‘AGT’ Winner Kenichi Ebina Hosts His Own Talent Competition After Being Left Out Of 15th Anniversary Show

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Kenichi Ebina put on an epic performance for his America’s Got Talent audition. It had us wondering if he was a man or a robot. His audition immediately went viral when he competed on season eight in 2013. Check it out below.


In the recent ‘AGT’ 15th-anniversary special, Kenichi was only briefly mentioned but did not make the rankings for one of the top 15 viral acts ever. He definitely has not let that hinder his spirit or creativity because he’s been doing some fun projects of his own recently.

Kenichi Ebina Won ‘America’s Got Talent’

When he was 38 years old, Kenichi came all the way from Tokyo, Japan to perform a “dance-ish” act on America’s Got Talent. He combines martial arts, robotics and hip hop in this unique style of dance. In a matrix inspired audition, Kenichi recieved a standing ovation from the judges and the audience and nothing but praise. When it came to the Vegas round, Kenichi was sent straight to the live shows without even having to perform again. In the Quarterfinals, Kenichi used video animation to mimic that he was fighting mythical creatures. It was that moment that Howie Mandel said Kenichi “has to win the million dollars.” He soared through the competition with flying colors blowing the judges away with innovative additions to his act every single week.

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It was no surprise when he was announced as the winner of the show beating out comedian Taylor Williamson. Kenichi returned to compete on ‘AGT: The Champions’ but did not receive enough votes to move past the preliminary round.

Kenichi Just Hosted His Own Talent Show After Going Viral

Tons of fans on YouTube and Twitter are wondering why Kenichi was not named as one of the most viral 15 acts in the ‘AGT’ 15th-anniversary episode. His audition on the ‘AGT’ YouTube page has 115 million views since being posted. One Twitter user wrote “I can only assume he didn’t make this Top 15 viral list because his season was at the beginning of social media’s impact” after Kenichi was snubbed. It is not entirely clear how the views were counted but we can only assume that the views from all social media platforms had an effect on the outcome.

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Regardless, Kenichi brought a new style of dancing to the show in an act unlike any other. He actually went on to host his own Japanese talent competition called Like The Best. It was a virtual talent competition featuring some super talented acts.

Out of 65 acts that competed on the show, Kenichi just crowned a winner, paint art performer, ColorhythmRisa!!! America’s Got Talent contestants Yumbo Dump also competed in Like The Best.

It’s great to see Kenichi is using his creativity and fun-loving personality on his own talent competition. If you were wondering what happened to some of the other America’s Got Talent winners, check out the video below.

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