September 19, 2013 08:18 AM by Stephanie Gustafson
In the days leading up to the finale, Howie Mandel and Howard Stern insisted that a singer was destined to win America’s Got Talent season 8. But as much as we love Cami Bradley, Jimmy Rose and the opera singers of Forte, we’re glad to say that the two cynical judges were proven wrong — this year’s winner is most definitely not a singer.
And the prize for this year’s best act goes to….Kenichi Ebina! We could not be more thrilled — the robotic dancer proved his crazy skills all season long, impressing us again and again with his unique moves. The judges didn’t think voters were about to skip the three musical acts and select a dancer, but oh, how wrong they were. Not only did Kenichi Ebina manage to snag first place, he was followed closely by the hilarious Taylor Williamson.
As has been the case all season, the judges were quick to praise Kenichi. Heidi Klum later tweeted, “Congratulations @KenichiEbina. You deserve it!!” Mel B retweeted Heidi’s congratulatory post, adding a message that, while simple, still managed to say it all: “ditto.”
Although his Twitter page was relatively quiet in the aftermath of America’s Got Talent, Howard Stern had definitely made his opinion on Kenichi’s act clear prior to the finale. He told the AGT All Access show, “I really do think Kenichi really deserves to win. I think the guy is an incredible talent..he was great all season.”
Do you agree with Howard Stern? Did Kenichi Ebina deserve to win, or was his robotic dance overrated? Feel free to share your opinion in the comments section below!
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