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.