Over its first 18 seasons, “American Idol” has seen 14 judges serve on the panel. They’ve ranged from music superstars and TV icons to producers who usually work behind the scenes. The current panel — country music star Luke Bryan, pop princess Katy Perry and the legendary Lionel Richie — have been part of the show since it was relaunched on ABC in 2018.
But where do they sit in our rankings of the 14 famous faces who have sat in judgment. How do they compare to the original trio (Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson)? And what about those one and done judges (Mariah Carey, Ellen DeGeneres, Nicki Minaj)?
To find out, take a tour of our photo gallery of all 14 “American Idol” judges ranked from worst to best. And be sure to sound off in the comments sections with your own “American Idol” judges rankings.