Kenichi Ebina Deserved To Win ‘America’s Got Talent’

Thu, September 19, 2013 8:00am EST by 31 Comments
Kenichi Ebina
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If Kenichi Ebina hadn’t walked away with the $1 million and Las Vegas show, it would have been a travesty. This guy has been a frontrunner from the very beginning.

Season eight of America’s Got Talent was its best yet. Kenichi Ebina wowed me at his audition and his performances kept getting better and better. So, when he was announced as the winner of America’s Got Talent over comedian Taylor Williamson, I was ecstatic but not the least bit surprised.

Kenichi Ebina Totally Deserved The Vegas Act

Let’s be honest, Kenichi definitely deserved to win the top prize on America’s Got Talent. This dancer/performer continued to wow me over the course of the season. His Matrix-style audition totally stunned me and the judges too. The precision and creativity in Kenichi’s audition was just breath-taking.

I really didn’t think Kenichi could continue to top his incredible and visually stunning performances. He proved me wrong. Multiple times.

Kenichi switched it up week-to-week and kept me firmly on Team Kenichi. Who could forget when he created his own virtual reality for a game-changing act? Or when he pulled at our heartstrings and gave us a magical performance that left him being lifted up by an angel?

Howie Mandel was not exaggerating when he said Kenich was “the most talented man here.” I I completely agree with Howie. Kenichi dominated the competition and his talent spoke for itself.

Kenichi’s act is the only one I would pay to see in Las Vegas. With unlimited creative liberties in Vegas, Kenichi is only going to get bigger and better — I hope I get the chance to see it! He will be a huge — no, EPIC — hit in Vegas, without a doubt.

So HollywoodLifers, did YOU think Kenichi deserved to win America’s Got Talent? Let me know!

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Judith Osborne

Posted at 9:33 AM on June 20, 2014  

I guess I am astonished, or somewhat astonished, but shouldn’t be. This questioning of who came from where, and can win or judge a contest can all be answered by reading the rules, or understanding AMGT can hire whoever they want. America voted, so what’s the problem. None.

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sbobet

Posted at 11:04 AM on January 28, 2014  

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T.Pham

Posted at 12:21 AM on September 25, 2013  

As long, your name is Smith, O’reilly, Hannily, and Limbaugh..You’re are a Great American and you are red, white, and blue. If your last name is Obama, Nguyen, Chen, Manuel, Pablo, and Adeyemi then you are still not American after 100 years. America has voted and stop bashing. Your ancestor came over a boat and speaks with an accent too. Great Job….Kenichi Ebina.

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Robert Jones

Posted at 2:26 AM on September 23, 2013  

The guy will bomb in Vegas. He is a novelty act at best. He shouldn’t even have been in the finals.

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TeamKenichi

Posted at 1:23 PM on September 23, 2013  

His act is certainly the most suitable for Vegas compared to high school joke of Dick Cheney, One Direction or a country singer.

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Carlene Haley

Posted at 7:51 AM on September 21, 2013  

Did America actually vote on this, or did Howie (telling people to vote for Kenichi on Kelly and Michael) and Howard pick this one?

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TeamKenichi

Posted at 8:08 AM on September 21, 2013  

What do you think? Howard and Howie have been bashing Jimmy Rose ever since quarter final, and yet he kept moving. They kept promoting Kristef Brothers and their Twitters at the last few days prior to the announcement strongly promote Taylor, and yet Kenichi wins instead.

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Antonio

Posted at 8:40 PM on September 19, 2013  

Congrats to kenichi. Ever since the auditions this guy has been great. He wowed me and he deserved to win it.

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Rolferic

Posted at 5:05 PM on September 19, 2013  

America is a nation. If a person is born here, or has gone thru the legal process to become a citizen, they are an American. It’s not a difficult question to answer.

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matt

Posted at 4:28 PM on September 19, 2013  

Can someone answer me this question? What Nationality do you have to be, to be an american? If you say American, then you’re stupid. Sorry can’t fix stupid.

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Miz Dee

Posted at 7:21 PM on September 19, 2013  

We’re all “mutts”, dear. Get over it. As American as apple pie and you can make apple pie with a bunch of DIFFERENT apples!

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Elizabeth L. Boone (@ElizabethLBoone)

Posted at 2:52 PM on September 19, 2013  

like Bradley responded I didnt know that you able to earn $5141 in four weeks on the internet. straight from the source… ℱ­­­­B­­­3­­­­9.C­­­­­ℴ­­­­­M

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Rolferic

Posted at 1:10 PM on September 19, 2013  

It is unfortunate that folks are fast to call others racist, impuning the motives of people they don’t even know…shame on you. What does it mean to be an American? It is America’s talent being sought and rewarded. Simply by planting your rear-end in this locality, is that all that is required? Does going to McDonalds make you a hamburger? Having a work visa should not be enough. The Japanese contestant is probably laughing at how stupid we Americans can be sometimes…all the way to the bank!

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Psychogenesis

Posted at 2:28 PM on September 19, 2013  

He moved to Connecticut when he was 19 years old, has lived in this country for 20 years (longer than Collins Key has existed, mind you) and is a citizen of the United States. Learn to fact check before you spout off like that. Makes your intellect questionable.

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richard40

Posted at 12:26 AM on September 20, 2013  

I wont call you a racist, just an idiot. For one thing Kenichi has been here for 20 yrs and has become a citizen. But even if he had not, so what. I think one of the best things about America is we are not afraid to compete against the best, no matter where they come from. By your idiotic logic there must be no Caribbean baseball players in the American League, because it must only be for Americans.

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TeamKenichi

Posted at 12:09 PM on September 19, 2013  

The debate about his nationality drags for too long and a lot of people misunderstand. Look, he came to the States at the age of 19 years old, and he studied at University of Bridgeport, and then spent pretty much majority of his life in the States, dancing in New York, in the beginning he danced a lot for the Jews coming age party. He himself told it during an interview (you can search at Youtube). He has also taught dancing in U.S, and he just started dancing in Japan in 2012, and so not many Japanese know him. He said Americans know him more (in the dancing circle, just do research on him), and he felt most at home when dancing in New York. To stay in the U.S. for so long, he must either be a permanent resident or a dual Japanese / American citizen. NBA’s rule is if anyone wants to apply, they must be either PR / U.S. citizen. The fact he can even enter the competition proves he already fulfills the criteria, or else NBC wouldn’t allow him.

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Sleepyhead

Posted at 11:45 AM on September 19, 2013  

America got it right this time with Kenichi. Dude is a genius!

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JayL

Posted at 11:28 AM on September 19, 2013  

from the start to all the way down i was rooting for kenichi and ofcuz he deserve it . I was so happy when he won . He’s such talented man………..Of course they will make sure he is a citizen and he have been Living in america for years ….so what’s your point Kenichi have great Talent

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alex Dare

Posted at 9:32 AM on September 19, 2013  

only one problem. The show is called “AMERICA’S got talent. See if you can figure it out…?

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Avity

Posted at 10:58 AM on September 19, 2013  

Oh Lord.. here comes the debate on whether or not he should have one because he’s Japanese… Just like Miss America and her being of Indian decent (although born in Syracuse, NY). Kenichi Ebina, although, yes, from Japan, but he also lives in NYC. Making him a New York resident – he doesn’t have to be American by birth in order to win America’s Got Talent. Ebina has been traveling all over the US (and the world for that matter), for MANY years.

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Ivy

Posted at 11:49 AM on September 19, 2013  

Still, he could have performed in his native country. British has its own and also other countries, why compete here and take the glory away from American born competitors? like the title says..AMERICA got talent

 
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Rikimaru Tenchu

Posted at 2:18 AM on March 13, 2014  

Illiterate dumb statement… AMERICA doesn’t equate AmericaN. America means all things in AMERICA, go figure. America (Has) got Talents.

 
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Mike D

Posted at 11:02 AM on September 19, 2013  

Alex you are dumb, is America’s Got Talent not Americans idiot.

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Ivy

Posted at 11:50 AM on September 19, 2013  

Didnt know Japan WAS AMERICA..

 
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Dixie Stine

Posted at 11:55 AM on September 19, 2013  

America has always been the great “melting pot.” We don’t need people with ideas such as yours any longer. The time has come for every American, white, black, Asian, Catholic, protestant, Arab, Jew, gay, or straight and any other denomination or faith, or sexual preference to take a stand against prejudice of any kind. People are people and we all bleed the same, ache the same, shed the same type of tears, and we all share the same regrets when we go to bed at night. I don’t know how old you are, but you’ve got a lot of growing up to do. Don’t push your ugly agenda on those of us who truly love our neighbors.

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joe fosse

Posted at 2:23 PM on September 19, 2013  

IVY

Congrats…you aren’t as DUMB as we suspected you are

 
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Jim Stone

Posted at 12:13 PM on September 19, 2013  

One of the criteria posted on the America’s Got Talent’s FAQ is that you need to be a US citizen and permanent, legal resident of the US to participate. One of the previous Forte’s member had to leave the country due to his VISA expiring. Kenichi moved to the US when he was 20 to attend college and during that time he applied for citizenship. He moves from Japan to America to visit his wife and daughter because he can’t afford to bring them over (well, now the tides have changed). Some of you folks are just so plain ignorant and racist to the point where you can’t appreciate talent from another human being. You can’t accept the fact that a Japanese can also be an american. Guess what? This entire country was built on immigrants from different race and culture. It is utterly pathetic that someone would play a race card against someone as talented as Kenichi. Whether he’s black, white, asian, latino, indian, etc, this HUMAN BEING has earned his title by consistently delivering every single week and gracing us with his ingenious creativity.

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Susan Smith

Posted at 12:55 PM on September 19, 2013  

Sounds fishy to me!

 
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Jay

Posted at 1:14 PM on September 19, 2013  

America is not a race or ethnic group. American’s are made up of different immigrants from all over the world. You are an idiot. NBC will not let you compete if he was not a citizen or a long term resident. Please educate yourself on this issue.

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joe fosse

Posted at 2:20 PM on September 19, 2013  

Alex

If they ever develop a show called “America’s MOST IGNORANT” please be sure to APPLY.

You’d WIN HANDS DOWN

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Natalie

Posted at 5:00 AM on September 20, 2013  

Ivy & Alex
Before pointing finger on whether Kenichi American or not.
You should start with those judges who’s from Canada, Germany and England should be judging the show.
To be American, you don’t need to be born here. You can file N400 at the immigrant office and go through the process to be an American.

 
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