If we forced to watch their grating feud for an entire season, they can share the honor of being the worst together forever. It's only fair.
Ellen, we love you, but you did not belong here. Stay in ya lane! (Again, we love you!)
She had insightful critiques, but just never felt quite at home at the Idol table.
The original judge is forever in the dog house for defaulting to "pitchy" as a go-to critique no matter the vocal sin and holding onto his catchphrases ("In it to win it!" and "Yo, dawg!") with the Jaws of Life. DUDE, EVERYONE IS IN IT TO WIN IT. IT'S WHY THEY ARE COMPETING ON THIS SHOW.
Sure, the Aerosmith rocker was fun, but so is cotton candy. Do you get any real nutritional value from it in the end?
He was just so into the music and so nice. But almost too nice? Still, he gets major bonus points for soldiering on during the Mariah-Nicki debacle. Lesser man could never.
Your mom's favorite singer/Will & Grace guest star became a national treasure when he joined the panel in season 13. He was effortlessly charming and brought a lightness to the panel, but was still knowledgeable and insightful with the contestants.
Between all of her moments of wackiness and verbal sparring with Simon Cowell, her heart truly was always with the contestants first. She was endearing, even when she wasn't making total sense.
Controversial to put JLo ahead of Abdul? Sure, but there's no denying that she revitalized the Idol brand when she joined in season 10. She also managed to turn the tapings into her personal runway shows, giving us "goosies" (her adorable go-to when a performance gave her chills) with her showstopping looks each week. She didn't just put on a show, she was The Show.
We don't mean to be rude, but…come on, was there ever any doubt as to which judge would top this list? When American Idol first debuted in 2002, Cowell changed television forever, thanks to his no-holds-barred critiques, biting one-liners and unapologetic Cowell-ness. We loved him. We hated him. We hated to love him. We loved to hate him. We couldn't stop watching him.