Kenichi Ebina Wins Season 8 of ‘America’s Got Talent’
The Gods of “America’s Got Talent” have spoken again. This time they’ve chosen to honor dance performer Kenichi Ebina, who woke up this morning with $1 million in the bank, a Las Vegas show deal, and we imagine, a massive smile plastered across his face.
You may have had a tough Wednesday night, but that doesn’t compare to the pressure sustained by country singer Jimmy Rose, dance-artist Kenichi Ebina, singer-songwriter Cami Bradley, magician Collins Key, operatic trio Forte and comedian Taylor Williamson, who performed for the last time across the show’s two-part finale on September 17th.
Of course, before the acts were allowed to discover their fates, many exciting things happened, including performances from the Rockettes, Icona Pop and Earth, Wind and Fire.
Gavin DeGraw also did a duet with Bradley. Il Divo and Heather Headley sang while Ebina danced. Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb played assistants to 16-year old Key. Josh Groban sang with Forte and Dierks Bentley took a turn with Rose. In short, it was the weirdest party ever.
Then, the fun was over and everybody had to be serious. First to go was Cami Bradley. Then Collins, followed by Forte and Jimmy Rose. Then, there were two. And you know the rest:
>1. Kenichi Ebina!
The announcement itself was revealed last night. It’s difficult to say whether Ebina was sort of expecting to win (though he’d obviously never admit it), or whether he was just in shock, because he didn’t even jump or anything. Though he did say “It’s amazing” and “It’s crazy” several times, so he clearly wasn’t unhappy about the whole thing.
Congratulations Ebina – I hope the life of an “America’s Got Talent” winner is everything you hoped it would be and more.