WATCH: America's Got Talent crowns this year's most talented performer
38-year-old Kenichi Ebina takes the top prize with a "dance-ish" routine that combines mime, martial arts, and the robot

Attention, America: The most talented person among us has been identified. Kenichi Ebina — a 38-year-old Japanese man whose elaborate "dance-ish" routines combine elements of mime, martial arts, hip-hop, and the robot — has been crowned the winner of this year's America's Got Talent over stand-up comedian Taylor Williamson.

Ebina's final routine relied heavily on a screen that featured a number of pre-recorded dancers in costume, each of whom was also played by Ebina. Throughout the routine, Ebina interacted with the other "dancers," creating a one-man routine that seamlessly integrated numerous performances — and netted him a cool $1 million.

How did Ebina reach this point? These are some of his earlier performances, which wowed the judges and audiences alike:

How does Ebina's act stack up against the rest of the show's previous winners? Last year's champion, Olate Dogs, is a canine-based stunt routine, but the rest have been singers with styles ranging from lounge to country (and, in one particularly memorable instance, singing-ventriloquism). The back-to-back wins for non-singing acts may herald a new, broader era in America's Got Talent — so all you mimes, jugglers, and one-man bands should probably get your audition tapes ready now.

Scott Meslow is the entertainment editor and film and television critic for He has written about film and television at publications including The AtlanticPOLITICO Magazine, and Vulture.


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