Check out Kenichi Ebina’s mesmerising robotic routine on America’s Got Talent

Kenichi Ibina on America's Got Talent

Kenichi Ebina just raised the bar for the dancers on this year’s America’s Got Talent. The 38 year old, from Tokyo, Japan, faked us out to begin with by doing a quick ‘running man’ while telling the judges how he got started in dancing. We just weren’t prepared for the incredible routine that followed.

Performing to a custom backing track, Kenichi did a robotic dance routine that wouldn’t have looked out of place on So You Think You Can Dance. He was in perfect synch with the sound effects on his backing track, which made his robotic moves all the more believable. At one point, he dropped his head to that it honestly did look like it had fallen off his body, drawing gasps of astonishment from the judges and the audience. We’ve seen this move before, as reality TV diehards, but rarely done so smoothly!

The remainder of his routine was a masterclass in how to effortlessly move your body. He spun around on the floor, looking like his body was being moved by a robotic arm, he mimicked being hit by an invisible assailant. And naturally, the judges were wowed by his routine. This guy got an easy four yeses to go to Vegas. We can’t wait to see what he does next.

Judges’ comments

  • Heidi Klum: Kenichi, that was pretty awesome! The stuff that you did, I haven’t seen anything like it before. You have a control over your body that is unbelievable.
  • Mel B: Being the youngest judge on the panel I can say that was off the chain. I thought your head had come off your body. It was that convincing.
  • Howard Stern: We see a lot of guys who come on stage, they try to do what you do, they can’t do it. And you have a story to tell. You were doing The Matrix there. That was the whole movie, all in 90 seconds. You were magnificent. I could watch you all day.
  • Howie Mandel: I’m telling you, that is the best dance we’ve seen in Chicago, it’s the best dance we’ve seen in a long time. You told a great story. You were wonderful.

by Gerard McGarry on June 19th, 2013

Gerard is the founder and editor of Unreality TV. He writes about TV dramas as well as reality TV talent shows and is obsessed by sci-fi and Doctor Who. Follow him on Twitter @gerrybot or Google+

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