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Who won ‘America’s Got Talent’ season 8?

Kenichi Ebina's first audition wowed the judgses and paved the way to his victory on Sept. 18, 2013.

Kenichi Ebina's first audition wowed the judgses and paved the way to his victory on Sept. 18, 2013.

SPOILER ALERT: I’m not ashamed to say I’m posting this just to tell you something in case you haven’t seen the results show and don’t want to bother wasting time or … you’ve simply forgotten already.

The winner of “America’s Got Talent” is a truly deserving act, a Japanese-born dancer named Kenichi Ebina, who blends martial arts, freestyle, hip-hop, mime, jazz, and ethnic dance in an compelling way that captured the votes of America. (In his audition, he called it “dance-ish.”)

He beat out a stand-up comic (the self-deprecating Taylor Williamson), a country singer (Jimmy Rose), an operatic trio (Forte), a magician (Collins Key, who did a variation of the same mind-reading trick each time) and a singer-songwriter (Cami Bradley, who looks suspiciously like Brooke White from season 7 of ‘American Idol”).

With proper support, Kenichi Ebina could potentially put together a compelling, long-running Vegas act like season 3 winner Terry Fator, who pocketed a $100 million contract at the Mirage hotel as an impressionist/ventriloquist.

To truly appreciate Ebina’s work, check this out from the semifinals where he plays with a video version of himself in an ingenious way:

Here’s the audition that paved his way to victory and the $1 million:

And since I’m one of those local writers who is targeting an Atlanta audience, I was unaware of any Atlanta acts who even made it to the semifinals. In fact, I don’t think a local act has ever gotten to the finals that I can recall.

6 comments Add your comment

Erica

September 19th, 2013
10:57 am

I am sick that Forte did not take season 8. Ebina is great but Forte should have won.

Normandy

September 19th, 2013
6:08 pm

Forte looked like a bunch of schlubs who started singing together a few weeks ago-which is what they were…America doesnt care for opera craap. The shadow people who were eliminated last week shoudl have won.

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