Kenichi Ebina is a performer that blends a myriad of elements – from martial arts, pantomime, magic – into his shows. Hailing all the way from Japan, he garnered great popularity in his appearance in America’s Got Talent, dropping the jaws of viewers with his amazing robot-style, matrix-themed martial arts dance. Receiving great praise for such a stunning performance, he climbed the ladder week after week, continuing to surprise the audience with his creative blend of multi-media and dance.
As he noted before his 2nd Semi-Final performance, “I don’t consider as a dancer, so to compete I need to use my brain. I’m always thinking about my next act. I try to get inspiration from many things, and then boom, I get a new idea.” With the drive and innovative mind to create something new and different, Ebina eventually took the crown of America’s Got Talent Season 8, being chosen as the winner on September 13, 2013. The words of one of the judges, Howie Mandel has described Ebina’s raw talent best, “This is a variety show. You have the variety. You are a comedian, you are a dancer, you are a mime, you are an artist, you are a writer. You do everything.”
From winning the Apollo Amateur Night with his dance group BiTriP in 2001, to becoming the only two-time grand champion for the season through seven wins in 2006-2007, to finally remaining victorious in America’s Got Talent Season 8, Ebina has shown there is no limit to the genius of his creativity, and the efforts of his hard work. The world has had the privilege to see his performing talent on the screen, but to gain some insight into his life and thoughts since his blow-up, we have reached out to have a 1:1 brief exchange with the man himself, Kenichi Ebina.