Jacob Elyachar & Ben Patton
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This is it, PopWrapped readers! Today, you will learn our picks for the five Best Reality T.V. Judges of All-Time! If you missed Part 1 and Part 2, check them out now and then enjoy the conclusion to our countdown!
5. Blake Shelton (Nashville Star: 2007, The Voice: 2011-present)
This country crooner first popped into the judging scene in 2007 for season five of Nashville Star; coincidentally 7th
place finisher Kacey Musgrave is the well known from this season. It was another Nashville Star
contestant who Blake married in 2011, third place finisher on season one, Miranda Lambert. Shelton was announced as a judge for The Voice
and “Team Blake” has now conquered the show, winning the last 3 seasons straight and introducing to the music scene Jermaine Paul, Cassadee Pope and Danielle Bradbery. His banter with fellow judges and country charm places him in our Top Five and we cannot wait to see if “Team Blake” can pull out another win next season!
4. Piers Morgan (America’s Got Talent: 2006-11; Britain’s Got Talent: 2007-10)
For five years, he was the short-tempered Brit that both America and the U.K. either loved to watch or loved to hate.
The current CNN host and former News of the World
reporter intimidated contestants with his constant buzzing and honest (and often times harsh) critiques.
However, Piers helped discover a multitude of household names including Susan Boyle, Terry Fator, the Jabbawockeez, Jackie Evancho and Fighting Gravity on both sides of the pond.
His replacements as the harsh and honest judge are Howard Stern for AGT
and of course…Mr. Simon Cowell for BGT
(more on him later).
(American Idol: 2002-13)
The “Dawg” is in the house! The Grammy award-winning music producer who has worked with some of the biggest names in the business, helped discover some of the world greatest stars during his run on the hit show. Although the look and feel of the panel changed throughout the years, Randy was the one constant that remained from season one. His “Yo, dawg” phrases became a trademark and sending contestants to the “doghouse” proved to be both good and bad. His announcement to leave the show after last season leaves the panel void of an original judge for the first time. Thank you for all the memories, Mr. Jackson!
2. Paula Abdul (American
Idol: 2002-09; Live to Dance: 2011; X Factor USA: 2011; Dancing with the Stars: 2012; So You Think You Can Dance: 2013 to present)
Hey Paula! The Queen of Nice was the perfect foil to a certain Mr. Cowell for eight seasons of American Idol
and the debut season of The X Factor USA.
While several of her co-judges always went for the jugular, the “Straight Up” singer-choreographer was supportive of every contestant no matter if they were the one-trick pony or the genuine superstar!
Adam Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Clay Aiken, David Archuleta, Elliott Yamin, Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Clarkson, Leona Lewis and Melanie Amaro are amongst the countless acts that, with Paula’s support, have gotten them deep into their respective competitions.
But you cannot complete this countdown without Paula’s longtime partner-in-crime….
1. Simon Cowell: (Pop Idol: 2001-03; American Idol: 2002-10; Britain’s Got Talent: 2007 to present; the X Factor UK: 2004-10 & 2013; The X Factor USA: 2011 to present)
For 12 years, Mr. Simon Cowell has been the nastiest and most brutal judge on any talent competition show in any country! His vicious critiques have often crushed dreams and made contestants pee in their pants, but to the people who impressed him; he has helped played a role in changing their lives forever. Without Mr. Cowell, Reality TV would have never been the same and we would have missed out on several superstars including Adam Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Chris Daughtry, Emblem3, Fifth Harmony, Jennifer Hudson, Jonathan and Charlotte, Kelly Clarkson, Leona Lewis, Melanie Amaro, Olly Murs, One Direction, Susan Boyle and Tate Stevens. So thank you, Mr. Cowell! The world would not be same without you. With the news that our favorite judge will soon be a father (congrats!), one can only wonder if the apple will fall far from the tree.
Was it any surprise that Idol's original Three Musketeers landed in the top spot?