Kenichi Ebini took to the America’s Got Talent stage back in June and wowed the audiences and judges with his Matrix-inspired routine. Three months later, Ebinia was crowned the winner of the talent competition.

When Ebini first stood before the judges, he explained his talent as being “dance-ish” and said it included the robot and martial arts – and that he got into it after people cheered when he did the running man. Telegraphing her lack of faith in the thirtysomething performer was Mel B., whose facial expression quickly changed once Ebini began his act.

By the time Ebini was done, every single one of the judges was on his or her feet. Over the next several weeks, Ebini received a number of other standing ovations with each successful innovative act. For one show, the entertainer created his own video game in which he, dancing in the foreground, became a part of it. In another, he took his wife’s advice to express emotions on the stage, and had an angel lift him up above in his act's final seconds.


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Ebini, who taught himself all that he knows, combines a multitude of dance styles in his performances, including hip-hop, jazz, mime, ethic dance and contemporary. He’s won audiences over before AGT, most notably between 2006 and 2007 when he won the Apollo Amateur Night seven times and received the honor of being named the grand champion of the season.

On Wednesday night, the creative dance-ish performer defeated comedian Taylor Williamson. With the win, Ebini became $1 million richer. He might want to use some of the money to relocate his wife and daughter from Japan to the U.S., as he was also awarded a contract to headline a Las Vegas show.

– Chelsea Regan

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