, World Idol, Australian Idol
17
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
Pete Waterman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
Pop Idol
19
Gary Barlow is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
The X Factor
20
Michael McIntyre is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
Britain's Got Talent
21
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
Ricky Wilson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
The Voice
23
Danny O'Donoghue is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
The Voice UK
24
Zac Posen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
Project Runway
25
Santino Rice is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst TV Talent Show Judges Of All Time
RuPaul's Drag Race