Reality Judge Dropouts: 10 Star Judges Who Quit Their Shows


Jan. 28 2015, Updated 6:42 p.m. ET

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On to the next one! Is it just us or does it seem like the celeb judges of American Idol, The X Factor and The Voice have been in a decade long game of music chairs?

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It looks like Randy Jackson is winning this game because he has stuck it out on Idol for 12 seasons now! Yeah, dog! This year, Usher and Shakira are taking their seats in The Voice chairs while Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey are being separated at the American Idol table by fellow newbie, Keith Urban. Do you think they'll flop like these other judges? You won't believe who else tried out the judging gig, so we're going to remind you. Check out the full gallery below!

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1. The X Factor - Britney Spears

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In season 2 of The X Factor, Britney Spears made her mark with a reported 15 million dollar contract and coaching Carly Rose Sonenclar to 2nd place just before announcing she would not return for a second season.

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2. American Idol - Paula Abdul

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After being the only female judge for 8 seasons on American Idol, Paula Abdul left just before joining Simon Cowell for one season on The X Factor.

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3. The X Factor - L.A. Reid

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Music mogul L.A. Reid left The X Factor on a high note after winning his last of two seasons on the show in 2012.

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4. American Idol - Jennifer Lopez

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Joining American Idol vet, Randy Jackson, JLo took her talents to Idol for just two seasons before calling it quits in 2012.

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5. American Idol - Steven Tyler

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Bringing a cool rock n' roll feel to the American Idol judging table, Steven Tyler said his goodbyes to the decade old show after 2 seasons in 2012.

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6. The X Factor - Demi Lovato

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After a season filled with emotions, high-notes and jabs at Simon Cowell's love life, Demi Lovato left The X Factor after just one season.

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7. The Voice - Christina Aguilera

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With a serious career boost and three seasons under her belt, Christina Aguilera left The Voice to new female judge, Shakira.

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8. The X Factor - Nicole Scherzinger

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Famously sending home Rachel Crowe, Nicole Scherzinger spent just 1 season on Simon Cowell's The X Factor.

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9. The Voice - Cee Lo Green

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Kicking off Season 1 of The Voice, Cee Lo Green (and occasionally his fluffy white cat) held down 1/4 of the judging panel. Cee Lo called it quits after the close of the third season in 2012.

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10. Ellen Degeneres - American Idol

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The only non-musical judge to ever hit the Idol table was Ellen. Although she brought the laughs, she didn't stick around. Ellen left American Idol after just one season back in 2010.


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