Act: Kenichi Ebina
Genre: Kenichi is the Japanese dancer who creates original performances by interacting with characters on a screen. He also does some magic and did a flying illusion in the top 12.
Live Blogging Notes:
This is Kenichi’s 2nd and final performance of the finals. This is the 11th out of 12 performances on this episode.
He danced in sync to characters on the screen. While the story was not super compelling, the timing was fantastic. This was not his best performance. But it was another great one. I think he may have opened the door for Forte to win, though.
America’s Got Talent 8 has reached its final week. There are 6 contestants left, and it’s all up to voters now to decide who wins one million dollars. The final performance episode is on Tuesday, September 17, 2013. Then, the grand finale results show is on September 18, 2013. That is when the new million-dollar winner will be revealed.
I will link to the official YouTube video for Kenichi Ebina’s Top 6 finals performance as soon as it has been uploaded onto AGT’s official channel.
Judges’ Comments On Kenichi’s Performance:
Mel B said she thought that performance was a bit off. It didn’t blow her away. She was the only judge not to give a standing ovation. Heidi says he has done so many things. And she would vote for him if she was at home. Howard says this is mesmerizing. He deserves to win. Howie agrees with Howard and begs the voters to vote for Kenichi.
Kenichi Ebina Predictions Before The Show Airs:
In short, I am ranking this contestant #1 before the show airs. It’s clear that Howie has him pegged as the favorite to win. Howard possibly has him as the favorite, but it’s not quite as clear. Mel B and Heidi have not clearly stated a favorite among these 6 final acts.
If we are going on talent, Kenichi gets a check. If we are going on overall entertainment value and uniqueness, he gets checkmarks. On the traditional factors for success cited on these shows, you have to rank him at the top. There is some question that he may lose votes because he is a foreigner with a family in Japan. If he loses out, it might be because of that. Either way, this guy is getting his own show somewhere. He’s simply too unique and talented not to be getting work.
Predictions And Rankings For The Top 6 Finale:
As long as people are willing to vote in large numbers for a foreigner (Japanese guy) like Kenichi, then I think he will win. But certainly some percentage may feel that at least some of the million is going overseas and would prefer that the money stay here. That is not the way I think. But I know some Americans might not vote for Ebina for that reason. I’d like to think that is a small percentage, though. So before the show airs, I am still ranking Kenichi #1.
Forte has been consistent and probably deserves a #2 ranking. It starts to get more difficult here, though, because the other acts have been a bit inconsistent. I am only ranking Collins Key #3 because he seems to get the votes no matter what he does. His status as a favorite seems to have been locked up from the very beginning. Howard is right that his pacing is an issue.
At this point, I wouldn’t even be shocked if Jimmy Rose wins. He is the least deserving of being here. I only rank him 4th because he fits the demographic. In fact, he fits it so well that he could pull an upset win.
I have never considered Cami Bradley a favorite. She has been pretty consistent, but I consider it consistent above average, not consistently great. So I ranked her 5th before the finals air.
Taylor has been my second favorite. He has been just a little inconsistent. It is a little surprising that he ended up making the top 6. I think it’s going to be very difficult for a comedian to compete in this top 6. You can laugh and laugh. But will it be as impressive or moving as Kenichi? I doubt it.
1. Kenichi Ebina
3. Collins Key
4. Jimmy Rose
5. Cami Bradley
6. Taylor Williamson