Japanese conquers ‘America’s Got Talent’

Kyodo

Japanese dancer Kenichi Ebina won the season finale of the U.S. TV show “America’s Got Talent,” taking home the top prize of $1 million.

He is the first Japanese to win the long-running and popular show, which features a competition among singers and other performers judged by a panel of celebrities.

The 39-year-old Ebina, known by the nickname Ebiken, performed on the season-ending episode along with the other finalists, including a group of three tenors and a magician.

The show, which debuted in 2006, airs in prime time on NBC.

Ebina, born in Kawasaki, amazed the audience in Radio City Music Hall with an interactive robotic performance featuring Matrix-style moves. He changed costumes several times, including dressing as a clown and a woman.

The final show is a face-off among those who have avoided elimination in earlier rounds.

The winner is determined in a voting system that includes the celebrity judges and viewers.

Ebina, who is self-taught, beat out competitors that all together numbered about 75,000 singers, dancers, magicians, comedians and other hopefuls.