Back in Season 8 of “America’s Got Talent,” visual dance artist Kenichi Ebina became the first (and so far only) dance act to win the million dollar prize. Now that he’s returned in “America’s Got Talent: The Champions,” NBC’s spinoff series that pits 50 acts from around the world against each other, he tried to do the unthinkable and win twice. Unfortunately, perhaps thanks to Mel B‘s criticisms, Kenichi was eliminated prior to advancing to the Finals. Watch Kenichi’s “AGT: Champions” video above.
Kenichi’s latest act was inspired by video games, as he fought against a gigantic robot monster while doing crazy dance moves. At one point his head appeared to dislodge from his body, while at another moment his legs seemed to separate themselves. The audience was on its feet with excitement, but Mel B wasn’t head-over-heels in love with the act.
“I have to be really, really honest,” Mel B announced as the crowd booed her. “I just think on this occasion you over-achieved. I think the production was too big. But I mean you can’t take away from the fact that you separated your body and you moved your head off your body. I mean, come on.”
Simon Cowell countered, “I always, always, always loved you. That was original and to have you back is fantastic. The more we see you, the more we liked you. Well done.”
Kenichi now joins a long list of former “Got Talent” winners who’ve been eliminated early on “AGT: Champions,” including singing ventriloquist Darci Lynne Farmer (“AGT” 12), singer Bianca Ryan (“AGT” 1), dog act Ashleigh and Sully (“Britain’s Got Talent” 6), jump ropers DDF Crew (“Holland’s Got Talent” 5), sword swallower Alex Magala (“Russia’s Got Talent” 8), dance troupe Justice Crew (“Australia’s Got Talent” 4), DJ Arch Jnr (“South Africa’s Got Talent” 6), dance duo Moonlight Brothers (“Denmark’s Got Talent” 4), ventriloquist Paul Zerdin (“AGT” 10) and The Professional Regurgitator (“Germany’s Got Talent” 12). So far the only winner to make it into the Finals has been opera/rock singer Cristina Ramos (“Spain’s Got Talent”), thanks to the Superfan voters.
In his “AGT” live blog, our recapper John Benutty had this to say about Kenichi Ebina’s performance: “For his routine tonight he incorporated a space age theme with graphics that matched his choreography, including two special moves that gave the illusion that he had separated parts of his body from himself. It resulted in another standing ovation from the room and Heidi Klum commending his ability to always come up with something new.”