Dancer Kenichi Ebina was named the winner of “America’s Got Talent” during Wednesday night’s two-hour finale, beating out Puerto Rican opera singer Fernando Varela.
As the Season 8 winner, Ebina’s victory as America’s favorite earned him a cool $1 million prize and the opportunity to headline a show in Las Vegas.
“It’s amazing,” Kenichi said after being announced a winner. “I want to thank my wife and my daughter [for] being supportive all the way through and all the fans that support us.”
But it seems like Varela remains positive about pursuing a full-time singing career.
What an incredible journey. Thank you to EVERYONE who voted for us and supported us.
— Fernando Varela (@fernandovarela) September 19, 2013
“We are excited about the future!” tweeted Varela Thursday morning after the show, adding a hint of big news to come.
“We have big news coming soon. ¡Viva FORTE!” the church music director shared on his Facebook page. “Thank you for joining us on our journey creating this new group. What a wonderful opportunity to perform & support the classical/crossover genre.”
And the father of two – who makes up the group Forte with Sean Panikkar and Josh Page – has every reason to remain optimistic about becoming a global super star. After all, Varela now has a national profile that has earned him the attention of fans and the media alike – meaning that Forte could very well become a best-selling act with long-lasting appeal.
“One Direction finished 3rd on X Factor UK,” the Orlando, Fl. Resident reflected on Twitter. “Here’s to being the One Direction of opera!”