At the conclusion of an exciting live finale packed with special performances, America crowned Kenichi Ebina the winner of the eighth season of AMERICA'S GOT TALENT.
Ebina wowed viewers with his innovative dance productions, outshining thousands of acts including finalists Cami Bradley, Collins Key, Forte, Jimmy Rose and Taylor Williamson. The live results show from Radio City Music Hall featured performances by Dierks Bentley, Earth, Wind & Fire, Icona Pop, Il Divo featuring Heather Headley, Gavin DeGraw, Josh Groban, Luke Bryan, and the Rockettes, with guest appearances by Kathie Lee Gifford, Hoda Kotb and former daytime soap opera writer and actor James Lipton.
Check out Lipton's hilarious segment below (today is his 87th birthday):
After learning of his victory, Ebina said: "This is very overwhelming, my mind is blank! I'm excited that America chose me and can't thank my fans enough for the support and love."
Ebina will appear on NBC’s TODAY and LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON on Sept. 19.
Kenichi Ebina is a self-taught dancer who infuses illusion, mime and special effects of sound, light and video into each dance performance. Ebina grew up in Japan until he was 20 years old, then moved to Connecticut as a student. In college, he started dance as a hobby, but it quickly became his passion. In 2001, Ebina founded a dance group that won the grand championship of “Amateur Night” at the famed Apollo Theater. A few years later, he returned as a solo performer and won the grand championship again.
Ebina will kick off the nationwide “America’s Got Talent Live” tour beginning Sept. 29 in York, Penn. He’ll be joined by fan favorites from season 8, including Cami Bradley, Collins Key, Jimmy Rose, the KriStef Brothers, Taylor Williamson and Tone the Chiefrocca. Please visit www.agtlivetour.com for more information and tickets to “America’s Got Talent Live.” For the latest tour news and updates, please also visit www.facebook.com/agttour or twitter.com/agtlivetour.
Auditions for next season of AMERICA'S GOT TALENT are beginning soon.
The 2013-2014 audition cities include:
Oct. 26-27: Miami – Venue TBD
Nov. 2-3: Atlanta – AmericasMart Atlanta
Nov. 16-17: New York – Venue TBD
Dec. 7-8: Denver – Colorado Convention Center
Jan. 18-19: Houston – Reliant Center
Jan. 25-26: Indianapolis – Venue TBD
Feb. 8-9: Los Angeles – Los Angeles Biltmore
The eighth season of AMERICA'S GOT TALENT featured celebrity judges Howie Mandel, Mel B, Heidi Klum and Howard Stern.