Keith Urban Is the Best 'American Idol' Judge Ever, According to Our Readers

(Getty Images | Illustration by Zimbio)The votes have been tallied, and according to our readers the best American Idol judge ever is — cue record scratch sound effect — Keith Urban? We don't exactly know how seriously to take these results, but after about 1,200 votes, the country star won our reader poll to determine the top Idol judge. It's not so much that we disagree with those readers (Keith is pretty great actually), it's just that the result seems so surprising.

Keith hasn't been dominant at the judges table this season. He's left the alpha role to Nicki Minaj. But he has been thoughtful, even-handed, and generally good at offering useful advice for talented young musicians. He isn't as quippy as Minaj or previous Idol judges like Simon Cowell, but his words are probably more helpful for the actual contestants.

Speaking of Cowell, he jumped ahead in our poll shortly after it went up. But Urban overtook him as frontrunner after a few fans banded together to get out the vote. The final rankings, according to our readers, are below.

American Idol All-Time Judge Rankings
(According to Zimbio Readers)

1. Keith Urban
2. Simon Cowell
3. Mariah Carey
4. Jennifer Lopez
5. Nicki Minaj
6. Ellen DeGeneres
7. Steven Tyler
8. Paula Abdul
9. Randy Jackson
10. Kara DioGuardi

What else is surprising about these results? Well, Randy Jackson probably doesn't deserve to be next-to-last. To be fair, we asked readers to vote for the one best ever judge on Idol. If we asked everybody to rank the judges on their own, Randy might pop up in the top three. So don't take it too hard, dawg.
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